Wednesday, November 16, 2016

10:30am - 11:45am

Film Series: Contemporary Art  Film Series: Contemporary Art

This film series explores contemporary art from the newest season (8) of the PBS series Art21.

Each film explores contemporary art in a different city. Each film is 50 minutes long and followed by 15 minutes of Q&A with a Bruce Museum staff member. Free with Museum admission. No registration required.

11/2 – Chicago, 11/9 – Mexico City, 11/16 – Los Angeles, 11/23 – Vancouver.

Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

While sprawling Los Angeles has world-class museums and art schools, artists working in the shadow of the entertainment industry are more “under the radar,” affording them the space and time to imagine.

Diana Thater (b.1962, San Francisco, CA, USA) makes video installations that poetically grapple with threats to the natural world. She is filmed preparing for her monumental exhibition, The Sympathetic Imagination, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Liz Larner (b.1960, Sacramento, CA, USA) experiments with abstract sculptural forms in a dizzying array of materials, including polychromatic ceramics that evoke the tectonic geologic shifts of the western landscape. Tala Madani (b.1981, Tehran, Iran) skewers stereotypes in her sharply satirical paintings that evoke clashes of culture: men and women, the rational and the absurd, Western and non-Western. And Edgar Arceneaux (b.1972, Los Angeles, CA) investigates historical patterns through drawings, installations, and multimedia events, such as the reenactment of Ben Vereen’s tragically misunderstood blackface performance at Ronald Reagan’s 1981 Inaugural Gala.

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