If, like me, you find the experience of looking at art online a little dissatisfying, you might find podcasts, readings, and playlists to be a little more your rhythm. Below is a roundup of some of the things you can listen to, all hosted by spaces throughout Los Angeles.
Around since 1978, this alternative art space has a long history of hosting young, emerging artists and weighing in on current political conversations. LACE recently launched a series of podcasts collecting recordings and conversations from various events and exhibitions at the Hollywood nonprofit. The first podcast shares oral histories gathered by artist Carolina Caycedo from women who “are fighting, not only against a natural extractivism but also against a patriarchal structure.” Caycedo also features in the second episode on “Transfeminist Discourses,” together with Sayak Valencia, Daniela Lieja Quintanar, Arshia Fatima Haq, and Mónica Rodríguez. They discuss, among other things, “the movement of radical joy” and “the importance of reclaiming pleasure.” Finally, the third episode, “A Dialogue of Nomads,” is a fascinating talk by artist Beatriz Cortez, pegged to the exhibition Paroxysm of Sublime. Cortez asks: “How does the nomad look at the world?”
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The goddess of love commandeers the room with her beauty, she is the universal muse of all muses. But for whom is she musing? The assumption that one’s love is for another, man or woman, is an obsession that I am ready to reclaim. “The one person who will never leave us, whom we will never lose” (carved in marble or a mere mortal) wrote Bell Hooks, “is ourself. Learning to love our female selves is where our search for love must begin.” So, with the help of Hooks, I’ve created a playlist for the @gettymuseum dedicated to Venus’ re-birth as her marble, and our mortal, quest for self-love becomes the new narrative commandeering the room. My playlist kicks off #GETTYVILLAREMIX a new series between @gettyvilla & 10 DJs, each week a different DJ will present their musical interpretation of their experience at #GettyVilla. I am photographed here in the Basilica, a room dedicated to J Paul Getty’s collection of stone muses. Playlist link in bio #Whattolistentowhen … Reclaiming Love At The Getty Villa 💌🎵
The premise is kind of cheesy, but you gotta love it: Back in 2018, the Getty Villa invited various Los Angeles–based DJs to the museum grounds to make a playlist inspired by what they saw. The playlists are available to listen to online, along with brief descriptions from each of the DJs (one playlist is all love songs, devoted to a life-sized statue of Venus). And for those who want to get more serious with their listening, the Getty also just launched a two-part podcast series interviewing museum directors from across the country, reflecting on topics “from the logistical challenges of how to reopen to philosophical exchanges about the role of museums in society.” Speakers include Timothy Potts of the Getty, Ann Philbin of the Hammer Museum, Max Hollein of the Metropolitan Museum, and others.
Co-Conspirator Press, a publisher committed to promoting voices from historically marginalized communities, has been posting live readings of their books on Instagram. So far, you can hear Sarah Lyon read from her book Maintenance Required: Basic Auto Care Workbook and Resource Guide; Meenadchi read from their just recently released Decolonizing Non-violent Communication; and Gabrielle Civil shares excerpts from Experiments in Joy.
The Wende Museum has been hosting a series of conversations and interviews “reflecting on Cold War spaces.” The series asks timely questions like, “How does space impact the way we live and experience our environment?” And, “what did private space really mean under socialism?” The final two events take place Wednesday, May 13 (12pm PST) and Wednesday, May 20 (12pm PST). The first will focus on “secret space,” and will feature Dagmar Hovestädt, a journalist and Spokesperson for the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin. In the last event, you’ll hear from Xenia Vytuleva-Herz, an architecture historian and curator, on “Soviet secret cities in transition.”
Jazz at LACMA has been held at the museum for the past 28 years, with around 100 concerts a year spotlighting classical, jazz, Latin, and new music from around the world. The 29th edition was supposed to be held in June but was canceled. While it’s certainly no substitute, the museum launched a series of podcasts interviewing some of the musicians who were supposed to play this year, and featuring their music.