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.

 

Aug 312018
 

Bad Bad Hats- Nothing Gets Me High

Things to do in Los Angeles this weekend (8/30-9/2/18)-

Thursday

LACMA has a free screening of Kusama- Infinity, a film about artist Yayoi Kusama with a post screening conversation with director Heather Lenz

Alice Bag is playing a free show at the Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park with Generacion Suicida

Taken By Trees (Swedish songwriter Victoria Bergsman’s solo project) will be performing a free show at Amoeba Records

 

Friday

Bad Bad Hats are playing at The Roxy Theatre with Cumulus opening

DIIV are playing a free show (but RSVP) with Sextile at the Echoplex

Grand Park’s DJ Nights series continues with a night curated by Nosaj Thing

Get your holiday weekend started with Friday Fireworks at Dodger Stadium after they play the Arizona Diamondbacks

Juiceboxxx is playing with Charge It To The Game, No Win, and Margot Pauline at The Hi Hat

Here Lies Man and Jungle Fire are playing a free show at Levitt Pavilion in MacArthur Park

Metric are opening for The Smashing Pumpkins at The Forum (also Thursday)

 

Saturday

It’s the last weekend of Hammer Museum’s exhibition Made in L.A. 2018 and today you can see dance performances by artist taisha paggett along with her installation for the show

Brazilian artist Liniker e os Caramelows is performing at the Bootleg Theater

Beverly Hills Cop is the Cinespia Hollywood Forever Cemetery screening this evening

The Stevenson Ranch Davidians, The Tulips and Saint Cecilia are playing a free show at the Highland Park Bowl

Jurassic Shark are playing at the Lodge Room with Diners and Wild Wing opening

The Mad Walls are playing with The English Language, Rearranged Face and Mooncult at The Hi Hat

La Santa Cecilia is playing a free show at Burton Chace Park in Marina Del Rey- RSVP here

The Aero Theatre is showing Pink Floyd- The Wall

 

Saturday and Sunday

Golden Road Brewery is hosting Made in LA– a 2 day Music and Arts Festival with 50% of all ticket sales going to ArtShareLA. Performers include Dorothy, Saint Motel, Buyepongo and DUCKWRTH ($10 per day)

 

Sunday

At the Hammer Museum, composer/performer Carolyn Pennypacker will be assembling Mothers Choir, “a group of mothers, including her own—to investigate the complicated tropes and trip-outs of the meanings of mother” and there will be “empathic musical readings” in the gallery prior to the performance by Von Doog.

Cinespia’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery screenings continue with Now and Then

The Aero Theatre is showing Los Angeles Plays Itself along with a discussion with director Thom Anderson

Marbled Eye and Blues Lawyer are opening for Sheer Mag at the Troubadour

Geneva Jacuzzi is performing at The Echo with CMON and Toucan