Artist Ed Bereal was a founding member of the radical street theater group Bodacious Buggerrilla, which performed around L.A. in the 1960s. Members of the original group will reassemble with Bereal for a reading that revives their politically charged historical performance works. The troupe’s plays used humorous narratives and theatrical costumes to satirize figures that represent American racism, while also critiquing political movements of the time. Art historian Yael Lipschutz will join the group in a discussion about their work and help contextualize this unique, under-documented project.
This performance will contain content that may be offensive to some viewers.
This event is part of a series of conversations and performances called “Talks about Acts,” organized by Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade that seeks to broaden the evolving dialogue around performance practices. For the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival, three remarkable events will continue this evolution: a conversation between artists Barbara T. Smith and Kim Jones the previous evening, this event with artist Ed Bereal and former members of the Bodacious Buggerrilla street theater troupe, and a production of Eleanor Antin’s classic play, Before the Revolution, co-directed by Antin herself, on the last day of the Festival, January 29. These projects use the frame of Pacific Standard Time to draw attention to crucial developments in performance practices of the 1960s and 70s, and the special character California artists contributed to that history.
Developed in 2007 by Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade at LAXART, Talks About Acts is a series of conversations, presentations and performances that inform the contemporary discussion around performance practices. Previous participants have included Scoli Acosta, Ron Athey, Andrea Fraser, Coco Fusco, Lia Gangitano, Los Super Elegantes, Ann Magnuson, José Muñoz, Mario Ybarra, Jr., and Eleanor Antin, whose keynote talk in 2007 laid the foundation for this year’s projects.