221 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
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+.
New! Buy a series pass and enjoy every Summer Happening for only $75. Or build your own series: select any two or more Summer Happenings events for $20 each. Discounts will be reflected at checkout.
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