Fall 2015 Happenings
Published Oct 1, 2015 8:00 AM
Disguise: Masks & Global African Art
This exhibition considers the past, present and future of disguise — a visual act and psychological state that can be a mask, a costume or simply an expression. Features new works by 12 contemporary artists from Africa or of African descent, as well as masks from the Fowler’s African art collection.
OCT. 18, 2015 – MAR. 13, 2016. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.
Treasured Textiles from the American Southwest: The Durango Collection
These extraordinary textiles were created in the 19th century, a time of tremendous change in territorial New Mexico and Arizona. During this period, three great weaving traditions flourished in the Southwest — Pueblo, Diné (Navajo) and Hispanic. Notable Diné works in this exhibition include magnificent early examples of the famous First and Second Phase “chief’s blankets.” The oldest textile in the exhibition, dating to 1800, is a Hispanic serape showing the full-blown eye-dazzler patterning.
SEPT. 13, 2015 – JAN. 10, 2016. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.
The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris
Lawren Harris (1885–1970) was a pioneering modernist and a leading figure in defining Canadian art in the 20th century. The exhibition includes more than 30 major paintings from the most significant period of the artist’s career — the idealized northern landscapes of the 1920s and early 1930s — and draws from the Art Gallery of Ontario’s substantial holdings of paintings by Harris, the Thomson Collection at the AGO, as well as from major public collections across Canada, including the National Gallery of Canada and the McMichael Collection.
OCT. 11, 2015 – JAN. 24, 2016. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.
The Next Wave: La Source
The Hammer Museum presents a free screening of La Source, a documentary about a village in Haiti where obtaining safe drinking water has never been easy. The documentary focuses on Josue Lajeunesse, a Princeton University custodian who returns to Haiti to channel a consistent, clean water source to his village. Mark Gold, UCLA associate vice chancellor for environment and sustainability, will facilitate a discussion between director Patrick Shen, social entrepreneur Jordan Wagner and architect Eui-Sung Yi following the screening.
NOV. 24 / TUES / 7:30 P.M. Location: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Booker T. Jones and Black Joe Lewis
It can be argued that Booker T. Jones set the cast for modern soul music and is largely responsible for its rise and enduring popularity. He pushed the music’s boundaries, refined it to its essence and then injected it into the nation’s bloodstream. Black Joe Lewis is an American blues, funk and soul artist influenced by Howlin’ Wolf and James Brown. In March 2009, Esquire listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the “Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009’s SXSW Festival.”
DEC. 4 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Louis & Keely: “Live” at the Sahara
Taylor Hackford’s musical about the husband-and-wife duo’s groundbreaking Las Vegas act returns to the Geffen Playhouse as part of a new national tour.
DEC. 30, 2015 – JAN. 17, 2016. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $43-$129.
Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.com.
The Symphonic Body UCLA
A performance built entirely from gestures, this movement-based orchestral work is performed by people from across the UCLA community. With no instruments, individuals perform gestural portraits to create individual dances based on the motions of their workdays. This tapestry of gesture provides a window into the breadth of human labor and activity that emanates from the university. Artist-in-residence and choreographer Ann Carlson spent nearly a year working one on one with the participants and will conduct the performers.
NOV. 21 / SAT / 4 P.M. & 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.