Aug 312018
 

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Lauren Halsey- The Crenshaw District Hieroglyph Project (Prototype Architecture) 2018

Currently at the Hammer Museum is Made in L.A. 2018, the museum’s fourth biennial exhibition of artists working in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The diverse group of artists included range in age from 29 to 97.  With so many excellent works in the exhibition, it was very hard to choose which of them to highlight. The following are just a few selections from the exhibition that stood out.

Lauren Halsey’s sculptures (pictured above), won the Mohn Award, a jury award which honors artistic excellence. You can also see another one of her sculptures at MOCA, until September 3.

Selection of works by Luchita Hurtado

The paintings above are from the oldest artist showing in the exhibition, Luchita Hurtado. At 97, she is just starting to get recognition for a lifetime of work.

The youngest artist in the show is Diedrick Brackens (shown below) who uses weaving and textile making to tell stories that reflect on cultural and personal narratives from his childhood in Mexla,Texas.

Diedrick Brackens

The most entertaining of the works in the exhibition is OURCHETYPES, created by Jade Gordon and Megan Whitmarsh. Taking up an entire room, it consists of videos, sculptures, and a publication all dealing with issues of self discovery, adulthood, womanhood, happiness, and success all from a tongue in cheek, retro New Age perspective.

Jade Gordon & Megan Whitmarsh, OURCHETYPES

There are also other video installations that are well worth spending time with.  Gelare Khoshgozaran’s Medina Wasi: Connecting Town, was shot mainly in Mecca and Thermal in the Coachella Valley, along with footage from US military bases in the desert that have created towns meant to simulate Middle Eastern towns for troops to have simulated battles in. She combines this with interviews with US veterans who discuss their memories of the landscape when they were in the Middle East. Neha Choksi’s multichannel video installation Everything sunbright, examines our relationship to the sun and includes images from nature, a dance performance, and children making drawings of the sun all tying together themes of birth, life, and death.

This weekend Hammer Museum has programming to accompany the exhibition. On Saturday, taisha paggett will present a series of solo and duet dance performances and on Sunday, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs is assembling a group of mothers to explore the tropes and meanings of motherhood and Von Doog is offering empathic musical readings in the gallery prior to the performance.

This exhibition closes on Sunday 9/2.

 

Aug 022018
 

The Growlers- Good Advice

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/2-8/5/18)-

Thursday

Swearin’ and Mike Krol are playing at Highland Park Ebell

Artist Shinique Smith will be discussing his work with executive director of LAXART Hamza Walker at The California African American Museum (free)

British artist Lucy Sparrow’s all felt supermarket Sparrow Mart opened yesterday at The Standard, Downtown LA, with all items inside available for purchase. It will be open until 8/31 and is free with no reservation is required

Titus Andronicus is now part of Griffith Park’s free outdoor Shakespeare performances by the Independent Shakespeare Co.

Owen is playing at The Echo with Laura Stevenson and Goon opening

Trace is playing at the Echoplex with Moontower opening

Friday

There’s a lot to do in Pasadena tonight- Pasadena Museum of California Art is having one of its last free Fridays (it’s closing for good the beginning of October) and you can check out their Summer Book Sale (continuing throughout the weekend). Also tonight, Norton Simon Museum is free, and you can head to Jackalope’s Summer Nights evening artisan market (also taking place on Saturday 3-10pm)

The Molochs are playing at The Hi Hat with Janelane, Post Life and Gold Cage

The Egyptian Theatre is hosting a weekend of 3D horror movies- tonight it is Friday the 13th III and Frankenstein’s Bloody Terror

Directors Jim Abrahams and David Zucker and actor Robert Hays will be discussing Airplane! after a screening at the Aero Theatre

As part of a Worble Skate Video premiere, Cobra Man are playing a free show with Wild Wing at the Bootleg Theater

Kedr Livanskiy is performing at The Roxy Theatre with Gel Set, Avalon, and Sage Caswell

Saturday

Artist and musician Phranc will be discussing her work with Tom Knechtel over coffee and donuts at 11am at Craig Krull Gallery

As part of Hammer Museum’s programming for the exhibition Made in L.A. 2018, artist Gelare Khoshgozaran will be discussing Daniel Joseph Martinez’s work for the show at 3pm

The Midnight Hour featuring Ali Shaheed Muhammad and composer Adrian Younge are performing for KCRW HQ’s free Summer Nights’ Backyard Party

Gabba Gallery is having an opening night reception for Remix: The Art of Music, featuring over 70 artists’ work inspired by music, with a portion of proceeds from the sales going to Adopt the Arts, which helps fund arts programs in elementary schools

Cat Power is playing a free show as part of Marina del Rey’s Summer Concerts

Jeff Lynne’s ELO is playing at The Forum (also Sunday)

Sunday

The Growlers Beach Goth 2018 is taking place at Los Angeles State Historic Park with a great lineup of bands that includes The Drums, The Voidz, Bleached (as The Ramones), Doug E. Fresh, GWAR, La Luz and more, plus Death of a Clown Cabaret- “LA’s queer showcase of demented drag”

Bon Iver will be performing Come Through, a collaboration with TU Dance company, at the Hollywood Bowl

Actor George Segal will be at the Aero Theatre to discuss the film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf after the screening

The Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market returns with its free monthly event to The Regent Theater

yOya are having a release party at The Hi Hat with Colyer, Sheriffs of Schroedingham, and Sofia Wolfson opening