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Tuesday, August 26

America's Artistic Heritage (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

3:00pm

Explore America's rich artistic heritage on this 50-minute tour. Through portraits, landscapes, sculpture, and decorative arts, see how such periods as the American Revolution, Western expansion, and the Industrial Revolution helped shape an art and culture that is uniquely American. 

 

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Literary Death Match

LARGO at the CORONET

366 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90095

7:00pm

To cool down your summer simmer, Literary Death Match returns to Largo at the Coronet for a wild adventure of literary delight, comedian miracles, madcap sensation and pretty much the smartest/best-looking crowd in the history of the planet. That sounds can't-miss, right? It is. 

What is Literary Death Match? 4 authors read their own work for 7 minutes or less. They're judged by 3 all-star judges who respond (often comedically) to the work before choosing 2 finalists to compete in the LDM finale, a vaguely literary game (think Pin the Mustache on Hemingway) to decide the ultimate champion. 

 

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Wednesday, August 27

Steve McQueen: Drumroll

Pacific Design Center

8687 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

11:00am

(THROUGH SEPT. 21) Steve McQueen: Drumroll takes as its centerpiece the artist's 1998 video installation Drumroll, a 2004 partial and promised gift from Blake Byrne to MOCA's Permanent Collection. The exhibition also includes a selection of works from Barrage (1998), McQueen's series of fifty-six photographs of gutter "dams" found along the streets of Paris. The exhibition is organized by MOCA curator Bennett Simpson.

"Steve McQueen brought a language of the body and performance to the conversation about self-hood and subjectivity that was going on in the 1990s - a conversation that has not been finished, in part because of the innovative work he has continued to do. Drumroll is a portrait of an experience of the city, and its questions go to how and who we are," said MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.

McQueen was awarded the prestigious Turner Prize for Drumroll in 1999, an acknowledgment of the artist's important work in video and performance in that decade. Drumroll is a three-channel video projection that forms a triptych image on one wall. To make the work, McQueen placed three video cameras inside of an oil drum, recording (through holes at either end and one in the center of the side) what the oil drum "experienced" while being rolled by the artist down 56th, 57th, and 58th Streets in midtown Manhattan. The three synchronized projected images and accompanying sounds are the record of this journey, a whirl of sky and pavement, parked cars, and occasional glimpses of the artist, complemented by the rhythmic "beat" of the drum rolling over the asphalt. Although it is non-narrative, Drumroll nonetheless echoes any disorienting passage through the city - and through life in general - a meditation on movement, obstacle, displacement and negotiation. "It's like since you've been born, you make a route, and everything is going by you, and along the way you grab what you can, make connections you can, and what you grab makes you," explained McQueen.

Since he completed his first film in 1993, Steve McQueen (b. 1969, London) has produced a remarkable body of projected films, video installations, and, more recently, feature-length films. Trained as a painter, McQueen studied at the Chelsea College of Art and Design (1989-90), Goldsmiths College, London (1990-93), and at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University (1993-94). In 2009 he represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale and has received numerous other awards and grants for his work as an artist and filmmaker. McQueen's first feature film Hunger (2008) was awarded the Camera d'Or at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and in 2011 he received the FIPRESCI Prize for Best Film at the Venice International Film Festival for Shame (2011). He has exhibited internationally with a major career retrospective organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Schaulager Basel in 2012-2013. In 2014, the film 12 Years a Slave, directed by McQueen, won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

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Authors Jon Boorstin and Brent Walker Discuss Mabel Normand and Mack Sennett at Larry Edmunds Bookshop

Larry Edmunds Bookshop

6644 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90028

7:30pm to 9:15pm

Jon Boorstin (Mabel and Me: a Novel about the Movies)  and Brent Walker (Mack Sennett's Fun Factory:
A History and Filmography of His Studio and His Keystone and Mack Sennett Comedies, with Biographies of Players and Personnel) discuss and sign their books and view silent film shorts, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27 at Larry Edmunds Bookshop, 6644 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028.

For more information about the event call (323) 463-3273.

For more information on Mabel and Me: a Novel about the Movies visit http://www.angelcitypress.com/products/mabl.

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Thursday, August 28

Japanese Art (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

2:00pm

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture and art by exploring the outstanding collection of painting, netsuke, ceramics, and prints on this 50-minute tour that looks at the museum's collection of works dating from 3000 B.C. to the present. Taking place in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, the tour is enhanced by the unique viewing experience.

 

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Saturday, August 30

Sunday, August 31

Highlights of the Museum: LACMA Architecture + Art (50 min)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 92656

12:00pm

This 50 minute tour is an overview of the museum—its architecture and collection. Learn more about the history and transformation of the LACMA campus as you stroll across the equivalent of two city blocks. Special attention is given to the architects Renzo Piano, who designed BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion, and Bruce Goff, who created the Pavilion for Japanese Art.

 

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Friday, September 5

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