Performative Screenings #72
Scenarios for City Dwellers
Friday December 17, 2021, 5–9 pm
till Saturday, January 15, 2022
The show will be closed with a half-hour sound set by Veronika Eberhart on Saturday, January 15 at 7 pm
The exhibition SCENARIOS FOR CITY DWELLERS by Vienna-based artist Veronika Eberhart brings together her recent research and works around the exile years 1938 to 1948 of Austrian composer Hanns Eisler (1898-1962) and his wife Lou(ise) (1906 - 1998) in Los Angeles. Shortly after their arrival in California, they became the target of intense FBI investigations, which resulted in an elaborate series of wiretapping, tailing, and burglaries that would last six years. In 1947, Hanns Eisler had to appear before "The House Un-American Activities Committee" (HUAC). The first "secret hearings" took place at the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The building, also known as the early home of the Academy Awards, served as a filming location for many movies and television shows. Eberhart's research collects and expands on transcripts of hearings for films shot at the hotel and Lou Eisler's archived letters.