CA: Los Angeles

“The Return of Evil II,” 2003, digital video, 10 min. 56 sec. Courtesy the artist Tony Cokes. Photo: Scott Pagano.

WHERE: REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

WHEN: Sunday, September 16 through November 11, 2012. Note: Opening Reception is Saturday, September 15 from 6:00-9:00 pm.

TITLE: Tony Cokes: Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique)

BRIEF ABOUT: For nearly three decades, Cokes has been engaged in a thorough examination of the uses of sound and image by forms of popular culture and mass entertainment.  In the Gallery, videos and text animations that span the artist’s past 15 years will be on view.

MORE DETAILS: Call Diana Wyenn  at 213.237.2800 or  Editor’s note: REDCAT is located inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex with a separate entrance at the corner of West 2nd and Hope Streets. Parking is available in the Walt Disney Concert Hall parking structure.


Born in 1956 in Richmond, Virginia, Tony Cokes lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is Professor in Media Production in the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University. His video, sound and multi-media installations have appeared in exhibitions and screenings at The Museum of Modern Art and The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; MuHKA, Antwerp, Belgium; MACBA, Barcelona; and the Centre Georges Pompidou and La CinŽmathque Franaise, Paris. He has been included in such notable exhibitions as the 1st Berlin Documentary Forum at the House of World Cultures in Berlin (2010); the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York (2002, 1991); and Documenta X in Kassel, Germany (1997). His work also has received regular support from media-art festivals including Freewaves in Los Angeles; the Rotterdam International Film Festival in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid; the Oberhausen Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany; and the Impakt Festival in Utrecht, The Netherlands. In 2008-09, Cokes was a Resident Scholar/Artist-in-Residence at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.


     The Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) is an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative visual, performing and media arts located in downtown Los Angeles inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex. Each season REDCAT presents a far-reaching roster of work by globally renowned artists, inside one of the most versatile and technologically advanced presentation spaces in the world.

     Through performances, exhibitions, screenings, and literary events, REDCAT introduces diverse audiences, students and artists to the most influential developments in the arts from around the world, and gives artists in this region the creative support they need to achieve national and international stature. REDCAT continues the tradition of the California Institute of the Arts, its parent organization, by encouraging experimentation, discovery and lively civic discourse.

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