We look at so many images today that often the value of individual photos decreases with the abundance of them. That’s why it is such a pleasure to spend time with Roy DeCarava’s black and white photographs at The Underground Museum. His images have a meditative beauty to them. They catch your eye and hold it. There is a richness to his compositions, his use of textures and light.
While at The Underground Museum, also take a moment to look through a copy of De Carava’s book collaboration with writer Langston Hughes, The Sweet Flypaper of Life in the book store. The images in it influenced artist Kahlil Joseph’s film Flypaper (2017), which was recently shown at MOCA. Kahlil Joseph’s brother, artist Noah Davis, who sadly passed away in 2015, founded The Underground Museum with his wife, artist Karon Davis, in 2012.
Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (2/22-2/24/19)-
Yacht Punk, ellle belle, and Compress Collide are opening for No Small Children at The Hi Hat
There’s a fundraiser and release party at the Echoplex for theLAnd- a new magazine by LA locals for LA locals created by an editorial collective of former L.A. Weekly employees- with performances by Open Mike Eagle, Baths, Nocando and more
Jenny O. is playing at the Bootleg Theater wit RF Shannon and Ferdy Mayne opening
Moaning are playing at Zebulon with David Scott Stone, Automatic, and French Vanilla
Friday and Saturday
In celebration of Black History Month, Hauser & Wirth is hosting Personal Problems, a free film series organized by LA-based artist Charles Gaines. Friday they are showing Black Girl, by Ousamane Sembène, and Until, Until, Until by Edgar Arceneaux. The screenings will be followed by a brief Q& A with Charles Gaines and Edgar Arceneaux. On Saturday at 2pm they are showing Personal Problems, directed by Bill Gunn, and at 7:30pm three short films will be screened along with the full length film Outside the Law, directed by Rachid Bouchareb.
The 5th Annual Bob Baker Day is taking place in Los Angeles State Historic Park and will have puppet shows, DJ sets, workshops, carnival games and more, all free
GRMLN are playing at The Smell with Wellness and Lionmilk
Yuna, DUCKWRTH, Mikky Ekko and Che’Nelle are playing at Miyavi’s Record Release Show at the El Rey Theatre