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“A trio of musicians desert their sincere but ultimately uninspired creative endeavors after answering an inexplicable call to action by time-traveling revolutionaries. What unravels is a provocatively efficient assassination plot that reveals the status of the artist for what it is, a particle embedded within some of the sustained injustices of our time: wanton surveillance, drone warfare, toxic masculinity within libertarian ranks, and the enduring inaccessibility to a secure sense of culture, place, and identity by displaced populations living in the United States.

“With the intention of creating a science fiction film set one week into the future, EMPTY METAL is an unselfconscious projection of the furthest political imagination stretched and shared by its directors.”*

LACMA‘s one-night-only presentation of EMPTY METAL—directed by Bayley Sweitzer and 2019 Whitney Biennial artist Adam Khalil—is co-presented with The Autry Museum of the American West, which will screen Khalil’s INAATE/SE/ on Friday, June 7, at The Autry.

“In politics, you’re either a terrorist or a freedom fighter… [With EMPTY METAL, we attempted to] create a Trojan horse for ideas of insurrection.” — Adam Khalil, at LACMA


Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 pm.

Bing Theater, LACMA

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.

See Pamela Cohn on Empty Metal.

From top: Pvssyheaven in Empty Metal (2018); Sam Richardson; King Alpha; Austin Sley Julian; Richardson,; Sley Julian; Alpha and company. Screen images courtesy the filmmakers and Steady Orbits.



Published in Los Angeles from 1967 to 1977, the bilingual newspaper LA RAZA provided a voice to the Chicano Rights Movement by engaging photographers not only as journalists but as artists and activists to capture the definitive moments, key players, and signs and symbols of Chicano activism.

The archive of nearly 25,000 images created by these photographers—now housed at the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA—provides the foundation for an exhibition at the Autry exploring photography’s role in articulating the social and political concerns of the Chicano Movement during a pivotal time in the art and history of the United States.

LA RAZA—part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA—examines both the photography and the alternative press of the Chicano Movement, positioning photography not only as an artistic medium but also as a powerful tool of social activism.*


LA RAZA, through February 10, 2019.

AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.


See: artnews.com/luis-c-garza-george-rodriguez-photojournalism

Above: La Raza, volume 1, number 1.

Below: Luis C. GarzaStudent and barrio youth lead protest march, La Marcha por La Justicia, Belvedere Park. January 31, 1971, 1971.

© Luis C.Garza. Image courtesy of the photographer and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.



Parts Two and Three of filmmaker Diego Rísquez‘ Latin American trilogy—ORINOKO, NUEVO MUNDO (1984), in 35mm, and AMÉRIKA, TERRA INCOGNITA (1988)—will be presented at two rare Los Angeles screenings, as part of PST: LA/LA.

Film scholar Isabel Arredondo will introduce ORINOKO at the Autry, and Rísquez will be at Redcat for the screening of AMÉRIKA.

Orinoko inverts the logic seen in illustrations that appear in books documenting the expeditions of the 16th century, whose frontispieces featured images of indigenous people. The frontispieces of Orinoko feature the colonizers and their myths. America, represented in the form of its landscape, collects European myths and objects. Conceptual art, performance, and Super 8 reverse the structures of power, giving us an image of Europe as seen from America.” — Isabel Arredondo, “The Performative in Venezuelan Experimental Film,” from Ism, Ism, Ism: Experimental Cinema in Latin Americaedited by Jesse Lerner and Luciano Piazza.


ORINOKO, NUEVO MUNDO, Sunday, November 19, at 4 pm.

AUTRY MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN WEST, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Griffith Park, Los Angeles.


AMÉRIKA, TERRA INCOGNITA, Monday, November 20, at 8:30 pm.

REDCAT, Disney Hall, Music Center, downtown Los Angeles.


Amérika terra incognita.