On the occasion of Eric Fischl’s first local gallery exhibition of new paintings in twenty-five years and Stephen Shore’s first Los Angeles show in nearly fifteen, Sprüth Magers presents the artists in conversation with LACMA curator Britt Salvesen.
“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, EMPTYMETAL 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 2019Whitney Biennial artist Adam Khalil—is co-presented with The Autry Museum of the AmericanWest, 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
The magnificent Charles White retrospective is up for one more month at LACMA, the last stop of its national tour.
In addition to the beautifully designed exhibition in the museum’s Resnick Pavilion, this weekend LACMA is presenting a pristine 35mm screening of ANNA LUCASTA—the 1958 film starring Eartha Kitt and Sammy DavisJr., featuring paintings by White.
And in June there will be a final Artist Walkthrough, with muralist and Charles White student Kent Twitchell.
At LACMA this weekend, join CharlesGaines, writers and scholars Jennifer González, ShelleenGreene, Ariel Osterweis, B. Ruby Rich, JeffreyStewart, and SarahThornton, curator MarkNash, and LACMA‘s Naima J. Keith and Christine Y. Kim for a daylong symposium of screenings and panel discussions celebrating the work of Isaac Julien—who will be in attendance.
Among the complete works to be presented are PLAYTIME, LESSONS OF THE HOUR—FREDERICKDOUGLASS, WESTERN UNION: SMALL BOATS, and a 30th anniversary screening of LOOKING FORLANGSTON, Julien’s film about Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.
Excerpts from KAPITAL and TEN THOUSAND WAVES will also be shown.