October 2, 2012 |
As the REDCAT gallery at Disney Hall approaches its 10th year of exhibitions and events, it retains a scrappy, pop-up vibe - young, experimental, unpredictable at best, or uneven and unreliable at worst. And it has gone without a director since Clara Kim decamped for the Walker Art Center more than a year ago. So REDCAT's hiring of Ruth Estévez as its new gallery director and curator, effective in November, could be a game-changer. A curator born in Spain who made her name in Mexico City, Estévez, 35, is not a familiar figure in the U.S. art world.
September 26, 2012
Could "Dancing With the Stars" be losing its luster? Monday's premiere of the long-running ABC competition series was down 32% from last year, despite months of heavy promotion and an "all-star" cast including Bristol Palin and Pamela Anderson. The dance show also finished well behind NBC's "The Voice" in key demographics, but the news for "Dancing" wasn't all bad: The show drew 14.6 million viewers, versus 11.9 million for "The Voice," easily making it Monday's top entertainment draw.
September 24, 2012 |
REDCAT has named a new gallery director and curator to oversee its visual arts program. Ruth Estevez will take on the job starting November at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater, located at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. Estevez will fill the role formerly held by Clara Kim, who left REDCAT in 2011 to join the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Since Kim's departure, associate gallery curator Aram Moshayedi has been serving as acting director. REDCAT is a contemporary arts space that is a division of the California Institute of the Arts.
August 2, 2012
ART REDCAT's New Original Works Festival continues with works by NICK+JAMES, Jinku Kim and Prumsodun Ok. Experimental dance, sound and video art and a multimedia project involving Cambodian pop music and traditional dance will all be on display to create a singular viewer experience. Roy and Edna Disney / Calarts Theater, 631 W. 2nd. St., L.A. 8:30 p.m. Thu. to Sat. $10 to $18. (213) 237-2800; http://www.redcat.org.
July 27, 2012 |
It's conventional wisdom that old boundaries between different art forms are fraying fast. Globalization and new technology have made dance, theater, film, music and visual design blur together to create interdisciplinary hybrids and collages. So when George Lugg hears people using the "I" word loosely, he reacts with a certain cautiousness. "I often find myself in conversations about interdisciplinarity, and I just want to back up and say, 'Well, what are we talking about?'" said Lugg, associate director of the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.
July 18, 2012 |
Los Angeles-based Juliana Snapper is an avant-garde opera singer who aims to take apart opera and the tradition of singing. The Drama Review has said that "Snapper sings the voice as limit ... unbearably raw, a flayed shred of human need, desire, pain. " She has collaborated with Los Angeles body artist Ron Athey on the work "The Judas Cradle," which premiered at REDCAT, and performed in (and co-created) the world's first underwater opera, "You Who Will Emerge From the Flood," in Manchester, England.
July 5, 2012
ART The Berlin-based artists Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda take a droll look at contemporary society in their debut major solo exhibition in the U.S., which combs through their catalog of sculpture, video and photography. A highlight includes 2011's "Untitled," a collection of found photos of failed Berlin mayoral candidates. REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. Sat. Exhibit through Sept. 2. redcat.org.
June 29, 2012 |
He roams the night in menacing military police garb in search of homosexuals. No, he's not cruising the bars of West Hollywood, the Castro or Chelsea. He's the head of Uganda'sspecial task force for the country's Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Funny, isn't it, the way the words "probe" and "penetrative" always seem to be on his lips? He insists his nation won't "bend over" for homosexuality and believes that the enforcement of the "penal code" is way too "soft. " Satire plays only a small part in Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine's solo show "A Missionary Position," which is receiving its world premiere at REDCAT in an artfully staged production that runs through this weekend.
May 31, 2012 |
No one ever called Sandra Bernhard a simple girl at heart, and her latest show, "Sandrology," which opened Wednesday at REDCAT, is a kind of loosely constructed seminar on her glamorously defiant complexity. Looking as stylish as ever in a black "off-the-rack" designer cocktail dress with deep pockets that prompt all kinds of apocalyptic scenarios of how they might one day come in handy, she has come back to Los Angeles to "bring the realness. " And the taunting redhead whose résumé includes stints as Bravo TV's "pop culture anthropologist" doesn't pull any punches in her survey of the celebrity world, where not even those who open doors for her are safe from her skewering.
May 22, 2012 |
A remarkable, immersive installation at REDCAT is a collaboration between San Francisco artist Rigo 23 (born Ricardo Gouveia) and Zapatista artists and craftspeople from Chiapas, in southern Mexico. With the seemingly incongruous title “Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program,” it uses the language of interstellar travel to announce a fundamental departure from the world as we know it. Whatever you think of the Zapatista communities, there's no denying they are a radical experiment.