The 18th Street Arts Center presents its annual fundraiser, a virtual evening of video art, experimental film, music performance and mini-documentaries about three iconic LA award winners. With a video program curated by Asha Bukojemsky, the evening honors essential artists who develop well-being, culture and community life in Los Angeles. The hour-long program includes musical performances by presenter Shirazette Tinnin and video works by Alison O’Daniel, Pau S. Pescador, Kenneth Tam and Rodrigo Valenzuela. A limited edition print by Valenzuela, co-published with El Nopal Press, will also be available for $ 350.
The 2021 Virtual Gala will also honor artists and cultural professionals who have made dramatic contributions to community and cultural life in Los Angeles over the course of their careers. Together with the winners, we will produce mini-documentaries about their work and look forward to:
Kristina Wong – performance artist and founder, Aunt Sewing Squad
Asuka Hisa – artist, educator, curator
Bill and Carolyne Edwards – founders Quinn Research Center + Archives
The film program Missing Parts, curated by Asha Bukojemsky, shows four artists who also make community connections with the topic and process of their work. As Bukojemsky writes in their curatorial framework, these films demand and encourage a settlement with the self-construction of our country.
A curated selection of the artists’ works will be presented as part of the one-hour gala program and the full films will be available to all gala ticket holders two full weeks after the event.
The program will open with musical performances by jazz drummer and presenter Shirazette Tinnin. Gala access and a host of additional benefits are available to anyone who subscribes to 18th Street’s new Borderless membership platform on Patreon.
The event will benefit the work of the 18th Street Arts Center in empowering artists and working-class families to organize, collectively create culture, and influence society.
Submitted by: Emma Jacobson-Sive, EJS Media