Jul 052024
 

Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning, at the Museum of Modern Art, showcases the artist’s long and varied career. The exhibition includes her videos as well as props, sculptures, paintings and drawings. It’s a celebration of her collaborations (including Volcano Saga with actress Tilda Swinton), performances, installations, and her use of play to create all of these inventive works.

From the museum-

“I didn’t see a major difference between a poem, a sculpture, a film, or a dance,” Joan Jonas has said. For more than five decades, Jonas’s multidisciplinary work has bridged and redefined boundaries between performance, video, drawing, sculpture, and installation. The most comprehensive retrospective of the artist’s work in the United States, Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning traces the full breadth of her career, from works that explore the encounter between performance and technology to recent installations about ecology and the landscape.

Jonas began her decades-long career in New York’s vibrant Downtown art scene of the 1960s and ’70s, where she was one of the first artists to work in performance and video. Drawing influence from literature, Noh and Kabuki theater, and art history, her early experimental works probed how a given element—be it distance, mirrors, the camera, or even wind—could transform one’s perception.

Joan Jonas: Good Night Good Morning presents drawings, photographs, notebooks, oral histories, film screenings, performances, and a selection of the artist’s installations. Jonas continues to produce her most urgent work through immersive multimedia installations that address climate change and kinship between species. “Despite my interest in history,” she has said, “my work always takes place in the present.”

The museum’s website has several videos of her work online, as well as an interview with the Jonas in her NYC loft (seen below).

Art21 also has some great videos worth checking out to learn more.

The exhibition at MoMa closes 7/6/24.

Apr 262024
 

This tribute to artist Margaret Kilgallen was spotted in Los Angeles in 2014. The quote is paraphrasing what she said during an interview for the PBS program Art21. The full quote reads- “I do spend a lot of time trying to perfect my line work… when you get close up, you can always see the line waver. And I think that’s where the beauty is.” Kilgallen died of cancer in 2001, at only 33, but left behind a remarkable body of work.

You can currently see one of these works at Cantor Arts Center’s as part of the group exhibition, Day Jobs, on view until 7/21/24. The exhibition examines the impact of day jobs in the lives and work of several famous artists.

Image courtesy of Cantor Arts Center: Margaret Kilgallen, “Money to Loan (Paintings for the San Francisco Bus Shelter Posters)” [detail], 2000. Mixed media on paper and fabric, sheet 68 × 48½ inches Courtesy of the Margaret Kilgallen Estate, photo by Tony Prikryl

You can learn more about Kilgallen, her husband and fellow artist Barry McGee, and several other artists including Shepard Fairey, Mike Mills, Ed Templeton and Harmony Korine in Aaron Rose’s film Beautiful Losers.

 

Jun 272019
 

Christian Lee Hutson- Northsiders

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (6/27-6/30/19)-

Thursday

LACMA is showing Yasujiro Ozu’s film An Autumn Afternoon ($7 for non-members) in the Bing Theater

Emily Reo is opening for Charly Bliss at Lodge Room in Highland Park

Cape Weather and King Dream are opening for Spooky Mansion at Resident

Art Life Practice is hosting the workshop Post-Painterly Abstraction at Hammer Museum- $40 includes wine, snacks, and the art materials needed to explore the techniques of the Abstract Expressionism Movement through “pouring, spraying, dropping, sponging, smearing, and more”

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

 

Friday

Christian Lee Hutson, is opening for Okkervil River at The Troubadour

LACMA is hosting a free screening of Steve Loveridge’s Sundance award-winning film MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A., a personal profile of the artist and her journey from refugee immigrant to pop star

Sad Park, The Cozzmos, MoonFuzz, and Conductura are playing at The Smell

FIGFEST, the free concert series at FIGat7th, concludes tonight with STRFKR and De Lux

L.A. Live is hosting a Friday Night Block Party with $5 food and drink menus at many of the restaurants, live painting, street performers, and pop-up shops

Rufrano and Squirrel Flower are playing an early free show at Gold-Diggers

Night Beats are performing at The Roxy with Kate Clover and Hallow Gallows and a DJ set by Cosmonauts

Lido Pimienta, Delsonido, and Subsuelo are performing as part of the free concert series at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

 

Saturday

COLA 2019 artist Alice Könitz will be hosting a Self Reliance Talk and Workshop with survival expert Christopher Nyerges at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park at 1:30pm

LACMA is hosting a free screening of the short films created in the Spring 2019 Veterans Make Movies program from 2-4pm. There will be a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening.

Self Help Graphics is having its Annual Print Fair and Exhibition from 12-5pm

Photographer Bill Owens will be at Arcana Books to celebrate and sign his brand new book documenting the Rolling Stones’ Altamont Free Festival, Bill Owens: Altamont 1969 from 4-6pm.

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals are performing at The Forum with special guests Earl Sweatshirt and Thundercat

Cinespia’s movie in Hollywood Forever Cemetery tonight is Reality Bites

Sinkane is performing at the Bootleg Theater with The Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Steady Holiday are opening for Yeasayer at the Teragram Ballroom

 

Saturday and Sunday

If you are a fan of Stranger Things– this weekend the Santa Monica Pier will be transformed into the “Upside Down” of Hawkins, Indiana, including carnival games, a slime dunk tank and The Curiosity House which will include Demogorgons

 

Sunday

From 11am-6pm Hauser & Wirth will host a screening of Art21’s Extended Play featuring artist Luchita Hurtado, running it on a loop throughout the day

CicLAvia returns- this time it’s Mid City Meets Pico Union- closing streets to traffic from Washington and La Brea (Mid City Hub) to 7th, and Venice Blvd from 7th to Hoover (Pico Union Hub)

Independent Shakespeare Co. heads back to Griffith Park this weekend with free performances of the play Twelfth Night

Mara Connor and Pete Molinari are playing a free early show at Gold-Diggers and if you missed seeing Sinkane on Saturday stay to catch his DJ set

The Technicolors are playing at The Roxy with King Shelter and Palm Springsteen