Kick off film month at PAMM with the museum’s most recently acquired film installation, Stan Douglas’ Luanda-Kinshasa (2013). On the terrace, DJ Hans will play music inspired by “The Church,” the famed New York City CBS 30th Street Studio featured in Luanda-Kinshasa, which generated important recordings by artists Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Glenn Gould and Billie Holiday. Guests can also enjoy free museum admission, as part of Free First Thursdays made possible by Knight Foundation, and happy hour drink specials (available for purchase).
Films on view in June throughout the galleries
Stan Douglas: Luanda-Kinshasa
Stan Douglas (b. 1960, Vancouver) examines how films and photographs influence our understanding of history. Drawing on intensive research and meticulous attention to detail, the artist utilizes live actors, costumes, props, and sets to render real and imagined scenes from the past with uncanny accuracy. Luanda-Kinshasa (2013)—jointly acquired by PAMM and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—depicts a fictitious band of professional musicians at the famed CBS 30th Street Studio in 1970s New York City. Before closing its doors in 1981, “The Church” (as the studio was known) generated a host of important jazz, rock, pop and classical recordings by artists such as Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Glenn Gould and Billie Holiday.
Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors
This exhibition presents a selection of works by filmmaker and video artist, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz (b. 1972, San Juan), including a new work, Marché Salomon (2015). Capturing the ironies of post-colonial conditions in the Caribbean, Santiago Muñoz’s films and videos create connections between experimental film, ethnography and theater, alluding to material, local and symbolic histories. She documents specific communities and public sites to generate her own bricolage―an alternative story about a popular Haitian market, a toxic tropical flower or a newly discovered archeological site in Puerto Rico. Her actors are ordinary people encouraged by the artist to use strategies from performance art and reenactment. Santiago Muñoz develops her works from long periods of observation, documentation and engagement. Making the camera another character, her lens moves slowly through social and physical landscapes, capturing every detail, color, personal gesture and movement of light, creating enigmatic stills that blur the boundaries between reality and fiction.
Doris Salcedo’s Public Works (Please note this will not be playing on June 2)
This 25-minute video documents Doris Salcedo’s site-specific and large-scale public projects, which have been a significant part of her artistic production over the past 15 years. It highlights the artist’s interest in moving beyond the boundaries of museums and galleries, inserting her sculptures directly into public spaces and public consciousness. The film combines archival footage and photography with interviews with Doris, her studio assistants and gallerists, and the curators of the exhibition. It is organized around a chronological narrative, weaving in elements of Salcedo’s philosophy, biography and studio practice. It treats the development of Salcedo’s work from monument to immersive installation to the ephemeral.