Thursday, April 14, 2016
The Ray Stark Family Theatre, School of Cinematic Arts 108
University Park Campus
Admission is free. Reservations required. RSVP beginning Tuesday, March 22, at 9 a.m.
Join us for the world premiere screening of Edgar Arceneaux’s Until, Until, Until… The film investigates Broadway legend Ben Vereen’s infamous 1981 performance that was televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration. Intended as an homage to vaudevillian Bert Williams—America’s first mainstream black entertainer—the final five minutes of the performance were censored for the television audience, causing Vereen’s biting commentary on the history of segregation and racist stereotypes in performance to be lost on viewers at home. Until, Until, Until… is based on the footage that never aired that night. The piece questions the truth of past narratives and creates an opportunity to reconsider our collective understanding of historic events. Edgar Arceneaux’s performance Until, Until, Until… was commissioned by Performa and presented in New York in 2015.
Edgar Arceneaux (b.1972 Los Angeles, lives and works in Los Angeles) makes drawings, installations, and films as complex arrangements of association that examine relationships between disparate histories. Solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Kitchen, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem; and the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland. His work was recently included in Marking Time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia; Mutatis, Mutandis, at the Vienna Secession, Vienna, Austria; the 2008 Whitney Biennial, New York; La Biennale de Montreal 2014; and the 2015 Shanghai Biennale.
Organized by Nao Bustamante and the USC Roski School of Art and Design.