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On Politics and Performance

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

6–10 pm
Free

Artist activists Jerri Allyn, Ed Bereal, Nancy Buchanan, Carolina Caycedo, Harry Gamboa Jr., and Patrisse Kahn-Cullors discuss whether art can change the world, followed by a reception and public viewing of election night coverage!

About Jerri Allyn
Jerri Allyn is an artist, educator and scholar. Allyn earned an MA in Art and Community from Goddard College. A founding member of the collaborative feminist performance groups The Waitresses and Sisters of Survival. Allyn also creates site-oriented, interactive, new genre installations and performance art events that become a part of public life, and build on connections between the art world, activist organizations and others through aligned interests. She is the founding Director of ACT: Artists, Community and Teaching at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles; and is currently the Director of Programs at Venice Arts, in Venice, California. She has exhibited internationally and received a Rockefeller Foundation Residency in Italy; an International Lila Wallace Fellowship in Mexico; and National Endowment for the Arts grants, among others.

About Ed Bereal
Ed Bereal has been a crucial figure in the development of West Coast Art and assemblage since the early 1960s. In 1968 he helped to found “The Bodacious Buggerrilla,” a political guerrilla theater group. From 1969 to 1975 the group, using humor in surreal, satiric performances, questioned critical, political issues of the day, particularly those relevant to racism, sexism and diversity. His work became increasingly politically-minded, a crescendo that led to his involvement in the Watts Riots and subsequent temporary abandonment of traditional art making to pursue public engagement. In 1990 Ed Bereal returned to assemblage art making. Bereal founded Red Barn Research Laboratories in 2000, a research facility that was involved in laser/computer technology. Bereal attended Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts) from 1959 – 1962 and later taught at the University of California, Irvine and Western Washington University. He has been a recipient of several awards, including those from the Janss Foundation (Los Angeles), the Copley Foundation (New York) and the National Endowment for the Arts (Washington, DC). Exhibitions venues include the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art, Pasadena Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian National Collection of Art.

About Nancy Buchanan
Nancy Buchanan received her BA and MFA from UCI. Her work encompasses a variety of media, including performance, video, installation, drawing and mixed media work. Most recently, she organized a collaborative, durational performance for UC Irvine. Entitled It’s Your Party, the piece raises questions about how much we (in the US) know about the countries and people in the areas bombarded by our drones. During the time she attended UCI, she joined the majority of the student body in demonstrations against the war in Vietnam, and much of her production concerns social issues. In 2007 and again 2008, with other artists, she visited Kurdistan in Northern Iraq as a guest of ArtRole, a group promoting cultural exchange through the development of art activities between the Middle East and the rest of the world. Buchanan feels that in the present moment, questions of war and peace, weapons stockpiles, and generalized public fear seem unending

About Carolina Caycedo
Carolina Caycedo engages with issues and contexts that affect a broad public on an everyday level: in her work, art functions as a pretext for offering up utopian models to inhabit a world in which individuals and communities are increasingly subject to com-modification, exploitation, and discrimination. Much of Caycedo’s work is enacted and exists solely in public space as a form of urban intervention. Her work has been exhibited widely in venues such as Foundation Cartier and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris; Iniva in London; Creative Time, New Museum, Queens Museum, Ford Foundation and Apex Art in New York; Serralves Museum in Porto and Museu da Cidade in Lisbon; House of World Cultures and NGBK in Berlin; Secession in Vienna, Steirischer Herbst in Graz and Lentos Kuntshalle in Linz; Moderna Galerija in Slovenia; MUSAC in Leon, Santa Monica Art Center in Barcelona, and Casa Encendida and Matadero in Madrid; Wattis Institute in San Francisco; LACE and 18th Street Art Center in Los Angeles; among others. In 2012 she was a DAAD artist in residence in Berlin. Caycedo received the Cultural Exchange International grant from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2009; a 2005 fellowship of the Arts and Humanities Research Board in London; a Cultural Diversity Award from London Arts in 2002; and a 2001 year of the artist residency from the Arts Council in UK. Carolina Caycedo lives and works in Los Angeles.

About Patrisse Kahn-Cullors
Patrisse Kahn-Cullors is a artist, organizer, and freedom fighter from Los Angeles, CA. She co-founded Black Lives Matter, she is also a performance artist, Fulbright scholar, popular speaker, and an NAACP History Maker. She is the recipient of many awards for activism and movement building, including being named by the Los Angeles Times as a Civil Rights Leader for the 21st Century.

About Harry Gamboa Jr.
Since 1972, Harry Gamboa Jr. has been working in various media/forms to document and interpret the contemporary urban Chicano experience. He was a co-founder of the East L.A. conceptual-performance art group Asco (Spanish for nausea), 1972-1987, and is currently teaching in the Photography and Media program at CalArts. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (2009); Los Angeles County Museum of Art (2011); Orange County Museum of Art (2011); Fowler Museum (2011); Museum Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City (2008); El Museo del Barrio New York (2008); among others. Harry Gamboa Jr. has been awarded several individual artist fellowships including the Rockefeller Humanities Fellowship/CSU Los Angeles in 2004 and the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts in 1990. He is the author of Aztlángst (2011), Fallen (2010); Rider (2009); Urban Exile: Collected Writings of Harry Gamboa Jr. (1998), and has been featured internationally in publications including Afterall, Art in America, Artnews, Artforum , Modern Painters, ArtReview, BBC Mundo, Flash Art, Frieze, Poliester, and The New York Times. A permanent collection of his media works/papers has been established and archived at Stanford University (Special Collections: Mexican American Manuscript Collections, Harry Gamboa Jr. Papers, 1968-1995).


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.

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