Kenneth Tams recent videos are the outgrowth of encounters between strangers, developed with participants the artist has met through online social forums. In these scenarios, barriers of intimacy become unhinged and vulnerabilities are shared through various activities that are performed in the presence of a camera, which acts as a conduit between an anonymous interior space and the outside world. Tam will be in conversation with the writer Bruce Hainley, alongside a screening of specially selected videos.
Lunchtime Art Talks take place every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. The Hammer's curatorial department leads free and insightful 15-minute discussions about works of art currently on view or from museum collections. This talk on Made in L.A. 2016 artist Wadada Leo Smith will be led by MacKenzie Stevens, curatorial assistant.
The Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer Ryan Murphy has been taking prime-time television by storm with his genre-bending projects since 1999. He is the cocreator of Popular, Glee, The New Normal, American Horror Story, and Scream Queens; the creator of Nip/Tuck; and the producer and director of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson.
In her extended work, Passing: A California Suite, pianist and composer Cathlene Pineda pays tribute to the complexities and wonders of the city of Los Angeles with music that is airy, elegant and haunting (Bakersfield Californian). Pineda and her close-knit quartet navigate the musics emotionally rich and rhythmically dynamic landscape in a series of compositions inspired by the works of Los Angeles first poet laureate, Eloise Klein-Healy.