When news of a novel coronavirus arrived in the United States in early January, xenophobia was not far behind. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, reports of racist attacks against Asian Americans increased. As the number of confirmed cases exploded in America, racial disparities in health outcomes became starker. The hardest hit are often Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities—manyof whomare essential workers. Beforeand throughout the pandemic, Black and Brown people across the nation have continued to be murderedat harrowing and unacceptable rates by the police. Join For Freedoms, GYOPO, LACMA, and Stop DiscriminAsian (SDA) for a conversation about the pandemic’s impact on the movement for racial justice, and the country’s long standing health, economic, and racial inequities.
The trauma of racialviolence reaches further than any single individual, especially when the news cycle about Black deaths is unavoidable. Panelists will discuss the way violent images of Black suffering have been mediated, circulated, and weaponized; the reinvention of one’s relationship to those images; the utilization of those images without re-traumatization; and the power of art to address anxiety and other harms of racism.*
LACMA and Sky Hopinka present his first full-length feature film MALNI, TOWARDS THEOCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE. This “poetic exploration in his signature style… follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier’s perambulations through their worlds—sometimes overlapping, sometimes not—as they wonder and wander through the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.”
Hopinka will participate in a post-screening Q & A.
I’m a person who walks looking down, because you can find a lot of things on the ground. I’m basically a recycler. I find other people’s stuff and junk and recycle it into my stuff and junk. — BetyeSaar
The rediscovery of the work that Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) began in 1906—an amalgam of abstraction, surrealism, and figuration—has necessitated a rewriting of the history of abstract art in the West, displacing Wassily Kandinsky as the self-appointed originator of the genre.
Af Klint, a well-educated member of Sweden’s aristocracy, was an adherent to spiritualism, theosophy, and anthroposophy. Coinciding with the scientific revelations of the early twentieth century—radiation, theories of relativity and quantum physics, the discovery of electromagnetic waves—her revolutionary art gave form to the invisible.
Thirty-five years after af Klint’s inclusion in the 1986 LACMA exhibition The Spiritual inArt: Abstract Painting 1890–1985—and seven years after the landmark Moderna Museet retrospective Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction rocked the art world—Halina Dryschka’s essential documentary BEYOND THE VISIBLE—HILMA AF KLINT is here to stream.
Here was a woman who consequently followed her own path in life that led to a unique oeuvre. A strong character and, despite all restrictions, Hilma af Klint explored the possibilities that go beyond the visible. She knew that she was doing something important not only for herself but for many people. It is more than time to tell the untold heroine stories. And there are many of them. This is one.
This is a film about a truly successful life. A woman who was not dependent of the opinion of others and kept on going her very unique way of living and working. Dedicated to things that matter in everybody’s life: How do we want to live? How do we achieve a truly content and fulfilled life? And is that what we see real or do we just think it is real?
Hilma af Klint’s oeuvre goes even beyond art because she was looking for the whole picture of life. And with that she comes close to the one question: What are we doing here? — Halina Dryschka