REDCAT Announces Fall 2018 Calendar Of Premieres
REDCAT, CalArts' downtown center for contemporary arts, announces adventurous international and LA performances featured in the ambitious new Fall 2018 season at REDCAT, including stunning stagecraft and object theater from Rotterdam, the world premiere of a new dance and video work by LA company David Rousseve/Reality, a slyly funny and poignant collaboration by German/British collective Gob Squad with six LA performers, a hilarious political musical-theater project by art collective My Barbarian, and the return of Christiane Jatahy with a Brazilian take on Chekhov's Three Sisters, which uses genius film techniques.Music highlights include the beautiful and playful work of Margaret Leng Tan and her multiple toy and real pianos, a surround-sound experience by duo Reidemeister Move, and an installation/performance by experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar, in collaboration with Mexican ensemble Der Bruch. In an introduction to the season, Mark Murphy, the Steven D. Lavine Executive Director of REDCAT says,
REDCAT is a home for diverse artists and audiences who are interested in pushing the evolution of contemporary culture, and discovering new art forms for our complex and volatile world."Art is a mediator of the unspeakable" wrote Goethe. Artists can open the mind and soul to help us comprehend beauty as well as atrocity; vibrancy as well as anguish. Many artists at REDCAT this fall are finding creative and profound ways to do both. In the gallery, more than 20 Iranian artists explore complex social issues, while using the rich cultural significance and beauty of flowers as a starting point. In the theater, Dutch art collective Hotel Modern, who came to REDCAT in 2015 with an astonishing performance addressing the horror of WWI, return with an acclaimed and meticulous piece commemorating the worst atrocities of WWII; choreographer David Rousséve celebrates the life of composer Billy Strayhorn, who was a gay, African American activist more than 60 years ago, and wrote some of Duke Ellington's most famous music; wryly funny German/UK ensemble Gob Squad works with local performers to probe definitions of "beauty" and the grace of aging; the bi-coastal trio My Barbarian finds a way to confront economic injustice while making us laugh heartily and tap our toes to their band; and Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy merges cinema and theater to re-imagine the themes of anguish, hope and love in Chekhov's Three Sisters. There is much more - ranging from adventurous music and multi-media events, to groundbreaking film and video programs. These are events you'll want to experience, not just hear about.
September 20 - 23
Dates and descriptions are below and available online at redcat.org
Hotel Modern (Holland)
THEATER. The entire stage is filled with an elaborate and meticulously rendered scale model of buildings, train tracks, and thousands of miniature figurines, which are artfully manipulated by Dutch visual and performing artists Pauline Kalker, Arléne Hoornweg and Herman Helle, as they recreate a miniature depiction of the place where Kalker's grandfather spent his final days: Auschwitz. Critics and audiences around the world have been awestruck and profoundly moved by the way the performance collective Hotel Modern makes the unimaginable imaginable: a deliberate atrocity of mass murder, committed in a city built especially for this purpose. Large video projection shows live footage of the meticulous and wordless object theater, as the performers move the figures and set pieces, filming them like giant war reporters with micro cameras. The handcrafted scene of a horrific concentration camp becomes a posthumous memorial for Kalker's grandfather and millions of others, as we bear witness to a the processes and mechanisms of this factory of systematic torture and murder.
October 4 - 7
Halfway to Dawn
DANCE. David Roussève's luscious choreography for nine exquisite performers is mixed with bold video imagery to invoke the life and spirit of composer and arranger Billy "Sweet Pea" Strayhorn, who wrote such famous hits as A Train, Chelsea Bridge and Lush Life for Duke Ellington's orchestra, but was a relatively unknown African-American gay man living in Harlem of the 40s to the 60s. The arranger and writer or co-writer of some of Ellington's greatest works was also an activist who was out as gay, and active in civil rights causes (and a committed friend of Dr. Martin Luther King). The core of Halfway to Dawn is Strayhorn's music as interpreted through a dynamic dance vocabulary melding jazz, modern/postmodern, and social dance forms.
