At this year’s VENICE BIENNALE, Los Angeles-based artists Sharon Lockhart and Mark Bradford found themselves in the position of “representing” two counties whose federal governments have, to varying degrees, fallen into the hands of nationalist, reactionary forces: the United States in Bradford’s case, Poland in Lockhart’s. (See the recent fate of Pawel Machcewicz, below.*)
This week at the Orpheum Theatre, curator/critic Katy Siegel and the Broad Museum’s Un-Private Collection program welcome Bradford and Lockhart for a conversation about community engagement and their recent work for the biennale.
MARK BRADFORD, SHARON LOCKHART + KATY SIEGEL, Wednesday, August 16, at 7:30 pm.
ORPHEUM THEATRE, 842 South Broadway, downtown Los Angeles.
2017 ART + FILM GALA HONORING MARK BRADFORD AND GEORGE LUCAS, Saturday, November 4.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles.
MARK BRADFORD: TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY, UNITED STATES PAVILION.
SHARON LOCKHART: LITTLE REVIEW, POLISH PAVILION
VENICE BIENNALE, through November 26.
*See, Rachel Donadio, “What Poland Did in the War: Museum Becomes a Cultural and Political Battlefield,” New York Times, November 10, 2016; and Julia Marchalska, “Director of Poland’s Second World War Museum Dismissed,” The Art Newspaper, April 11, 2017:
Top: Mark Bradford, Tomorrow is Another Day installation view, 2017 Venice Biennale.
Bottom: Mark Bradford, Spoiled Foot (prototype for Venice Biennale, photographed at Bradford’s studio in Los Angeles), 2017. Images courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth