Arceneaux created the piece as an investigation of and meditation on an infamous 1981 performance by Broadway legend Ben Vereen, televised nationally as part of Ronald Reagan’s inaugural celebration. The performance immerses the audience in the scenery of the presidential celebration, where the relationships between past and present, experience and memory, and fantasy and reality blur as they are filtered through time and the television screen. Frank Lawson stars as Ben Vereen. Winner of Performa’s Malcolm McLaren Award and praised in the New Yorker, Lawson’s performance in Until, Until, Until… has been popularly and critically acclaimed from New York to Boston to Los Angeles. (Performance run time: 60 minutes, no intermission)
Doors open at 7:15PM and the artist highly encourages guests to arrive at this time to participate in the pre-show gathering!
*Private performance Thu, Feb 22.
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Edgar Arceneaux (b. 1972, Los Angeles) is an artist working in the media of drawing, sculpture, and performance, whose works often explore connections between historical events and present-day truths. He played a seminal role in the creation of the Watts House Project, a redevelopment initiative to remodel a series of houses around the Watts Towers, serving as director from 1999 to 2012. His work has been featured at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Performa 15, New York; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, among other venues. Arceneaux lives and works in Pasadena, California.
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
YBCA Exhibitions 2017–2018 are made possible in part by: The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Panta Rhea Foundation, Meridee Moore and Kevin King, and United Airlines.
YBCA Programs 2017–2018 are made possible, in part, by: The James Irvine Foundation.
Additional Funding for YBCA Programs 2017–2018: National Endowment for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Grosvenor, and members of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is grateful to the City of San Francisco for its ongoing support.
Lead Image: Edgar Arceneaux, Until, Until, Until…, 2016. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photograph by Robert Wedemeyer.