Thur-Sat 8:30pm Sun 3:00pm $25-$30 [members $20-$24]
Ken Jacobs: Metropolis Looms And The Bad Maria Is Tuned Up
Co-presented with Acropolis Cinema, LACMA, LA Filmforum and 3-D SPACE
FILM/VIDEO. Renowned film, video and performance artist Ken Jacobs returns to REDCAT with his Nervous Magic Lantern and its spectacular imagery. In a sixty-year career that includes legendary underground films from the 1950s and 1960s and hundreds of 3D cinema pieces, Ken Jacobs has become a celebrated treasure of American art. The Nervous Magic Lantern uses a homemade projector, hand-manipulated elements, and no film or video, to create mesmerizing hallucinatory effects. Each performance is unique, combining swirling abstract textures with hints of mysterious and inexplicable objects-all in a 3D that can be apprehended with a single eye. Truly once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Nervous Magic Lantern performances are the culminating syntheses of Jacobs' life work. In person: Ken Jacobs Mon 8:30pm $12 [members $9]
Presented in conjunction with LACMA's exhibition 3D: Double Vision currently on view. Curated by Steve Anker, Berenice Reynaud, Britt Salvesan, and Nicholas Barlow as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series supported by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.
MUSIC. In a unique seating arrangement and surround-sound configuration, Robin Hayward's self-designed microtonal tuba and contrabassist Christopher Williams' slow bows meld in an unearthly fusion of overtones, undertones, noise, bodily rhythms, and spatial resonance. As the duo Reidemeister Move, they push the possibilities of long tones, natural harmonies, and low instruments in two works: Arcanum 17, developed with sound artist Charlie Morrow and set in his 3D multichannel environment; and Hayward's Borromean Rings, a sustained-tone piece in just intonation for acoustic tuba and contrabass. Reidemeister Move's work with Berlin's echtzeitmusik scene and La Monte Young's legendary Theatre of Eternal Music grounds its precise and immersive sound. Their name is an homage to the mathematical theory of knots.
Wed 8:30 pm $20
"Puts listeners into a state of deep, emotionally charged calm." -Freistil (Austria)
October 12 & 14
Noah Preminger, Myra Melford and Wadada Leo Smith
Angel City Jazz Festival
MUSIC. The festival presents a double bill of the critically acclaimed saxophonist, Noah Preminger and the Myra Melford Tiger Trio. Named as Downbeat Magazine's Rising Star Best Tenor Saxophonist, Preminger's critically acclaimed albums include Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground and Meditations On Freedom, which as released on Inauguration Day in 2017 as a musical protest. Classically trained Myra Melford is a composer with a singular voice in piano improvisation. She has released over 40 recordings, and was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, and an Alpert Award in the Arts.
Composer, trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist Wadada Leo Smith is joined by dancer/choreographer Oguri, video artist Jesse Gilbert, experimental vocalist Carmina Escobar, and a stellar ensemble of musicians, for his epic Rosa Parks Oratorio. Smith confronts issues of freedom, liberty and justice in this philosophical and spiritual narrative about Rosa Parks and the Civil Rights Movement. For tickets and more information, visit angelcityjazz.com.
Fri & Sun 8:00pm October 15
The 4th China Onscreen Biennial
FILM/VIDEO. REDCAT joins a distinguished consortium of film institutions in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. to present the China Onscreen Biennial, returning for a fourth edition in 2018, (October 19 - November 7). This year's selections draw an unusual, unexpected picture of China in her vast ethnic, geographic, and cultural diversity, including China's quickly expanding entertainment industry. Other selections engage more explicitly as works of art, yet still interrogate pressing societal concerns. One salient trait of these young Chinese filmmakers has been the growing number of female filmmakers turning a gendered gaze at a rapidly changing society. Program details at REDCAT.org and chinaonscreen.org. Mon 8:30pm $12 [members $9] Curated by Bérénice Reynaud, Steve Anker, and the China Onscreen Biennial, as part of the Jack H. Skirball Screening Series. An initiative of the UCLA Confucius Institute, the China Onscreen Biennial promotes U.S.-China cultural dialogue through the art of the moving image.
