In conjunction with the special exhibition, William Kentridge: In Praise of Shadows, on view through April 9, 2023, The Broad presents an evening of programming centered on the effects of colonialism on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) literature, language, and music. The evening features some of the last remaining Gabrielino language speaking Tongva people, as well as a specially commissioned performance by artist, organizer, and freedom fighter Patrisse Cullors.
7:30 p.m.: Speaking in Gabrielino (The original native tongue of indigenous Angelinos)
Speaking in Gabrielino features performances by Tongva activists, artists, and educators Lazaro Arvizu, Jr. and Virginia Carmelo, along with invited guests. Attendees will experience the sound of the Tongva language as the two speakers dialogue. The piece speaks to the disappearance of languages as an outcome of colonialism and white supremacy. The performance will also include imagery and sound that complement the spoken dialogue. Curated by Lazaro Arvizu, Jr.
8:30 p.m.: Don’t Disappear Us / Keep us Leaping / Low Riders and Bonnets that Heal
This specially commissioned performance by Patrisse Cullors invites viewers and spectators alike to bear witness to the impact of right-wing media on Black people and Black leaders through targeted misinformation and disinformation campaigns. The role of healing through a moment of deep backlash and the resilience it takes to practice a vision for a new world is elevated by the symbolic and mundane central artifacts—the bonnet, the lowrider, and the trampoline. This piece will use a live soundscape and a recording of Cullors in her daily practice as she processes through the audience.