NAME THAT TUNE: LAUREN HALSEY

Thursday, February 7, 2019, 7:00pm—9:00pm

In the spirit of the game show that delighted millions of home viewers in the 1950s and 1970s, these live artist interviews are a way to get to know the participants through their interest in music. Name That Tune will challenge the ears and knowledge of select L.A. based artists whose work has an undeniable relationship to noise, sound, and/or popular music. Professor and music critic Josh Kun and curator Hamza Walker will test four artists over four evenings with sounds meant to thrill, confound, provoke, and above all entertain.

In part two of Name That Tune, we put Lauren Halsey’s ear for Funk, soul, and other grooves to the test. Halsey—whose work pays homage the everyday and the around-the-way, from the beauty supply to the vacant lot—heralds the DIY monument as an Afro-futurist paradise. Funk is music come again as an ethos. It’s part of who she is and what she knows. It’s a way for her to activate and transform (or “funkatize”) personal objects, setting the tone for a speculative future where imagined space can shift material reality. For Halsey, representation and collective myth making infuse neighborhood geographies with potential energy, mediating the losses wrought by gentrification and marginalization.

This event is free and first come first served.