Program 1: Black Utopia LP Performance

Presented by the Hammer Museum and the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Thursday, Mar 9, 2023 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Billy Wilder Theater
close up of a person's torso with hand clutching side

In-person: artist Cauleen Smith, program curator Steve Anker, independent curator Jheanelle Brown, UC San Diego Professor Alena Williams.

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Free tickets must be obtained on a first come, first served basis at the box office, where seating will be assigned.

In its first Los Angeles presentation since 2013, Black Utopia LP combines 35mm slide projection with the artist's own vinyl LP—a collage of lectures, rehearsals, and live performances by Sun Ra—into a 90-minute “film without film” that is a passionate reflection on and mashup of contemporary African diaspora culture. Emerging from Cauleen Smith's extensive research on Afrofuturism, the performance involves history, music, outer space and African divination. Each time the work is performed, Smith creates new slides pertaining to the current moment, and tonight’s version includes material recorded in Los Angeles.

Mixed media, total running time: 90 min.
 

Part of: Cauleen Smith—In Space, In Time

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