October 18 - 21
Gob Squad (UK/Germany)
Creation (Pictures For Dorian)
Presented with Center Theatre Group
THEATER. The ingenious and charming British-German art collective Gob Squad shrewdly mixes performance and impromptu video to elevate the banality of everyday life into soaring artistic experiences. Every night is different when they draw inspiration from six local citizens who perform with them in a uniquely Los Angeles version of their latest acclaimed production. Gob Squad members have spent the last 25 years onstage, growing old together. Now well and truly middle-aged, they are inviting a diverse group of local performers, a generation younger and older than themselves, to answer the questions of beauty, morality, and power raised by Oscar Wilde's never-aging character Dorian Gray, and to playfully ask why they all so crave the eye of the beholder. The group that wowed REDCAT audiences with previous works Western Society, Super Night Shot and Kitchen, uses wit and wry humor as they "explore the point where theater meets art, media and real life." Thur-Sat 8:30pm Sun 7:00pm $25-$30 [members $20-$24]
OJOBOCA: Extinction Burst Rehearsal (Germany)
FILM/VIDEO. Collaborating under the name Ojoboca since 2010, the Berlin-based duo of Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy, provides a glimpse into our collective unconscious with their films and expanded cinema performances. As self-described practitioners of Horrorism, a simulated method of inner and outer transformation, Ojoboca probes the inconsistencies in the formal strategies of non-fiction filmmaking to rewrite history, imagine utopia, and, discover worlds that exist within this reality. These films, rooted in analog film processes, conjure visions that are as much corporeal as they are dreamlike. The program features New Museum of Mankind (2016, 30min.), a performance involving two variable speed 16mm projectors, as well as The Skin is Good (2018, 12min.) and Comfort Stations (2018, 26min.).
In person: Curator Andrew Kim, Anja Dornieden and Juan David González Monroy
Mon 8:30pm $12 [members $9]
Curated by Andrew Kim, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.
Machines and Strings
MUSIC. Featuring internationally acclaimed artists Amy Knoles, Ajay Kapur, and Ulrich Krieger, Machines and Strings is an interdisciplinary project curated for REDCAT by the Isaura String Quartet. An immersive concert experience, Machines and Strings brings together CalArtians from the disciplines of Music, Theater, Critical Studies, and Integrated Media, presenting renowned performers and up-and-coming artists with an array of diverse voices. Works by artists including Chrysanthe Tan, Stephanie Smith, Sarah Belle Reid, April Gerloff, and Jules Gimbrone are performed in collaboration with interactive lighting and projection by alumni artists from the 2018 CalArts Expo creative team. Isaura performs the world premiere of Ulrich Krieger's completely revised quartet Up-Tight II and they also premiere a new work by Amy Knoles featuring the KarmetiK Machine Orchestra, directed by Ajay Kapur, who created the custom-built robotic musical instrument Lydia. Wed 8:30pm $20 [members $16]
Recent Films by Robert Beavers
The Poetry of Living Space
FILM/VIDEO. Robert Beavers is a master of 16mm personal filmmaking whose films (From the Notebook of... 1971/1998, etc.) are landmarks of independent cinema. Following his magnum opus 18-film cycle, My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure, Beavers released several works that are considered among the great films of recent decades. Beavers' focus is on intimate spaces and how they reflect qualities of human character and life. His art is unsurpassed in its sensitivity to seemingly ordinary details, the astonishingly sensual sound and imagery, and its deep grounding in the classical arts. The program includes five recent films, including Pitcher of Colored Light (2007) cited as the second best experimental film of the 2000's in Film Comment's poll of international critics, and his early Amor (1980).
In person: Robert Beavers Fri 8:30pm $12 [members $9]
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.
Sharon Lockhart: Pine Flat
Presented with The Broad
FILM/VIDEO. The Broad presents a screening of Pine Flat, 2005, (16 mm film, color, sound, 139 minutes) by Broad collection artist Sharon Lockhart. Featured in the museum's newest exhibition, A Journey That Wasn't, Lockhart's Pine Flat Portrait Studio series (2005) includes intimate photographs taken of youth over three years in the rural town of Pine Flat, California. Pine Flat is a film of the children composed of twelve ten-minute takes, reminding viewers that perceptions of time are deeply subjective. The Broad collection features more than 20 artworks by the Los Angeles-based artist.
