Live Artists Live: Simultaneity

Saturday, January 13, 2018

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Roski Master of Fine Arts Gallery/Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
3001 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Live Artists Live: Simultaneity
Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, 2018

Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, December 12, at 9 a.m.

Friday, January 12
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

Saturday, January 13
USC Students, Staff, and Faculty: RSVP
USC Alumni: RSVP
General Public: RSVP

Performance artists including Carlos Martiel, Mickey Negrón, Nao Bustamante, Rafa EsparzaGabriela Ruiz, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and Dorian Wood and USC Roski critical studies faculty Amelia Jones, Noura Wedell, and Andy Campbell will come together for Simultaneity, the second iteration of the USC Roski School of Art and Design’s performance-art biennial, Live Artists Live.

In an exciting two days of performances, dialogues, a Long Table event led by Beatriz Cortez, and more, acclaimed artists and scholars will explore the simultaneity that exists within binational and multicultural lives. Diana Taylor, the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and author of The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas, will offer the keynote address.

Friday, January 12
6 p.m.: Opening Reception; Graduate studios open for visitors
7 p.m.: Opening invocation/summons with Nao Bustamante, Dorian Wood, Mickey Negrón, and Rafa Esparza
7:15 to 7:45 p.m.: Introductory remarks by Amelia Jones
7:45 to 8:45 p.m.: Performance by Carlos Martiel
8 to 9 p.m.: Rage Room with Marcus Kuiland-Nazario

Saturday, January 13
10 a.m.: Coffee and pastries
10:30 a.m.: Welcoming remarks by Nao Bustamante and Dean Erica Muhl
11 to 11:45 a.m.: Performance by
Mickey Negrón
12 to 1 p.m.: Talk-back with Andy Campbell, Carlos Martiel, and
Mickey Negrón (with translation)
1 to 2 p.m.: Lunch break (on your own); Graduate studios open for visitors; Rage Room with Marcus Kuiland-Nazario
2 to 2:30 p.m.: Performance by Gabriela Ruiz; Coffee and tea available
2:30 to 3 p.m.: Performance by Marcus Kuiland-Nazario; Coffee and tea available
3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Talk-back with Noura Wedell, Marcus Kuiland-Nazario, and
Gabriela Ruiz
4:15 to 4:45 p.m.: Reception; Rage Room with Marcus Kuiland-Nazario
5 to 6 p.m.: Keynote with Diana Taylor
6:15 to 7:45 p.m.: Long Table conversation led by Beatriz Cortez
8 to 9:30 p.m.: Performances by Dorian Wood and Rafa Esparza

About the Participants:

Nao Bustamante
is an internationally known artist residing in Los Angeles. Bustamante’s precarious work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. She is vice dean of art at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. (Facebook, IMDb, Twitter, Vimeo, Wikipedia)

Andy Campbell is an art historian, critic, and curator who focuses on the juncture of identity-based political movements, visual culture, and art’s histories. He is an assistant professor of critical studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. (Official website)

Beatriz Cortez is an artist and a writer who uses the concept of simultaneity to explore the experiences of migration, living in two places at once (San Salvador and Los Angeles), existing in different versions of modernity, and moving back and forth within different technologies and temporalities. She is a professor of Central American studies at California State University, Northridge. (Official website)

Amelia Jones is the Robert A. Day Professor and vice dean of critical studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Her publications include Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History, co-edited with Adrian Heathfield; Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts; and Otherwise: Imagining Queer Feminist Art Histories, co-edited with Erin Silver. (Wikipedia)

Marcus Kuiland-Nazario is an artist, curator, producer, educator, and experience designer. He is a founding artist or co-founder of Viva! (the nation’s first Latino gay and lesbian arts organization), the 18th Street Arts Center, Highways Performance Space, and Oficina de Proyectos Culturales, among others. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Carlos Martiel lives and works in New York and Havana. His award-winning works have been exhibited and performed around the world. (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)

Mickey Negrón (Asuntos Efímeros) is a Puerto Rican performance artist/ actor/creator who turns to the real in the theatrical in search of freedom and whose actions work to decolonize a strange island body. He is the director and founder of the Puerto Rican performance festival Quiebre.

Gabriela Ruiz, also known as “Leather Papi” is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and model based in Los Angeles. Her work is a mix of kink, queer, and Mexican iconography. She screen prints, sews, and embellishesand recently had her first solo show, Haus, at the Little Tokyo Art Complex. 

Diana Taylor is University Professor and a professor of performance studies and Spanish at NYU, and the 2017 president of the Modern Language Association. She is the founding director of the Hemispheric Institute and the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas, among other works. (Hemispheric Institute profile, Wikipedia)

Noura Wedell is a writer, scholar, translator, editor for Semiotext(e), and lecturer in critical studies at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Her book of poetry, Odd Directions, replays 1970s conceptualist investigations of space and meaning. (Facebook)

Dorian Wood uses his corpulent body and booming voice to revel in challenging the artist-audience separation in works informed by his position as a queer man of color and an autodidact without a college education or a strong alliance to any particular community. His work has been showcased in concert halls and performance spaces around the world, and he has released more than a dozen recordings. (Facebook, Instagram, SoundCloud, Twitter, Vimeo, Wikipedia, YouTube)

Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by the USC Roski School of Art and Design as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America. Co-sponsored by REDCAT and the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, a celebration of art and performance.

Photo: Camilo Godoy

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