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Dear Friends:

Thank you for joining us at Visions and Voices events throughout the fall semester. We are now gearing up for a fantastic spring semester full of events you won’t want to miss—RSVPs for some of them open this week! Read on for details.

–The Visions and Voices Team

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LOOKING AHEAD

1/30: Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, more info

2/5: Frau Schindler, more info

2/6: Fly, more info


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Straight White Men

 

 

I Know You Are But What Am I? The Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m.

 The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) 108
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

On TV in the late 1980s, Saturday morning was a time “to go wacky.” After its origins in late-night comedy, Pee-wee’s Playhouse became a popular children’s TV show. Made by a team of cutting-edge artists, animators, designers, musicians, and performers, the show brought a madcap postmodern aesthetic to kids’ programming. There is, of course, much more to the Pee-wee story than most people knew at the time. Animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White will share highlights from their time collaborating on Pee-wee’s Playhouse and discuss this unique moment in pop-culture history, when the wildest fringes sat smack in the midst of the commercial mainstream.
Organized by Christine Panushka (Animation and Digital Arts) and Henry Jenkins (Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts).
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m. For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Pee-wee's Playhouse

 

 

Wonderwall/Sketchbook Workshop
Led by the Artists Behind Pee-wee’s Playhouse

Friday, January 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
School of Cinematic Arts (SCB) 202
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Pee-wee’s Playhouse animator Ric Heitzman, cartoonist Gary Panter, and painter Wayne White will lead hands-on workshops for participants.
USC students, staff, and faculty can RSVP online beginning Tuesday, December 8, at 9 a.m.
USC alumni and general public can RSVP online beginning Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Lita Albuquerque

 

 

20/20: Accelerando
An Art Opening and Performance by Lita Albuquerque

Sunday, January 24
Reception: 4 to 6 p.m.
Performances will be held at 4:10 p.m. and 5:10 p.m.
USC Fisher Museum of Art

Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.

Lita Albuquerque is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work spans from the 1970s Light and Space and Land Art movements to a wide range of performative, sculptural, and painterly interventions. The performance and exhibition 20/20: Accelerando marks Albuquerque’s return to the USC Fisher Museum since her 1983 exhibition Abhasa: Image Bearing Light. During the exhibition opening, Albuquerque will present a multimedia performance that creates new feelings of discovery and blurs past, present, and future. The evening begins in darkness. Singers, arranged according to Orion, the winter constellation over the Los Angeles sky, will create a vibratory language that echoes throughout the galleries.
Organized by the USC Fisher Museum of Art.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, January 6, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

A conversation with John Corey Whaley

 

 

What We Can Learn from a Severed Head
A Conversation with John Corey Whaley
Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series

Monday, January 25, 5:30 p.m.

 Aresty Auditorium, Harlyne J. Norris Research Tower
Book signing and reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations requested.

A sixteen-year-old, diagnosed with terminal cancer, decides to participate in an experimental procedure: his head is removed and cryogenically frozen in order to be reattached to a donor’s body. This is the subject of John Corey Whaley’s novel Noggin, a finalist for the National Book Award and a highly unconventional “cancer book.” Booklist calls Noggin “a tour de force of imagination and empathy.” Whaley, also the author of the Printz and Morris Award-winning Where Things Come Back, will discuss mortality; the growing pains of adolescence; and the medical, ethical, and scientific aspects of Noggin’s severed head with Lynn Kysh of the USC Norris Medical Library.
Organized by Pamela Schaff (Pediatrics and Family Medicine), Lyn Boyd-Judson (Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics), Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine), Lynn Kysh (USC Libraries), and Berislav Zlokovic (Physiology and Biophysics). Co-sponsored by the Keck School of Medicine’s Program in Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics, the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, and the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.
RSVP online beginning Wednesday, January 6, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Live Artists Live

 

 

Live Artists Live
Performance and the Witness: Ron Athey

Thursday, January 28, 8 p.m.
Human Resources
410 Cottage Home St., Los Angeles, 90012
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Transportation from the University Park Campus will be available for USC students, staff, and faculty. Please see our website for details.

Join us for the thrilling opening event of Live Artists Live, a two-day series of performances and discussions about performance art. Live Artists Live will open with a performance of new work by cutting-edge artist Ron Athey. From his underground art of the 1980s through international tours in the ’90s to his ceaselessly provocative works of today, Athey is renowned for projects such as Judas Cradle, the Perpetual Wound/Incorruptible Flesh series, and Self-Obliteration. Don’t miss his latest, introduced by scholars Amelia Jones and Jennifer Doyle.
Organized by Amelia Jones and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Live Artists Live

 

 

Live Artists Live
Performances and Dialogues

Friday, January 29, 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (IFT)
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Live art is a term used for performance art in the visual-arts realm. In a series of dynamic performances and dialogues, world-renowned artists and scholars including Ron Athey, Ulay, Harry Gamboa Jr., Nao Bustamante, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Cassils, Jack Halberstam, and Rebecca Schneider will explore key questions about the medium: How do live art performances get archived, documented, or otherwise written into history and remembered? How do audiences experience live art? How is live art created? Luminaries and legends of performance art will engage with these questions and more in a full day of conversations and live performances.
Organized by Amelia Jones and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Live Artists Live

 

 

Live Artists Live
Performing Histories with the Body: Narcissister

Friday, January 29, 7 p.m.
One National Gay and Lesbian Archives

 909 West Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles, 90007
Reception to follow.
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Live Artists Live closes with a performance by the fascinating Brooklyn-based artist Narcissister. Wearing mask and merkin, she works at the intersection of performance, dance, art, and activism, integrating her experience as a professional dancer and commercial artist with photography, video art, and experimental music. Her film The Self-Gratifier won an award for “Best Use of a Sex Toy” at the 2008 Good Vibrations Erotic Film Festival, and she has intrigued and entertained audiences all over the world. Interested in troubling the divide between popular entertainment and experimental art, Narcissister appeared on America’s Got Talent in 2011. She will close out Live Artists Live with a provocative performance, followed by a reception.
Organized by Amelia Jones and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
RSVP online beginning Thursday, January 7, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
 

Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga

 

 

Something’s Not Right with Alice: Understanding Alzheimer’s
A Conversation with Lisa Genova and Arthur Toga
A Visions and Voices Signature Event

Thursday, February 4, 7 p.m.
Bovard Auditorium
Admission is free and open to everyone. Reservations required.
Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist and award-winning author of several best-selling novels, including Still Alice. The book was adapted into a powerful film starring Julianne Moore, who won an Academy Award for her role as a professor diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Genova has traveled internationally to speak about Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, and autism, and has appeared on Dr. Oz, The Diane Rehm Show, CNN, and many other major media outlets. Genova will join USC professor and brain researcher Arthur Toga for a fascinating conversation about the impact of Alzheimer’s disease on individuals, families, and communities.
RSVP online beginning Tuesday, January 5, at 9 a.m.
For more info and to RSVP, click here.

 

 
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