Sat 3:00pm $12
Studio: Fall 2018
THEATER-MUSIC-DANCE-MULTIMEDIA. REDCAT's quarterly program of new works and works-in-progress highlights new forms of dance, theater, music and multimedia performance in a wide-ranging evening that celebrates the vitality of Los Angeles artists making work for the stage. Sun & Mon 8:30pm $15 [members $12] November 1
Margaret Leng Tan
MUSIC. Hailed by The New Yorker as the "dynamic doyenne of the toy piano and its grownup counterpart," Margaret Leng Tan infuses the avant-garde with good old-fashioned showmanship, tempered with the disciplinary rigor inherited from her mentor John Cage. The first woman to earn a doctorate from Juilliard, Tan is also the world's first professional toy piano virtuoso. Her curiosity has extended to other toy instruments as well, substantiating her credo: "Poor tools require better skills" (Marcel Duchamp). Margaret Leng Tan makes her Los Angeles debut performing the west coast premieres of two works written for her: Metamorphoses Book I, George Crumb's first major piano cycle in 40 years, and Phyllis Chen's Curios, a multimedia work revolving around the bizarre and bewitching world of the circus carnival.
Thur 8:30pm $25 [members $20]
The 2018 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
FILM/VIDEO. The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation, called "essential viewing every year" by Cine-File, returns to REDCAT for the third year. Founded in 2010, Eyeworks is a curated annual festival that showcases abstract animation and unconventional character animation. The three screenings features two programs of short films including classic and recently restored films, works from rising names in the field, and premieres of new works by Maureen Selwood, Oliver Laric, Takeshi Murata, Larry Cuba, and Jon Rafman. The Festival also presents a solo retrospective screening of work from the 2018 festival guest. Past guests have included Martin Arnold, Nancy Andrews, and Jacolby Satterwhite.
Curated by Lilli Carré, Alexander Stewart, Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Sat Time TBA Program details at REDCAT.org
Raha Raissnia: Expanded Film Performances
FILM/VIDEO. Tehran-born, Brooklyn-based artist Raha Raissnia presents an evening of expanded cinema performances that combine multiple projectors, screens and painted surfaces into intensely layered recreations of recorded images. Raissnia's work hovers hauntingly between images as memory and darkly expressive abstraction. She uses her own drawings and paintings as starting points along with footage recorded on the streets of Tehran and New York. Raissnia often collaborates with major experimental composers in her performances, such as Aki Onda, Charles Curtis, John Zorn, and recently with sculptor/musician Panagiotis Mavridis, who designs and builds his own instruments. Their music deeply informs her performances. Raissnia's films have shown at The Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Venice Biennale and many galleries and artist spaces. In person: Raha Raissnia Mon 8:30pm $12 [members $9]
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund.
November 9 - 10
Carmina Escobar: Pura Entraña
MUSIC. An elaborately prepared piano hovers above the stage for Pura Entraña, a hyper-sounding textural performance by experimental vocalist and intermedia artist Carmina Escobar, who activates the installation Piano Suspendido (Suspended Piano) by Jerónimo Naranjo. Their collaboration with the Mexican improvisation ensemble Der Bauch (José Pablo Jiménez, Deborah Silberer, Jerónimo Naranjo) and experimental luthier Carlos Chinchillas, explores the subject of vulnerability in its poetic sense, Pura Entraña (Pure Gut) follows a route of sonic and visual narratives in a performance that seeks to connect the audience to the essential sounds/gestures from the bodies and voices of the performers, and the piano and its entrails. A magic sonic/visual surrealist realization of acts that can hurt and heal. Fri-Sat 8:30pm $20 [members $16]
L'humour du geste
FILM/VIDEO. An intimate-yet humorous -act of cultural resistance, the cinema of Vivian Ostrovsky is a gesture, involving the filmmaker's entire body- as she travels around the world, carrying gear and playfully framing/gathering images with a Super-8 camera. She playfully edits these original shots with images found in her personal archives, or borrowed from the history of cinema. Multiculturalism and polyglotism are woven into the poetics of displacement. Born in New York and raised in Rio, Ostrovsky studied film in Paris, and her global experiences range from work with early women's film festivals and distribution outfits, to Centre Pompidou and Jerusalem Cinematheque. The program includes films from the early 80s to today, including the "beach extravaganza" ICE/SEA (2005), DizzyMess (2017) and Hiatus (2018), about Ukrainian-Brazilian writer Clarice Lispector.
