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RAP NEWSLETTER  //  No. 017  //  November 6, 2019


WHAT'S INSIDE


  • RAP Featured Event: Slow Jam on Vermont and Exposition!
  • Calendar: Charles Gaines, Spoken Justice, Reform LA Jails tackle Mental Health for their Arts Summit and more!
  • Art on View: Do Ho Suh, Shirin Neshat, Serge Attukwei, and more!
Welcome to the seventeenth edition of the RAP Newsletter, an occasional publication from RAP USC, an interdisciplinary collaborative funded by the Provost at the University of Southern California and the USC Price School of Public Policy, 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 EVENTS


RAP FEATURED EVENT
SLOW JAM 
WED NOV 6 @ 2-6PM

LOCATION: Starts at Lewis Hall and moves to Vermont/Exposition intersection
The Trojan Slow Jam is an event in conjunction with USC Price School’s undergraduate class PPD 400: Topics in Public Policy and Urban Studies. The event is an extension of previous performative community advocacy work conducted by Public Matters as part of the City of Los Angeles' Vision Zero campaign to end pedestrian deaths in the city. They chose the nearby Vermont/Exposition intersection as our focus this time because it is in the High Injury Network of intersections identified as places in LA where significant numbers of injuries and deaths occur to pedestrians and cyclists. Their choreographed educational performances happen in the crosswalks between 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday November 6, joined by other USC students, representatives from USC Kid Watch, LAPD Transit Services Department, LA Walks and others. #trojans for safer streets; #toofasttoofurious; #TrojamSlowJam. RAP faculty member partner: David Sloane.


CALENDAR


THURS NOV 7 @ 5PM // LIBRARY OF IDEAS: A Course by Charles Gaines, Part Two
HAUSER & WIRTH
LA-based conceptual artist, faculty member at CalArts, and recipient of the 2019 Edward MacDowell Medal, Charles Gaines, has transformed the Book & Printed Matter Lab at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles into his classroom. On the occasion of ‘Charles Gaines. Palm Trees and Other Works’ he is conducting a ten-part lecture series on the tenets of aesthetics and critical theory in art, bringing his mastery of the field into a public setting. The lecture series is free to attend, however, reservations are required and space is limited. Click here to register for one of them.

THURS NOV 7 @ 6:30PM // SPOKEN JUSTICE
GROUND ZERO PERFORMANCE CAFÉ
Join us USC’s Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice for Spoken Justice, a night of spoken word for the USC community! Sign-ups to perform begin at 6:15 p.m., with the event kicking off at 6:30pm. Pizza will be provided. Spoken Justice, an open mic, spoken word event with a focus on identity and social justice, has been part of the USC community since March 2017. This event is co-hosted by the Center for Education, Identity and Social Justice, Rossier Master’s Program Office, Residential Education and the Latina/o Graduate Student Association. This Center has an interest in eradicating all forms of discrimination based on the intersection of an individual’s identities that include religion, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and disability. Using rigorous research and legal analysis, we empower educators to utilize laws and policies in order to identify and extricate bias and unequal distributions of power within educational institutions.

SAT NOV 9 @ 4:30PM // RLJ SUMMIT + DAY PARTY FOR MENTAL HEALTH
A NOISE WITHIN THEATRE
Right now, there are 5,000 Angelenos in LA County Jail simply because they suffer from mental health illness. This event is geared towards uplifting their stories, and the stories of prisoners across the nation who are experiencing the same unjust plight. Join Reform LA Jails for a day of powerful programming, performances and a world-class art exhibition as we demand care, not cages, for neighbors suffering from mental illness. The event will be joined by Dawn Lyen-Gardner of Queen Sugar, Jason George of Grey’s Anatomy, Kendrick Sampson of Insecure, Zuri Adele of Good Trouble, Boogie Compton rapper, LA District Attorney candidates Richard Ceballos, Joseph Iniguez and George Gascon, and Rachel Rossi, as well as Dr. Kristen Ochoa, Medical Director of LA County’s Office of Diversion and Reentry, and many other amazing participants and guests!

