REDCAT: Opening reception: Sat, April 9, 6–9 pm
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) was carved out of the parking structure of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (home of LA Philharmonic) as CalArts' downtown venue for contemporary arts and opened its doors in 2003, shortly after the freshly inaugurated music venue. The Gallery at REDCAT was itself an addition to the original plan, which initially only included a multi-purpose performing art center. For his project at REDCAT, John Knight revisits this relationship between the two cohabiting institutions in today’s highly developed “cultural corridor” of downtown Los Angeles, considering the relationship between space, architecture, contemporary arts and real estate.
Since the late 1960s, Los Angeles-based artist John Knight has pioneered the practices of site-specificity and institutional critique, always interested in interrogating the underlying geopolitical and economic systems implicit in everyday convention. Eschewing a signature style, Knight prefers to work in situ, engaging with and responding to the context of each unique site. Often utilizing the visual strategies of architecture, advertising, and corporate design, Knight’s multilayered projects challenge the art establishment and its relationship to a larger global context.
Cuban and American artists, participating in El Acercamiento/The Approach, on the Cuban shore looking towards Miami. Photo: Pablo Bordon. Courtesy of CalArts. Click here for high resolution version.
Los Angeles exhibition of El Acercamiento/The Approach
Saturday, May 7 through Saturday, June 11th.
Opening reception: May 7th at 6pm.
2 pm—7pm, Monday thru Friday
10 am—5 pm, Saturday and Sunday
Plaza de la Raza, Boat House Gallery
3540 N. Mission Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90031-3135
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Admission is FREE
REDCAT: The 11th annual REDCAT International Children’s Film Festival features three weekends of exhilarating short-film programs to mesmerize moviegoers of all ages. Magical, adventurous works made by acclaimed filmmakers and up-and-coming auteurs showcase work from around the globe—including Colombia, France, Russia, Taiwan, Argentina, Korea, Iran, and Mexico— to inspire the whole family. Festival highlights include the latest in both live action and animated shorts.
CalArts, Cafe A
STUDENT AFFAIRS: Information on volunteering for Bernie Sanders.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: 2pm: CalArts Tabla Ensemble and Student Persian Ensemble
Under the direction of esteemed CalArts faculty Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri along with fellow faculty Randy Gloss, the CalArts Tabla Ensemble draws from the vast repertoire of North Indian tabla presenting traditional as well contemporary works. This performance will feature a composition by Swapan Chaudhuri originally written for the San Francisco World Music Festival in 2001. The piece develops from one stroke, one sound, into a kaleidoscope of phrases and approaches, from folk to classical, traditional to modern.
Love is one of the central themes in mystical music and poetry. The invocation of love throughout the program of the Student Persian Ensemble is a testament to its importance. In mystical music, the Beloved is the source of all love, and love is one of His attributes. The compositions of Khalil Alinejad praise the Beloved through humble service, devotion and the ecstasy of union. The period of loneliness and unhappiness of lover ends upon the return of his Beloved. Alinejad puts to music some of the greatest masters of Persian poetry such as Rumi
and Hafiz. In this performance, the compositions invoke Rumi’s powerful verse on the oneness of Beloved and Hafiz's lyrical descriptions of the ecstasy of a reunion with the Beloved.
5pm: CalArts World Percussion Ensemble
directed by Randy Gloss, Houman Pourmehdi and Andrew Grueschow
The CalArts World Percussion Ensemble is an ongoing experimental forum bringing together the percussion, drumming and world music traditions at CalArts. The ensemble bridges cultures and musical ideas, creating new works for percussion, both highly fixed compositions and extended improvisations. The World Percussion Ensemble was conceived in the early days of the institute by founding faculty and percussion vanguard, the late John Bergamo. It remains a vital and integral platform for percussionists and world music students to explore the possibilities within the world of drumming.
8pm: African Music and Dance
Nani Agbeli with Andrew Grueschow will lead Aza Ensemble in a performance of ADZOGBO, a type of dance and music that blends traditional dance with poetry and spoken words. Adding to the excitement, Aza will be performing Agbekor, Fume fume, and Bammaya, and will be joined by visiting artist SK Kakraba (“The World’s Greatest Xylophone Player” —LA Weekly ) from Ghana. This is a performance you will not want to miss. Be there and be ready for an explosion of music, dance and song from all the regions in Ghana, West Africa.
The World Music and Dance Festival runs Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.
CalArts, Main Gallery, Modular Theater Lobby
THEATER: Portfolio review is an opportunity to share design and production student work.
