UCCA Beijing

The Los Angeles Art Weekend

2014.9.11 - 2014.9.14

Location:  UCCA Auditorium, Atrium
Language:  Lectures: In English with Chinese interpretation, Screenings: In English with Chinese subtitles

“The Los Angeles Project” at UCCA marks first time the art of Los Angeles has been comprehensively presented in China. During the exhibition’s opening weekend, UCCA will organize a series of talks by six of the seven participating artists: Kathryn Andrews, Aaron Curry, Alex Israel, Matthew Monahan, Sterling Ruby, and Kaari Upson.

In addition to these artist talks, UCCA will also host a festival dedicated to Los Angeles in film. The program will begin on the opening weekend with the Asia premiere of a new, remastered version of the essay film Los Angeles Plays Itself with writer and director Thom Andersen in attendance. The following day will feature lectures by Andersen and Glenn Phillips, acting head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at the Getty Museum and curator of the landmark exhibition “California Video” (2008). UCCA will also hold an extensive screening series that explores the depiction of L.A. in film by both local and outsider directors, spanning mainstream Hollywood productions, independent features, and experimental films. The UCCA film screenings are curated by UCCA Public Programs Director Meng Xie.

Public programs related to “The Los Angeles Project” are supported by the U.S. Embassy, Beijing.

Ticketing & Participation:

Lectures: Free

Alex Israel: As it LAys: Reservation required, Participants must purchase a UCCA entrance ticket.

Please call +86 10 5780 0200 from Tuesday to Friday, 11:00-18:00 to book. Please note that you may only book one seat at a time. Members can also book by sending an email to members@


30 RMB / Adult;

20 RMB / 2014 UCCA Member;

Free / 2013 UCCA Member

You can buy tickets at the front desk on the day of the screening.

*Doors close 30 minutes after event begins.

*Become a UCCA Member and receive RMB 10 off tickets to UCCA Art Cinema screenings.




Artists in Conversation: Kaari Upson and Sterling Ruby



Alex Israel: As it LAys

Speakers: Alex Israel, Edison Chen

Registration required. Please see “Ticketing & Participation” for details on how to register. Participants must purchase a UCCA entrance ticket.


Artists in Conversation: Alex Israel and Kathryn Andrews


Artist Talk: Matthew Monahan


Book Launch: “The Los Angeles Project” Art Books

Speakers: Karen Marta, Brian Roettinger


The ForYourArt Guide to Los Angeles

Speakers: Bettina Korek, Brian Roettinger


UCCA Premiere: Los Angeles Plays Itself

Speaker: Thom Andersen (filmmaker, professor at California Institute of the Arts)



California Video from the 1960s to Now

Speaker: Glenn R. Phillips (acting head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art, Getty Research Institute)


Get Out of the Car

Speaker: Thom Andersen (filmmaker, professor at California Institute of the Arts)


Experimental films from Los Angeles

The Life and Death of 9413, a Hollywood Extra, Robert Florey and Slavko Vorkapich, 1928

Meshes of the Afternoon, Maya Deren, 1943

Fireworks, Kenneth Anger, 1947

Water and Power, Pat O'Neill, 1989