LOS ANGELES — Although it’s Christmas week, there’s still a lot of art to be seen here in LA. Catch a show of longboards from a surf/skate icon before it closes, help raise money for zinefest and a local noise space, or watch Jennifer Moon and her dog Mr. Snuggles on closed circuit TVs.
In Focus: Play
When: Opens Tuesday, December 23
Where: The Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)
Photography’s ability to document the darker side of life — crime, war atrocities, natural disasters — is well-established, but it has an equally long history of capturing moments of entertainment and leisure. In Focus: Play brings together 30 photographs from the Getty’s collection that depict a range of amusements throughout the medium’s 175-year history. Including work by Diane Arbus, Weegee, Alexander Rodchenko, Lauren Greenfield, and others, the show reflects the uplifting diversions of our everyday lives.
Jeff Ho: The Board
When: Closes Tuesday, December 23
Where: c.nichols project (12613 1/2 Venice Blvd., Mar Vista, Los Angeles)
Jeff Ho is a legendary figure in SoCal surf/skate culture, having basically created the scene in the early 1970s with Jeff Ho Surfboards and Zephyr Productions. His Zephyr surf and skate teams — known as the Z-Boys — included skateboarding pioneers like Stacy Peralta and Jay Adams, who would turn a regional sport into an international phenomenon. For their annual holiday surf show, c. nichols project is featuring a series of hand shaped longboards created by Ho, each based on The Board, a special surfboard he crafted in 1999 and has been riding ever since.
25th Anniversary: Viewing Stones Show
When: Opens Friday, December 26
Where: The Huntington (1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California)
Whether they are Japanese Suiseki, Korean Suseok, or Chinese Scholar’s Rocks, viewing stones are naturally occurring formations prized for their expressive shapes that are ideal vehicles for contemplation.
For their 25th anniversary Viewing Stones Show, the California Aiseki Kai presents over 100 examples of these objects, shaped not by human hands, but by natural processes over hundreds of years.
Holiday Mixtape Swap and LA Zinefest Fundraiser
When: Saturday, December 27, 9pm–12:30am
Where: The Church of Fun (4109 Melrose Ave., East Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Back before the ubiquity of mp3s, sharing music meant more than simply clicking and dragging an iTunes playlist. Making a mixtape took time, planning, and creativity. Teenage romances were often kindled or extinguished based on the amount of effort put into song selection, order and cover design. In this spirit of DIY exchange, LA zinefest is hosting a fundraiser and mixtape swap that includes zine readings, santa chats, and music. Live bands include tropical funksters Sister Mantos (think Kid Creole produced by James Murphy), and solo set from Gibbons of Gibbons and the Sluts. If you’ve tossed your dual-tape deck dubbing boom box, don’t worry, CD mixes are begrudgingly accepted.
Mata Rising 2
When: Saturday, December 27, 8pm
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
Human Resources will be hosting a benefit for local Noise/Art space Mata this Saturday. Proceeds will go, in part, to soundproofing the space, a must for any noise venue in a crowded city.
Will You Still Love Me: Learning to Love Yourself, It Is The Greatest Love Of All
When: Through Friday, February 20, 2015
Where: Equitable Vitrines (3435 Wilshire Blvd, Koreatown, Los Angeles)
Jennifer Moon’s work is confessional without being cheesy and smart without being obtuse. Her current installation at Equitable Vitrines, located in the lobby of an office building, deals with issues of surveillance and privacy.
Moon has set up numerous cameras throughout her house, sending the feeds to monitors in the lobby, thereby allowing her every move to be watched remotely 24/7. On the other side of the lobby, a work based on her theory of the Love Panopticon connects the dots from Jeremy Bentham to Foucault to Slavoj Žižek. Despite these heady references, the piece resembles a high school class presentation, and it comes off as more endearing than pretentious.