D300 Gallery: Graphic Design Exhibition
D301 Gallery: Graphic Design Exhibition
L-Shape Gallery: Art Pilots Exhibition
Main Gallery: Digital Arts Expo Exhibition
A402 Gallery: Photo Idea Class Exhibition
Lime Gallery: Photo Idea Class Exhibition
Mint Gallery: Photo Idea Class Exhibition
FILM/VIDEO: Palor of Oddities, A film exhibition by Model05 Productions.
Model05 is a collective of aspiring film makers looking to break into the industry. Comprised of students and alumni from CalArts, Model05 seeks to tell narrative stories with hints of the whimsical or macabre.
Started by Daniel Kleen, Mikael Paris Kloda, James Michael Cowan, Oliver Aston and Ryan Mackel in 2012, Model05 began its journay as a small group of students with a similar interest in the strange and supernatural in film. Since then, Model05 has grown to include over 40 students and alumni from CalArts and the surrounding area. As Model05 moves away from student film making, we seek to continue with our high production values by creating our fantastic world through our use of practical effect driven imagery, diverse storytelling, and dedication to the work at all levels of production.
REDCAT: “Reveries of the most hallucinatory imaginations.”—Hyperallergic
“Mysterious and wondrous effects! And such a fascinating history!”—Guy Maddin
Attention, lovers of the celluloid image: here is an opportunity to travel back in time by way of a ravishing treasure trove of hand-colored cinematic visions and wonders from more than a century ago. Beautiful restorations of these rare films are showcased in the new book Fantasia of Color in Early Cinema, the revelatory, lavishly illustrated exploration of the first-ever uses of applied color in movies. Accompanied by live music, superb digital transfers of restored work from the archives of EYE Film Institute Netherlands can now take viewers to when colored moving images truly opened a portal into otherworldly magic and the uncanny—and yet could also heighten realism. Two of the book’s authors, film scholar Tom Gunning, of the University of Chicago, and painter, illustrator and animator Jonathon Rosen, of the School of Visual Arts, introduce this delightful cinematic phantasmagoria.
In person: Tom Gunning, Jonathon Rosen
CalArts, The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater and the Library
LIBRARY: Screening of "Mia" film in the Lund Theater from 1:30-3pm with Q&A with the producers. Exhibition of special collections materials in the library with a reception.
ART: Pasolini’s Bodies and Places
Around 1980 in Rome, a few years after Pasolini’s assassination, a small cooperative around filmcritics Michele Mancini and Giuseppe Perrella produced a mysteriously elaborate 600-page picture-book with the title “Pier Paolo Pasolini: corpi e luoghi”. At the time of its publication, coming out of a rich environment of cultural and political production in Italy, the book was celebrated "as an indispensable tool for future research" on the filmmaker. Today “Corpi e Luoghi” has been long out of print. Yet it has remained, as one review put it in 1982, “the most pasolinian book to date”. Conceived by its authors as a “vision producing machine”, the publication appears as a groundbreaking model of applied critical theory: an exuberant rather than academic mixture of visual studies, Frankfurt-School marxism, and psychoanalysis, stubbornly precise and also playful. The lecture will present “Corpi e Luoghi” in the context of a forthcoming re-edition in English.
Benedikt Reichenbach studied at the University of Leipzig and at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig. In 2007, he received his MA in philosophy and history with a thesis about the ban on images in the writings of Theodor W. Adorno. Since then, he has worked as a graphic designer and editor in Berlin and New York. On the occasion of Harun Farocki's seventieth birthday, he edited and designed "Harun Farocki Diagrams: Images from Ten Films" (Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König, 2014). At the Whitney Independent Studies Program he is currently preparing a publication on “the binary” in image-making, based on a history on the diptych-form.
ART: Teddy Cruz is recognized internationally for his urban research of the TijuanaSan Diego border, advancing border immigrant neighborhoods as sites of cultural production, from which to rethink urban policy, affordable housing and civic infrastructure. His investigation of this geography of conflict has inspired a practice and pedagogy that emerges from the particularities of this bicultural territory and the integration of theoretical research, pedagogy and design production. His practice and research convene knowledges from across the fields of architecture and urbanism, environmental and social practice, political theory and urban policy, visual arts and public culture, and mediate the interface between top down institutions (governments, universities, foundations) and bottomup socioeconomic, cultural and environmental intelligence embedded in communities.
MUSIC: A concert featuring the band 'Naked Naps' on tour from North Carolina, with guest bands from CalArts and Los Angeles.
