This series of joint events culminates with the inaugural edition of Frieze LA. The series includes poetry, artist talks, concerts, and dance. Unless noted, all events are free and first come first served. Events take place at both LAXART and Frieze LA at Paramount Studios.
I HEART POETRY AND DAY DRINKING: LATASHA N. NEVADA DIGGS AND ISHION HUTCHINSON
Reading at LAXART
Saturday, January 26
2pm - 4pm
What better time for poetry than Saturday afternoon? Laundry can wait. Home Depot is open until at least 10. And what’s another twenty miles without that oil change? Join us for midday booze and verse. The second installment of I Heart Poetry and Day Drinking features LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Ishion Hutchinson, two award-winning poets whose work overlaps at the Caribbean. Diggs' language is a mesh of pidgins, patois, and dialects; a global and syntactical leap frogging the upshot of which is a linguistic "twerking" (which her first volume is titled). Hutchinson's poems are vignettes that, all totaled, are a return to his native Jamaica. Rather than physical, the return home entails contextualizing memories of events, people, and places such that biographical remnants, in all their post-colonial particularity, can take on the proportion of Greek mythology.
NAME THAT TUNE: FRANCES STARK
Artist Talk at LAXART
Friday, February 1
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.
Our first contestant is Frances Stark for whom punk is of seminal importance. Her tastes overall, however, prove far more catholic. Her most ambitious project to date was a "pedogogical opera" resulting in a text-based, digital film adaptation of Mozart’s The Magic Flute, and her eyes light up at the mention of Charles Mingus. While we'll be testing Stark's ear for song, given her interest in literature, we'll place equal emphasis on lyrics.
NAME THAT TUNE: LAUREN HALSEY
Artist Talk at LAXART
Thursday, February 7
Funk is music come again as an ethos. 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. We'll travel the stars as charted by Parliament Funkadelic and the interstellar low ways as mapped by Sun Ra.
CENTER FOR THE ART OF PERFORMANCE AT UCLA IN ASSOCIATION WITH LAXART AND FORD THEATERS PRESENTS: COMPANY, COMPANY
An extract of Gala (2015)
Concept: Jérôme Bel
Duration: 30 minutes
Dance at LAXART
Saturday, February 9
Company, Company offers a different approach to dance. In this collective art form, choreographer Jérôme Bel brings together amateurs of diverse backgrounds not often represented on stage. The diversity reveals the way each person’s cultural repertoire involves him or her in a singular relationship with the desire to experience something other than dance — joy, accomplishment, transcendence perhaps? To make this piece accessible to amateurs and provide them with the opportunity to give their all and make the project their own, Bel chooses common place theatrical experiences to illustrate the human desire to express one’s self through movement. Working around the concept of “Fail again. Fail bigger.” Bel enlarges the perimeter of performance to embrace everyone who wants to participate, both on stage and off, to create a shared, communal experience. This event is supported, in part, by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and is part of their artistic season, Ceci n’est pas.
Free, but RSVP required: Company Company @ LAXART
ZEENA PARKINS (HARP) & SUSAN ALCORN (PEDAL STEEL GUITAR)
Concert at LAXART
Sunday, February 10
Doors at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm
In 1966, Sun Ra bought ukuleles, mandolins, kotos, koras, Chinese lutes from curio shops and gave them to his horn players who had no training with the instruments. The result was Strange Strings, a recording he made with the belief that "strings could touch people in a special way, different from other instruments." Ra could just as easily have been describing the work of Alcorn or Parkins individually, let alone the two of them together. Both are titans of their respective instruments and this meeting is a first.
NAME THAT TUNE: JIM SHAW
Artist Talk at LAXART
Monday, February 11
Our third contestant of Name That Tune, Jim Shaw, is a founder of the legendary experimental art rock band Destroy All Monsters. Whether he’s creating aural rites for his O-ist religion or perpetually completing a prog-rock opera, Shaw’s entanglement with music and art taps into the American unconscious with devilish aplomb. For this episode, we'll mine the rare and radioactive elements of Shaw's record collection.
GLENN LIGON IN CONVERSATION WITH HAMZA WALKER
Artist Talk at Regen Projects
Wednesday, February 13
This event has reached capacity and RSVPs are no longer being taken.
This artist talk takes place on the occasion of Untitled (America)/Debris Field/Synecdoche/Notes for a Poem on the Third World, an exhibition of new work by Glenn Ligon at Regen Projects. For this exhibition, Ligon will present a new series of silkscreen paintings based on abstracted letter forms and several neon installations. This talk will address the new work as a starting point for other considerations. For more information, please visit the Regen Projects website. This event is presented by Regen Projects.
POSTPONED: Ghedalia Tazartes & Rhys Chatham
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this concert at LAXART will be postponed until a later date.
This gig marks the second meeting of two legendary underground figures each of whom, in his own way, is a shaman of the avant-garde. If Tazartes' earliest recordings, Diasporas (1979) and Total Eclipse of the Sun (1984) brought him into the orbit of musique concrete, he would define its outer most reaches. Composing with recorded material was the means to highly idiosyncratic ends as the mainstays of his material were tracks of his chanting. Over the years, Tazartes has emerged as a vocalist whose chants share an affinity with any and all cultures for whom it is sacred expression. A denizen of Paris since 1987, multi-instumentalist and composer Rhys Chatham needs no introduction. His activities, from playing with La Monte Young's Theater of Eternal Music and Tony Conrad's Dream Syndicate to serving as The Kitchen's first music director would define New York's lower east side post-Minimal experimental music scene. This event is supported, in part, by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US and is part of their artistic season, Ceci n’est pas.
LAXART is also collaborating on a series of programs to take place during the duration of Frieze Los Angeles, at Paramount Studios. Dates and times to be announced. Please check back for more information