Talent Show

Sharon Lockhart and Ariel Osterweis
Past event


If you can’t find talent at CalArts, you can’t find it anywhere! Talent Show emerges from faculty members Sharon Lockhart and Ariel Osterweis’ CalArts course of the same name. Graduates, undergraduates, alumni, and professional guest artists come together to put on a talent show, featuring acts that may lie outside their formal training. Yes to amateurism! Yes to virtuosity! Yes to awkwardness and adolescence, aspiration, and ambition! From concert performance to clunky experimentalism, Talent Show unites high and low. When is a talent show a freak show, a magic show, a circus, a pageant, a musical, or a TV competition? We’ve held auditions, we’ve made cuts; now it’s your turn to decide who’s got talent!


The program includes a post-performance public reception.

about the artists

Sharon Lockhart

Sharon Lockhart (born 1964) is an American artist living and working in Los Angeles. In a diverse practice that includes installation, photography, film, painting, and sculpture, Lockhart creates compelling and complex interactions between the various media and forms she employs, histories she encounters, and the communities and people she collaborates with. Her work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at international institutions, including Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (Bilbao, Spain); Middelheim Museum (Antwerp, Belgium); Kestner Gesellschaft (Hannover, Germany); Baltimore Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Fondazione Fotografia Modena (Modena, Italy); the Museu Coleção Berardo (Lisbon, Portugal); Arts Club of Chicago; Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University (Waltham, Massachusetts); Jewish Museum (New York); Israel Museum (Jerusalem); Wiener Secession, Austria; Walker Art Center (Minneapolis); Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (Rotterdam, Netherlands); Kunsthalle Zürich (Switzerland); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Kuntsmuseum Wolfsburg, (Wolfsburg, Germany); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2017, Lockhart represented Poland at the 57th Venice Biennale with her multidisciplinary project, Little Review, organized with National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, Poland, and later presented a selection of works from the Venice Biennale at FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Ohio. Her works have been presented in additional biennials, including the Shanghai Biennale (2014), the Liverpool Biennial (2014), and the Whitney Biennial (1997, 2000, 2004). Her films have been included in the New York Film Festival, Vienna International Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, and the Sundance Film Festival, among others.

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Ariel Osterweis

Ariel Osterweis is a scholar-practitioner of dance and performance. She has a PhD in Performance Studies from UC Berkeley and is on the faculty at CalArts, where she teaches Performance Studies and Critical Dance Studies. Osterweis writes about embodied performance, theorizing at the intersection of race, sexuality, gender, labor, and movement. She has three book projects underway: Body Impossible: Desmond Richardson and the Politics of Virtuosity (Oxford University Press, Oxford Studies in Dance Theory Series, forthcoming); Prophylactic Aesthetics: Latex, Spandex, and Sexual Anxieties Performed (University of Michigan Press, Theater: Theory/Text/Performance Series); and Disavowing Virtuosity, Performing Aspiration: Dance and Performance Interviews (Routledge). As a dancer and performer, Osterweis has worked professionally with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Mia Michaels R.A.W., Heidi Latsky, and Julie Tolentino. She was also a dramaturg for John Jasperse and Narcissister. Projects on the horizon include an experimental memoir called Bad Koreans (minor mourning) and the development of a performance institute. Osterweis lives in Los Angeles.

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