12PM – 6PM: Expo Galleries Open
5PM – 6PM: Reception – Main Entrance
6PM – 7:30PM: Performances in the Sharon Disney Lund Theatre 8:00PM – 12AM: Performances in the Roy O. Disney Music Hall
INSTITUTE: Reflecting CalArts’ experimental ethos, the Institute’s Digital Arts Expo showcases projects integrating cutting-edge engineering and computer science with visual and performing arts. The Digital Arts Expo will involve viewers in interactive experiences, bring artists’ perspectives to computer games, forecast future directions of digital performance, animation, and projection mapping, and explore the latest in software and hardware as a means of commenting on our increasingly connected world. Highlighting new student and faculty projects made over this last academic year, the Digital Arts Expo’s exhibitions and performances run from early afternoon to late evening in over 12 venues, including the Roy O. Disney Music Hall, Modular Theater, Main Gallery, Wild Beast, Machine Lab, Bijou, and Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater.
CalArts has long been at the forefront of arts and technology practice, and is uniquely positioned to develop such a curriculum. The Institute’s Music Technology curriculum is unique in the world, engaging students in custom software design, circuit design for human-computer interfacing, and the use of robotic mechanical systems and artificial intelligence in musical and artistic practice. CalArts School of Film/Video, with its renowned animation program, has been a global leader in innovations in computer graphics and advanced digital media technologies. And the newer Digital Arts Minor program offers opportunity for inter-disciplinary collaboration between students of all the schools within CalArts and provides students with the skills and knowledge to create digitally driven works of art.
On May 5, the public is invited to experience the Digital Arts Expo’s free exhibitions and concerts on the CalArts campus featuring creatively adventurous and technologically imaginative new work from across all disciplines of the Institute.
CalArts, B304 – Composition for Film and Video
MUSIC: George S. Clinton began his professional musical career as a songwriter, arranger, and session musician in Nashville, while earning degrees in music and drama at Middle Tennessee State University. The summer after graduation, George attended the Atlanta Pop Festival and, upon hearing Joe Cocker perform "With a Little Help from My Friends", left his native Chattanooga, bound for Los Angeles and ready to rock and roll. Clinton became a staff writer for Warner Brothers Music, with songs recorded by such artists as Michael Jackson, Joe Cocker, and Three Dog Night; continued arranging and session work; and, as a recording artist, did albums for MCA, Elektra, ABC, and Arista. His musical inventiveness and versatility in both orchestral and popular idioms have allowed him to contribute memorable scores to such diverse films as the hit comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and its blockbuster sequels and the hit martial arts fantasy Mortal Kombat and its sequel. Other noteworthy projects include John Waters's A Dirty Shame; Disney's holiday hits The Santa Clause 2 and The Santa Clause 3; and the sexy thriller Wild Things.
CalArts, A216 - faculty, scholars & professionals workshop; A217 - student workshop
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT AFFAIRS: Fulbright officers will be on-campus to discuss fulbright opportunities for students, faculty, scholars and professionals.
CalArts, Bijou Auditorium
FILM/VIDEO: Angela Boatwright will introduce her documentary feature Los Punks: We Are All We Have, A Slamdance Film Festival selection. Shot in the streets and backyards of East Los Angeles, South Central, Compton, Boyle Heights and Watts.
"Photographer Angela Boatwright’s first documentary feature is a bracing look at a thriving underground of punk bands and backyard-party concerts virtually unknown outside the city’s Latino communities.” - Variety
REDCAT: The Next Dance Company, an ensemble of The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts, draws together the school’s’ most accomplished performers and choreographers, all from the 2016 graduating class. Under the leadership of choreographers Stephan Koplowitz and Laurence Blake, The Next Dance Company will bring two performances that include choreography by guest artist Zoe Scofield as well as graduating MFA and BFA students.
Vortex Dome, LA Center Studios, Main Entrance - 450 S. Bixel Street, LA, CA 90017
FILM/VIDEO: Rounder Than You Think by CalArts Immersion Group! Directed by Hillary Kapan and Gordon Kurowski. The second annual full dome experience at the Vortex Dome.
Free Entry. Registration required at Eventbrite. Book your seat now before we run out! You will check in at the gate, where you will be given directions for parking and location of the Vortex Dome.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: This concert wanders through the musical universe of Ulrich Krieger. Dark ambient, doom metal, noise, industrial and experimental soundscapes.
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Dan Gonzalez and friends perform for electronic and acoustic instruments, a continuous set of pieces and improvisation in a variety of styles ranging from Cumbia to Chamber Quartet.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: An evening of vocal music composed by students and faculty of CalArts, including Michael Pisaro, Carmina Escobar, Jack Doutt, Cari Stevens, Danny Sumner and more!
