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.

 

Jul 122018
 

FEELS- Tell Me

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/12-7/15-18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum is staying open until 10:30pm tonight with extended gallery hours, performances by Still Woozy and Neil Frances, KCRW DJs, food trucks and a cash bar

We Are Scientists are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Beverly opening

Downtown LA Art Walk’s monthly event takes place tonight at various venues

Drugdealer is performing at the Teragram Ballroom with Jackson MacIntosh and Launder

Bellows is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Diners and Post Life opening

Friday

For the second installment of Metro Art’s film series Film…mmm at Union Station, City of Gold, a portrait of LA Times food critic Jonathan Gold, will be shown with an introduction by Jenn Harris, Deputy Editor of the LA Times Food section

The Coathangers and Dommengang are playing at Resident

Smokescreens are having a free Record Release party at Monty Bar with The Molochs and D.A. Stern also performing

Celebrate Friday the 13th with a double feature of Donnie Darko and The Evil Dead at the Aero Theatre

Friday Night Wine Tastings continues at Barnsdall Art Park

Saturday

The Getty’s free summer concert series Off the 405 continues this week with LA band FEELS

KCRW’s Summer Nights programming heads to The California African American Museum (CAAM) with extended hours at the museum, food trucks, a beer garden, and DJ sets by Garth Trinidad and Aaron Byrd

Tiki Night 2018, the Egyptian Theatre’s annual event, includes a Tiki marketplace, live music, dancers, cocktails, and screenings of Bosko and the Rebirth of Tiki, and The Whimsical Imagineer with a discussion between films with documentary subjects Bosko Hrnjak and Rolly Crump (via Skype), moderated by King Kukulele

Resident’s free (but RSVP) summer music series continues with The Paranoyds

Y La Bamba is playing at the Bootleg Theater with Katzú Oso and Sister Mantos opening

Sunday

Hammer Museum is showing the final match of the World Cup live at 8 am and stick around for a discussion between artist Luchita Hurtado (whose work is in Made in L.A. 2018) and writer Andrianna Campbell at 1pm

Catch the second day of the Lotus Festival at Echo Park Lake with dancers, music, a performance by the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, and more

Independent Shakespeare Co.’s free festival in Griffith Park continues with A Midsummer Night’s Dream (running Wed-Sunday)

The Diplomats: Dipset Forever Reunion Tour is happening at The Regent Theater

Mar 082018
 

Protomartyr- Don’t Go To Anacita

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (3/8-3/11/18)-

Thursday

Son Lux are playing at The Regent Theater with Gordi and Wills opening

Photographer Matthew Rolston will be discussing his exhibition Art People: The Pageant Portraits at Ralph Pucci in Hollywood, with arts writer and editor Katya Tylevich. RSVP here

Darlingside are playing at The Echo with Henry Jamison opening

Grammy award winning musical director of the LA Opera, James Conlon will be discussing his recent collaboration with the Joffrey Ballet, and making the mythology of Orpheus and Eurydice modern at the Hammer Museum

Holly Miranda is playing a free show at Zebulon

LACMA is having a free screening of Lean on Pete starring Steve Buscemi with a conversation with writer/director Andrew Haigh to follow

No Age are playing an all ages show at Highland Park Ebell

Palm are playing at the Echoplex with The Spirit of the Beehive and Jerkagram opening

Friday

ArtNight Pasadena returns with a night of free museums, performances, music, and more- with free shuttles to take you around

Moaning are having a record release party at The Echo with Froth and Numb.er opening

Union Station is hosting Josh Nelson & The Discovery Project’s multi-disciplinary artistic collaboration and presentation- combining video, performance art, light and art installations with his original music (free)

ICA LA’s  event Art Buzz, is a happy hour tour of the exhibition Skip Arnold: Truffle Hunt followed by “libations and tastings” (free but RSVP)

Orb, Flat Worms, and Hooveriii are playing at Zebulon

Ghostface Killah will be performing at the Echoplex’s 2ooos era Hip Hop Party-Echo Flex

Current Joys are playing with Celebrity Crush at Lodge Room

Saturday

Protomartyr are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Shame and GLAARE opening

ICA LA is partnering with Crayon Collection to host a free all ages workshop with artist Pearl C. Hsiung focused on crayon creations

No Win and Luke Rathbone are opening for Criminal Hygiene at the Bootleg Theater

The Aero Theatre is playing a double feature of The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

The Wedding Present are playing at The Echo with Terry De Castro opening

Saturday and Sunday

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the East LA Walkouts, Fowler Museum along with the Chicano Studies Research Center will have two days of free programming- on Saturday there will be a speaker’s program with Walkout participants and scholars and on Sunday there will be screenings of the 1995 documentary Taking Back the School, and the 2005 HBO film Walkout! with a Q +A to follow

Sunday

Artist Luchita Hurtado will be in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)– free but RSVP (1pm with light refreshments at 2pm)

MOCA Community Day at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA will include activities, performances and two panels with artists and activists- one discussing Art as Transformation and the other Envisioning a Different Framework– both focusing on LA’s homelessness crisis. Free but bring white tube socks to donate.

Bootleg Theater is hosting Lancaster– jazz music by Eric Revis, Jeff Parker, Joshua White and Guillermo Brown

Hibou are playing the Echoplex with Death Bells, Floating Room, and Alien Boy

Haunted Summer are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with Alyeska and Gold Casio opening