TOBIAS MADISON

O VERMELHO DO MEIO-DIA—a film and exhibition of collages by Tobias Madison—will be on view for one more week at Freedman Fitzpatrick in Los Angeles

The film—which was shot last year in São Paulo during the run-up to the eventual election of a far-right demagogue as Brazil’s president—began as a conversation between the artist, members of the collective MEXA, choreographer Luciana Mugayar, and curator Tobi Maier.

“The translation issues and misunderstandings arising from the situation were integrated into the process. The film became a way to hang out and to ponder upon if it is possible—as a member of MEXA stated in a group discussion—to betray every single image and still be truthful, or to abandon that idea in the first place and instead run an anti-fascist program against yourself.”*

TOBIAS MADISON—

O VERMELHO DO MEIO-DIA*

Through February 3.

Freedman Fitzpatrick

6051 Hollywood Boulevard, #107, Los Angeles.

See “Dream House NYC,” a photographic essay on youth by Tobias Madison, PARIS LA 16 (2019), 25–36.

Tobias MadisonO Vermelho do Meio-Dia (2018), Freedman Fitzpatrick. Images courtesy the artist and the gallery. © Tobias Madison.

TRACY LETTS’ LINDA VISTA

Wheeler—the protagonist of Tracy Letts’ play LINDA VISTA, at the Mark Taper Forum—is a former press photographer from Chicago, now living in the San Diego neighborhood of the play’s title. Attuned to the general pointlessness of his existence, he staves off boredom by working in a camera-repair shop and entertaining the few friends he has with a rich vein of gallows humor: “The problem with Trump voters isn’t that they’re taking too much Oxycontin, but that they’re taking far too little.” Wheeler is the reluctant embodiment of a moribund, two-steps-back-no-steps-forward patriarchy, and he’d be the first to say “good riddance.”

In other words, Wheeler is an accretion of Letts’ exasperations and concerns two years into our current disaster, written with the playwright’s characteristic comedic insight, depth, and—no matter how bad it gets—enthusiasm.

The energy of Letts’ work is brought to vivid life by the original Steppenwolf Theatre Company cast (but one): Ian Barford is Wheeler, and Tim Hopper and Sally Murphy play his friends Paul and Margaret.

Anita (Caroline Neff) and Michael (Troy West) work in the camera shop, and Wheeler’s romantic partners are played by Chantal Thuy (Minnie) and Cora Vander Broek (Jules).

Dexter Bullard directed the world premiere Chicago run as well as the Taper production.

LINDA VISTA

Through February 17.

Mark Taper Forum

135 North Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Cora Vander Broek and Ian Barford in Linda Vista; Barford; Barford and Caroline Neff; Barford and Sally Murphy. All photographs by Craig Schwartz.

JUDSON DANCE THEATER SYMPOSIUM

In one of the last programs in the Judson exhibition, the symposium JUDSON DANCE THEATER—A COLLECTIVE SPECULATION brings together artists, scholars, and critics for presentations, discussions, and sound improvisations.

Organized by MOMA, participants include Malik GainesAndré LepeckiFred Moten; K.J. Holmes and Ramsey AmeenMarina Rosenfeld with Eli Keszler and Greg FoxClare CroftBarbara ClausenGus Solomons Jr.; and Philip Corner with Daniel Goode, David Demnitz, Leyna Marika PapachPhoebe Neville, and Iris Brooks.

JUDSON DANCE THEATER—A COLLECTIVE SPECULATION

Sunday, January 27, from 2 pm to 6 pm.

MOMA P.S.1

22–25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens.

From top: Harold Edgerton, Gus Solomons, Dancer, 1960; Philip Corner and Phoebe Neville, photograph by Dawid LaskowskiSteve Paxton and Trisha Brown at Bennington College, 1980, photograph by Tylere Resch.

SEBASTIAN HERNANDEZ — HYPANTHIUM

After a preview last summer during the NOW Festival, Sebastian Hernandez’s HYPANTHIUM returns to Redcat for a three-night run.

Augmented by visuals by Rafa Esparza and Maria Meae, this engagement will be performed by Angel AcuñaAutumn Randolph, and Hernandez.

(Next month, Hernandez will join Kevin Williamson and company at the Odyssey for three performances of Williamson’s Gnarled.)

SEBASTIAN HERNANDEZ—HYPANTHIUM

Thursday through Saturday, January 24, 25, and 26, at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Angel Acuña (left), Autumn Randolph, and Sebastian Hernandez in Hypanthium; Hernandez and Acuña; Hernandez. Photographs by Vanessa Crocini, courtesy the photographer, the performers, and Redcat.

DIRTY LOOKS — EIGHT YEARS ON

Join filmmakers Marvin Astorga, Mariah Garnett, Aimee Goguen, Young Joon Kwak, Brontez Purnell, Jill Reiter, and Michael Robinson as Dirty Looks celebrates eight years of transgression with an evening of screenings.

Featured films include Purnell’s 100 BOYFRIENDS MIXTAPE (THE DEMO), Reiter’s FRENZY, Robinson’s ONWARD LOSSLESS FOLLOWS, Goguen’s TONGUE JOB, Garnett’s ENCOUNTERS I MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE HAD WITH PETER BERLIN, and Warren Sonbert and Wendy Appel’s AMPHETAMINE.

The night will end with a reception and DJ set by Discostan.

DIRTY LOOKS—EIGHT YEARS ON

Saturday, January 26.

From 8 pm to midnight.

Ace Hotel, Segovia Hall

929 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles.

From top:

Mariah Garnett as Peter Berlin in Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin (2012).

Warren Sonbert and Wendy Appel, Amphetamine (1966).

Michael Robinson, Onward Lossless Follows (2017).

Still from Encounters I May or May Not Have Had with Peter Berlin.