Facade of The Broad museum at dusk
Music

Now We're Here: HPRIZM + Kelly Caballero + Jessa Calderon + Lu Coy + Renée Petropoulos + Davia Spain

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022
8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
The Broad
Tickets $25

Overview

The Broad continues our 2022 summer performances with artists reflecting on the special exhibition This Is Not America’s Flag, which examines and questions the complex meanings and symbolism of the U.S. flag. Centering diverse American voices and asking “What Do We Stand For?”, a range of artists and musical expressions shine a light on the complex narrative of the United States.

The offerings in this iteration of Now We’re Here span an incredible headliner to be announced, music producer HPRIZM aka HIGH PRIEST, spoken word from Kelly Cabellero, rap and hip hop from Jessa Calderon, and experimental electronic music from Lu Coy, a performance including recorded various voices describing, singing, remembering pasts and histories that call forth the specificity of place by Renée Petropoulos, and a performance that explores art as a mode for personal and communal healing from Davia Spain.

Now We’re Here lays the groundwork for artists to celebrate their own roles and identities in today’s artistic and sociopolitical landscape, the joys and struggles of self-defining “place,” citizenship and national identity, and the profoundly individual ways in which they arrived at this moment in their journeys.

Special Thanks to Leading Partner East West Bank

 


know before you go

Now We’re Here events are all ages. You must be 21+ to access the cash bar on the East West Bank Plaza at The Broad. The cash bar and museum doors open at 8 p.m. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

This event is standing room only. Capacity for the various performances are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis throughout the museum. A  ticket does not guarantee access to all performances.

Tickets include access during the event to The Broad’s galleries, including the special exhibitions This Is Not America’s Flag and Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow. Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room—The Souls of Millions of Light Years Away (2013) will not be open during the event.

For information on our current health and safety policies, visit Know Before You Go & FAQVisitor policies are subject to change.

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Schedule

Set times and locations to be announced.

Set times and locations to be announced.


Artists

HPRIZM aka HIGH PRIEST

HPRIZM aka HIGH PRIEST

Kyle Austin, known as HPrizm, is an American avant-garde artist, composer, new media artist and performer whose work spans performance art, pop music, and multimedia projects. Formally trained as a visual artist, Prizm, later developed from the axis of poetry, hip hop, and the experimental arts community of the Lower East Side in the Early Nineties. Noted for evoking images of “Sun Ra and Africa Bambatta at once…” (Jesse Sewer, XL8R Magazine), Austin is the founding member of the critically acclaimed hip hop collective, the Antipop Consortium, and cited figure in the Afrofuturist canon. With a career that spans the last 20 years, Prizm has shared the stages with a wide array of artists ranging from The Roots, Radiohead, and MF Doom to Matthew Shipp, Vijay Iyer, and Steve Lehman. As a composer, his pieces have been presented in the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim, MoMA PS1, the Walker Art Center, the New Museum, and the California Institute of the Arts. As the creative director of PRIZMLABS, his recent client base includes Kehinde Wiley, Simone Leigh, Moor Mother, Ursula Rucker, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Bahamadia, and the Banff Centre, Meredith Monk, the So Percussion ensemble, Loris Gréaud, and Snorks (feat. David Lynch and Charlotte Rampling) amongst others.

Kelly Caballero

Kelly Caballero

Kelly Caballero is a Gabrielino Tongva, Yaqui, Xicana singer-songwriter, performer, poet, and jeweler. Her body of work focuses primarily on highlighting the multifaceted and complex lives of Indigenous peoples born and raised in urban settings. She has performed her poetry in collaboration with iconic cellist Yo-Yo Ma and her work has been featured in partnership with The Ford Theater, Hollywood Climate Summit, The Hundreds Streetwear Brand, We Rise LA, and much more. She continues to share her personal experience and stories of life, love, and Indigenous resilience through her work as a Tongva woman.

 Jessa Calderon

Jessa Calderon

Jessa Calderon is a singer-songwriter, rapper, poet, and published author of the Chumash and Tongva Nations of Southern California who also identifies with her Yoeme and Mexican roots. She aims to share her culture and truth to also bring listeners enlightenment and healing. In addition to writing and music, Calderon is also passionate about massage therapy, energy work, past life regressions, hypnotherapy and intuitive practices. Calderon is the coordinator of Indigenous Oceans and Waters Protector Program for Sacred Places Institute and encourages our community and youth to find their healing mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Lu Coy

Lu Coy

Lu Coy’s work stems from an interest in forging a tangible identity as a multi-ethnic, queer person of color and their work is presented as ritual/performance art, video installation, drone music, folk music, and song. They are ethnically Tejano (mixture of Indigenous and European groups existing in Texas prior to Texas revolution) and Ukranian Jewish.

Renée Petropoulos

Renée Petropoulos will stage a performance that considers national anthems—a form of music that heralds the exhibition of strength and power, creating a willingness to go to the limit for one’s "love."  As is true in love songs, this affection can ricochet between filial and amorous love. Petropoulos has recorded voices describing, singing, and remembering pasts and histories that call forth the specificity of place. Through sound, the cacophony of feeling intertwined with faith can reveal the constructs of our societies and nations.

Davia Spain

Davia Spain

Davia Spain is a musician, filmmaker, and performance artist creating work that explores art as a mode for personal and communal healing. She connects her foundation in chamber music with her fascination for all types of electronic music, making a beautiful concoction that is both old and new, hard and soft, sweet and bitter. The ideological currents of her work are rooted in Afro-futurist theories of time and space, prompting her to reimagine the past, make predictions of the future, and pull possible outcomes into the present.

Artist Exchange with The Wende Museum

Renée Petropoulos will also present a performance that engages issues of identity, national symbolism, and globalization at The Wende Museum in Los Angeles (date and time to be announced). Petropoulos was invited by The Wende to create a performance in tandem with its exhibition The Medium is the Message: Flags and Banners, which combines a selection of flags from the Soviet Union and the former Eastern Bloc countries, Cuba, China, and Cold War Vietnam with contemporary artwork reflecting, upon, subverting and appropriating the traditional meaning of flags.


About 2022 Summer Performances

Join us for 2022 summer performances at The Broad! 

Celebrate Takashi Murakami: Stepping on the Tail of a Rainbow with performances by Ginger Root, who combines influences of Japanese City Pop and the days of Stax and Philly Soul and self-described Japanophile and two-time Grammy-winning musician Thundercat on July 21, 2022.

Now We’re Here lays the groundwork for artists to celebrate their own roles and identities in today’s artistic and sociopolitical landscape, the joys and struggles of self-defining “place,” citizenship and national identity, and the profoundly individual ways in which they arrived at this moment in their journeys.

Now We're Here Lineup:
June 18, 2022 - DJ Cocteautwinks + Niña Dioz, féi hernandez, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, Rubby
August 27, 2022 - HPRIZM + Kelly Caballero, Jessa Calderon, Lu Coy, Renée Petropoulos, Davia Spain
September 24, 2022 - Arooj Aftab + Felukah, Haig Papazian’s Space Time Tuning Machine, Arshia Fatima Haq, Miho Hatori’s Salon Mondialité, Yoko Inoue

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