This week, there’s a show from wunderkinds Lizzie Fitch and Ryan Trecartin, a terrifyingly terrific Circus of Death, the release party for Night Papers Six, and surreal new drawings from a venerated textile artist. Also don’t miss discussions on race in the art world, contemporary art from the Islamic diaspora, and new perspectives on LA.
Night Paper S*x Launch Party
When: Tuesday, October 21, 8pm
Where: Night Gallery (2276 E 16th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
We’ve supposedly been on the verge of “the end of print” for years now, yet physical media doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. This is especially true of art books and zines, which are experiencing a resurgence. Come celebrate the latest addition to the collective bookshelf, when Night Paper S*x launches tonight. This is a special edition for Sexy Beast and is edited by writers Kate Wolf and Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. Designed by Public Fiction’s Lauren Mackler, the issue features contributions from Kim Gordon, Bruce Hainley, Chris Kraus, Samara Golden, and many more. If that’s not enough, performances by Jellyy and the Fuckables are sure to make it an eventful evening.
Lizzie Fitch / Ryan Trecartin
When: Opens Wednesday, October 22, 6–8pm
Where: Regen Projects (6750 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Ryan Trecartin is the artist perhaps most deserving of the label “post-internet.” The films he makes with collaborator Lizzie Fitch are so frantic and hyper that they can test the attention spans of even the most ADD-addled millennials. Despite this, their work reflects elements of epic storytelling, as different characters’ stories unfold over the course of one or more movies. For their first exhibition at Regen Projects, they’ve created a film based around the famed Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard, in which “roving bands of characters explore the dark, cavernous space, making recourse to horror movie tropes and teen coming-of-age adventure films,” according to the press release. They’ve also created a large-scale accompanying installation that melds camping equipment with security cages and theatrical stages.
Circus of Death
When: Saturday, October 25, 2–8pm ($99 for festival general admission)
Where: Shrine Auditorium (665 W Jefferson Blvd, University Park, Los Angeles)
Halloween is coming early this year. As part of the Festival Supreme, Steven Hull presents Circus of Death, a “collaboration between painting, sculpture, sound, video and performance on a spectacular scale.” Some of Hull’s collaborators include Marie Weber’s Spirit Girls and Jim Shaw’s “Dre’d Dwarf,” as well as poet John Tottenham and the Butthole Surfers’ frontman Gibby Haynes. A spooky train ride will take visitors through the “The Iceberg of Torment,” “Monster Windmill,” and “Marionette Castle.” Get your tickets IF YOU DARE!
Writer-in-Residence Presentation with Alicia Eler
When: Saturday, October 25, 5pm
Where: Adjunct Positions (5041 Coringa Drive, Highland Park, Los Angeles)
To mark the end of her time as the first writer-in-residence at Adjunct Positions, Hyperallergic contributor Alicia Eler will present “Editing Los Angeles,” in her words “a collection of jokes, short stories, and other absurdities.” Eler spent her time at the gallery examining the editing process as it relates to Los Angeles, and the presentation will feature her findings. A BBQ will follow.
Norma Minkowitz: Inside the Void
When: Opens Saturday, October 25, 6–9pm
Where: La Pêche (5365 West Adams Blvd, West Adams, Los Angeles)
Norma Minkowitz is a well-known fiber artist who’s been exhibiting her textiles for over 40 years; she’s only recently begun showing her works on paper, however. These collage-and-ink drawings explore “themes of violence, illness, mortality, and evil,” according to the press release. She pulls images from a diverse range of art historical references, linking them with her obsessive and elegant line. If Hannah Höch and Yayoi Kusama collaborated, it might look something like Minkowitz’s surreal, haunting drawings.
Shangri La: Imagined Cities Artist Dialogue
When: Sunday, October 26, 5–7pm
Where: DCA’s Los Angeles Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (4800 Hollywood Blvd, East Hollywood, Los Angeles)
In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Shangri La: Imagined Cities, Mostafa Heddaya, managing editor of Hyperallergic, will moderate a discussion between two of the artists in the show, Mariam Ghani and George Awde, who “create deeply research-based contemporary photography, video, and installation between geographies and cultures.” The exhibition and dialogue are part of the Los Angeles / Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI), which “brings together nearly 30 cultural institutions throughout Los Angeles to tell various stories of traditional and contemporary art from multiple Islamic regions and their significant global diasporas.”
Decolonizing the White Box
When: Monday, October 27, 8pm
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
Sesshu Foster created quite a stir with his recent blog post criticizing the Hammer Museum for not including more artists of color in Made in LA. Some applauded him for taking the institution to task, others questioned why he recognized only two of the participants as artists on color when in reality there were more than 10. However you feel about his argument, it no doubt inspired some much-need discussion, which is exactly what Human Resources‘ upcoming “community forum exploring the experiences of people of color in/around the art world” intends to do.