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RAP NEWSLETTER  //  No. 014  //  May 1, 2019


WHAT'S INSIDE


  • Featured EventTeens, Media Arts, and Belonging.
  • Calendar: Photoville, Black Ocean, #OSCARSSOWHITE, and more!
  • Art On ViewGANAS DE EXISTIR! at Angels Gate and more!
Welcome to the fourteenth edition of the RAP Newsletter, an occasional publication from RAP USC, an interdisciplinary collaborative funded by the Provost at the University of Southern California researching the intersection of race, arts, and placemaking. For more information about us visit the RAP Website and to submit newsletter items for inclusion email us. —The Editors

FEATURED EVENT


RAP HAPPENING
TEENS, MEDIA ARTS, and BELONGING
We are delighted that one of our inaugural seed grant recipients is supporting longterm engagement with our youth in LA!  Building upon RAP Professor Alison Trope's ongoing collaboration with LAUSD high schools, Teens, Media Arts and Belonging received a RAP seed grant this year, and has been further supported by the USC Provost’s new initiative titled Arts in Action. This particular collaboration brings faculty and students from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Media Arts + Practice Division in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts together with teachers and students from Bravo Medical Magnet High School and the Diego Rivera Learning Center. The goal is to provide youth with the critical and creative tools to share stories about identity and belonging in the face of transition and displacement. Students consider how Los Angeles and Southern California have been reshaped in both visible and non-visible ways, and explore their place in these changes.

This program included an orientation day at USC in March, and a first field trip to The Grove and the Farmers Market to consider the built environment and to imagine a cityscape. The next three trips will allow students to explore Will Rogers state park, Joshua Tree national park, and Manhattan Beach. Through these trips, students will consider what it means to be an American, a Californian, an Angeleno and a member of a local community, reflecting on the questions: What is my story? Where is my story? To supplement the field trips, students explore media and read articles exploring public and private space, gentrification, immigration, preservation, and conservation.

The media students produce can be submitted to a related component of Professor Trope's project, the I Too Am media festival for all Los Angeles high schoolers that will take place at USC Annenberg on September 14, 2019, which is supported with a Cal Humanities grant.  Stay tuned! 

We look forward to resuming RAP newsletters in August.  Have a great summer!
 


CALENDAR


MAY 2-5 // PHOTOVILLE LA
ANNENBERG SPACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY
The second and last weekend of Photoville LA features many RAP-themed exhibitions of over 200 local and international photographers, bringing together LA-based organizations and institutions that include nighttime projections and talks, family-friendly activities, as well as food vendors and a community beer garden. There are also many free artist-led workshops and talks on topics such as how to take better photos with mobile phones, street photography, building visual narratives, etc. The exhibitions repurpose shipping containers, photo cubes, and special installations providing a unique festival atmosphere for Angelenos to explore, all for FREE.
SAT, MAY 4 @ 2PM // STRUGGLE & SOLIDARITY: COMING TOGETHER FOR RACIAL JUSTICE
To create bridges among communities, the United Human Rights Council is organizing “Struggle and Solidarity: Coming Together for Racial Justice,” a panel and discussion event designed to create meaningful conversations among multiple minority communities. The purpose for the discussion is to explore the similar and different experience that these communities encounter by bringing attention to three areas that need to be voiced: Race and Identity, Racism in America, and Coming to America. Attendees will reflect on the community narratives explored and discuss next steps for inter-group partnerships.
WED, MAY 15 @ 7PM // #OSCARSSOWHITE WITH APRIL REIGN
CAAM
As the creator of the hashtag-turned-movement #OscarsSoWhite, April Reign has challenged the lack of representation of people of color and marginalized communities since 2015. Her activism helped diversify the membership of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and initiate a global movement. In 2019, director Spike Lee, nominated for his first Oscar awards, credited Reign and #OscarsSoWhite for his long-overdue nominations. Four years after the hashtag was introduced, Reign continues to examine its influence, progress, and misconceptions, and she discusses the work that remains to be done to ensure continued representation of marginalized communities in the arts and beyond. RSVP here!
SUN, MAY 26 @ 7PM // BLACK OCEAN ATLANTIC OCEAN
WCCW
Imagine time traveling through rivers and oceans with sound, one of the most ancient tools in freedom and black liberation. This time travel event brings together Eternity Bath and Tropic Green. Eternity Bath is the solo project of Jade Ariana, an artist-in-residence at The Khyber Centre for the Arts in Halifax, Nova Scotia, who explores waters and waterways as sources of memory, cleansing, and guidance. Tropic Green is the name for music channeled by Adee Roberson from the planet Saturn; Roberson is a visual artist and musician who has been a fixture in underground art and music for over a decade. Together, Eternity Bath and Tropic Green will activate the current installation with sound and song as a way to evoke and channel memory and movement. Join Women’s Center for Creative Work for an experience of healing through audio.
THURS MAY 30 @ 7:30PM // MAKING SOCIAL SPACES IN MUSEUMS: JORI FINKEL, SHINIQUE SMITH & RIRKRIT TIRAVANIJA
HAMMER MUSEUM
For her new book, It Speaks to Me, journalist Jori Finkel interviewed artists about artworks that inspire them from museums around the world. Two of those artists, Shinique Smith and Rirkrit Tiravanija, join her to discuss their own history transforming museum spaces. Smith is best known for creating socially loaded sculptures out of used clothing and fabrics and recently made a donation center for the homeless part of her exhibition. Tiravanija has long made hospitality a part of his art, most famously serving Thai curry and rice to gallery and museum visitors. Finkel covers art for The New York Times from Los Angeles and is the West Coast correspondent of The Art Newspaper.