SUN NOV 10 @ 12PM // OUR FUTURE FEST | MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL
LA PLAZA DE CULTURA Y ARTES
Power California presents Our Future Fest, a music, art and action festival for young people who care about the future of our communities, our planet and our democracy. 2020 is a critical election year. Our generation must rise to restore our rights to the future. We must fight for a people’s democracy – a government that puts people over corporations, that meets our most essential human needs and that recognizes young people as central to our collective future. Join Power California for dope music performances, powerful speakers, poetry, health and wellness activities, screen-printing, art making, action tents and the best food trucks in LA! The event is completely free, however, everybody will need a ticket. When registering for the event, Power California asks that you please consider making a donation to help train the next generation of youth leaders and build electoral power in communities of color.

TUES NOV 19 @ 7:30PM // SHANGHAI JAZZ: A CULTURE MIX
BOVARD AUDITORIUM
In 1935, Los Angeles–based musician Buck Clayton formed a jazz band called Harlem Gentlemen to perform in Shanghai. Li Jinhui, who is considered the father of Chinese popular music, had been performing in the “Paris of the East” for years when Clayton and his colleagues arrived. Clayton and Li eventually worked together to form a new and unique blend of American jazz and Chinese traditional music. “Shanghai Jazz” is a boundary-breaking performance that will celebrate Li Jinhui and Buck Clayton’s collaboration. USC Thornton School of Music professor Ron McCurdy and alum Gary Shields have reimagined and orchestrated three suites of Li Jinhui’s folk songs. Blending three cultures – Western art music (classical), American jazz and traditional Chinese music – the concert will feature the Ron McCurdy Quintet, Feng Bian on piano and Min Xiao-Fen on pipa, a traditional Chinese string instrument. The performance will also include historical video footage reflecting the artists, iconic buildings and culture of Shanghai in the 1920s and 1930s.

WED NOVEMBER 20 @ 7PM // THE FOUR IMMIGRANTS: FROM MANGA TO MUSICAL
JOYCE J. CAMMILLERI HALL
The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga is an award-winning musical about the adventures of young Japanese immigrants in early 20th century San Francisco. Based on Manga Yonin Shosei, a semi-autobiographical series of comic strips written and drawn by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama from 1924 to 1927, the show follows Charlie, Frank, Fred and Henry as they pursue the American Dream in the face of numerous obstacles. Both the musical and the original manga it is based on contrast the gag-driven humor of Western comic strips with the discrimination faced by first-wave immigrants, and explore what it means to find home in a foreign land. Visions and Voices is proud to present a concert performance of The Four Immigrants preceded by a special discussion about the show and its unique source material. Panelists include the play’s author/composer Min Kahng, and director Leslie Martinson, along with translator and manga historian Frederik L. Schodt and moderator Julia Cho, co-founder and co-producing artistic leader of Artists at Play, a Los Angeles–based theatre company that focuses on Asian American narratives.


ART ON VIEW



OCT 19 - FEB 16 // SHIRIN NESHAT: I WILL GREET THE SUN AGAIN

THE BROAD 
Originated by The Broad, Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again is the largest exhibition to date of internationally acclaimed artist Shirin Neshat’s approximately 30-year career. Taking its title from a poem by Iranian poet Forugh Farrokhzad, the exhibition – which presents over 230 photographs and eight immersive video installations works – offers a rare glimpse into the evolution of Neshat’s artistic journey as she explores topics of exile, displacement and identity with beauty, dynamic formal invention and poetic grace. Beginning with her early photograph series, Women of Allah, the exhibition also features iconic video works such as Rapture, Turbulent and Passage, monumental photography installations including The Book of Kings and The Home of My Eyes, and Land of Dreams, a new, ambitious work encompassing a body of photographs and two videos that will make its global debut in the exhibition.
 


