Jan 282017
 

This is the last weekend to see Kerry James Marshall:Mastery at Met Breuer in New York, definitely one of the best exhibitions I saw in 2016.

Here is Met Breuer’s overview of the exhibition-

This major monographic exhibition is the largest museum retrospective to date of the work of American artist Kerry James Marshall (born 1955). Encompassing nearly 80 works—including 72 paintings—that span the artist’s remarkable 35-year career, it reveals Marshall’s practice to be one that synthesizes a wide range of pictorial traditions to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society and reassert the place of the black figure within the canon of Western painting.

Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts rebellion in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. He is known for his large-scale narrative history paintings featuring black figures—defiant assertions of blackness in a medium in which African Americans have long been invisible—and his exploration of art history covers a broad temporal swath stretching from the Renaissance to 20th-century American abstraction. Marshall critically examines and reworks the Western canon through its most archetypal forms: the historical tableau, landscape and genre painting, and portraiture. His work also touches upon vernacular forms such as the muralist tradition and the comic book in order to address and correct, in his words, the “vacuum in the image bank” and to make the invisible visible.

The exhibition runs concurrently with Kerry James Marshall Selects, a room curated by Marshall, of work from the Met collection “ranging from the Northern Renaissance to French post-Impressionism, and from African masks to American photography of the 1950s and ‘60s, underscoring the global and historical nature of the influences that are predominant in his practice”. This is a wonderful addition that adds another layer of perspective to the work.

Taking up two floors of the building, and with work that is often filled with detailed imagery, make sure to leave enough time to take it all in.

For more information on the artist, this New York Times article discusses the retrospective, the artist’s history, and includes quotes from an interview the author had with Marshall in his studio.

This exhibition closes on 1/29/17. If you are in Los Angeles, or visiting, it will open at MOCA Grand Avenue on March 12, 2017.

 

 

 

(Image courtesy of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Photo by Nathan Keay)

Jan 262017
 

Dustin Lovelis- Off The Rails

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/26-1/29/17)-

Thursday

LA band The Regrettes are playing a free show at Amoeba Records in Hollywood

Bergamot Station is hosting The Night of Ideas, ” a 7-hour marathon of debates, live performances, readings, art installations, screenings and music”  that  explore the idea of utopias (free with registration)

As part of The Broad’s program The Un-Private Collection, musician and art collector, Flea, will be speaking with artist Thomas Houseago (who has work in The Broad’s current exhibition Creature) at The Theatre at Ace Hotel

There are still tickets available to see photographer Candace Feit discuss her work with the transgender community in India at the Annenberg Space for Photography (free with registration)

Seratones are playing with Communist Daughter and Ever So Android at The Echo

Friday

Blum & Poe is hosting Poetry & Piano, an evening with music from Donal Fox and readings by Will Alexander, Tisa Bryant and Robin Coste Lewis in conjunction with Sam Durant’s exhibition at the gallery ($10 suggested donation with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood)

Cayetana are opening for Mikey Erg and Lemuria at The Echo

Bootleg Theater is hosting Girlschool 2017, a 100% women-led music festival with bands that include Deap Vally, The Bird and the Bee, The Regrettes, Winter, and more playing, DJ’ing, and speaking over three nights ($16 per night or $45 for 3 days)

Peach Kelli Pop, SadGirl, and The Paranoyds are playing a benefit at Music Tastes Good in Long Beach

No Age are playing at Non Plus Ultra with Drug Apts

Saturday

My favorite of the LA art fairs, stARTup Art Fair returns to the Highland Gardens Hotel (opening on Friday and closing Sunday). The programming is worth looking into and last year each of the independent artists took over one of the unique hotel rooms and turned it into a temporary gallery  (discounts on Goldstar and Groupon)

Night on Broadway returns to celebrate the history of the famous downtown LA street, with music and performances both on the street and in the historic theaters, all free

Art Los Angeles Contemporary continues at The Barker Hangar (also Friday and Sunday- discounts on Goldstar)

Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls are playing at The Wiltern

Sunday

Dustin Lovelis is opening for Prism Tats at The Hi Hat

The big Museum Free-For-All is on with museums that include LACMA, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, Descanso Gardens, MOCA, and more

REDCAT is screening the documentary The Murder of Fred Hampton: The Struggle Continues by Howard Alk and Michael Gray, with a panel discussion to follow with artist Sam Durant, activist and educator Ericka Huggins and UCLA scholar Robin Kelley

If you missed No Age on Friday you can see them in Long Beach at The Federal Underground

