7pm - 7:15pm
Artist Hirokazu Kosaka offers a brief Kyudo demonstration.
7:15pm - 9pm
Simone Forti, Hirokazu Kosaka, and Barbara T Smith discuss the power of performance art, its capacity to reimagine spiritual traditional practices, and the body as a central part of creation.
Born in Wakayama, Japan in. 1948.
Attended Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles and graduated in 1970.
Kosaka has been actively advocating Japanese culture and arts at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), LA since 1984.
Beta Main’s first commissioned project, Performance Lessons: Suzanne Lacy Teaches Andrea Bowers Performance Art, centers on the profoundly influential trajectory of performance art in California between 1968-1980, reanimating and contextualizing this rich artistic history through durational performance, conversations with practitioners and theorists and inquiry on politics and pedagogy.
Performance Lessons follows the artists’ durational installation at The Drawing Center in New York in 2014, where Andrea Bowers taught Suzanne Lacy how to draw. Using the practice Lacy was foundational in forming, roles are reversed this time and Lacy teaches Bowers how to do performance art. For ten days, the pair will live in Beta Main while Bowers is assigned lessons, develops performances, and undergoes the formal critique process art students endure as part of their education. The lessons, taught by Lacy and other renowned artists, will be free and open to the public.