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as·sem·ble: a performative reading

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

8–10 pm

assemble əˈsembəl/ 1) to put together separate pieces to form a single functional whole; and 2) to form a body that represents the people who have delegated their voice through the vote; 3) in society, and through the ages, to come together for a pleasure, comfort, and nourishment.

On February 7, 2017, the United States Senate convened to debate the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general. During the proceedings, Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King, which accused Sessions of using “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.” Before she could finish, the Senate formally silenced Warren.

Join us for a performance and reading incorporating Warren’s full remarks, King’s letter, poetry, music from Arash Saedinia, and Alice Könitz’s Circle Chairs and Triangle Chairs, currently on view at Beta Main. Following the performance, Persian food, wine, and other beverages will be served for all to enjoy together.

Participants include: Teresa Carmody, Doris Chon, Amy Gerstler, Leila Hamidi, Dorna Khazeni, Alice Könitz, Alice Lodge, Mariam Massarat-Foudeh, Nour Mobarak, Arash Saedinia, Delbar Shahbaz, Teri Stein, and Mona Varichon.

This program is developed by Dorna Khazeni in collaboration with artist Alice Könitz.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
RSVP here.


as·sem·ble: a performative reading
Captured by Priscilla Mars

All Beta Main programs are free. 

114 W. 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Parking is available at 415 S. Main St. Rates are $5 for the first 90 minutes, $10 maximum. A kiosk located near the entrance of the garage accepts both cash and card. Beta Main does not offer validation.

Earlier Event: June 3
Writing Herself
Later Event: June 10
Sketching with Alice Könitz