Noah Purifoy’s current retrospective at LACMA offers a comprehensive look at the influential assemblage artist.
A little background on the artist from LACMA’s website–
Noah Purifoy (1917-2004) lived and worked most of his life in Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, California. A founding director of the Watts Towers Art Center, his earliest body of sculpture, constructed out of charred debris from the 1965 Watts Rebellion, was the basis for 66 Signs of Neon, a landmark group exhibition about the riots that traveled to nine venues between 1966 and 1969. In line with the postwar period’s general fascination with the street and its objects, Purifoy’s 66 Signs of Neon constituted a Duchampian approach to the fire-molded alleys of Watts, a strategy that profoundly impacted artists such as David Hammons, John Outterbridge and Senga Nengudi.
In the late 1980’s, after eleven years of public policy work for the California Arts Council, where Purifoy initiated programs such as Artists in Social Institutions, bringing art into the state prison system, Purifoy moved his practice to the Mojave desert. He lived there for the last fifteen years of his life, creating ten acres of large-scale sculpture constructed entirely from junked materials.
This song is from Belgian EBM band Front 242′s 1988 album Front by Front. The video was made by photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose new film Life, releasing in the US in December of this year, is about Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (played by Robert Pattinson) and his friendship with James Dean.
Front 242 are playing at the Avalon in Hollywood this Sunday, 9/27/15.
Museum Day Live!, hosted by the Smithsonian Magazine offers free admission to several museums around the country with a ticket. In Los Angeles The Grammy Museum, Museum of Latin American Art, Autry Muesum, and more are included (sign up for your ticket)- http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
ALL THE INSTRUMENTS AGREE: an exhibition or a concert is “back-to-back live performances by local, national, and international sound artists, music collectives, art bands, and visual artists whose practices extend to the production of sound” alternating between two outdoor stages in the Hammer courtyard. Participating artists include industrial music pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cairo-based artist Hassan Khan, whose live-mixed multi-track work Taraban will be performed for the first time in the U.S.; and GLITTERBUST, a new project by Kim Gordon and Alex Knost- http://hammer.ucla.edu/instruments/
Two events at Watts Towers- The 34th Annual Watts Towers Day of the Drum Festival (Saturday) & The 39th Annual Simon Rodia Watts Towers Jazz Festival (Sunday) with food, vendors and activities as well as the musical performances (free)- http://www.wattstowers.org/#!events/c1rvj
Or you could check out the eclipse in Frogtown at the Bowtie Project on the LA River while picnicking, eating s’mores (provided) and listening to “slightly spooky stories” at Reading By Moonrise. Telescopes will also be provided($5)– https://www.facebook.com/events/446412388871682/
Comprising a suite of new paintings (on view through September 20), a multimedia installation (on view through September 27), and a major painting on the Lobby Wall (on view through November 15), this new body of work by the Los Angeles–based artist Mark Bradford refers to formative moments in his life and ruminations on the body in crisis. As an artist who has long been interested in strategies of mapping and the psychogeography of the city he calls home, Bradford uses his characteristic painting style to excavate the terrain— emotional, political and actual—that he inhabits. Examining the moment and afterlife of the 1992 uprisings in Los Angeles, which he experienced from his studio in Leimert Park, Bradford has translated the outrage and lasting wounds of the riots into these new paintings. Scorched Earth is Bradford’s first solo museum exhibition in Los Angeles.
This song is from Cut Copy’s 2013 album Free Your Mind. The video was directed by Christoper Hill and stars Alexander Skarsgard as a cult leader. For more info on the video there is an interesting interview with Hill here.
Cut Copy is playing at the Mad Decent Block Party this Sunday 9/20/15.
LA Cider Fest is at Raleigh Studios with general admission including 2.5 hrs of cider and beer tasting for $65 or sign up for Goldstar and get the VIP for the same price (or $35 for general admission)- http://www.labeerandciderfest.com/
The Music Center is hosting late night party Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours to celebrate DUBLAB’s 16th Anniversary with DJ’s, dancing, silk screening, video and lighting installations, live music and more with artists Devendra Banhart, Peaking Lights and many others scheduled to participate (free but standby only) – http://www.musiccenter.org/sleepless
Bob Colacello, Vanity Fair writer and former editor of Interview magazine is talking with photographer Catherine Opie about his book, Holy Terror: Andy Warhol Close Up, and her book, 700 Nimes Road, at LACMA Art Catalogues (free)- http://www.lacma.org/event/opie-and-colacello
At Pehrspace tonight (9/12/15), Peach Kelli Pop are playing as part of Razorcake’s Residency which includes bands Massenger, Winter Break and King Walrus & the Magicians. It’s their last show before leaving for a European tour. Or you can just watch them running around Los Angeles in the video above.