Media Arts Preview: Maya Deren, Gregg Araki, and Christian Marclay | KCET
Media Arts Preview: Maya Deren, Gregg Araki, and Christian Marclay
Some of the best moments in cinematic history were created in the distant past, a notion underscored this week in L.A.'s media art scene with a return to the 1940s and the work of avant-garde icon Maya Deren, the extraordinary work of Claude Lanzmann in his landmark documentary Shoah, and in Christian Marclay's remarkable 24-hour film The Clock, created entirely from images from the past.
Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
Avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren lived and worked in Los Angeles in the 1940s and '50s, creating some of the most celebrated films in cinema history. Her work is currently on view in LACMA's exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States, and to complement that show, the museum has organized Dancer in the Dark: Maya Deren on Film, featuring two screening events. Tonight at 7:30, the screening presents Deren's short works, mixing her haunting and hallucinatory film Meshes of the Afternoon with the artist's extraordinary dance films. At 9:20, In the Mirror of Maya Deren, a documentary portrait, will screen.
Saturday, March 24
Christian Marclay's 24-hour collage film The Clock screens all day and night at LACMA, starting at noon. The film is composed of thousands of film and TV clips that together create a functioning clock, marking each hour as it goes by.
The Echo Park Film Center presents an expanded cinema performance tonight titled Connective Tissue that focuses on the recycled use of other people's materials. Filmmakers Adriana Vila and Luis Macias will be on hand to show the power of recycled images, and the reinvention of meaning as new relationships among images are formed. The performance starts at 8:00 p.m.
Gregg Araki's 1992 film The Living End tackled the topic of AIDS at a moment when it was largely being ignored in mainstream filmmaking. Araki, a key figure in the history of L.A. independent film as well as the 1990s Queer Cinema movement, went on to make a long list of subsequent feature films, but The Living End, which has been remastered, remains a favorite for its sense of reckless energy. The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents the film tonight at 7:00 p.m. at the Billy Wilder Theater.
Monday, March 26
Thousands of Haitian refugee families continue to be stranded in Tijuana, a city far from where they hoped would be their final destination. Since their arrival, photojournalist Omar Martínez has been documenting their Mexican lives.
Hsi Lai Temple is the largest Buddhist monastery in Southern California. Opened in 1988, it is also home to one of the best vegetarian buffets in L.A. County. But of course, they don’t advertise that. Still, all visitors, regardless of faith, are welcome.
Roughly 90 years later, the legacy of San Luis Obispo's Motel Inn still stands, along with part of the original building.