This week in Los Angeles, shake off any post-Fourth-of-July sloth with a variety of screenings, lectures, and performances.
Between events like the “Convergences in Photography” lecture at the Getty, a screening of Wildness at The Hammer Museum, performances by Melinda Ring at The Box, and Native Strategies at LACE, there’s a lot to choose from.
Convergences in Photography
When: Wednesday, July 9, 7pm
Where: Harold M. Williams Auditorium at The Getty Museum (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, LA)
This free lecture at The Getty tonight is presented in conjunction with Convergences: Selected Photographs from the Permanent Collection, currently on view at the museum. The talk will feature two artists from the selected show, Vera Lutter and Scott McFarland, in conversation with curator Virginia Heckert and author Lawrence Weschler, whose writings on convergence inspired the exhibition.
When: Wednesday, July 9, 7:30–9:30pm
Where: The Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, LA)
Tonight at The Hammer Museum get transported to the Silver Platter, the iconic Latin LGBT-friendly bar on the east side of LA with a screening of Wu Tsang’s Wildness. The film follows the so-named weekly performance art party organized by young queer artists of color Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom at the Silver Platter. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director and co-writers Roya Rastegar and Mariana Marroquin (who is also the voice of the Silver Platter in the film).
Downtown Film Festival
When: Wednesday, July 9–Saturday, July 19
Where: Various locations (Downtown, LA)
Downtown Film Festival kicks off this week with the westcoast premier of The Algerian, a political thriller following a sleeper cell from Algeria struggling with his old and new lives. The festival continues through July 19, showcasing some of the best independent cinema across the backdrop of downtown LA.
Native Strategies: N (ENTER) S Performance
When: Friday, July 11, 9pm
Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, LA)
Native Strategies, the biannual journal of performance art in LA, presents the culmination of their summer residency at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) in the form of N (ENTER) S. The project manifests as a series of performances of “sound, speech and documentation,” essentially one of their issues come to life. The Native Strategies co-directors, Brian Getnick and Tanya Rubbak, along with guest curator Jules Gimbrone have invited over 30 artists to perform in the LACE space across three stages created to simulate the process of creating a journal. The exhibition will be up through July 31st.
Melinda Ring: Forgetful Snow
When: Friday, July 11–Sunday, July 20
Where: The Box (805 Traction Avenue, Downtown, LA)
Make sure you catch both parts of Melinda Ring’s performance, her second project at The Box: from 4–7pm, visitors can watch two durational performances, “The Landscape,” which is seen live, and “Memory (of Snow) Machine,” which is meant to only be heard from an adjacent room. At 8pm, view the hour-long “Forgetful Snow,” a more intimate dance performed without clothing or accompaniment. —CV
When: Closes Saturday, July 12
Where: François Ghebaly Gallery (2245 E Washington Blvd, Downtown, LA)
Closing this weekend, Square(s) features works by over 20 international artists including Thomas Altheimer, Slavs and Tatars, Extrastruggle, and Thomas Hirschhorn. Stirred by demonstrations in recent years such as those in Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine, New York City, and Altamira that occurred in notable public squares, the works examine the public space as a political arena and the idea of occupation in the 21st-century. —CV
Mobile Homestead Screening and Symposium
When: Saturday, July 12, 11am
Where: Art Center College of Design (1700 Lida Street, Pasadena)
Catch a screening of two of Mike Kelley’s “Mobile Homestead” videos this weekend. In 2005 Kelley built a replica of his childhood home outside of Detroit in partnership with London-based Artangel. The two films feature video of the “mobile” home being transported through the artist’s hometown, a project that became both a personal portrait of the artist and a social exploration of the city of Detroit.
Joe Goode: Flat Screen Nature
When: Saturday, July 12–Friday, August 29
Where: Kohn Gallery (1227 North Highland Ave., Hollywood, LA)
Joe Goode has been exploring the impermeability of paintings since his monochromatic milk bottle paintings created at the start of his 50-year career. Flat Screen Nature continues this investigation and goes further with Goode’s destruction of the canvas, as he slashes and tears at the edges of these new works. —CV
Expanding on Painting
When Saturday, July 12–Sunday, August 31
Where: Armory Center for the Arts, PPA Gallery (145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena)
This weekend, Armory Center for the Arts kicks off its year-long, nine-part exhibition that investigates the fluidity of painting and its nature as a cross-disciplinary medium through the works of nine painters. The series opens with Margie Livingston, who neglects the canvas entirely to create a dialogue between painting and sculpture. —CV
With contributions by Claire Voon.