Kiki Xtravaganza wearing entirely pink attire (pink roccocco styled wig, pink dress, neon pink tights, and transparent platform heels). She is standing on the bridge of LA Historic Park and fanning a pink pompom made of reflective pink metallic fringes.

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January 12th, 2023 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Kiki Xtravaganza

 

A unique public figure @houseofxtravaganza

Rhinestoner/Wardrobe stylist/Designer/Performance Artist/Voguer at Royal House of Xtravaganza was  recently given the title of Legendary!

Audience member leaning on bridge, looking down into the camera.

X-aMEN-ing Audience, Staff & Volunteers

October 26th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Audience, Staff & Volunteers

Kiki Xtravaganza wearing entirely pink attire (pink roccocco styled wig, pink dress, neon pink tights, and transparent platform heels). She is standing on the bridge of LA Historic Park and fanning a pink pompom made of reflective pink metallic fringes.

Kiki Xtravangza

October 26th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Kiki Xtravaganza

 

A unique public figure @houseofxtravaganza

Rhinestoner/Wardrobe stylist/Designer/Performance Artist/Voguer at Royal House of Xtravaganza was  recently given the title of Legendary!

LA Parmelette drum line wearing attire in shades of pink and white while performing at LA Historic Park for XaMENing Masculinities festival. Photo taken at night.

L.A. Parmelettes

September 14th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

L.A. Parmelettes

L.A. Parmelettes kick off the evening with an energetic drum-line at the entrance of the park. Each member is clad in varying shades of pink, faces covered up with sunglasses and ski masks. Some hold drumsticks that colorfully light up each time they bang on the drumhead. The group assembles in a circle and starts off in synchronous movement, then takes turns performing solos, highlighting each member’s role in the collective. This celebratory performance offers a visual and sonic disruption, a loud convening, that signals the start of the festival and gathers the audience. They then march into the park, guiding everyone in. The procession moves throughout the field, marking the distinct locations of the evening’s upcoming performances. L.A. Parmelettes is an open-enrollment group that works with people of all ages regardless of their experience in music. Learn more about L.A. Parmelettes here: www.parmelettes.com

The Los Angeles Parmelettes was originally established in 1970, by the lovely Ms. Taylor. and later headed by Director LaKeisha Mack in 1990. The goal is for youth involvement in the drum line to obtain self-discipline, teamwork, leadership and maintain integrity along with supporting our community values. We urge each student to achieve extraordinary levels of excellence and personal greatness while they enjoy using their unique talents and determination to increase their skills.

Marcus Kuiland-Nazario

August 23rd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Marcus Kuiland-Nazario

- is an interdisciplinary artist, performance curator, and producer. Curatorial credits include Moontone at Human Resources, Pop Tarts at Highways Performance Space, Alphabet Soup at Grand Performances, Variedades at the Mayan, and Sea Change Lab at the 18th Street Arts Center. Kuiland-Nazario received the 2020/2021 City of Santa Monica Artist Fellowship award. His works have been included in national and international venues, including the Rapture Festival, ICA London, London;  the Rompeforma Festival, San Juan, Puerto Rico; Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, Los Angeles; The Queer Commons: Politics of Friendship, Love and Affects, Skopje, Macedonia and Sonic Terrains at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Currently, he is a member of the Los Angeles cohort of Artists At Work.

Anne Bray

August 23rd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Anne Bray

- has been working at the intersection of public space and media art as a hybrid artist and director of the nonprofit media arts organization, Freewaves.  Engagement with edgy, demanding, clarifying art by a broad public is Bray’s mission.  Her specialty is finding public platforms for pressing and compelling subjects to be broached from various angles. Questions are often the format. 

Her educational experience includes photography history at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, new technology art with MIT artists, and new genres at UCLA (MFA, 1985), creating the conceptual framework to posit media arts as public art. As a lecturer, she taught graduate seminars for 25 years in the new genre arts at Claremont Graduate University plus digital art and public art at USC.  

Her  recent awards include The Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Research Fellowship, Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Cultural Trailblazer award, UCLA Confucius Institute commission, NEA Our Town grant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation’s Artistic Innovation and Collaboration Grant. LA Times HyperallergicPublic Art Review, Artillery, Art 21, X-Tra, Afterimage and Artforum have written about her work as well as Lucy Lippard, Holly Willis, Sara Diamond, Catherine Wagley, Margaret Morse, Laura Marks, Karen Moss, Jackie Apple and Susan Kandel. She has given 150 lectures, juries and panels in Los Angeles and internationally.  

