This week, there’s a show of work from underground film icon Mike Kuchar, LA’s longest-running photo fair, discussions about art and politics, a screening of the world’s first Farsi language vampire western, and more.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night with Ana Lily Amirpour & Roger Corman
When: Tuesday, January 13, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
If you haven’t seen this mesmerizing feminist-Persian-vampire-western-noir, now’s your chance. Ana Lily Amirpour’s black-and-white debut takes place in the fictional Iranian “Bad City” (actually Bakersfield, CA) where a lone heroine — clad in a chador that doubles as a vampire’s cape — dishes out her own brand of vigilante justice. Borrowing from Jarmusch, Godard, and Leone, Amirpour has still been able to create a film that is completely her own. Tuesday night’s screening will be followed by a Q&A between the director and legendary B-movie filmmaker Roger Corman.
Chats About Change
When: Thursday, January 15, 6–10pm; Saturday January 17, 10am–6:30pm
Where: Cal State LA (5151 State University Drive, El Sereno, Los Angeles); LACE (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Subtitled Critical Conversations on Art and Politics, this series of five discussions organized by artists Elana Mann and Robby Herbst will cover participation, ethics, and organizing for social change in contemporary art. As the website puts it, the goal is “to strengthen local networks of politically oriented artists through a self-organized forum fostering analytical reflection and response.” Participants include Micol Hebron, Jennifer Moon, and Daniel Joseph Martinez, among others. Check here for complete list of the chats, times, and locations.
When: Friday, January 16–Sunday January 18, 11am–7pm (6pm on Sunday)
Where: The REEF / LA Mart (1933 Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles)
With its Paramount Studios location, Paris Photo LA may be the glamorous new starlet of photo fairs, but Photo LA is the hard-working character actor, giving reliable performances for the past 24 years. It’s a great opportunity to peruse work from almost 50 photography galleries from all over the world. In addition to the exhibitors, there will be an installation of work by opening night honoree Catherine Opie, as well programs on collecting, architecture and photography, and LA in the ’70s. The opening-night benefit gala is on Thursday evening, but if you don’t want to spring for $80 tickets, one-day passes are available online for $20.
Mike Kuchar: Saints and Sinners
When: Opens Saturday, January 17, 7–10pm
Where: François Ghebaly Gallery (2245 E Washington Boulevard, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Beginning when they were teenagers in the 1950s, Mike Kuchar and his late twin brother, George, made hundreds of campy, underground films over their 50-year career together. Their unique style of DIY trash cinema proved hugely influential to directors like John Waters and Guy Maddin, whose movies took conventional Hollywood glamour and dragged it through the gutter. François Ghebaly’s upcoming exhibition of Kuchar’s work can best be described as “a New Year’s Banquet of Beefcake celebrating Satyrs, Stone Age He-Men, Sugar Daddies, and Bawdy Buccaneers, drawn painted, digitized, and hosted by underground cartoonist and movie maker, Mike Kuchar.”
Farrah Karapetian: Stagecraft
When: Opens Saturday, January 17, 6–8pm
Where: Von Lintel Gallery (2685 South La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City, