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Monday, April 21

ARTalk: Earth Matters

Fowler Museum

North Campus at UCLA, Los Angeles, 90095

4:00pm

(APRIL 21) Exhibition preview and gallery walkthrough with Karen Milbourne, Curator of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. Art workshop facilitated by Corrie Siegel.

 Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa is the first major exhibition to examine the conceptually complex and visually rich relationship between African artists and the land upon which they live. The exhibition features more than one hundred exceptional works of art from the 19th–21st centuries, including examples by many internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists from the continent and its diasporas—all of whom draw on the land for inspiration. Earth Matters examines the most poignant relationships that Africans have with the land, as a sacred or medicinal material, as the site of mining and burial, as a source of inspiration, and as an environment in need of protection. This teacher walkthrough with curator Karen Milbourne explores the multilayered and interdisciplinary connections teachers may draw from the exhibition Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa. Teachers will have an opportunity to discuss connecting themes within their classroom while engaging in a hands on clay workshop that explores earth as material and inspiration with Corrie Siegel, Education Manager at the Fowler Museum.

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International Documentary Association Presents Doc U: Distributing Your Doc, Part 1 – Theatrical Distributors & The Big Picture

Silent Movie Theater

611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, 90036

7:00pm to 8:30pm

The rapidly shifting landscape for theatrical distribution takes center stage in this month’s International Documentary Association’s Doc U, the first in a two-part series on “Distributing Your Doc.” The panel will cover a wide range of theatrical distributors, from the new players in the field to the more traditional companies, who continue to make their presence felt. This “deep dive” into theatrical distribution will explore in depth which theatrical models are being used, what kinds of documentaries distributors are looking for, how are deals being structured, and the ways distributors and filmmakers are working together with exhibitors to draw in audiences. With the recent explosion of different viewing platforms, Doc U turns its attention to the fundamental question: “What is the place of theatrical exhibition in a documentary’s overall distribution plan?”

Join IDA for a behind-the-scenes primer on theatrical distribution. Confirmed panelists include: Peter Goldwyn, Senior Vice President, Samuel Goldwyn Films; James Shapiro, Chief Operating Officer, Drafthouse Films; Michael Kananack, Head of International Acquisitions, Gathr Films.

Doc U is the International Documentary Association's series of educational seminars and workshops for aspiring and experienced documentary filmmakers. Taught by artists and industry experts, participants receive vital information and insight on various topics relevant to the world of documentary filmmaking.

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Discussion and Book Signing: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

7:00pm

At a time when art is increasingly viewed as a commodity and art-school graduates feel that gallery representation is imperative for making a living, it is more important than ever to show the reality of how an artist sustains a creative practice over time. The 40 essays collected in Living and Sustaining a Creative Life are written by artists in their own voices and take the form of narratives, statements, and interviews. Although each story is different and unique, the common thread is an ongoing commitment to creativity, both inside and outside the studio, that helps define what "success" means to a professional artist today.

Panelists include:

Shamim M. Momin, Director and Curator LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division)
Randy Sommer, Co-Owner ACME.
Timothy Nolan, Artist 
George Stoll, Artist
Alexandra Grant, Artist
Sharon Louden, Artist, Editor 

Named as one of the Top Art Books of 2013 by Hyperallergic, and already in its fourth printing in four months, Living and Sustaining a Creative Life unveils the mystery behind sustainable creativity. This event is part of a 45-stop book tour of town-hall forums all over the country. 

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Tuesday, April 22

John Divola: As Far as I Could Get Tour

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

1:00pm

As Far As I Could Get is the first solo museum presentation of the work of John Divola. The exhibition is a collaborative project led by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, with different components shown simultaneously at SBMA, LACMA, and the Pomona College Museum of Art. LACMA’s presentation includes Polaroid images of sculpted objects, serial works comprised of appropriated continuity shots and stereographs, and conceptual landscapes in which the artist himself appears in a performative role.

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Morocco

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

1:00pm

1930, 90 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written by Jules Furthman; directed by Josef von Sternberg; with Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Adolphe Menjou, and Ullrich Haupt

Screen stars Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, and Adolphe Menjou lead a cast in a narrative about a sultry cabaret singer who falls hard for a Foreign Legionnaire.

 

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Fowler OutSpoken Lecture: Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

Fowler Museum

North Campus at UCLA, Los Angeles, 90095

7:00pm

During this special Earth Day opening event, Earth Matters curator Karen Milbourne from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art gives an exhibition overview and shares how many of the contemporary artists became connected to the project, and each other, in ways that extend beyond the gallery walls.

Seating is first-come, first served, with priority seating for members at 6:45 pm. Not a member? Join now!

Come early to preview the exhibition and enjoy a pre-lecture reception from 5:30-7 pm. RSVP for the reception today: 310 206-7001.

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