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JOHN KELLY AT REDCAT

“Songs are like tattoos,” wrote Joni Mitchell, echoing the pain of their creation. For the composer, songs often outlive the love that inspired them. For the rest of us, they’re emblems of the faces and places they evoke and the times they define.

John Kelly—visual and performance artist, writer, choreographer, and Mitchell interpreter nonpareil—brings his new, highly subjective work TIME NO LINE to Los Angeles for a three-night stand at Redcat.

Based on journal entries spanning forty years, TIME NO LINE bridges the decades with movement, music, and art. As an on-the-ground witness to the initial devastation of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and the culture wars of the 1990s, Kelly is an artist-activist of rare insight and experience, and this engagement is not to be missed.

“The spoken word was the last thing I cared to add to my arsenal as a performer… [Journal writing is a] habit that has accumulated and become a significant body of work, a source of both insanely good raw material and embarrassment and remorse. It’s tough to read back through this stuff.” — John Kelly

On opening night, Kelly will join writer and professor David Román for a post-performance talk.*

JOHN KELLY—TIME NO LINE

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 25, 26, and 27.

All shows at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

*David Román is the author of Acts of Intervention: Performance, Gay Culture, and AIDS and co-editor—with Holly Hughes—of O Solo Homo: The New Queer Performance.

Joni Mitchell, “Blue,” © 1971, Joni Mitchell Music, Inc. (BMI).

John Kelly, Time No Line performance photographs, from top: Paula Court; John Kelly‘s Instagram; Theo Cote; Court. Images courtesy of John Kelly and the photographers.

John Kelly (above) at Sideways into the Shadows, his portrait series of lovers, friends, and colleagues lost to the AIDS epidemic, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, 2018. Photograph by Susan Rand Brown, courtesy of John Kelly and the photographer.

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ

Artist and professor Michael Rakowitz—whose work focuses on “singular subjects as literal and symbolic embodiments of the history of Iraq, its diaspora, and the broader Middle East”—recently seceded from the Whitney Biennial in light of the museum’s decision to appoint and defend a tear gas manufacturer as its vice chairman.

Redcat presents Rakowitz’s first Los Angeles exhibition—DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TAMARISK AND THE DATE PALM—in their gallery.

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ—DISPUTE BETWEEN THE TAMARISK AND THE DATE PALM

Through June 2.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Michael RakowitzReturn, 2004-ongoing, mixed media installation view, Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the WestMCA Chicago, 2017–18, photograph by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; Michael Rakowitz, Minaret, performance, 2001–ongoing, mosque alarm clock, megaphone, image courtesy the artist.

MALCOLM LE GRICE IN LOS ANGELES

Malcolm Le Grice—”one of the most compellingly original and radical artist-theorists in the history of the post-war moving image”—will be in Los Angeles for the next week or so.

During this rare visit Le Grice and Los Angeles Film Forum will present his work around town in a series of venues, including the world premiere of the new edit of his immersive multi-screen piece FINITO at the Spielberg Theatre.

See links below for locations. Le Grice—author of Experimental Cinema in the Digital Age— will be on hand to talk with the audience at all three programs.

MALCOLM LE GRICE AT USC

Thursday, February 14, at 7 pm.

USC School of Cinematic Arts 

Broccoli Theatre

900 West 34th Street, Los Angeles.

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MALCOLM LE GRICE—HERE AND NOW

Sunday, February 17, at 7:30 pm.

Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian

6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles.

MALCOLM LE GRICE—BEFORE AND AFTER CINEMA

Monday, February 11, at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Malcolm Le Grice, Berlin Horse (1970); Malcolm Le GriceHorror Film 1 (1971); Le Grice presenting his work in Europe, early 2000s; Malcolm Le Grice, Marking Time, 2015; Malcolm Le Grice, Reign of the Vampire, 1970; Le Grice in the early 1970s; Malcolm Le Grice, Threshold (1972). All images © Malcolm Le Grice and courtesy the artist.

SEBASTIAN HERNANDEZ — HYPANTHIUM

After a preview last summer during the NOW Festival, Sebastian Hernandez’s HYPANTHIUM returns to Redcat for a three-night run.

Augmented by visuals by Rafa Esparza and Maria Meae, this engagement will be performed by Angel AcuñaAutumn Randolph, and Hernandez.

(Next month, Hernandez will join Kevin Williamson and company at the Odyssey for three performances of Williamson’s Gnarled.)

SEBASTIAN HERNANDEZ—HYPANTHIUM

Thursday through Saturday, January 24, 25, and 26, at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

From top: Angel Acuña, Autumn Randolph, and Sebastian Hernandez in Hypanthium (2); Hernandez and Acuña; Hernandez. Photographs by Vanessa Crocini, courtesy the photographer, the performers, and Redcat.

N. KATHERINE HAYLES — THE POSTHUMAN

Artificial intelligence, genetic engineering, and the accelerated evolution of the species as seen through the recent films of Alex GarlandEx Machina and Annihilation—are the topics of a Wednesday talk at Redcat by literature professor N. Katherine Hayles, the author of How We Became Posthuman.

On Saturday, Hayles will give the closing presentation of the day-long Algorithms, Infrastructures, Art and Curation (AIAC) seminar at the City Council Chambers in West Hollywood.

AIAC explores “explores aesthetic and political issues related to algorithms and infrastructures in art and curation, ranging from finance to climate change, from human exclusion zones to bitcoin and blockchain, from search algorithms to theories of natural selection and more.”*

N. KATHERINE HAYLES

Wednesday, January 23, at 8:30 pm.

Redcat

631 West 2nd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

N. KATHERINE HAYLES—

MEDIA AND/AS THE ENVIRONMENT*

Saturday, January 26.

AIAC seminar starts at 10 am.

Hayles speaks at 6 pm.

West Hollywood Library

City Council Chambers

625 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood.

From top: Alicia Vikander and director Alex Garland rehearsing a scene in Ex Machina (2014), image credit A24Annihilation (2018), image credit Paramount Pictures.