LOS ANGELES — Some of your friends might be at the Frieze Art Fair in London this week, and you’re stuck in LA (boo hoo or lucky you?). We’ve got a drag-sational triple-header, a panel discussion about computers taking over, a border-crossing haunted art house, and a bunch of great female artists to make up for it.
Art in the Age of the Singularity
When: Tuesday, October 14, 7pm
Where: LACMA (5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Futurist Ray Kurzweil popularized the idea of the singularity — a moment when artificial intelligence will outstrip human brain power, thereby radically altering (or ending) civilization. We’re a few years off (Kurzweil predicted this happening in 2045), however this panel discussion subtitled “How Technology is Informing Contemporary Art” aims to prepare us, by considering “what might art have to offer technologists in terms of more fully understanding what it means to be human and therefore what it might mean to transcend the human condition?” The event is free, but reservations are no longer available, so arrive early to grab a standby spot.
More More More! An Evening with Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, and Taylor Mac
When: Tuesday, October 14, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
New York City is home to a thriving and diverse avant-drag scene, from classic femme cabaret singers to boundary-pushing performance artists. Angelenos shouldn’t miss this chance to see three of NY’s finest when Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, and Taylor Mac perform at the Hammer in conjunction with its current Jim Hodges exhibition. “Grit meets glamour in a cabaret of boisterous rock-n-roll, intimate storytelling and beguiling siren songs.”
Brain Dead Fun Time Haunted Maze
When: Saturday, October 18, 7:30pm
Where: Superchief Gallery (739 Kohler Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
This haunted house / art installation features artists and musicians from LA and Mexico with such spooky monikers as Dani Shivers, Hexorcismos, Reyna the Ripper, and Death Became Her among others.
Their website sums up what to expect:
“Trans Border Collective Exorcism of State Sanctioned Oppression. Pure Party Vibes. Shit is Scary. Haunt Back. Meander the Maze. Around $8 Bucks.”
A Women’s Dinner of Exchanges
When: Saturday, October 18, 6–10pm
Where: Thank You For Coming (3416 Glendale Boulevard, Atwater Village, Los Angeles)
The Women’s Center for Creative Work, “a proposed collective workspace for female and female-identifying creatives in Los Angeles,” organizes a series of Women’s Dinners which provides a venue for sustenance and engagement. This event, hosted by restaurant/artist residency Thank You For Coming, is based around ideas of exchange and economies. Performances by James Kidd Studio, Plant Magik, and F.L.O.W. are also part of the program.
When: Opens Saturday, October 18, 5–7pm
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Bergamot Station B4, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica)
Kathleen Henderson‘s oil-stick drawings crudely and colorfully convey a sense of contemporary alienation. Even when they are full of people, a sense of isolation prevails. Her latest body of work opening this Saturday at Rosamund Felsen “confronts head-on the financial sector and its place in a system of gross inequalities; the excess and waste of massively expensive and tragically useless trophy projects, or ‘white elephants’; and a profiteering pharmaceutical industry that is moving beyond marketing drugs to humans and setting their sights on neurotic and depressed domestic animals as well.”
Hilary Brace: Drawings / Ann Lofquist: Urban and Pastoral
When: Opens Saturday, October 18, 4–6pm
Where: Craig Krull Gallery (Bergamot Station B3, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica)
Craig Krull opens two exhibitions of work by women who use hyper-realism to very different effect. Hilary Brace’s B&W charcoal on polyester film drawings depict fantastical clouds, mountains, and mists — like scenes from an apocalyptic Hollywood blockbuster, or a Baroque heavenscape missing its putti. Ann Lofquist’s paintings capture those uniquely SoCal landscapes where human encroachment butts up against the mountains and the sea. She also has an impressive handle on color, rendering the light of dawn and evening with photographic precision.
They Managed to Mess Up an Art Heist Movie
There must be a lesson in Vasilis Katsoupis’s film Inside about the vacuousness of the art market or the claustrophobia of exhibition spaces — I just don’t care.
Ten Painful Stories of the Dutch Colonial Slave Trade
The Rijksmuseum’s traveling show strives to remind us that we are all, in some way, a part of this chapter of human history, whose legacy continues today.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Textured Histories at Shiprock Santa Fe
The Santa Fe gallery features Indigenous textiles and jewelry from the early 19th century to today.
Renaissance Portrait of “Ugly Duchess” Likely Depicts a Man
A curator at London’s National Gallery believes the subject of painter Quinten Massys’s painting “is most likely a he.”
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Hokusai’s “Great Wave” Makes a Splash at Auction
An edition of the iconic woodblock print broke records when it sold for $2.8M this week.
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?