Events 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

Conversation & Reception

Desert X in Conversation

11:30am–1pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre

Join Artistic Director Neville Wakefield and Co-Curators Amanda Hunt and Matthew Schum for a reception followed by a discussion on the upcoming Desert X 2019. The mission of Desert X is to bring leading artists to the Coachella Valley to create site-specific art, engage viewers, and focus attention on the valley’s environment, its natural wonders, as well as the environmental, socio-political and economic issues facing California’s desert communities.

The inaugural exhibition took place in 2017 to critical and popular acclaim attracting more than 200,000 local and international visitors and was the recipient of multiple awards for its extensive education and community programs.

The second edition of Desert X opens February 9–April 21, 2019 in the Coachella Valley, CA.


Naima J. Keith in Conversation with Trenton Doyle Hancock

3–4pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre

Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles talks with Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock about his practice and upcoming projects.

For nearly two and a half decades, Trenton Doyle Hancock has created elaborate works that interlace personal memoir with the history of painting and pop-cultural pulp imagery. Hancock’s childhood was immersed in resonant biblical themes, whose power persisted even as their religious specificity waned later in his life. This early influence informed a complex amalgamation of characters and plots possessing universal concepts of light and dark, good and evil, and all the grey in between. Infused with mythologies presented at an operatic scale, his exuberant and subversive storylines employ a variety of cultural tropes, ranging from his personal experiences, the western art historical canon, comics and superheroes, and medieval morality, where text and abstraction both drive and complicate his narratives.

Trenton Doyle Hancock is represented by Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles; James Cohan, New York; and Hales Gallery in London. Shulamit Nazarian is featuring his work at ALAC.

ALAC Music

Freestyle Fellowship at Zebulon

8pm, Friday

2478 Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Art Los Angeles Contemporary is extremely pleased to celebrate its ninth edition with a performance by seminal Los Angeles hip-hop group Freestyle Fellowship on Friday, January 26 at Zebulon Café Concert.

Founded in the early ‘90s in South Los Angeles’ Leimert Park neighborhood, Freestyle Fellowship emerged right before the social and racial tensions of Los Angeles erupted in the 1992 L.A. Riots. Gesturing musically more towards the freestyle and free-associative work of De La Soul or A Tribe Called Quest, they were among the first jazz-influenced hip-hop groups. Their first record, To Whom It May Concern (1991) presciently foresaw the issues that Los Angeles at that time, with lyrics that questioned gangsta rap’s self-destructive tendencies as well as the ruthless brutality of the L.A. Police Department of that era. One further album would follow, 1993’s Innercity Griot, before each member pursued individual work until their third album Temptations in 2001 and then returning again for their fourth album The Promise in 2011. Currently, members in Freestyle Fellowship include Aceyalone, Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E. and Self Jupiter.

The performance at Zebulon Cafe Concert takes place on Friday, January 26 at 8pm. Purchase tickets online in advance via TicketFly.

Advanced reservations are strongly recommended as the venue has limited capacity.

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