NOV 10 - ONGOING // DO HO SUH: 348 WEST 22ND STREET

LACMA
Do Ho Suh’s works elicit a physical manifestation of memory, exploring ideas of personal history, cultural tradition and belief systems in the contemporary world. Best known for his full-size, fabric reconstructions of his former residences in Seoul, Providence, Berlin, London and New York, Suh’s creations of physicalized memory address issues of home, displacement, individuality and collectivity, articulated through the architecture of domestic space. A recent gift to LACMA, 348 West 22nd Street (2011–15) replicates the artist’s ground-floor residence from a single New York building. Created in luminous swaths of translucent polyester, the dreamlike rooms and hallways are supported by a stainless steel frame. In this immersive passageway of conjoined rooms, visitors pass through an ephemeral representation of the artist’s personal history. The corridor, stairs, apartment and studio are each rendered in a single block of color, with fixtures and appliances replicated in exacting detail. Fusing traditional Korean sewing techniques with digital mapping tools, the maze-like installation of 348 West 22nd Street balances intricate construction with delicate monumentality.  


NOV 15 - JAN 18 // SERGE ATTUKWEI CLOTTEY: SOLO CHORUS

THE MISTAKE ROOM
The Mistake Room is pleased to present Serge Attukwei Clottey: Solo Chorus, the Ghanaian artist’s first one-person institutional exhibition in the United States. Clottey's work highlights the dense network of relationships – personal and bodily, political, economic and ecological – that index themselves through his primary source material, the plastic Kufuor Gallon used by families throughout Ghana for their daily water supply. Solo Chorus focuses on the activation of this network – the interplay between collectivism and individuality in Clottey’s practice, which nimbly operates across the intersections of social activism and abstract formalism. The installation interweaves his sculptural wall works, many of them newly created for this exhibition, with free-standing three-dimensional objects in wood and bronze, works on paper, video, and performance to map the issues of land ownership, dynamics of gender and environmental awareness in Ghana.


NOV 14 - NOV 19 // RESTAURANT

HUMAN RESOURCES
Restaurant is a joint project between Los Angeles-based multidisciplinary artists Stella Ahn and Hyesung ii. This project will re-imagine the space with cultural and personal objects. The system of things in a space (in a restaurant, a gallery or a home, for example) can initiate a network of use, value and meaning that over time constitutes a daily material reality. Perhaps this is even truer of immigrants and immigrant families, whose spaces are a constellation of colors, objects, noises and smells that not only help them sensorially belong in this country, but also create an endless web of varied ideas and functions in and of themselves. This exhibit explores these ideas through the material realities the artists have accumulated over their lives.

 


NOV 16 - DEC 31 // HERE, FOR A MOMENT

CHARLIE JAMES GALLERY
In this forthcoming show, Ramiro Gomez is responding as always to his lived environment, but also to the tenor of the times and the weight of contemporary American disharmony. Processing recent years of the deteriorating political climate, witnessing purges of working people based on immigration status, and experiencing episodes of personal loss have combined to yield a body of work grounded in ephemerality, which manifests in the show’s chosen narratives and use of materials. Gomez continues to use his photography practice as source images for his paintings, capturing scenes of working life in and around Los Angeles. Inspired as always by service workers, laborers and discarded materials from the streets of LA, Gomez works across a wide range of media, from cardboard to distressed canvas, trash bags, garden hoses, found tarps and immersive mixed media installation. The show is an homage to the people who keep working amidst the increasing pressures of contemporary American life, though not explicitly an act of veneration. The show seeks to inhabit the lives of its subjects, particularly their moments of respite, reflection and fantasy.

 


NOV 16 - MAR 14 // YOLANDA GONZÁLEZ: SUEÑO DE FAMILIA / DREAM OF FAMILY

VINCENT PRICE ART MUSEUM
Yolanda González: Sueño de Familia / Dream of Family examines the artistic legacy of one family across 150 years from Mexico to the United States. Centered on the practice of Yolanda González, the exhibition creates a family portrait across five generations through works spanning the 1870s to the present, including drawings, paintings, ceramics and printmaking. Sueño de Familia references both González’s iconic ongoing series of portraits, Sueños (2000-present), or “dreams,” and the act of dreaming – from associations forwarded through imagery within the artworks themselves, to aspirational notions of dreaming with and for one’s family. As the works speak to each other across time, this exhibition charts a family tree of artists and elucidates new understandings of multigenerational, feminist art histories.

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