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William Sachtleben on the Galata Bridge, Istanbul, 1891 (via
William Sachtleben on the Galata Bridge, Istanbul, 1891 (via

This week, there’s a benefit auction for Critical Resistance LA, a photo exhibition documenting rising sea levels, a discussion on Robert Heinecken’s relationship to feminism, a financial workshop for artists, and more!

 Heinecken and Feminism 

Robert Heinecken, Are You Rea #1, 1964-68 (via
Robert Heinecken, “Are You Rea #1” (1964-68) (via Hammer)

When: Tuesday, December 9, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)

Robert Heinecken’s oeuvre consists almost entirely of images of women culled from mass media sources, including pornography. It is no wonder then that he is praised as a feminist by some, while others deride his work as being simply misogynistic.

In conjunction with the Hammer’s current Heinecken retrospective, they are hosting a panel discussion that aims to delve deeper into some of the issues surrounding the artist’s work, gender, and representations of the female body.


 Money Talks 

(via Night Gallery's facebook)
(via Night Gallery’s Facebook page)

When: Wednesday, December 10, 8pm
Where: Night Gallery (2276 East 16th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

An artist’s life is hard enough without having to navigate the complicated financial straits that come with being a one-person company. Thankfully Night Gallery is hosting the second session of their Money Talks series, where artists can get answers to some of their most confusing money questions. James Walters, CPA, and Casey Jane Ellison, creator of the hilarious and insightful Touching the Art, will be on hand to shed light on bookkeeping, taxes, incorporating and more. Space is limited, so RSVP here.

Paula Bronstein, A woman makes her way down the seawall along the Kitakama and Ainokama coastline in Sendai, Japan (via
Paula Bronstein, A woman makes her way down the seawall along the Kitakama and Ainokama coastline in Sendai, Japan (via

 Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change

When: Opens Saturday, December 13, 11am–6pm
Where: Annenberg Space for Photography (2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, Los Angeles)

All but the most delusional climate change deniers now agree that the Earth will be facing major environmental challenges in the near future. Worst case scenarios project sea levels rising enough to make coastal cities uninhabitable within the next 100 years. Sink or Swim, curated by KCRW’s Frances Anderton, “aims to foster critical dialogue through the provocative juxtaposition of diverse responses to a challenge shared by millions worldwide.”

Featuring the photographs of Iwan Baan, Stephen Wilkes, Paula Bronstein, Jonas Bendiksen, and Monica Nouwens, the show documents problems faced by those living in coastal regions, as well as contemporary design solutions.

 The Cotabato Sessions 

The Cotabato Sessions (via
The Cotabato Sessions (via

When: Saturday, December 13, 8pm
Where: Velaslavasay Panorama (1122 West 24th Street, University Park, Los Angeles)

The Cotabato Sessions is a half-hour documentary on the musical legacy of artist Danongan Kalanduyan and his family. The are members of a minority Islamic tribe in the Philippines, the Maguindanaons, who practice an indigenous type of performance called “kulintang” (rhythmic gong ensemble music). The screening will be followed by live performances from contemporary kulintang artists, as well as a live-remixing of the film’s score by GB (Gifted & Blessed).The event is part of the LA/Islam Arts Initiative.

 Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891 

When: Opens Sunday, December 14, Noon–5pm
Where: Fowler Museum (UCLA North Campus, Westwood, Los Angeles)

Before Kerouc or the Motorcycle Diaries, there was William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., who covered 18,000 miles by bicycle in the early 1890s. The 42 black and white photographs featured in Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891, document their trip from Athens, Greece to Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Their voyage helped to spur the popularity of the bicycle as a universal form of transportation, and it coincided with the democratization of photography as well.

 Dreaming Wildly / Fighting to Win: Benefit Auction for Critical Resistance Los Angeles 

Poster design by Matt Weathers of Critical Resistance Los Angeles (via the event's facebook page)
Poster design by Matt Weathers of CRLA (via the event’s Facebook page)

When: Sunday, December 14, 5–10pm
Where: Underground Museum (3508 West Washington Boulevard, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles)

This Sunday, the Underground Museum will host an auction to benefit Critical Resistance Los Angeles, an organization that “seeks to build an international movement to end the prison industrial complex (PIC) by challenging the belief that caging and controlling people makes us safe,” according to their website. In addition to the auction featuring work donated by dozens of artists, there will be a performance by Anthony Taylor and Kevin Michael Key of the Los Angeles Poverty Department, as well as reading and booksigning by poet and author Fred Moten.

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