In Person: Vivian Ostrovsky
Mon 8:30pm $12 [members $9]
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball screening series.
November 15 - 17
THEATER. Theater artist Kaneza Schaal first came to REDCAT as a performer with seminal New York ensembles The Wooster Group and Elevator Repair Service. Now she returns with her own work as the director and co-creator of JACK &, a multimedia comedy of errors structured on social codes and trainings. From The Honeymooners and Amos & Andy to debutant balls and prison re-entry programs, JACK & is a place of theatrical imagination that inhabits the liminal space between dream and reality. Starring Cornell Alston, the piece considers reentry to society after prison through a prism of baking fiascos, minimalist painters, ancestral ceremonies, and the dreaming one gives to the state while incarcerated. Drawing from diverse social rituals, JACK & gives creative dream time its due. Featuring design by artist/author Christopher Myers and live sound score by Rucyl Mills.
Thur-Sat 8:30pm $20 [members $16]
JACK & is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by the Contemporary Arts Center (Cincinnati), On The Boards (Seattle), Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), REDCAT (Los Angeles) and NPN/VAN. This presentation is funded in part with generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
p r i s m
Presented with LA Opera
MUSIC-THEATER. Locked away in a sterile room, a sickly child Bibi and her doting mother Lumee are each other's sole protectors from the unknown. When a mysterious illness lurking outside their door leaves Bibi unable to walk, her youthful curiosity begins to simmer and a seductive external existence can no longer be ignored. p r i s m, by Ellen Reid and Roxie Perkins, is a haunting, kaleidoscopic new work of opera-theatre that traverses the elasticity of memory after trauma. Composer Ellen Reid's music erupts with color, using choral and orchestral manipulation to deliver an eerily distinct sonic world.
Thur-Sat 8pm Sun 2pm
p r i s m was commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, David & Kiki Gindler, Linda & Stuart Nelson, and Elizabeth & Justus Schlichting, with additional support from Nancy & Barry Sanders; OPERA America's Opera Grants for Female Composers, funded by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation; The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trust; and National Endowment for the Arts-Art Works. December 7 - 8
CalArts Winter Dance
DANCE. The Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance at CalArts presents an evening of repertory remounted, reimagined, and re-contextualized. Featuring works by Trisha Brown, Merce Cunningham, Isadora Duncan, Mary Wigman and other great dance-making iconoclasts, revolutionaries and inventors. Fri-Sat 8:30pm $20 [members $16] December 10
Jumana Manna: Wild Relatives
FILM/VIDEO. A "wild relative" is the natural counterpart of a domesticated plant-its pre-agribusiness archive, its memory. Going back and forth between Lebanon and Norway after the closure of a seed bank in Aleppo, Jumana Manna's latest film powerfully ties two burning contemporary issues: the war in Syria and the need to protect bio-diversity. She weaves an intimate texture, combining small acts of resistance against the oppression of farmers, the well-meaning policy of international organizations, and the intensive labor of young female refugees gathering the seeds. Manna is a US-born Palestinian filmmaker and sculptor whose films have been shown in such major festivals as the Berlinale, The Viennale, Rotterdam, Dokfest Kosovo, Sheffield, Cinéma du Réel, Haifa, and Göteborg. She lives and works in Berlin.
In person: Filmmaker Jumana Manna; curators Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian Mon 8:30pm $12 [members $9]
Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series. Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Presented as part of A grammar built with rocks, a two-part exhibition by curators Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian at Human Resources LA (September 29 - November 4, 2018) and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Galleries (October 12 - December 22, 2018). Presented with support from the Goethe-Institut.