’80s band Gene Loves Jezebel are playing at The Echo with Fatal Jamz

Jan 202017
 

American Wrestlers- Give Up

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/19-1/22/17)-

Thursday

Marching Church (with Elias from Iceage) is playing with Bernardino Femminielli at The Echo

For the fifth iteration of Monument at MOCA Grand Ave, Visible Cloaks will be performing

Poet Amaranth Borsuk is reading from her work at Hammer Museum with a book signing to follow

Dear Nora are playing with Stephen Steinbrink, Tara Jane O’neil and friends, and Aaron M. Olson’s Musical Tracing Project at the Bootleg Theater

The Women’s Center for Creative Work is having free workshops exploring the creation of an artificial intelligence model and tonight is the first one of this year

Friday

American Wrestlers are playing at the Bootleg Theater with Kera and the Lesbians

MOCA is free on Inauguration Day and so is the Long Beach Museum of Art

LACMA is showing Edgar Arceneaux’s film Until, Until, Until…, “a cautionary yet uplifting tale of a courageous artist speaking truth to power at an inaugural ball for Ronald Reagan in 1981” with actor Ben Vereen performing in blackface. Free with a Q & A to follow with Arceneaux and guest speaker Roberto Vargas

Daedelus, Yacht and Yung Jake are performing at The Jerry Maguire Video Store

Lizzo is playing at the Echoplex with Dizzy Fae

Saturday

The Women’s March is taking place from Pershing Square to City Hall

It’s the second day of the Pancakes and Booze Art Show which has music, art and of course free pancakes ($10)

The Egyptian Theatre is showing the classic Western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Dine L.A. continues with a chance to check out great restaurants with a discount

Sunday

UCLA is hosting a salon and discussion at Villa Aurora about the artists who lived and worked in LA before, during and after WWII (free with RSVP)

Permanent Records is hosting a showcase at The Jerry Maguire Video Store with Prettiest Eyes, Hit Bargain, and Rearranged Face

The Egyptian Theatre is showing another classic about the American West from Sergio Leone, Once Upon A Time in The West

Or you could check out LA Film Forum’s program at the Egyptian Theatre- Resistance Isn’t Futile: Films on the Occasion of a Presidential Inauguration with films by Straub-Huillet, Kelly Gallagher, Kevin Jerome Everson, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Penelope Spheeris, Robert Fenz, Danny Lyon, and more

Jan 122017
 

Surf Curse- All is Lost

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (1/12-1/15/17)-

Thursday

The theme of the main exhibition for tonight’s Downtown LA Artwalk is “We the People” and check out Indoek’s 27 Frames Art Show, Silent Auction and after party at Think Tank Gallery (free)

Pearl Charles of The Blank Tapes is headlining a night of bands at The Echo that includes Big Search, GospelbeacH, and Golden Daze

MOCA Curatorial Assistant Rebecca Matalon is leading a walk through of Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady? on MOCA Grand Ave’s free night and/or check out the last week of Doug Aitken’s exhibition Electric Earth at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (also free tonight)

Photo LA begins at The Reef (and runs through Sunday, with discounted tickets on Goldstar)

And so does the LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Conventions center

Friday

Surf Curse are playing at the El Rey Theatre with Palm Reader and BOYO

iam8bit gallery and Everything is Terrible! are hosting a free opening party for The Jerry Maguire Video Store, a recreation of a video store except with every video being Jerry Maguire. Check here for additional ticketed performances during the show’s run from tonight until 1/29

DineLA begins and runs through 1/27

The Regrettes are having an album release party at The Echo with Dog Party and Starcrawler

Mike Watt and The Secondmen are playing with DIEGROUP at The Redwood Bar

Potty Mouth are headlining a free show at The Hi Hat with Lindsay B, Fast Friends, and Justus Proffitt

Foxes Magazine is hosting a night of Elvis tributes at The Satellite with a long list of bands that includes The Blank Tapes and Veronica Bianqui

Saturday

Trajal Harrell will be performing a customized version of his dance piece Judson Church Is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure) / Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church in the Hammer Museum courtyard (free, also on Sunday)

Geneva Jacuzzi, Sextile, L.A. Drones, Egrets on Ergot and Second Still are playing at HM157

The Aero Theatre is showing Bob Fosse’s classic film Cabaret

Purity Ring is doing a DJ set for Exchange LA’s Inception night

Sunday

Regen Projects is hosting a conversation between artist Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker, executive director of LAXART

Head to LACMA to experience Ana Prvacki’s Tent, quintet, bows and elbows, “a sculpture, a sound piece, and a performance”. It will be activated at 4:15 with a conversation and book signing to follow. (free)

Comedy collective Power Violence are at The Satellite with guests that include Pete Holmes and band Roses