May 192018
 

This weekend head to Hauser & Wirth to check out artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition New Works. His first gallery exhibition in Los Angeles in over fifteen years, the paintings included continue to explore societal issues through his dramatic use of color, and his unique technique- which involves combining layers of printed paper with paint and then cutting into these layers to create intricate patterns and shapes. They are incredible to see in person.

From the press release-

Bradford employs the ‘tools of civilization’ – billboards, merchant posters, newsprint, comics, magazines, and endpapers – to conflate cultural and political forces, and create layers of social commentary in paintings that evoke deep feeling. ‘How we build and destroy ourself are the materials that I’m really interested in,’ the artist once stated, ‘and paper is one of the main ways in which information is displayed.’ Through his rigorous physical approach to the material presence of painting, Bradford has addressed powerful issues of our time, including the AIDS epidemic, the misrepresentation and fear of queer identity, and systemic racism in America. His recent work engages in a broader excavation of American history to raise questions about the preservation of the past and the transference of power.

In the new works on view at Hauser & Wirth, Bradford probes stories found in comic books to question the archetype of the antihero and the influence of the media on contemporary society, while also revisiting misconceptions of black identity and gender as seen in previous works. ‘New Works’ presents paintings that extend the artist’s examination of homophobia and racism in American society, continuing themes explored in Bradford’s multimedia installation ‘Spiderman’ (2015), which was shown at the Hammer Museum in LA in 2015.

Also at the Hauser & Wirth space are two other exhibitions worth checking out- Louise Bourgeois: The Red Sky and Romanian artist Geta Brătescu’s The Leaps of Aesop. All of these shows close 5/20/18.

If you go on 5/19, at 2pm artist Matthew Day Jackson will be discussing his work with curator Hamza Walker, Executive Director of LAXART.

 

May 102018
 

ScHoolboy Q- John Muir

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (5/10-5/13/18)-

Thursday

Hammer Museum has a free screening of the short film Eve, by Susan Bay Nimoy, with a discussion to follow

American Pleasure Club (fka Teen Suicide) are playing at The Hi Hat with Special Explosion and Wreck and Reference opening

Khalid is playing at the Greek Theatre with PrettyMuch opening

CalArts Writers Showcase is hosting a free reading series featuring its graduating Creative Writing MFAs at REDCAT

Doja Cat is playing at The Echo with StarBoi3 and L8loomer opening

Erika Wennerstrom (of Heartless Bastards) is playing at the Bootleg Theater

Friday

There are still some seats left for The Championship Tour at The Forum featuring Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR, and Lance SkiiiWalker (also Thursday)

There’s a screening of the Hitchcock classic Rear Window at Vista Theatre

Or you can check out Hitchcock’s Psycho as well as the non-Hitchcock sequels Psycho II and Psycho III for the triple feature at the Aero Theatre

RuPaul’s DragCon begins today and runs until Sunday

Born Ruffians are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Little Junior opening

Liam Gallagher is playing with Richard Ashcroft at the Greek Theatre

Saturday

Photographer John Divola will be in conversation with Getty Museum Department of Photographs curator Amanda Maddox at Arcana Books followed by a book signing

Artist Charles Gaines and curator Connie Butler are giving a free walk-through of the Mark Bradford exhibition at Hauser & Wirth

BoldPas: An Art Takeover is a free one day art event in Pasadena with 13 large scale installations in the historic alleyways, live painters, art activities, and more

EatSeeHear’s outdoor movie at LA State Historic Park this week is Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Hit Bargain are playing at Rec Center with Media Jeweler, Moira Scar, and Fucked Forever

Hovvdy are playing at The Hi Hat with Lomelda and Diners opening

Sunday

Curator Connie Butler is leading a walk-through of the exhibition of video art Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker at Hammer Museum

Celebrate Mother’s Day 2018 with the double feature of Grey Gardens and Mommy Dearest at the Egyptian Theatre

The Telescopes, LSD & The Search For God, No Sun, and Snowball II are playing Part Time Punks 13th Anniversary show at the Echoplex

Pllush are opening for Editors at The Belasco

Emmy Award winner Debbie Allen is giving free dance outdoor lessons at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Sep 202015
 

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Mark Bradford- Dead Hummingbird, 2015 (image via Hammer Museum)

Today (9/20/15) is the last day to see the majority of artist Mark Bradford’s exhibition Scorched Earth at the Hammer Museum.

