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Wednesday, November 5

Poetry: Robin Robertson

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0

7:30pm

Scottish writer Robin Robertson has published five collections of poetry—most recently Hill of Doors— and has received a number of accolades, including the Petrarch Prize, the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Cholmondeley Award, and all three Forward Prizes. His selection of poems, Sailing the Forest, has just been released.

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Thursday, November 6

Public Engagement Flash Talk: Yuri Ancarani

Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, CA 90024, CA 0

1:15pm

Public Engagement Flash Talks provide an opportunity for visitors to glean a unique perspective on art works displayed in the galleries through speakers who are connected to the art in sometimes unusual ways.

For this talk on Yuri Ancarani’s current Hammer Project, Dr. Jim Hu, Director and Henry Singleton Chair in Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, will give us a brief overview from a medical perspective on the use of the Da Vinci surgical system. This innovative medical tool is prominently featured in Ancarani’s film, Da Vinci (2012), one of the films that make up the trilogy current on display at the Hammer, La malattia del ferro (The disease of iron; 2010-12).

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Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist (50 min)

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:00pm

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist presents a full-scale survey of one the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring the painter's visual examination of African American culture during the Jazz Age. The exhibition covers Motley's entire career, including periods in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico. Motley received his formal training at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to create strong and somewhat solemn portraits of his community, as well as vividly hued, lively scenes of crowded dancehalls that reflect the colorful spirit of the Harlem Renaissance. The exhibition features a number of paintings depicting the black communities of Chicago and Paris just before and after the Great Depression, and concludes with introspective moments of quotidian life in Mexico, made during the artist's travels during the 1950s.

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Iris Nights Lecture Series - Michele Asselin

Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios

2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles/Century City, 90067

6:30pm

Photographer Michele Asselin is known for her formal portraiture that examines individual identities within larger social constructs.

Asselin began her photographic career in the Middle East where she briefly worked for the Associated Press covering current events. After moving back to the United States, she worked as an editorial photographer for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, TIME and more. She is currently working on a new series about the closing of Hollywood Park Race Track titled The Clubhouse Turn.

Join Asselin on Thursday, November 6th from 6:30-8pm when she will talk about working on assignment for the Associated Press, her experience as an editorial photographer in New York, and now as an artist living in Los Angeles - as part of Annenberg Space for Photography “Iris Nights” lecture series.

Free ticket reservations can be made here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/iris-nights-lecture-series-michele-asselin-...

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Free Screening: Chinese Box

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

Includes a conversation with director Wayne Wang

“So much of Hong Kong lurks beneath the surface,” we hear at the beginning of Chinese Box.

Director Wayne Wang’s own director‘s cut of his 1997 film, Chinese Box, is the final presentation in the Film Independent at LACMA’s film series that focuses on Hong Kong. The movie is built around several seemingly disparate narratives interwoven and start at the end of 1996, with the imminent return of Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China. The film is now 16 minutes shorter than the original released version, with key sections moved, giving Chinese Box an entirely different emphasis. The story, written by Wang, Larry Gross, novelist Paul Theroux (derived from his novel, Kowloon Tong), and novelist-screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, centers on John (Academy Award®–winner Jeremy Irons), a journalist in search of the meaning of life and trying to find love with Vivian (Gong Li). She is aching and searching for her anchor, a need that may force her to leave Hong Kong. John’s license to roam the city connects him to his photographer buddy, Jim (Ruben Blades), a fellow restless spirit. Both men are juxtaposed with the immensely powerful Chang (Michael Hui), who also loves Vivian yet is unable to face up to the shame that grips him with every waking moment. John also wants to see Hong Kong through the perspective of the scruffy Jean (Maggie Cheung), who’s reluctant to let him into her life. Wang is in attendance to discuss his finely etched drama, which deals with both the dread of a future that may not happen and clinging to the traditions of the past.

Wang will be in attendance to discuss his finely-etched drama that deals with both the dread of a future that may not happen and the dread of clinging to the traditions of the past.
1997, 83min, color.

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Friday, November 7

Member Preview: Larry Sultan: Here and Home

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:00am

Larry Sultan: Here and Home is the first retrospective of California photographer Larry Sultan (1946–2009). The exhibition includes more than 100 photographs ranging from Sultan's collaborative works of the 1970s to his solo works in the decades following.

Admission to this exhibition is included in general admission and is always free for LACMA members.

During Member Previews, LACMA members can enjoy exhibitions before they open to the general public. Member Previews are only for current LACMA members and take place during regular museum hours. Regular ticketing policies apply.

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