ITINERARY: Talks & Lectures

ForYourArt Selects Events, Programs, and Exhibitions for You Around Particular Themes and Interests

This week, we’ve pulled everything around Los Angeles that lets you listen to a talk or lecture. What are you interested in? Tell us! Email submit@foryourart.com with ideas.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8

Strangers In a Strange Land: Opening Lecture With Homi Bhaba
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30
This lecture event by humanities professor Homi Bhaba kicks off the two day symposium Strangers in a Strange Land: Art, Aesthetics and Displacement. Organized by UCLA faculty Saloni Mathur and Aamir Mufti, the symposium is held in conjunction with the exhibition Zarina: Paper Like Skin. It brings together world-renowned scholars in the humanities to consider questions of dispossession, displacement, and the exilic imagination in modern art and aesthetic thinking.

FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER 9

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part One
Goethe-Institut (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
This free three day conference brings together philosophers/critical theorists, media theorists, scientists and artists to discuss the state of the mind and brain under the conditions of contemporary capitalism in which they have become the new focus of laboring. Hosted by Arne de Boever, Warren Neidich, and Jason Smith, the conference begins with a keynote address by Franco “Bifo” Berardi.  

The Great Calculation Weekend: The Lost Calculator
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker and Museum Exhibit Developer Maria Mortati are in residence all weekend to provide a series of lectures, interactive performances, and workshops oriented around vintage calculating machines. This opening event features Glusker lecturing about base 3 calculation, an 1840 calculating machine made entirely out of wood, and the inventor Thomas Fowler.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10

The Psychopathologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part One
West Hollywood Public Library (West Hollywood)
10am
This free three day conference brings together philosophers/critical theorists, media theorists, scientists and artists to discuss the state of the mind and brain under the conditions of contemporary capitalism in which they have become the new focus of laboring. Hosted by Arne de Boever, Warren Neidich, and Jason Smith, the conference features speakers including  Jonathan Beller, Jodi Dean, Tiziana Terranova, Patricia Pisters, and Bruce Wexler.

In Conversation: Kevin Appel, Cannon Hudson, and Betsy Lin Seder
Samuel Freeman (Culver City)
4:30-5:30pm
Samuel Freeman hosts an informal conversation between Kevin Appel, Cannon Hudson, and Betsy Lin Seder.  Moderated by gallery director Amy Thoner, the conversation focuses on works in the artists’ concurrent exhibition at the gallery. RSVP to rsvp@samuelfreeman.com.

LACE: How Does Socially Engaged Art Happen in Los Angeles?
LA Freewaves (Hollywood)
1-4pm
This roundtable workshop explores the possibilities and limits of current organizational models and curatorial strategies. From trust building and community process to funding and timing, this session invites participants to grapple with fundamental questions including how to sustain a project and how to represent in the community. Guests speakers include artist Kim Abeles and John Spiak, curator/director of Grand Central Art Center.  This event is presented as part of the SOC(i)AL: Art +People series; click here for a full schedule.

The Great Calculation Weekend: The Great Calculation
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker and Museum Exhibit Developer Maria Mortati are in residence all weekend to provide a series of lectures, interactive performances and workshops oriented around vintage calculating machines. This event features Glusker talking about his collection of mechanical calculating machines and what makes them so compelling: from their mechanical complexity to the unique interfaces, and industrial design.

Art Discussion: The Artist as Friend
Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park)
2-4pm
Barbara Carrasco, Richard Duardo, Dan Guerrero, Frank Romero, and John Valadez reflect on Carlos Almaraz’s friendship and influence during this lecture event. The discussion is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled, on view through December 8, 2012.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11

Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
10am-7pm
Opening day of an exhibition of work by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and artists he influenced. Featuring 56 works, this show includes eight works by Caravaggio himself, and covers the evolution of his style. Caravaggio’s legacy is expressed in works by about twenty artists from Italy, Spain, France, and the Netherlands who carried on with the tropes of his work. Opening day features a lecture from writer and historian Andrew Graham-Dixon at 1pm. The talk focuses on the life of Caravaggio. On view through February 10, 2013.

The Psychopatologies of Cognitive Capitalism: Part One
West Hollywood Public Library (West Hollywood)
10am
This free three day conference brings together philosophers/critical theorists, media theorists, scientists and artists to discuss the state of the mind and brain under the conditions of contemporary capitalism in which they have become the new focus of laboring. Hosted by Arne de Boever, Warren Neidich, and Jason Smith, the conference features speakers including  Jonathan Beller, Jodi Dean, Tiziana Terranova, Patricia Pisters, and Bruce Wexler.

The Great Calculation Weekend: Machine Drawing and Dissection Workshop
Machine Project (Echo Park)
12-3pm
Mechanical engineer Mark Glusker and Museum Exhibit Developer Maria Mortati are in residence all weekend to provide a series of lectures, interactive performances and workshops oriented around vintage calculating machines. This workshop approaches calculating machines from a technological and experiential point of view. Participants will disassemble several 1960’s era mechanical calculating machines and explore what makes them work. Admission is $15.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Warren Neidich: “Artistic Research in the 21st Century: Turning the Inside Out
Pitzer College (Claremont)
4:15-5:30pm
This lecture by artist Warren Neidich focuses on how culture practices including poetry, experimental film, and noise music disrupt the conditions of designed and mediated space and, in doing so, expand imagination. This free event is presented as part of the Murray and Vickie Pepper Distinguished Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14

Artists’ Rights and Internet Freedom
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30m
This free event features producer T-Bone Burnett and communications scholar Henry Jenkins discussing the debate over intellectual property rights versus Internet freedom. Burnett is a 12-time Grammy-winning composer and producer and an advocate of artists’ rights. Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at USC and an advocate of Fair Use and Internet freedom. This event is presented as part of Hammer Forum, an ongoing lecture series that addresses current social and political issues.

Image:
Great Calculation Weekend, Courtesy of Machine Project