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Summer 2017 Happenings


Published Jul 1, 2017 8:00 AM

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT / Sports / Alumni Events

Courtesy of Hammer Museum.

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985

In a way that no other exhibition has done previously, Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985 will give visibility to the artistic practices of women artists working in Latin America and U.S.-born women artists of Latino heritage between 1960 and 1985 — a key period in Latin American history and in the development of contemporary art. The artists featured in Radical Women have made extraordinary contributions to the field of contemporary art, but little scholarly attention has been devoted to situating their work within the social, cultural and political contexts in which it was made. Fifteen countries and more than 100 artists will be represented in the exhibition, with 260 works in photography, video and other experimental mediums.

SEPT. 15–DEC. 31, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Letters from a Nut by Ted L. Nancy

Courtesy of Geffen Playhouse.

Ted L. Nancy is a customer in need of service. He writes to the City of Huntington Beach requesting a permit for operating his Electronic Nose Blowing Machine, invites Czechoslovakian President Václav Havel to become treasurer of Ted’s Vacuum Club, asks Nordstrom about buying a mannequin that looks like his deceased neighbor to present to the grieving widow, and more. Time after time, well-meaning representatives offer earnest replies to his letters. Based on his bestselling series of books Letters from a Nut, Mr. Nancy brings his madcap collection of correspondence to the Geffen stage for a one-of-a-kind show that is both outlandish and uproarious.

JUNE 23–JULY 30, 2017. Location: Geffen Playhouse. Tickets: $65-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web:

How to Make the Universe Right: The Art of the Shaman in Vietnam and Southern China

How to Make the Universe Right presents a large selection of rare religious scrolls, ceremonial clothing and ritual objects of the Sán Dìu, Tày, Yao and other populations of Vietnam and southern China. These painted, embroidered and carved works of art, most of which date to the late 19th and early 20th centuries, provide the material foundation for the regional manifestations of shamanic practice most prominently associated with Daoism.

JULY 30–DEC. 21, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web:

Hammer Projects: Judith Hopf

Berlin-based artist Judith Hopf uses humor and wit to address the politics of art-making, group dynamics, and the impact of technology on perception and human experience. Through sculpture, drawing, video and performance, Hopf playfully anthropomorphizes objects such as laptop computers and ceramic vases by adding facial features, hair, arms or legs. Basketballs and suitcases might be composed of carved bricks, while pieces of rope and chain links hang and float as finished works that appear complete in their very incompleteness.

THROUGH AUG. 13. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Marisa Merz: The Sky is a Great Space

This retrospective exhibition explores the prodigious talent and influence of understudied artist Marisa Merz. It brings together five decades of Merz’s work — from her early, Arte Povera experiments with nontraditional art materials and processes; to the enigmatic heads and faces she created in the 1980s and 1990s; to mid- and late-career installations that balance intimacy with impressive scale.

THROUGH AUG. 20. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Hammer Projects: Oliver Payne and Keiichi Tanaami

A series of collaborative works by artists Oliver Payne and Keiichi Tanaami represents a world populated by Japanese idols, monsters and ancient deities set amid icons from popular Japanese “bullet hell” arcade games. In a suite of 29 collages, Payne and Tanaami merge their distinct artistic sensibilities and interests in histories of desire and consumption into a single hallucinatory fantasy.

THROUGH AUG. 27. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Docent-Led Tours

On these free tours, visitors gain a new knowledge of botanical concepts, historical facts and characteristics of rare specimens in the garden’s collection.

MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS / 10 A.M.-2 P.M. Location: Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 206-6707. Web:

Mindful Awareness Meditation

Every Thursday in the Billy Wilder Theater, Diana Winston and other instructors from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center lead a meditation session. Mindful Awareness Meditation is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental and emotional experiences. Participants are welcome to drop in at the weekly sessions for as little as five minutes or to stay for the full 30 minutes.

THURSDAYS / 12:30 P.M. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web:

Wednesday Evening Public Shows

The public is invited to the eighth floor of the UCLA Math Sciences Building to watch a planetarium show presented by current astronomy and astrophysics graduate students every Wednesday night when UCLA is in session. The show, composed of a 30-minute special topic presentation followed by a 30-minute sky show, varies by presenter, but generally covers the currently visible stars, constellations, planets and other astronomical phenomena.

WEDNESDAYS / 8 P.M. Location: UCLA Planetarium. Admission: Free. Email: Web:

Courtesy of UCLA Planetarium.