The image above one of the many murals created for POW! WOW! Antelope Valley 2018. POW! WOW! creates mural festivals in different locations around the world.
Woven Stories, at the Museum of Art and History (MOAH) in Lancaster, is a collection of narrative fiber artworks as well as five solo exhibitions and five site specific installations. There are so many great pieces in the show it was hard to narrow down which artists to include, but below are a few that stood out.
Upstairs, the solo exhibitions are equally impressive. Several of these artists utilize nontraditional materials to create their unique work.
Nicola Vruwink uses the film from cassette tapes instead of traditional yarn to create her pieces.
For her large sculptures, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor, uses materials from second hand shops. The pieces of broken furniture and scraps of fabric form animal figures caught in awkward poses.
Peter Hiers’ sculptures are made from found scraps of tires. Using this discarded material, he gives new life to what would ordinarily be littering the sides of highways.
This exhibition closes 7/21/19.
While in Lancaster, make sure to also check out MOAH Cedar nearby, which is showing Collateral Damage, an immersive installation by Snezana Saraswati Petrovic.
Bill Baird- Your Dark Sunglasses Won’t Make You Lou Reed
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/18-7/21/19)-
Italian composer , sound artist, and performer, Drum & Lace will be at Bootleg Theater for her semi songs EP release show that will include visuals, a light installation, and a dance performance
There’s a free performance of Roger Guenveur Smith and Marc Anthony Thompson’s Portrait of Charles White at The California African American Museum
Goon are having an LP release party at the Echoplex with Draag and Kevin also playing
Tyler Ramsey (former lead guitarist from Band of Horses) will be playing with My Morning Jacket’s Carl Broemel at Highland Park Ebell
Hammer Museum’s free Summer Concert Series continues this week with Wild Belle performing
Will Fox and Mara Connor are playing an early free show at Gold-Diggers
Thursday through 7/28/19
OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival opens Thursday with an Opening Night Gala and a screening of Circus of Books, about the recently closed WeHo store directed by the daughter of the store’s owners. It continues in various locations with screenings that include shorts and television episodes.
UCLA Film & Television Archive is screening the double feature Roman Holiday and Three Coins in a Fountain at Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater ($9)
21 Savage is performing at Shrine Expo Hall with Calboy and Young Nudy
Dean Wareham will be performing the Galaxie 500 album On Fire at the Teragram Ballroom
Potty Mouth and Colleen Green are opening for Dressy Bessy at Moroccan Lounge
Learn to dance the Argentine Tango at The Music Center’s Dance DTLA night in Grand Park
It Looks Sad. are playing at The Hi Hat with Derek Ted opening
Bill Baird is playing a free show at Highland Park Bowl with Manhattan Murder Mystery and Mirrorball
ICA LA is hosting Reading the News-a 34,000 Pillows workshop with artist collaborative Díaz Lewis. 34,000 is the quota of detained immigrants per day in 250 facilities around the country mandated by the US Congress and enforced by ICE. Pillows from recycled clothing will be created and added to the 34,000 Pillows project to be sold for $159 (an amount that reflects the average amount of taxpayer money spent each day by Congress to detain one person daily) with 100% of proceeds donated to national and local immigration organizations. While the pillows are made there will also be a reading of news, literature, and poetry. (free)
Union Station is hosting Magic & Mystery, a free night of performances by magicians on the South Patio
Independent Shakespeare Co. is having free performances of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park all weekend and tonight as part of their Salon Series, Invertigo Dance Theatre Artistic Director Laura Karlin will lead an exploration into creating story through choreography.
Saturday and Sunday
Hauser & Wirth is hosting LITLIT: Little Literary Fair, a free two day book fair celebrating independent booksellers, book publishers, and book makers from Los Angeles and beyond. While you are there, make sure to check out the excellent David Hammons and Guillermo Kuitca exhibitions.
Sculptor Liz Larner will be discussing artist Chris Burden at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA as part of their Artists on Artists series
Turn It Up!, a new group advocating for gender parity in music, is hosting an afternoon concert fundraiser at the Echoplex, with performances by Solvej Schou, Phranc, and The Groans as well as the Turn It Up House Band featuring Abby Travis (Sumo Princess), drummer Tosha Jones (the Randies), bassist Gere Fennelly (Redd Kross), and guitarists Blare Bitch & Sharon Needles (both from Betty Blowtorch) with vocalists Lisa Kekaula (Bellrays), Nina Diaz (Girl in a Coma), Drew Arriola Sands (TrapGirl), Kristine Nevrose (the Tissues), Alice Bag, Adele Bertei, and Abby Travis.
Later at the Echoplex, Ringo Deathstarr, Tennis System, Blushing and The Meeting Places will be playing for Part Time Punks night
UCLA Film & Television Archive’s screenings at the Hammer Museum continue with three 1990s DIY indie films- Sarah Jacobson’s I Was A Teenage Serial Killer and Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore and Tina Krause’s Limbo ($9)
Singer-songwriter Natalia Lafourcade will be performing with maestro Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl
We Were Promised Jetpacks are playing at the Teragram Ballroom with Catholic Action opening
The playlists above are a selection of songs from the bands and performers that played in Los Angeles last month.