Eleven biennial festivals presenting more than 3000 artists with the partnership of 125 curators and 100+ organizations have been held at Los Angeles MOCA, Getty Center, Hammer Museum, on Hollywood and Chinatown streets, and supported repeatedly by NEA, MacArthur, Rockefeller, Rauschenberg and Warhol Foundations. 

She has produced public art projects with GLOW art festival in Santa Monica, Public Art Fund, NY Avant Garde Festival, LACE, Cinematexas, and multi-media installations at numerous venues.

As an artist she has  produced public art projects and mixed media installations with Armory Center for the Arts, Foundation for Art Resources, Side Street Projects, Highways, NewTown, Civitella Ranieri, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Public Art Fund, First Night Celebration, SkyArt Festival, N.Y. Avant Garde Festival, University Art Museum at CSU Long Beach, Otis Art Gallery,  6th International Triennial of Art & Ecology at Umetostna Gallery, L.A. Municipal Art Gallery, Cité des Arts et Nouvelles Technologies de Montreal, Banff Center, Pacific Film Archive, Artist Space, Hayden Gallery at M.I.T, and others. 

Anuradha Vikram

August 23rd, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Anuradha Vikram

-  is a Los Angeles-based writer, curator, and educator. Vikram is co-curator (with UCLA Art Sci Center director Victoria Vesna) of the upcoming Pacific Standard Time: Art x Science x LA exhibition Atmosphere of Sound: Sonic Art in Times of Climate Disruption (opening 2024), and recently curated  the mid-career survey exhibition Jaishri Abichandani: Flower-Headed Children at Craft Contemporary (open January 30–May 8, 2022). Her book Decolonizing Culture is a collection of seventeen essays that address questions of race and gender parity in contemporary art spaces (Art Practical/Sming Sming Books, 2017). Vikram is faculty in the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.  curativeprojects.net

Group of performers wearing white with Shaun Leonardo facing forward with arms outsretched.

Shaun Leonardo

August 16th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Shaun Leonardo

Shaun Leonardo’s performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly—a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, arts nonprofit Recess—is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment.

Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City. His work has been featured at The Guggenheim Museum, the High Line, and New Museum, and recently profiled in the New York Times and CNN. His solo exhibition, The Breath of Empty Space, was recently presented at MICA, MASS MoCA and The Bronx Museum. And his first major public art commission, Between Four Freedoms, recently premiered at Four Freedoms Park Conservancy.

Leonardo recently joined Recess as Co-Director, helping guide the organization's continuous evolution as an engine of social change.

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Patty Chang

August 16th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Patty Chang

- is a Los Angeles based artist and educator who uses performance, video, installation and narrative forms when considering identity, gender, transnationalism, colonial legacies, the environment, large-scale infrastructural projects and impacted subjectivities. After receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from University of California, San Diego, Chang moved to New York and became a fixture in the performance scene. Influenced by performance artists like Marina Abramovic and Ana Mendieta, as well as filmmakers such as Jean Coctaeu, Chang’s art utilizes her own body in feats of endurance, captured on film or in photographs, and creates surrealist films that have been shown in film festivals around the world. Chang acts as a protagonist in many of her own works: either overtly highlighted in live or recorded performance or as in her film “Shangri-La,” omnipresent despite limited screen time. Her museum exhibition and book The Wandering Lake investigates the landscapes impacted by large scale human-engineered water projects such as the Soviet mission to irrigate the waters from the Aral Sea, as well as the longest aqueduct in the world, the North to South Water Diversion Project in China. Her most recent multichannel video project Milk Debt combines the act of lactation with people’s unspoken fears. She teaches at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

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Tony Cokes

August 16th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized No Comment yet

Tony Cokes

- (b. 1956), is a visual artist. His artwork concerns popular culture and mass entertainment. In the 1990s, he was part of the band X-PRZ. His videos often take the form of essays in which Cokes displays fragments of found texts on brightly-colored backgrounds, set to popular music. He is known to combine quotes from a range of texts from critical theory, cultural studies, art criticism, and news reports. His sources include Louis Althusser, Malcolm X, Public Enemy, and William Burroughs. Cokes now teaches at Brown University and lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island. He received a B.A. from Goddard College, Vermont, participated in the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, and gained an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. He has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Getty Research Institute.