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Roll Calls: The City is an Autograph Book

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Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

1717 East 7th Street

Los Angeles, CA 90021

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Doors open at 7:00 PM and the program starts at 7:30 PM . Come early and check out the exhibitions on view at the ICA LA!

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Josh Kun

In conversation with Susan A. Phillips and Chaz Bojórquez

ALOUD on CULTURE @ ICA LA

Co-presented with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA)

In conjunction with The Autograph Book of L.A. exhibition on view at the LA Central Library First Floor Galleries through January 19th

In The Autograph Book of L.A., author and curator Josh Kun reads Los Angeles past and present through a collection of signatures. Pitzer College Professor Susan A. Phillips's new book, The City Beneath, chronicles a century of Los Angeles graffiti. In this special collaboration with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICA LA), these two writers and readers of culture are joined by painter and graffiti icon Chaz Bojorquez to talk about the politics of memory and the future markings to come in our city.

This event is part of a series exploring the unique and historic Autograph Collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. In 1906, City Librarian Charles Lummis initiated an Autograph Collection, soliciting hundreds of notable men and women from across the country to submit a representative expression or artwork to the Library’s permanent collection. In 2018, current City Librarian John F. Szabo expanded the collection, inviting all Angelenos to add their names and drawings, poems or memories. This project asks, who gets recorded in the history books and in official archives? Who leaves their mark on the city, and by what means? This series considers the culture, history, and politics of the Los Angeles autograph and signature—from sidewalk cement markings to murals and street names.

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About the ICA LA

ICA LA is an epicenter of artistic experimentation and incubator of new ideas. Founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art (SMMoA) and reestablished in 2017 with a new identity and home in Downtown Los Angeles, ICA LA builds upon a distinguished history of bold curatorial vision and innovative programming to illuminate the important untold stories and emerging voices in contemporary art and culture. ICA LA’s mission is to support art that sparks the pleasure of discovery and challenges the way we see and experience the world, ourselves, and each other. ICA LA is committed to upending hierarchies of race, class, gender, and culture. Through exhibitions, education programs, and community partnerships, ICA LA fosters critique of the familiar and empathy with the different. ICA LA is committed to making contemporary art relevant and accessible for all. Admission is free.

About ALOUD

ALOUD is the Library Foundation of Los Angeles' series of bold, powerful programs and has been a key player in fostering the literary and cultural community of Los Angeles. ALOUD programs are Member-supported. Join the Library Foundation of Los Angeles for first access and discounts on ticketed events here.

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This program will take place at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles at 1717 E 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90021.

Where should I park?

Street and lot parking near the ICA LA is limited. View the ICA LA Parking Map for parking options. We strongly encourage the use of ride-sharing services, public transit, or cycling. Please visit the ICA LA website for more info.

Will there be exhibition books available for purchase?

Yes, unsigned copies of the featured exhibition book, The Autograph Book of L.A., will be available for purchase. onsite.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact the Public Programs office at programs@lfla.org or by calling 213.292.6254.

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