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: Unseal Unseam & Erwartung is an electroacoustic opera adapted from "Bluebeards's Castle" performed with the monodrama, "Erwartung" by Arnold Schoenberg. Starring soprano and sound artist Micaela Tobin. Staged within a psychological purgatory, a woman returns to an abusive relationship. As the audience is enveloped within her memories, she is forced to confront a sinister reality. A landscape of abuse and torture is physicalized through a combination of immersive object performance, multimedia sound installation, and live improvised music.
Original music for Unseal Unseam by Amy Golden and Micaela Tobin.
Directed by Shannon Knox.
CalArts, The Wild Beast
MUSIC: An evening of concertos. Music by Rand Steiger, Chuck Gloria, Ben Finley, Josiah Oberholtzer, Ayaka Gokan, Manuel Lima.
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA), 104 East 4th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
COMMUNITY ARTS PARTNERSHIP:
On View: May 11 - 21, 2016, 12:00 - 6:00 PM Monday - Saturday
Artists’ Reception: Saturday May 14th, 2016, 2:00 - 5:00 PM
DTLA ArtWalk Preview: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 12:00 - 9:00 PM
Located at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art in Downtown Los Angeles’ historic Gallery District, the Youth Arts Exhibition provides a unique opportunity for young arts students to showcase their work in a professional setting to an audience of real-world artists, collectors,
The Community Arts Partnership (CAP), a program of the California Institute of the Arts, links distinguished teaching artists to the diverse communities of Los Angeles County through tuition -free, after -school, summer, and school -based arts programs for youth. Classes are led by CalArts alumni and faculty, supported by student instructors. Now in its 26th year, CAP serves thousands of students ages 6-18 in 23 community-based classes and 50 in-school classes across a 1,000 square-mile radius of Los Angeles County. CAP has served as a model for other arts organizations locally and nationally, and has won numerous awards including the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
The Annual Youth Arts Exhibition will showcase visual art, graphic design, photography, creative writing, and animation created in the following 2015 - 2016 CAP programs:
● CalArts Digital Media Program
● Santa Clarita Valley Photography Program
● Fiat Lux Saturday Photography Program
● Self Help Graphics & Art Media Mashup Program
● Self Help Graphics & Art From A to Zine Program
● Newhall Elementary School Art Pilots Program
● Sony Pictures Media Arts Programs
Admission to the exhibition is free. The Artists’ Reception will feature a live musical performance by current CAP students, an interactive art activity, and refreshments.
For more information, please visit our website or call our office:
www.calarts.edu/cap | 661.222.2708
CalArts, Roy O. Disney Music Hall
MUSIC: An evening of percussion, featuring works by Danny Clarke, Michael Einnissy, Adam Rudolph and more. Beer and bagels to follow!
REDCAT: “A titan of the 1960s and ’70s avant-garde.” —The New York Times
Opening Night, Wednesday, May 11, 7-8pm will include a FREE Pre-Performance Conversation with Steve Paxton and Simone Forti.
Choreographed by pioneering and multi-award-winning choreographer Steve Paxton, and performed by exquisite Slovenian dancer Jurij Konjar, Bound is re-staged and re-imagined by Paxton, who first premiered it in 1982. A stellar example of his 40 years of research into the fiction of cultured dance and the ‘truth’ of improvisation, Paxton has created a performance composed of isolated vignettes, combined with eclectic music and images that are not immediately logical. But like numbers in a column that begin to add up to something larger as they accumulate, these seemingly unchoreographed dance “remarks” soon resonate poetic thoughts. Paxton describes it as “like a chance meeting with a slightly drunken man in a quiet bar where a conversation begins and gradually a disjointed story emerges, of a life lived, one moment after another, but now remembered as fragments of a journey.”
BOUND was created in 1982 for Spaziozero in Rome. It was seen in Great Britain, Belgium, and at The Kitchen in NYC in 1983, which made a videotape on which this reconstruction is based.
Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, 631 West 2nd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
CRITICAL STUDIES: The graduating class of CalArts creative writing MFA. Refreshments served afterwards.
CalArts, Modular Theater
THEATER: Dean TRAVIS PRESTON
Director of Programs in Performance MIRJANA JOKOVIC
Head of MFA Acting MIRJANA JOKOVIC
Heads of BFA Acting NATAKI GARRETT & MARY LOU ROSATO
Showcase Director ZOE AJA MOORE
CalArts, The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Theater
MUSIC: John Cage's Song Books with Anna Pagkalou, Andreas Livisianos, Alex Demers, Amy Golden, Anais Montoya, Ben Levinson, Elsa Lund, Juan Rivera, Katryn Schuman, Natalie Perez, Nicolas Bejarano, Ruth Odykoya, Sara Singlair Gomez, Rose Malone, Marcus Doyle and Zac Crumine.