Joanne Lefrak, SITE's Education and Catalogue Manager, will explore the theme of obsession in contemporary art and relate it to the works of Kaari Upson. She will investigate the idea of compulsive fixations and desire and will discuss contemporary artists who focus on obsessive practices or subjects. Lefrak will explore the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea or image through the lens of contemporary art.
Exploring the Origins of Performance Art in Southern California A talk by Carol Stakenas, Executive Director, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). Los Angeles Goes Live explores histories and legacies of performance art in Southern California in the 1970s emphasizing the evolution of performance within a broader drive toward artistic experimentation that cuts across many spheres of cultural production.
Martha Colburn, Biennial artist and collagist extraordinaire, and Jad Fair, co-founder of alternative '70s rock group Half-Japanese, take the stage with pianist/comprovisor Thollem Macdonas on keyboards, for an evening that will challenge the limits of live projection performance art and will likely border on the outrageous.
Many of the artists in Agitated Histories examine the contents of historic archives and re-present the material in new and unexpected ways to re-contextualize the subject matter. In this lecture, Lefrak will examine the works in SITE's exhibition by Sam Durant, Lorraine O'Grady, Zoe Leonard and Cheryl Dunye, which all reference photography archives.