December 13 - 16
THEATER. Set in the California Republic of 1848, Non-Western is a quick-change musical fantasy that plays with the tropes of the Western genre, with a live rock band. Economic desires motivate its figures, from ranchero to coyote, who are portrayed through an unstable exchange of costumes, puppets, action figures and projections, all created by the founders of My Barbarian: Jade Gordon, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade. Even as class drama drives the plot, the colonial situation confuses a Marxist analysis, and signals the kinds of appropriations and adaptations Marxist critique undergoes in the non-West. Overwhelmed by confounded sovereignty, the story climaxes in a confrontation between the Virgin Mary and a pterodactyl at the La Brea Tar Pits, reflecting the limits of human politics. Songs include "Toward a Leftist Positionality," "Thanks to the Bank," "White, White Girl," and "When the Border Crosses You." Thur-Sat 8:30pm Sun 7:00pm $20 - 25 [members $16 - $20]
COMING IN 2019
Vicki Ray and Carole Kim
Rivers of Time
MUSIC. In an evocative musical and visual collaboration, pianist Vicki Ray and visual artist Carole Kim combine forces in two monumental new works for piano, electronics and projections. The evening includes the world premiere of Ben Phelps's exponentially expanding Sometimes I feel like my time ain't long, based on the Alan Lomax recording of the eponymous tune. Also featured is Daniel Lentz's Yellowstone-inspired River of 1000 Streams, which was named a top recording pick of 2017 by Alex Ross in the New Yorker. Carole Kim brings a hands-on approach to her projected visuals, using a variety of materials with a synesthetic sensitivity to sound and image. Respectful of the compositional intent of the music, her work is responsive to the musicality and poetics of the moment. Wed 8:30pm $25 [members $20]
Christiane Jatahy (Brazil)
What if they went to Moscow?
THEATER-FILM/VIDEO. Brazilian director Christiane Jatahy brilliantly merges live performance and filmmaking in what she describes as a "mirror game between theater and cinema." Her wildly acclaimed take on Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters imagines the siblings hosting a house party in modern day Brazil -- and the piece is seen by two audiences simultaneously, with each group experiencing it twice (in two very different ways). One audience is in the theater, which is transformed into a sound-stage occupied by the performers and three hand-held camera operators (one for each sister); At the same time, the other audience watches a beautifully edited live feed in an adjacent screening space, where they witness the director's perspective. After a break, the two audiences trade places, and realize that each version is a very different experience, as the cameras capture different moments, perspectives and facial expressions, giving the work a distinctly different tone and meaning. Critics around the world have called it a "masterpiece" and "a new dramaturgical language." This is the second piece in a trilogy - Jatahy won rave reviews when REDCAT hosted the first, her version of Miss Julie (Julia), and her unique response to Macbeth (The Walking Forest).
GALLERY AT REDCAT
July 21 - September 30
Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden
ART. The group exhibition Only the morning bird treasures the flower garden, which takes its title from a poem by 14th century Persian poet Hafiz, includes photographs, videos, and other works by more than twenty Iranian artists on the theme of flowers. Co-curated by artist Mehraneh Atashi and Sohrab Mohebbi, the exhibition was originally conceived by Atashi while working in Tehran in 2009, after she was instructed to photograph flowers, rather than take self-portraits that address social matters. In response, Atashi invited fellow artists, writers and other colleagues to contribute to an exhibition and publication exploring the historical, literary and symbolic connotations of flowers in Iran. The exhibition and publication were postponed indefinitely a few days before the 2011 opening in Tehran, after the project was referenced in an article in the international press. Now a version of the exhibition, featuring most of the original artists, comes to REDCAT, via a long detour, across multiple borders and years.
Tues-Sun 12-6pm or intermission Free October 25, 2018 - January 13, 2019
Morgan Fisher/Passing Time
ART. Working in Los Angeles since the mid-1960s, Morgan Fisher has a long history of applying a conceptual eye and mind to the materials and technologies of Hollywood. While lauded as a filmmaker, Fisher has also produced a cogent body of painting, photography, and drawing. Morgan Fisher / Passing Time, curated by Bruce Hainley and Sohrab Mohebbi, is the first exhibition of Fisher's oeuvre to bring the full range of his endeavors into sharp focus in his hometown. "Of course we know that without the artist there isn't a work," Fisher has stated. "But at least construction, and the performative within construction, enact the wish to reduce the visibility of this unavoidable fact." An arrangement of photographs, videos, works on paper, and a key series of paintings aims to elucidate Fisher's steadfast pursuit of non-subjective things, while also, counter-intuitively, revealing the figure of the artist as a stubborn, although frequently occluded, consequence of his production. The exhibition spotlights the career of an elusive Los Angeles éminence grise, providing, in a moment of obnoxious, self-obsession, an opportunity to reflect upon other ways of constructing the aesthetic.