On the Spiritual and the Body

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

7–9 pm
Free

7pm - 7:15pm
Artist Hirokazu Kosaka offers a brief Kyudo demonstration.

7:15pm - 9pm
Conversation with Simone Forti, Hirokazu Kosaka, and Barbara T. Smith


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.

About Simone Forti
Simone Forti is a dancer, artist, writer based in Los Angeles. She came of age artistically in the 1960s, a time of rich dialog between poets, musicians, dancers and visual artists. Her early Dance Constructions were influential to the reinventing of dance in New York that happened in the 60s and 70s. Forti has collaborated extensively with musicians Peter Van Riper and Charlemagne Palestine, basing her dancing on studies of animals movements and on the dynamics of circling. Since the early 1980s Forti has been doing News Animations, improvisational moving and speaking speculations on world events. Forti’s book Handbook in Motion was published in 1974 by the Press of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. (Distributed by the Contact Editions www.contactquarterly.com) Her book Oh, Tongue was edited and published by Fred Dewey for Beyond Baroque Books, in 2003. Forti has performed internationally at venues including the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York that also features some of her work in its permanent collection. Forti is proud that in 2011 she received the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award for the Arts. She is represented by The Box LA Gallery.

About Hirokazu Kosaka
Artistic Director at JACCC
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.

About Barbara T. Smith
Barbara T. Smith is an American artist known for her performance art in the 60s. Smith’s work reflects the concerns of women and the environment. Her ceremonial/shamanic performances investigate female erotic power as a healing force, and food as a uniquely female means for nurturance, as metaphor and material for art. Her work has been widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe. Historic survey exhibitions include Whatever Happened to Sex in Scandanavia? at Office for Contemporary Art, Oslo (2009); WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution (traveling, 2008-09); LA to Paris – 1955 – 1985 at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2006); and Out of Actions Between Performance and the Object, 1949-1979 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998). She received her B.A. from Pomona College and her MFA from U.C. Irvine. Smith was a recipient of a Vesta award from the Women's Building in 1983 and a Lifetime Achievement award from the Women's Caucus for art in 1999.


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.