Zócalo Public Square and The Music Center event

  • Jerry Moss Plaza at The Music Center
  • The Music Center 135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA  90012, United States, 6-10pm
    How Is Art a Weapon In War?

There is a long and global tradition of artists—visual, performing, literary—creating arresting, even beautiful works that address the horrors of war as a form of protest. There are also many examples of warmongers and politicians co-opting and commissioning art as propaganda. How is art used to change minds as well as hearts? What happens to its meaning over time—as war persists, and as new battles erupt? And what does the fact that war has inspired acclaimed works from artists as diverse as Pablo Picasso, Pussy Riot, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie say about us all?

In 1932, amidst Hitler’s rise to power, the German choreographer Kurt Jooss created “The Green Table,” a ballet subtitled, “A Dance of Death in Eight Scenes.” As the Paul Taylor Dance Company brings this work to Dance at The Music Center, artists and thinkers join Zócalo at The Music Center Plaza to discuss the possibilities and the limits of war-inspired art—and whether such work can help us now, in a moment of many international crises.

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