Every year The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) awards grants to the city’s best mid-career artists. The work created with these grants is then shown in the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG) in Barnsdall Park for the C.O.L.A.(City of Los Angeles) exhibitions.
COLA 2019 is made up of 11 artists working in various mediums. Two of the artists, Juan Capistrán and Kim Fisher were also shown together as part of Hammer Museum’s biennial exhibition, Made in L.A. 2014. For this show, Capistrán created large brick sculptures that he placed in sites in South Los Angeles that haven’t been rebuilt since the 1992 LA Riots. In his section of work in the gallery, he includes photos of these temporary site specific installations as well as some of the brick sculptures- two of which have balloons tied to them spelling GRATIS. The bricks can be seen as objects of destruction or building blocks, and the dual meanings work well in the context of the work.
Kim Fisher’s large collages capture another side of Los Angeles. From the hedge she used for the largest piece, to the ocean, swimming pools, and car culture, included in her others, the graphics and color come together in a way that feels very much like the traditional ideas associated with the city. The different sections, created to look as if they were torn or cut from magazines, form collages that feel like scattered memories that have somehow arranged themselves cohesively.
Sabrina Gschwandtner took forgotten films made by female directors and stitched them together to form patterns drawn from the history of quilt-making. The use of a craft that is traditionally associated with women and tying it an artistic pursuit that women are only more recently being acknowledged for is an interesting juxtaposition. The resulting work is stunning graphically and reminiscent of Agnés Varda’s colorful house of film reels created for LACMA’s Agnés Varda in Californialand from 2014.
Enrique Castrejon created sculptures that stem from his work in an LGBTQ center in Los Angeles. His sculptures of fragmented bodies are surrounded by strips of paper with HIV infection rates. The humanity of the figures contrasts with the overwhelming strips of typed documentation that swarms all around them.
All of the work created for this exhibition is incredibly strong and these annual exhibitions are a great way to see some of the best work being created by Los Angeles artists today. If you can’t make it to the exhibition there is a video on the site that takes you on a walk through with one of the curators. Also make sure to catch Stephanie Taylor’s Municipal Art Song, which plays at the entrance to the exhibition. She created song lyrics based on text from LAMAG and DCA’s websites and catalogs, and used them to create sheet music using Schoolhouse Rock! as an inspiration. The result is really funny, especially if you read a lot of press releases.
This exhibition closes 7/14/19.
Drinker- Something I Want
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (7/11-7/14/19)-
As part of Hammer Museum’s Summer Concert Series, Pavo Pavo will be performing in the courtyard. Get there early for happy hour from 6:30-7:30pm and to check out the galleries until 8pm.
Poet Amanda Gorman will be reading at MOCA Grand Avenue and entrance to both MOCA galleries is free this evening
Y La Bamba are performing at The Echo with Rituals of Mine and Vanessa Zamora opening
Bleached are playing at the Moroccan Lounge with The Linda Lindas
Hollywood Night Market at Yamashiro is a lovely way to have some food and drinks while enjoying beautiful views of the city- free shuttles leave from the Mosaic parking lot
The Underground Museum is showing Arthur Jafa’s The White Album and Jean-Luc Godard’s The Image Book. There will be a short conversation with Arthur Jafa between films. (free)
Business of Dreams and Jo Passed are opening for Mauno at the Bootleg Theater
Jackie Mendoza is playing a free show at The Love Song with Ed Balloon and YUS
The Music Center’s Dance DTLA, a free night of dance instruction and music in different styles, takes place tonight with a hip-hop theme
Freddie Gibbs & Mad Lib are performing at The Novo
Draemings are playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion with Vaya Futuro, El Mañana, and Bananaleafboy + XOLO
Ever Present (formerly Friday Flights) is a free night of artistic performances taking place at The Getty. This iteration of the series, Cosmos, will include performances by Deradoorian, Carolyn Pennypacker Riggs, Jennifer Moon & Laub, and A.S.T.R.A.L.O.R.A.C.L.E.S
Cyndi Lauper is performing at the Hollywood Bowl with their orchestra and jazz singer Cécile McLorin Salvant opening (this show is also taking place on Friday)
Hauser & Wirth is screening Britt Banks’ film Ronald: Part 1 with a Q& A with the director to follow (free but register)
The Get Around is a Mar Vista Music & Art Walk and Venice Art Crawl joint event, with music, art vendors and exhibitions, readings, Burning Man art cars, performances, and more- taking place over 3.5 miles from 2-10pm
Vansire and BOYO are playing at The Roxy
Carter Ace and Rat Fancy are opening for Bloodboy at the Bootleg Theater
Drinker are performing at the Bootleg Theater with Misty Mtn and Talker opening
The UCLA Film and Television Archive is showing the 1989 thriller Miracle Mile at the Hammer Museum with director Steve De Jarnatt present for the screening ($9)
The Egyptian Theatre is showing a double feature of Jack Nicholson films- Chinatown and the sequel The Two Jakes
Independent Shakespeare Co. is having free performances of the play Twelfth Night in Griffith Park all weekend- tonight includes Drag Queen Story Hour with Pickle reading a children’s version of Twelfth Night