LUISE DONSCHEN’S CASANOVAGEN

“I was drawn to the idea of female infidelity being merely an unintended byproduct of male infidelity, which they claim has some evolutionary use. While this implicit disadvantaging of the female sex obviously reveals a way of thinking I don’t approve of, what I did like is the idea of female infidelity being pointless, that it resists having any sort of economic parameters applied to it.

“And that was the starting point [for CASANOVAGEN], a way of talking about desire, a form of discourse I found modern precisely because it actually isn’t modern at all.” — Luise Donschen

Don’t miss the Los Angeles premiere of CASANOVAGEN—Donschen’s debut feature—screening on the closing night of the UCLA Film and Television Archive series Art of the Real—Los Angeles.

The film stars Wolfgang ForstmeierJohn MalkovichElija PottUndine de RivièreLumi Lausas, Zacharias Zitouni, and Donschen, and will screen in downtown Los Angeles.

CASANOVAGEN

Thursday, January 17, at 8 pm.

Downtown Independent

251 South Main Street, Los Angeles.

Scenes from Casanovagen (2018). Images courtesy Luise Donschen.

TONI MORRISON — THE FOREIGNER’S HOME

THE FOREIGNER’S HOME mixes footage from the events and exhibitions that took place at the Louvre during Toni Morrison’s guest curatorship in 2006 with present-day clips and interviews.

The documentary’s directors—Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree—will take part in a post-screening Q & A with Caroline Streeter.

 

THE FOREIGNER’S HOME

Wednesday, January 16, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

Above: Slam poetry at the Louvre, 2006.

Below: Toni Morrison at the Louvre in 2006. Image courtesy Rian Brown and Geoff Pingree.

THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY ASS

THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY ASS—a new performance piece by Miguel Gutierrez—will be at the Chocolate Factory Theater through the end of the week.

Inspired by This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color, Gutierrez’s performers—Alvaro GonzalezJohn GutierrezMiguel GutierrezXandra IbarraNibia Pastrana Santiago, and Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez—“map an elusive choreography of obsessive and perverse action within an unstable terrain of bodies, materials and sound.” The use of popular songs and telenovelas show how “familiar structures contain absurdity that reveal and celebrate difference.”*

THIS BRIDGE CALLED MY ASS*

Through Saturday, January 19.

Chocolate Factory Theater

5–49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, Queens.

Miguel Gutierrez, This Bridge Called My Ass. Photographs by Paula Lobo.

GRAPHIC MEANS

Up until just over thirty years ago—when the desktop computer debuted—design production process was done primarily by hand and with the aid of analog machines. The design and print industries used a variety of ways to get type and image onto film, plates, and finally to the printed page.

The documentary GRAPHIC MEANS is a journey through this transformative era of pre-digital design production to the advent of the desktop computer. It explores the methods, tools, and evolving social roles that gave rise to the graphic design industry as we know it today.*

“As an educator, I was trying to figure out a way to bring this history into the classroom. We focus primarily on design thinking and technique with the brief time we have. When history is discussed, it’s much more from the theory standpoint—movements, typographic progression, specific designer profiles, etc.

“Of course, all students learn about Gutenberg and his letterpress because it was the beginning of mass produced printed materials for the western world (props to China for actually being the first to use this technique), but students generally don’t learn about what came after that. There was linecasting (Linotype and Monotype), and photosetting (Linotron, Photon), and then digital systems that predate computers (Compugraphic composition systems). There’s a lot that happened in between the letterpress and the Macintosh.” — Briar Levit

In conjunction with the LACMA exhibition WEST OF MODERNISM—CALIFORNIA GRAPHIC DESIGN, 1975–1995, the museum will present a screening of GRAPHIC MEANS, followed by a conversation with the director Briar Levit.

GRAPHIC MEANS—

A HISTORY OF GRAPHIC DESIGN PRODUCTION*

Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm.

LACMA, Bing Theater

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

All images courtesy Briar Levit, Graphic Means.

EVGENIA CITKOWITZ AT THE HAMMER

“There were different kinds of quiet. Not all bad. There was the fertile kind of artists, which she knew from studio visits and enjoyed. She liked the economy of speech, that words came from seeing; conversation only happened when there was something to say. Silence was always productive: full of ideas and crowded with consciousness.” — Evgenia Citkowitz, The Shades

Citkowitz will read from The Shades, her first novel, followed by a conversation with Mona Simpson.

 

EVGENIA CITKOWITZ

Tuesday, January 15, at 7:30 pm.

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles.

Above image credit: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Below: Evgenia Citkowitz. Photograph by Natalya Sands.