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On the occasion of the closing day SENGA NENGUDI—IMPROVISATIONAL GESTURES, a day-long symposium presented in conjunction with the exhibition will take place this weekend at CAAM and USC.

During the morning sessions, Nengudi will be joined by Selma HoloChelo Montoya, Elissa Auther, Uri McMillan, Grant JohnsonBarbara McCulloughIsabel Wade, and Maren Hassinger.

After lunch, Nengudi’s work R.S.V.P. will be performed, and the afternoon session will conclude with the roundtable “On Activism and Performance,” with Nengudi, Rafa EsparzaPatrisse Cullors, and Nao Bustamante, moderated by Suzanne Hudson.



SYMPOSIUM, Saturday, April 14, from 9 am to 4 pm.

CALIFORNIA AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM (morning sessions), 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles.

FISHER MUSEUM OF ART, USC (afternoon performance and roundtable), 823 West Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles.

See: fisher.usc.edu/senga


Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P., 1977, photograph by Herman Outlaw; and (bottom) Nengudi at the 57th Venice Biennale, in 2017.

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VARIEDADES is a music, spoken word, theater, comedy, visual arts happening loosely based on Mexican vaudeville shows in Los Angeles, but the list of performers is anything but old-fashioned: Alice Bag, Nao Bustamante with Dynasty Handbag and Karen Tongson, La Chica Boom, DJ Lengua, Rafa Esparza, Liz Miller Kovacs, Selene Luna, Cheech and Natasha Marin, Mickey Negron, and Dorian Wood.

This Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA show is hosted by performers Rubén Martínez and Raquel Gutiérrez, and produced and curated by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario.


VARIEDADES, Thursday, January 18, at 9 pm.

MAYAN THEATER, 1038 South Hill Street, downtown Los Angeles.


Image credit: Redcat, and Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, The Getty.

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Christa Päffgen grew up to the sounds of Allied planes dropping bombs on her native Cologne. She was given the name Nico by photographer Herbert Tobias when she was 16 years old and modeling in Berlin.
She worked with Fellini (La Dolce vita), sang the title song for the film Strip-tease (1963), performed at the Blue Angel in Manhattan, met Brian Jones and Dylan, and became the “chanteuse” (Andy Warhol’s term) for The Velvet Underground.
The spirit of Nico will echo throughout the Broad Museum this weekend at WARHOL ICON, the first of this year’s “Summer Happenings.” The event will include musical performances by Jenny HvalKembra PfahlerRose McDowallTiny Vipers and Geneva Jacuzzi, and performance artist Vaginal Davis will interact with a rare screening of La Cicatrice intérieure/The Inner Scar (directed by Philippe Garrel, and starring Nico and Pierre Clementi.)

WARHOL ICON, Saturday, June 24, at 8:30 pm.

THE BROAD, 221 South Grand Avenue, downtown Los Angeles.

Nico, The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Nico, The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol’s Exploding Plastic Inevitable.