Visions&Voices Fall 2011

November in California

Theme Guides to selected programs from the Fall 2011 Visions & Voices program were created in partnership with USC Libraries faculty and staff.
Look for recommended books and readings on the people, performances and topics covered by these events.
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Photo: Holly Burt from Los Angeles, CA, "November in California", University of Southern California, CC BY 2.0

A Revolutionary Project: Cuba from Walker Evans to Now (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
September 16, 2011
An exhibition at the Getty Museum exploring Cuban history through the eyes of photographers, bringing together Walker Evans’s views of pre-Castro Cuba in the 1930s with those of Cubans who participated in the 1959 revolution and contemporary foreign artists exploring the island nation since the end of Soviet support in the 1990s.
L.A. Philharmonic: Dudamel Conducts Stravinsky, Berlioz and Adams (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 2, 2011
Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, from the early Romantic period, the piece tells the story of a gifted artist with a lively imagination. Hear it in conjunction with Stravinsky’s crisply rhythmic neoclassical Symphony in C and Adams’s thrilling Short Ride in a Fast Machine.
Additional topics in guide: John Adams, Esteban Benzecry, Hector Berlioz; USC Libraries contributor: Ross Scimeca.
Tim Burton: Exhibition Tour at LACMA (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 7, 2011
A retrospective exhibition of artist and filmmaker Tim Burton, career featuring over 700 drawings, paintings, photographs, moving-image works, storyboards, puppets, concept artworks and costumes as well as unrealized and little-known personal projects.
Additional topics in guide: Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), California Institute of the Arts (CalArts); Guide creator: Sara Tompson.
Downtown L.A. Art Walk (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 13, 2011
Experience the streets of downtown Los Angeles as a public-art phenomenon. The art walk is a monthly showcase and celebration of the best galleries, restaurants and shops the area has to offer, accompanied by live music and performances.
Additional topics in guide: Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), Eric Orr’s Prime Matter, Dawn Carolyn Finley, Thomas Peter Koros; Guide creator: Ruth Wallach.
An Evening with John Waters (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF)
October 14, 2011
Following a screening of Pink Flamingos, James Egan interviews John Waters, about his iconoclastic as a filmmaker, author and celebrity. Organized by the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Additional topics in guide:Hag in a Black Leather Jacket, Mondo Trasho; Guide creator: Michael Hooks.
Computational Aesthetics with Chandler McWilliams (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 17, 2011: Lecture and Screening
October 21, 2011: Workshop
Chandler McWilliams, co-author of Form+Code in Design, Art and Architecture, describes computational aesthetics, provides examples of code as visual expression and screens shortform videos exploring how the computational capacity of the computer has impacted our conceptions of image, sound and storytelling. The workshop focuses on the relationship between code and visual form.
Additional topics in guide: No Longer Random, Holly Willis; Guide creator: Sara Tompson.
Medical Humanitarianism: Possibilities and Pitfalls: A Lecture by Dr. Paul Farmer (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 14, 2011
Medical anthropologist and physician, Paul Farmer has written extensively on health, human rights and the consequences of social inequality.
Additional topics in guide: Global health care, Pamela Schaff, Erin Quinn, Lyn M. Boyd-Judson, 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; Guide creator: Emily Brennan.
Screening Homegrown History: Jewish Homegrown History: Immigration, Identity and Intermarriage (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF)
October 20, 2011
The first of two events exploring the cultural value of home movies and producing an archival cultural history. Jewish Homegrown History, a multimedia installation opened at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on May 3, 2012. Marsha Kinder moderates a panel entitled “Participatory History and the Value of Home Movies” with Isaac Artenstein, Rosemary Comella, William Deverell, Mark Lisa Leeman, and Steven Ross.
Additional topics in guide: Labyrinth Project.
Thai Town: A Culinary and Historical Tour (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF) / (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
October 20, 2011
Los Angeles has the largest Thai population outside of Thailand and is also the home to the world’s first and only Thai Town. Concentrated in East Hollywood, join us for a walking tour presented by Six Taste that will explore this vibrant neighborhood of diverse shops and restaurants.
Additional topics in guide: Songkran Festival, Thailand Plaza, Siam Book Center, Panos Bakery, Nuch Royal Thai Spa; Guide creator: Ken Klein.
L.A. Opera: Roméo et Juliette (Theme Guide: Resource Guide - PDF)
November 6, 2011
Based on Shakespeare’s timeless tragedy with Gounod’s score thrills the ear with swirling waltzes, dramatic choruses and exquisite arias
Additional topics in guide: Charles Gounod, Vittorio Grigolo, Nino Machaidze, Plácido Domingo, Ian Judge; USC Libraries contributor: Ross Scimeca.
发现: A Trans-Pacific Curatorial Experiment (Theme Guide: Research Guide - PDF)
November 9, 2011
USC Libraries collaborated with digital libraries at universities in the Pacific Rim Digital Library Alliance (PRDLA) to create this exhibition about exploration and discovery. A panel discussion features Anne Balsamo, Paolina Martin, and representatives from digital libraries across the Pacific Rim.
Additional topics in guide: Li Ka Shing Library at Singapore Management University; Guide creator: Ross Scimeca.