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TAYLOR MAC’S HIR

“Working catharsis is my art form, and one of the ways I do that is by the time-honored tradition of making something ridiculous…

“My job as a theater artist is to remind people of things they’ve forgotten about, or they’ve dismissed or buried, or other people have buried for them.” — Taylor Mac, PARIS LA*

Mac—an incandescent magpie of modern culture—is a champion of what he calls “authentic failure,” a process where the performer goes out on a limb and stays there:

“There’s something about getting up there, risking, falling flat on your ass, and then picking yourself up, that—when you’re watching it on a stage—is profound.”*

Mac the performer, in his transformative 24-Decade History of Popular Music shows, risks everything for six, twelve, twenty-four hours at a time. Mac the playwright concentrates his gender-queer socialism into two-hour projects and sends his actors out to walk the plank, where they thrive.

HIR—Mac’s 2014 play in its Los Angeles premiere at the Odyssey—is a wonderfully disturbing satire that imagines a long-abused family reaching its greatest potential by taking revenge on the abusive patriarch (Ron Bottitta), who was—according to his wife—another “mediocre straight white man who’s barely lifting a finger but thinks he’s lifting the world.”

Mom (Cynthia Kania)—who spends enriching weekends at the local museum with her daughter-turned-son Max (Puppett)—no longer cooks or cleans, so when soldier son Isaac (Zack Gearing) returns home from the Middle East, he walks into an exploded kitchen-sink drama of familial detritus.

“Hir”—pronounced “here”—is a pronoun that floats between “her” and “his.” HIR, the play, will be on the boards for only six more weeks. so get your tickets now.

HIR

Through March 17.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

*See “A Time to Be Born: Taylor Mac in conversation with Barlo Perry, PARIS LA 15 (Spring 2017): 78–85.

From top: Cynthia Kania (left), Ron Bottitta, and Puppett in Hir; Kania, Puppett, and Zack Gearing; Kania; Gearing, Kania, and Puppett; Gearing, Bottitta, and Kania. Photographs by Enci Box.

MALIK GAINES’ ERLKÖNIG

Marking the opening night of JOURNEYS WITH THE INITIATED, Nick Mauss, Pati Hertling, Ulrike Müller, and Ethan Philbrick will join Malik Gaines for a performance of Gaines’ ERLKÖNIG .

JOURNEYS WITH THE INITIATED—curated by Yesomi Umolu and Katja Rivera, with the participation of Evan Ifekoya, Grada Kilomba, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Virginia de Medeiros—is the New York section of the ongoing project Hubert Fichte—Love and Ethnology, and investigates Fichte’s book The Black City—Glosses through a series of texts, videos, photographs, sculpture, sound, and performance at Participant Inc and e-flux.

ERLKÖNIG

Sunday, December 2, at 6:30 pm.

e-flux, 311 East Broadway (at Grand Street), New York City.

 

TIONA NEKKIA MCCLODDEN and VIRGINIA DE MEDEIROS—

JOURNEYS WITH THE INITIATED

December 2, 2018 through January 13, 2019.

Participant Inc, 253 East Houston Street, #1, New York City.

e-flux, 311 East Broadway (at Grand Street), New York City.

See “Questions of Representation: Malik Gaines in conversation with Barlo Perry,” PARIS LA 16 (2018), 178–181.

Top: Tiona Nekkia McCloddenan offering six years a conjecture, 2018. Digital C-prints, two-channel video with sound, audio. Courtesy the artist.

Above image credit: Sternberg Press.

Below: Hubert Fichte with Dan-Maske, 1979. Photograph by Leonore Mau, Fichte’s partner.

REM KOOLHAAS IN LOS ANGELES

This weekend, Rem Koolhaas will discuss and sign copies of his new book Elements of Architecture—designed in collaboration with Irma Boom—at Taschen in Beverly Hills.

REM KOOLHAAS book signing

Saturday, November 10, from 5 pm to 6 pm.

Taschen

354 North Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills.

See “Elements: A Walk through the Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale,” by Alexandra Ruiz and Barlo Perry, PARIS LA 12 (2014).

From top:

Book cover image courtesy Taschen.

Rem Koolhaas, photograph by Stephan Vanfleteren.

A still from the film 1,2,3 Rhapsody (1965). Koolhaas was both cameraman and actor. Image courtesy of Rene Daalder.

PARIS LA 16 — THE FASHION AND WRITING ISSUE — OUT NOW

The new print issue of PARIS LA—a tenth-anniversary special devoted to fashion and writing—is now available.

PARIS LA 16 includes interviews with Hilton Als, Chris KrausInes Kaag and Desiree Heiss of BlessTisa BryantFlorence MüllerMalik Gaines, Q.M. ZhangCommes des Garçons’ Adrian Joffe, Anelise Chen, and Bice Curiger and Jacqueline Burckhardt of Parkett.

Massimiliano Mocchia di Coggiola contributed an essay with artwork on dandyism, Ramon Hungerbühler and Fabian Marti talk about skate brands, there are pieces on Setsuko Klossowska de Rola, and Pierre Davis and No Sesso, Anne Dressen has written about contemporary jewelry…

… and portfolios and portraits by Cédric Rivrain, Cassi Namoda, David Benjamin Sherry, Wyatt KahnTobias Madison, Item IdemJean-François Lepage, Todd ColeMarie Angeletti, Will Benedict, and Katerina Jebb—who created the Michèle Lamy cover and a poster of Marisa Berenson—grace the issue.

Also: a reprint of Iris Marion Young’s landmark essay “Women Recovering Our Clothes.”

 

PARIS LA 16, published by DoPe Press.

Above: Inside covers, production PDF.

Below: Front and back covers, production PDF.

NO SESSO AND KELSEY LU AT THE GETTY

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“Designing is my art and my therapy. It brings me joy to make stuff… I design based off of emotion and how I feel, and what’s going on in my community around me.” — Pierre Davis, No Sesso*

That community will meet at the Getty Center on Friday night when No Sesso debuts a site-specific presentation in the courtyard, joined by cellist and vocalist Kelsey Lu.

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NO SESSO and KELSEY LU

Friday, August 17.

FRIDAY FLIGHTS, 6 pm to 9 pm.

Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles.

*”Warm Bodies, No Sesso—The Art of Pierre Davis,” text by Barlo Perry, interview with No Sesso by Dorothée Perret and Todd Cole, PARIS LA 16 (2018): 136–143.

Above: PARIS LA 16 (2018), No Sesso Fall 2017 collection. Photograph by Todd Cole.

Below: PARIS LA 16 (2018), No Sesso 2018-1 campaign. Photograph by Dicko Chan.

 

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