ART ON VIEW



MAR 30 - JUN 30 // ROY DECARAVA: THE WORK OF ART
UNDERGROUND MUSEUM
Roy DeCarava (1919-2009) spent six decades walking the streets of New York and observing his environment. These contemplative expeditions fostered within him a deep understanding of human nature and the power of seeing. His photographs push the forms found on each print’s surface to connect with the emotional experience produced by viewing itself. 


APR 13 - JUN 22 // GANAS DE EXISTIR!
ANGELS GATE CULTURAL CENTER
FA4 Collective presents GANAS DE EXISTIR!, a multimedia exhibition featuring artworks that explore themes of identity, erasure, and visibility. The aim is to facilitate a culturally diverse and inclusive space for discussion and collaboration, as well as the establishment of a platform to share valuable stories and experiences of marginalized voices in response to a time in American society when xenophobia and prejudice are more enabled, transparent, and in many cases, violent and deadly.


MAY 8 - SEPT 8 // ERNIE BARNES: A RETROSPECTIVE
CAAM
Ernie Barnes created some of the 20th century’s most iconic images of African American life. Known for his unique “neo-mannerist” approach of presenting figures through elongated forms, Barnes captured his observations of life growing up in North Carolina, playing professional football in the NFL (1960–1964), and living in Los Angeles. Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective includes examples of his paintings of entertainment and music, and also highlights how Barnes, the official artist of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles, extensively represented athletes and sports.

MAY 8 - JULY 6 // FOUNTAIN
VISITOR WELCOME CENTER
Alex Dorriz, a recent graduate of the Roski School of Art and Design MFA program, presents the exhibition Fountain, which examines an ongoing body of fieldwork and research rooted in the provenance, museum holdings, and financial contributions of Lynda and Stewart Resnick. The installation reflects on Ibn al-Haytham’s Book of Optics and the absence of the mirage or atmospheric refraction, apparitions of water when there is none, to propel the question of representation in the institution at the prospects of droughts, floods, and the privatization of water banks.


JUNE 2 - SEPT 8  // THE RIDDLE EFFECT
CRAFT CONTEMPORARY
The RIDDLE Effect presents a survey of artist John Riddle’s (1933–2002) sculptural work and examines his influence as a foundational member of the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles. The exhibition highlights Riddle's innovative art practice with several works exhibited for the first time in Los Angeles. Works by his students and colleagues will also be presented alongside Riddle’s to honor his expressive practice and impact on the L.A. arts community.


JUNE 21 - SEPT 14  // WHERE THE SEA REMEMBERS
THE MISTAKE ROOM
Where the Sea Remembers, is a group exhibition conceived as an unfinished dispatch of contemporary art practices from Vietnam and its Diaspora. The exhibition is the result of a series of formal and informal conversations with artists and colleagues living and working in Vietnam and around the globe, and aims to provide critical insights into a recent moment with transformative implications for Vietnamese artists as well as the region’s cultural landscape.
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