From the museum’s site:

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.

For more on Mark Bradford, his life and work, this LA Times article is an excellent portrait of the artist- http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/miranda/la-ca-cam-mark-bradford-scorched-earth-hammer-20150621-column.html

Get out of the heat and check it out- it’s free!

Jul 302015
 

Ben Browning- Friends of Mine

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/30-8/2/15)-

Thursday

Wye Oak are playing at Club Bahia- http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5945525

REDCAT’s New Original Works Festival begins tonight (running through Aug 15)- http://www.redcat.org/festival/new-original-works-festival-2015

Tom Of Finland: Up Close and Personal, a discussion with Durk Dehner (President, Tom of Finland Foundation), Dian
Hanson (Editor, TASCHEN’s Tom of Finland XXL), F. Valentine Hooven III
(Author, Tom of Finland: Life and Work of a Gay Hero) and moderated by
Joakim Andreasson is happening downtown at Austere- http://byhenzel.com/exhibition/tom-of-finland-up-close-and-personal/

The Suffers are the headliners for this week’s Summer of Soul concert series at the Hammer Museum (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/07/summer-of-soul-the-suffers-jungle-fire-kcrw-dj-garth-trinidad/

Baths is playing at the Echoplex with Wrestlers and OOFJ as part of Red Bull Sound Select- RSVP and it’s $3- http://www.theecho.com/event/897445-red-bull-sound-select-baths-los-angeles/

Friday

Ben Browning (of Cut Copy) will be performing songs from his new solo project at the Regent Theater along with Moullinex, L.A.Girlfriend, Deep Chills, and Maikol- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/864965-moullinex-ben-browning-cut-los-angeles/

Opening today and running this weekend and next is CA 101 2015 an artist exhibition taking place at the historic AES Power Plant in Redondo Beach- https://www.facebook.com/events/725293150926871/

Porcelain Raft and Tennis System are at the Echo- http://www.theecho.com/event/856067-porcelain-raft-los-angeles/

Saturday

Wet Hot American Summer is the outdoor movie at The Autry this week- https://theautry.org/programs/film/wet-hot-american-summer-on-the-autry-lawn

Or you could see Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark at the Electric Dusk Drive-In downtown (only lawn seating available)- https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/778441

OR Hollywood Forever Cemetery is showing Apocalypse Now (which has a Harrison Ford cameo)- http://cinespia.org/event/apocalypse-now/

Grand Performances has Rocky Dawuni and Blitz the Ambassador in concert- http://www.grandperformances.org/more_info.php?show_id=271

Sunday

Artist Mark Bradford and law professor Anita Hill will be discussing “feminism as a gateway to activism and social justice, and their interdisciplinary methods for speaking truth to power” at the Hammer Museum (free)- http://hammer.ucla.edu/programs-events/2015/08/mark-bradford-anita-hill/

Rock ‘N’ Roll Flea Market is on at the Regent Theater- http://www.theregenttheater.com/event/747461-rock-n-roll-flea-market-los-angeles/

Or you could check out the flea market at Pasadena City College which has a little bit of everything- http://www.pasadena.edu/fleamarket/market_info.cfm

*This weekend Much Ado About Nothing opens at the Griffith Park Free Shakespeare Festival and it’s set in Italy in 1945- http://www.iscla.org/griffith-park-festival/

Mar 222015
 
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Rachel Lachowicz

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Theaster Gates

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Mark Bradford

 

Today (3/23) is the last day to see Variations: Conversations in and Around Abstract Painting at LACMA.

From the press release:

In an attention-compromised age when images are instant and prevalent, abstract painting serves as a contradiction, acting as a conduit for the mark of the original, individual artist. While most of the work in the exhibition has been recently created and acquired, additional paintings culled from LACMA’s collection illustrate how artists have reanimated techniques and forms using other sources that are appropriated from popular culture, photography, and collage, essentially creating a new variation of abstract painting.

It’s also a good day to visit LACMA because they are having a full day of  activities and performances to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year and the first day of spring.