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Santa Monica Museum of Art "Brian Weil, 1979-95: Being in the Wo
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Museums Free-For-All

Saturday, Jan 31, 2015

Museums Free-For-All is a one-day-only, annual event in which over 20 Southern California Museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—open their doors and invite visitors free of charge. SMMoA is always free, but we are happy to partner with our neighboring cultural institutions to celebrate art and access.

On view:
Brian Weil, 1979–95: Being in the World, Main Gallery
Moshe Ninio Rainbow: Rug, Project Room 1

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Against Participation: Practicing radical social change with Ultra-red

Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015

How do we build leadership within communities of struggle through a cultural practice? This event will examine ideas related to the work of Brian Weil and, in particular, the role of artists engaged in social change. Enjoy food and drink while engaging in an in-depth discussion among artists, organizers, educators, and the Los Angeles members of the international sound art collective Ultra-red. 

About Ultra-red
In the worlds of sound art and modern electronic music, Ultra-red pursue a fragile but dynamic exchange between art and political organizing. Founded in 1994 by two AIDS activists, Ultra-red have over the years expanded to include artists, researchers and organizers from different social movements including the struggles of migration, anti-racism, participatory community development, and the politics of HIV/AIDS. Collectively, the group have produced radio broadcasts, performances, recordings, installations, texts and public space actions. Learn more at

There are a limited number of seats available for this event. Interested students, artists, and activists are asked to contact the Museum at

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Brian Weil, 1979–95: Being in the World, the first career retrospective for an exceptional photographer whose life’s work shed light on insular and otherwise invisible communities during the 1980s and 1990s. 

Zackary Drucker
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Artist on Artist: Zackary Drucker on Brian Weil

Tuesday, Apr 7, 2015

General Admission: Free

Walkthrough Brian Weil, 1979–95: Being in the World with Los Angeles-based photographer, filmmaker, and performance artist Zackary Drucker, whose work seeks to cultivate and investigate under-recognized aspects of transgender history, locate herself in that history, and communicate her contemporary experience of gender and sexuality. This exhibition tour offers new insights about photographic representation and an intimate look at Weil’s singular lifework. Limited space available, RSVP to secure your place.

About the artists:

Zackary Drucker earned an MFA from CalArts in 2007 and a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2005. Her recent films include SHE GONE ROGUE (in collaboration with Rhys Ernst), “Fan the Flames: Queer Positions in Photography,” “Feminine/Masculine,” and At least you know you exist. Her videos include One Fist,The Inability to Be Looked At and The Horror of Nothing to SeeLost LakeFISH: A Matrilineage of Cunty White–Woman Realness, and You will never be a womanYou must live the rest of your days entirely as a man and will only grow more masculine with every passing year. There is no way out. Drucker has performed and exhibited her work internationally in numerous museums, galleries, and film festivals including the 54th Venice Biennale (Swiss Off-Site Pavilion); Curtat Tunnel in Lausanne, Switzerland; L.U.C.C.A. Museum of Contemporary Art in Lucca, Italy; Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, France; Tromso Kunstaforening in Tromso, Norway; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, California; and the Hammer Museum, REDCAT, and LACE, all in Los Angeles, California. She lives in Los Angeles and is represented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.

Brian Weil (1954 – 1996) was born in Chicago, where he briefly attended Columbia College and first began taking photographs as a teenager. During his career, he had twenty-one solo exhibitions at such institutions as Artists Space (1980), Moderna Museet (1989), the Saint Louis Art Museum (1991), and the Wexner Center for the Arts (1992). In 1991, the International Center of Photography organized an exhibition of his AIDS photographs, which was also the subject of a book, Every 17 Seconds (Aperture, 1992). Weil’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Jewish Museum, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Moderna Museet, Stockholm. Brian Weil, 1979–95: Being in the World was organized by the ICA Philadelphia and is the first career retrospective for this extraordinary photographer.