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APRIL 12–14, 2019





Opening Night: April 11
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

April 12–14, 2019
Opening Night: April 11
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

April 12 — 14, 2019


11:00 am—12:00 pm

Sun Seekers: The Cure of California, with Lyra Kilston

                Los Angeles writer Lyra Kilston presents an illustrated talk related to her new book, Sun Seekers: The Cure of California. The book examines three different moments in Southern California history and the many eccentric newcomers, from fervent nature-cure healers to modern architects to barefoot vegetarian hermits, who built up the region’s renown as a center for healthy, natural lifestyles long before the 1960s. Presented by Atelier Éditions. 

12:00—1:00 pm

Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective: Between Dematerialization and Documentation, with Nathalie Zonnenberg, Glenn Philips, and Maria Nordman. Moderated by David Senior 

                Author Nathalie Zonnenberg hosts a discussion on the occasion of the release of the publication Conceptual Art in a Curatorial Perspective: Between Dematerialization and Documentation, published by Valiz. This discussion focuses on the curatorial practice of exhibiting conceptual art and offers various perspectives on how to handle conceptual art in the context of the museum. The fact that conceptual artworks are not object-based creates challenges in exhibiting or re-exhibiting them. How can we deal with these challenges? What is the influence of curators on the canonization of these works? How can we deal with the paradox of conceptual art? These questions and many more will be addressed during this event. Presented by Valiz.

1:00—2:00 pm

DuBoisian Double Consciousness Then and Now and the Reader on Reparations, with Kandis Williams

                Kandis Williams of CASSANDRA Press will moderate a discussion on several debates around reparations for the African American descendants of slaves. The discussion will focus on the role of the arts in restorative justice initiatives and key proponents of the movement towards black restitution, looking at global case studies and new voices in the debate emerging on social media platforms, in prisons, and within arts institutions. This discussion is held in conjunction with the release of CASSANDRA’s newest publications, DuBoisian Double Consciousness Then and Now and the Reader on Reparations, a duo of readers on laws and aesthetics during the Reconstruction Era.
                The conversation will highlight how the two readers bring together views around the failure of the American federal government to redress slave conditions post-Emancipation alongside contemporary reparations movements featuring articles from scholars, activists, educators, and artists with the intention of outlining a narrative on the thematics of the new discourse and past movements. 

2:00—3:00 pm

COLOPHON, with George Herms and Sarah Bancroft

                X Artists’ Books presents COLOPHON, a theater piece by George Herms and Sarah Bancroft celebrating Diane di Prima and the 50th anniversary edition of her “Haiku.” 

3:00—4:00 pm

Greez: I like, I wish, I wonder: Possibilities and fantasies for poc/qpoc designers, with Ramon Tejada (he/him), Silas Munro (he/him or she/her), Mary Lai (she/her), Gerardo Madera (he/him), Son Kit (they/them), Linda Zeb Hang (she/her), Yuri Ogita (she/her), and Rin Kim (they/them)

                In design: What has been left empty? Who has been filled? Who is bearing? Who is pouring? Who is hurting? Who is healing? Who is healer? Where does design end and self begin? Does it?  Why are we the “other?” An informal discussion on the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, class, gatekeeping, colorism, tokenization, capitalism, and white nonsense. Using the lens of contemporary design discourse, we talk through and around the decolonization of design infrastructures. Presented by Other Publishing. 

4:00—5:00 pm

Color Theory, with Maya Gomez, Vreni Michelini Castillo, Leila Weefur, Vivian Sming, and Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo

                Maya Gomez and Vreni Michelini Castillo will lead a multigenerational conversation with womyn and gender non-conforming artists of color to explore the intersections of race, gender, class, and labor in and around art institutions. This conversation is in conjunction with the release of Color Theory edited by Gomez and Michelini Castillo from Wolfman Books: a book of reflections, stories, and remedies (through essay, image, and poetry) that engages a multidisciplinary and intergenerational dialogue around ethical aesthetics, systemic oppression, and the ritual landscape. Like the book itself, this conversation will open up dialogue between art praxis and communal solidarity, critical resistance and creative healing. “We are not afraid of color,” the editors declare, “because we are the embodiment of color.” Color Theory includes contributions from Celia Herrera Rodríguez, Nasim Aghili, Onyinye Alheri, Grace Rosario Perkins, Leila Weefur, Melinda Luisa de Jesús, Shylah Pacheco Hamilton, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Jen Everett, Keara Gray, Shah Noor Hussein, Las Nietas de Nonó, Vreni Michelini Castillo, and Maya Gomez. 

5:00—6:00 pm

Shorts II, with Early Shinada, Emily Stebbins, and Pacoima Techno (Aarum Alatorre & Pedro Alejandro Verdin)

                This program seeks to use language and performance as an exploration of consciousness. Here we continue to ask ourselves, does experience shape language, or does language shape experience?  Organized by Jen Shear. 

6:00—7:00 pm

CSSC/DADDA Flicker, 2015 - 2017, with Paul and Damon McCarthy

                This screening celebrates the release of Aftermath, a new book from Paul and Damon McCarthy, published by Hesse Press. Aftermath is a collection of photographs from the Saloon, a shooting location for McCarthy's film DADDA Saloon. A collection of reference images from Paul McCarthy's iPhone for CSSC and DADDA, 2015-2017, will be shown.