Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler, organized by Clockshop, features six new commissions inspired by the Octavia E. Butler papers at the Huntington Library. The exhibition is part of Clockshop’s year-long program throughout 2016 celebrating the life and work of Pasadena science fiction writer Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), and is on view in the Armory’s Caldwell Gallery from October 2, 2016 through January 8, 2017. A reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 6-8pm.
Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler debuts new work by Laylah Ali, Courtesy the Artists (Alexandro Segade and Malik Gaines), Lauren Halsey, Mendi + Keith Obadike, Connie Samaras, and Cauleen Smith—contemporary artists working in performance, sound, installation, photography, drawing, and video. Forming an unprecedented collaboration with Clockshop, the Huntington Library in San Marino granted these artists access to work in Butler’s archive. The Octavia E. Butler Collection at the Huntington Library consists of 8,000 individually cataloged items and more than 80 boxes of additional ephemera. The commissioned artists comprise an intergenerational group of emerging and established artists, each with an affinity for Butler’s work and a long-standing interest in her oeuvre.
Radio Imagination: Artists in the Archive of Octavia E. Butler includes related programming. Courtesy the Artists’ performance will repeat three times on opening night across the street from the Armory at the Levitt Pavilion in Memorial Park. In addition, a tour of Butler’s Pasadena, led by Butler biographer and founder of the Octavia Butler Legacy Network Ayana A.H. Jamieson, will meet at the Armory on December 4. On October 19 an in-gallery talk will feature Radio Imagination artist Connie Samaras in conversation with writer Lynell George and on December 11 artist Lauren Halsey will talk with writer Fred Moten.
Additional Radio Imagination events happening this fall include a musical performance by Nicole Mitchell and a panel discussion on radical reproduction at the Huntington; and a screening of short films at REDCAT curated by Erin Christovale. For more information on this year long program please see http://clockshop.org/project/radio-imagination/