Between June 4 and July 6, 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 Reine; 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, provided by Winsome.
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
Doors at 2:00pm
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 LAXART director Hamza Walker and participants to be announced for this discussion on 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
Doors at 7:00pm
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.
Reading and Conversation with Hilton Als
Friday, June 29
Doors at 7:30pm
Writer and critic Hilton Als will present a new, unpublished text that is part of his ongoing body of work investigating various narratives of race and gender. The reading will be followed by a conversation between Als and poet Robin Coste Lewis. Hilton Als became a staff writer at The New Yorker in 1994 and a theatre critic in 2002. He is an associate professor of writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and has taught at Yale University, Wesleyan, and Smith College. His most recent book, “White Girls,” a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the winner of the Lambda Literary Award in 2014, He won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2017.
PERSON with Bashir Daviid Naim
Party and Performances
Tuesday, July 3
Doors at 9:30pm
Artist Bashir Daviid Naim hosts his latest edition of Person, a roving club night and series of performances co-founded by the artist in 2016. Featuring performances by Dia Dear, Davia Spain, and Elliot Reed///DJs @bbyshamu @baexploitation @ramdasha///Floral installation by M. Page Greene & More TBA/// $10 suggested donation at door (to benefit performers).
Find yourself at Person.
WORKING / TALKING / SERVING / SWERVING
A bodied discussion of Adam Linder’s Choreographic Services 1 - 5 & a Footnote.
Friday, July 6, doors at 6:30pm
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.