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.

 

Jun 282018
 

Devon Welsh- Vampires

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/28-7/1/18)-

Thursday

MOCA Grand Avenue is hosting Ready or Not, Here I Come: A Conversation on Architecture and Hip Hop, with architectural researcher, practitioner, and Syracuse University professor Sekou Cooke moderating a panel on the subject with artists Lauren Halsey and Amanda Williams (and you can see Lauren Halsey’s work at the museum along with your free admission)

Nik Freitas is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Mike Viola and Supermoon opening

Dam Funk, Jay Worthy, 1 Take Jay, Nocando, Airplane James and DJ Cypress Moreno are performing at Resident for a night called Don’t Come to LA

No Win are opening for The Dirty Nil at the Moroccan Lounge

Locus Pocus and Coma Girls are opening for Gregory Ackerman at The Hi Hat

Friday

Devon Welsh, of Majical Cloudz, will be releasing his debut album soon and tonight he will be playing a free show at The Getty as part of their Friday Flights series. Also included in the programming, electronic musician Sarah Davachi will perform a site specific piece and No)one, Art House will also perform a site specific music piece that will include dancers and vocals by musician Akua accompanied by trumpeter Anthony Calonico.

Writer and critic Hilton Als will be giving a reading at LAXART followed by a conversation between Als and poet Robin Coste Lewis (free but get there early- the space is not huge and its first come first, served)

Michael Rault is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Levitation Room and Dustin Lovelis opening

Fishbone are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park- RSVP- here

Saturday

The Broad is having the first of its 2018 Summer Happenings, this one kicking off the museum’s new exhibition A Journey That Wasn’t with performances by Gang Gang Dance, DJ Stretch Armstrong, Jean Grae, Terry Riley, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Terry Jane O’Neill, Jmy James Kidd, The Sunland Dancers and Zap Mama.

Chinatown Summer Nights is back with a free night that includes art, performances, a market, a screening of Jurassic Park, and music by bands include Gothic Tropic, Enola Fall and more

The Hollywood Bowl is hosting a sing-a-long and screening of Grease

Wand are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Sofia Bolt and Eloe Omoe opening

Unscene Fest, focused on the music and art scene in LA is taking place at The Hi Hat and includes bands Goon, Draag, Girl Friday, and more

Cold Cave are bringing the ’80s dark synth sound back at the Fonda Theatre with Black Marble and Choir Boy opening

Sunday

Dirty Penni Fest 3 is taking place at The Echo and Echoplex with lots of bands including- No Age, Sadgirl, Feels, Mt. Eddy, Frankie and the Witch Fingers, and Potty Mouth

Tonga Hut Tiki Lounge in North Hollywood is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a Parking Lot Sale and Art Show that will include live music (free)

Head to the Egyptian Theatre to celebrate summer and a fear of the ocean with a screening of a vintage 1978 print of Jaws

Day 2 of Unscene Fest at The Hi Hat includes bands Illuminati Hotties, Young Jesus, Justus Proffit and more

Nov 172016
 

Dante Elephante- Pasadena Dreams

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (11/17-11/11/20/16)-

Thursday

Los Angeles musician Devendra Banhart will be performing at MOCA Grand Ave as part of a series of in-gallery programs focusing on core ideas in the exhibition Doug Aitken: Electric Earth (free)

Artist Jack Whitten is giving a talk at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery (free with RSVP)

Death Valley Girls are playing at the Echoplex with Gateway Drugs, C.G. Roxanne and the Nightmares, and Kill A Punk For Rock and Roll with DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, and Dave Foley (Kids in the Hall) hosting

As part of Hammer Museum’s Bureau of Feminism Initiative, they are showing Cheryl Dunye’s The Watermelon Woman, a film “about a young black lesbian trying to make a film about an obscure 1930s black actress”. Dunye will join curator Erin Christovale after the screening for a discussion. (free)

Rainbow Arabia is playing at Non Plus Ultra with KATIEE

Water Slice, Klangstof, and Slow Talker are playing at The Satellite

Friday

Slow Club are playing at The Echo with Annie Hart

It’s the first night of LA Zoo Lights, the annual  holiday event at the zoo

Ricky Eat Acid is headlining a night at Union

Fartbarf are playing with David and the Curse at El Cid

Saturday

The Great Los Angeles Walk returns and the route this year is Pico Boulevard from downtown to the ocean (free)

REDCAT is hosting The Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation (also Sunday)

The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of the Warren Beatty films Shampoo and Heaven Can Wait

Meatbodies are playing with Feels, Melted, and Ivy Leaguers at The Hi Hat

Saturday and Sunday

DesignerCon at the Pasadena Convention Center mixes collectible toys and designer goods with pop art. The event also features panelists and art demonstrations happening over both days

Sunday

Dante Elephante are opening for The Orwells at Resident

Angels Flight Literary West is launching its monthly literary salon series, focused on writing about Los Angeles, at Clifton’s Cafeteria. This week’s authors are Dana Johnson and David Kukoff

For MOCA Grand Ave’s Artists on Artists series, Lauren Halsey will be leading an informal walkthrough of the exhibition Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like A Lady?

L.A. Drones!, Future Shoxxx, TV Heads and more are playing at The Echo for Subspace’s Zine Release Show