Between June 4 and July 3, 2018, LAXART will present a series of ten events to christen and activate the new LAXART gallery. Curated by Hamza Walker and Catherine Taft, the series will include talks, concerts, poetry, theater, dance, performance, and a closing party. Participants include Peter Evans and Ambrose Akinmusaire; Hilton Als and John Jesurun; Amy Gerstler and Ariana Reines; Bashir Naim and Person; Adam Linder; and many more. Preliminary Bill:
Ambrose Akinmusire (Trumpet) and Peter Evans (Trumpet)
Monday, June 4
Doors at 7:00pm
In 1954, jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Roy Eldridge recorded The Trumpet Kings Battle at Radio Recorders, the legendary recording studio, which is now home to LAXART. With that session as a blueprint, we present Akinmusire and Evans, two of today’s most well regarded trumpet talents. Both have chops to burn and are heavily steeped in a jazz tradition ranging from straight ahead ensemble work to solo improvisation. They will square off as improvisers, each with his own deep bag of tricks.
I Heart Poetry and Day Drinking: Amy Gerstler and Ariana Reines
Saturday, June 9
Noon to 3:00pm
Certain cultural itches only poetry can scratch. Learn what they are over a cocktail or three. We know it’s Saturday and you could get your muffler fixed; but the muffler shop will be there the next day while this bouquet of talent is assembled for one day and one day only. Cheers.
This is the first in a new series of poetry events at LAXART featuring leading American poets and cocktails by mixologists dujour.
Kim Gordon (guitar/bass) & Leila Bordreuil (cello)
Thursday, June 14
Doors at 8:00pm
The meeting between these seasoned improvisors is a first. Come what may, the sounds couldn’t get any fresher in what will be a no-holds-barred foray into tension and release. Between Bordreuil’s building of sustained microtonal resonances and Gordon’s penchant for a pulse, whether rapid or soothing, structure is not out of the question. But neither is building a house only to watch it burn.
Alternative Spaces: That Was Then/This Is Now
Saturday, June 23
Since their flourishing in the mid 1970s, alternative art spaces have had an illustrious history—from the championing of new media and performance, which were outside the purview of commercial galleries, to the role they played in identifying and supporting artists that defined the 1980s, to their reconceptualization by a new generation of artists and curators in the early part of the 21st century. Join us for this conversation with director Hamza Walker and participants to be announced to discuss the changing cultural and socio-political landscape undergirding the role of alternative spaces over the past forty years.
The Wakanda Effect: Black Panther and the Black Radical Imagination
Conversation with Steve Nelson and others to be announced
Thursday, June 28
Using the blockbuster movie Black Panther as a starting point, this conversation will consider the trajectory of black radical thought, activism and the black political imagination as it has evolved since the 1960s. The talk will feature Steven Nelson, Professor of African and African American Art and Director of the UCLA African Studies Center, in conversation with local artists, activists, and scholars to be announced.
Hilton Als’ Andy Warhol: The Series
Directed by John Jesurun
Saturday, June 30
Doors at 7:00pm
In 2017, writer and critic Hilton Als published the scripts for two fictional TV plays on the life of Andy Warhol; weaving fact with imagined detail, Als’ scenes relate the compelling relationships between the artist and key women in his life, namely his mother, Julia Warhola, and Shirley Temple. Writer, director and multimedia artist John Jesurun directs a live, staged reading of the scripts in this West Coast premier of Andy Warhol: The Series. The reading will be followed by a discussion with Als, Jesurun and LAXART curator Catherine Taft.
PERSON with Bashir Daviid Naim
Party and Performances
Tuesday, July 3
Doors at 9:00pm
Artist Bashir Daviid Naim hosts his latest edition of Person, a roving club night and series of performances and co-founded by Naim in 2016. Past performers have included Zedgar Infinity, Uhuru, Leather Papi, Brittney Smearz, and King Husband. Flowers by M. Page Greene.
Find yourself at Person.
WORKING / TALKING / SERVING / SWERVING
A bodied discussion of Adam Linder’s Choreographic Services 1 - 5 & a Footnote
Friday, July 7
Doors at 6pm
One of modern art’s most salient characteristics is its ability to question itself. Given that this capacity for self-reflection was brokered over abstraction, does it apply to dance? That question underscores all of dancer/choreographer Adam Linder’s performances whose location is decidedly that of the museum/gallery. Linder is best know for his choreographic services, works which pointedly ask what kind of labor is dance. Linder will premier a new work in the form of a performative lecture. Linder has exhibited throughout Europe, the U.S. and his native Australia. He is the recipient of the Hammer Museum’s 2016 Mohn Prize.