Events

Oracle Film Series: Annemiek + Beau Travail

@ The Oculus Hall at The Broad Date: June 29th, 2017

In her earliest work of video art, portrait photographer Rineke Dijkstra captures the titular Annemiek, a reserved Dutch teen, as she self-consciously lip syncs to Backstreet Boys’ “I Wanna Be With You,” losing herself in the music’s utopian emotions only to snap back again once reminded of Dijkstra’s camera.

Claire Denis’ most devastating work of cinematic formalism, Beau Travail is a loose adaptation of Herman Melville’s Billy Budd. Set in the expansive landscapes of Djibouti, the film follows the struggle of masculinities among members of the French Foreign Legion. The arrival of the handsome and charming Sentain (Grégoire Colin) stokes envy in the heart of Chief Adjutant Galoup (Denis Levant). His selfish struggle to tame Sentain’s allure results in a sacrifice that crescendos in the film’s stunning, final tableau vivant.

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Summer Happenings at The Broad: Strange Forest

@ The Broad Date: July 29th, 2017

Summer Happenings is inspired by art in the Broad collection, while shifting focus toward the immersive and immaterial, including performance, dance, music and spoken word. Occupying various spaces throughout the museum and plaza, Summer Happenings at The Broad will orchestrate a constellation of thrilling musicians, performers and multimedia artists. These events fluctuate between happenings, salons and scenes and will animate important influences of the leading artists of our time.

The second program in this series takes its title from the work of Takashi Murakami, who has long found inspiration in the collaged cultures that emerged in Japan at the end of the Tokugawa period of isolation. Strange Forest presents artists who work with those traditional and Western influences in real-time. The evening opens with Tokiko Ihara, who plays the Sho, a meditative traditional woodwind instrument. This contrasts with the blistering female drum and guitar duo Afrirampo and the solo artist Oorutaichi, known for his “drifting folklore music” that combines electronic music, folk and pop with his own invented language. Those Japan-based groups are joined by ex-DNA member Ikue Mori and Miho Hatori of Cibo Matto, who arrived to NYC in the 1970s and 1990s respectively, both unintentionally joining bands and quickly developing their own styles in the downtown NYC music scene. The evening also features L.A. based Devendra Banhart, whose last album “Ape in the Pink Marble” was deeply inspired by Japanese culture, and onetime Ponytail member Dustin Wong in collaboration with Takako Minekawa.

$25 advance tickets, $30 at the door. Ages 21+.

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Summer Happenings at The Broad: Oracle

@ The Broad Date: August 26th, 2017

Summer Happenings is inspired by art in the Broad collection, while shifting focus toward the immersive and immaterial, including performance, dance, music and spoken word. Occupying various spaces throughout the museum and plaza, Summer Happenings at The Broad will orchestrate a constellation of thrilling musicians, performers and multimedia artists. These events fluctuate between happenings, salons and scenes and will animate important influences of the leading artists of our time.

This Summer Happening is inspired by themes of globalization, surveillance and the underlying systems and forces at work in the world that make up the current exhibition Oracle. Oracle the Happening strives to reclaim that heightened experience and anxiety as artists pick up abundant stereotypes and play prophet, sage, historian and cheerleader. A Place to Bury Strangers performs what could be a soundtrack for the apocalypse, while Xiu Xiu make music for people opposed to and opposed by the horror and disquiet of life. Transformative performance artist Linda Mary Montano offers healings and blessings, and Keijaun Thomas will perform his work, “Distance is not Separation”. The third-floor galleries will feature a Xenolalia room – the Christian missionary spirit gift or ability to speak in an unlearned language – with poets Raquel Gutiérrez, Elliot Reed and Lisa Teasley, and musicians Gabie Strong, Pauline Gloss and David Harrow.

$25 advance tickets, $30 at the door. Ages 21+.

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Summer Happenings at The Broad: Jean-Michel Basquiat

@ The Broad Date: September 23rd, 2017

Summer Happenings is inspired by art in the Broad collection, while shifting focus toward the immersive and immaterial, including performance, dance, music and spoken word. Occupying various spaces throughout the museum and plaza, Summer Happenings at The Broad will orchestrate a constellation of thrilling musicians, performers and multimedia artists. These events fluctuate between happenings, salons and scenes and will animate important influences of the leading artists of our time.

In this part of the series, Punk meets hip hop, gay meets straight, black meets white, and downtown party meets uptown art world— influences that made Jean Michel Basquiat the man he was. Zebra Katz and Downtown Boys provide a musical clash of punk and hip hop. DJ Rashida and Michael Stock turn The Oculus into a downtown dance party. Mecca V A and The MOVEMENT movement and Jay Carlon offer choreographed interventions and “dance-bombs.” Shani Crowe’s performance is centered on cultural coiffure and beauty ritual related to the diasporic African, and Damon Locks will present a sound piece based on themes found in Basquiat's paintings.

$25 advance tickets, $30 at the door. Ages 21+.

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