Itinerary: Talks and Lectures

ForYourArt Compiles Focused Itineraries for You Around Particular Themes And Interests.

This week, we’ve pulled exhibitions in Los Angeles that let you educate yourself with talks and lecturesWhat are you interested in? Tell us! Email with ideas.


Engagement Party Art Talks: Shannon Jackson
MOCA Grand Ave (Downtown)
For the first of three
 Engagement Party Art Talks on performance and social practice, Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley, will discuss the theater and the visual art gallery as different venues of display that are simultaneously in the process of redefining each other. Surveying contemporary performance and event–based artworks, Jackson investigates how vocabularies for understanding motion and stasis, action and object, social engagement and social detachment differ depending on the inherited conventions of different sites.

Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life
LACE (Hollywood)
Artist talk and opening reception for this career-spanning collection of works by architectural photographer Pedro E. Guerrero. Photographs of Modern Life highlights Guerrero’s twenty year working relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright and features never before seen archival photos. On view through April 25, 2012.

Mike Kelley Lecture
LBCC Art Gallery (Long Beach)
Lecture on the late artist Mike Kelley by Los Angeles-based curator and writer Noëllie Roussel, who obtained her Ph.D. with a dissertation on Kelley’s work. This event is in conjunction with the exhibit Candor: In Honor of Mike Kelley, a collection of work by Kelley’s former students on view at the LBCC Art Gallery through April 6.


Reading: Eileen Myles and Chris Kraus
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Poet, critic, and novelist Eileen Myles will read from Snowflake, her most recent collection of work that explores technology’s distortion of time and space. Novelist and cultural critic Chris Kraus will read from her new book,Summer of Hate.


Next Words
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
This literary event features readings by students graduating from the 2012 CalArts MFA Writing Program. Featured speakers include Chelsea Trescott, Lan Pham, Nancy Romero, Nijala Mumin, Seth Blake, and Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.

Poetry Hike With Eileen Myles
Ed Davis Park (Santa Clarita)
Machine Project, along with the CalArts Poetry Collective, will host a day hike with poet Eileen Myles. This hike departs at 2:45pm from the first parking lot inside the entrance gate to Ed Davis Park in Santa Clarita and will last approximately two hours round trip. Myles will read from her new collection of poetry, entitled Snowflake, when the group reaches the top of the hill.

SUNDAY, APRIL 08, 2012

Artist Talk: Natalie Bookchin
LACE (Hollywood)
Natalie Bookchin will discuss her installation, Now he’s out in public and everyone can see, currently on view at LACE. This new work is an 18-channel video installation that weaves together found fragments from online video diaries in which vloggers recount a series of media scandals involving African American men. Bookchin will be joined by Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College.

Art Talk: Jeffrey Deitch and Cai Guo-Qiang
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch will take part in a conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang, who will discuss his use of gunpowder as a medium and his recently opened MOCA exhibition Sky Ladder.


Poetry in Wonderland: Jen Hofer and Dolores Dorantes
LACMA (Mid-Wilshire)
Jen Hofer, faculty member at CalArts and Otis College and noted poet, translator, and bookmaker will read from the work of contemporary and twentieth-century Mexican poets writing in relation to surrealist art. Hofer will be joined by Mexican poet Dolores Dorantes. The reading will take place in the galleries of In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at LACMA’s ticket office one hour before the event.

Reading: Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin
Skirball Cultural Center (Brentwood)
Author Emil Draitser will read and discuss his latest memoir, Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin. The book describes life in mid-twentieth-century Russia and covers Draitser’s realization that, even years after immigrating to America from the Soviet Ukraine, he lowered his voice every time he said the word “Jewish.” A book signing and Q&A will follow the reading. Tickets are $8 and available online.


Natalie Bookchin, Now he’s out in public and everyone can see, installation view at LACE. 2012.