In our second week of ArtRx LA, we’re already looking to the past. Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla revisit history with their film Apotome, Rich Bott and Jim Fetterly piece together video collages of found VHS tapes that span two decades, Luis Buñuel’s 1949 El gran calavera is screening at the Los Angeles Theater, and Swedish artist Klara Lidén enters an artistic dialogue with photos from the turn of the 20th century.
Luis Buñuel’s El gran calavera
When: Wednesday, June 25, 8pm
Where: Los Angeles Theater (615 S Broadway, Downtown, LA)
Catch Luis Buñuel’s rarely-screened comedy of errors El gran calavera or The Great Madcap at the Los Angeles Theater tonight. Co-presented by the Latin American Cinemateca of Los Angeles, Buñuel’s second Mexican film, produced in 1949, is a hilarious parody of the glamorous world of Mexican young money embedded with the director’s distinctive subversive touches. Oscar Arce, the director of the Luis Bunuel Film Institute, hosts the event, joined by special guest Pablo Ferro, the graphic designer who revolutionized film title design.
Off-Site Film: LACMA9 Animation Program
When: Friday, June 27, 8:30pm
Where: Inglewood City Hall (1 W. Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood)
Join LACMA’s Off-Site Art+Film Lab this weekend for an evening of animated shorts. The 13 films included in the first Film Lab event of the summer span from the work of noted auteurs to children’s favorites. The total run time for all 13 films clocks in at 57 minutes; an hour of diverse, bite-sized animation including a look at the Soviet Space Dog training program, a little girl’s changing perspective on beauty and plastic surgery, and the legend of Sasquatch. Check out a full list of animated shorts here.
Allora & Calzadilla: Apotome
When: Friday, June 27–Sunday, August 24
Where: REDCAT (631 W 2nd Street, Downtown, LA)
In their first performance in Los Angeles, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla revisit history with Apotome (2013), a video focusing on the bones of two elephants brought to Paris’ National Museum of Natural History in 1798. The video features vocalist Tim Storms singing songs from a concert held following the arrival of the elephants, but this time in tribute to the animals’ remains. In conjunction with the video, the pair presents a new performance in which an orchestra will play the entire concert without the vocals. —CV
When: Saturday, June 28, 5pm
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, LA)
Multidisciplinary artist Jeepneys presents in collaboration with Ramzi Hibri OLINGLINGO, an otherworldly, immersive ceremony merging song, movement, video and language. Following a video installation is a live performance, and the website cites “Curatorial Wizardry,” “Ecstatic Visioning,” and “Cosmic choreography” as part of the creation process, so we’re predicting that it’s going to be a pretty strange night. —CV
Joan Quinn: The Exhibition
When: Saturday, June 28, 8pm
Where: The Brand Library and Art Center (1601 W. Mountain Street, Glendale)
Moderated by Peter Frank and J. Cheryl Bookout, this panel (featuring Tony Berlant, Laddie John Dill, and George Herms) will preceed the opening of Joan Quinn: Captured, a six-week series featuring local art celeb Joan Quinn. The exhibition will showcase what they are touting as “perhaps the largest portrait collection by contemporary artists in the world,” and it will feature works by Jean Michel Basquait, Shepard Fairey, Frank Gehry, Robert Graham, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Beatrice Wood, and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Mathew Raltson, and Arthur Tress. The exhibition also probes Quinn’s life as editor for her close friend Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. RSVP to amandaqo [at] gmail.com. —HV
Marie Høeg Meets Klara Lidén
When: Ends Saturday, June 28
Where: ONE Archives at the USC Libraries (909 W. Adams Boulevard, University Park, LA)
The Norwegian artist-run platform FRANK has teamed up with ONE National Gay & Lesbian archives to present the work of Klara Lindén alongside rediscovered photographs by Norwegian suffragist and commercial photographer Marie Høeg. Høeg’s found negatives photos stray from her professional work, depicting the photographer and her partner Bolette Berg at the turn of the 20th century. The private performative gestures captured in the photographs are both intimate and universal in their anticipation of contemporary discourse surrounding performance, gender, and identity. Placed in dialogue with Høeg’s photographs, Lindén’s first show in Los Angeles uses personal psychological experience to question the presentation of a progressive female history.
When: Saturday, June 28–Saturday, August 9
Where: China Art Objects Galleries (6086 Comey Avenue, West LA)
Rich Bott and Jim Fetterly of Animal Charm have been piecing together video collages with found VHS tapes for almost two decades, creating often humorous works with the random, discarded imagery. This weekend, the pair turns China Art Objects into a digital camping ground, bringing some of their campfire pieces among other video installations into the gallery. —CV
Steve McQueen’s “Drumroll”
When: Saturday, June 28–Sunday, September 21
Where: MOCA Pacific Design Center (8687 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, LA)
This exhibition centers around the artist’s three-channel video “Drumroll,” dating to 1998, but also features a sampling of the artist’s still photography from Barrage, a series of 56 photographs shot in that same year. Taken over the course of McQueen’s several stays in Paris, Barrage focuses on an unlikely but quotidian subject — the gutters lining the city’s streets. —CV
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With contributions by Claire Voon and Hrag Vartanian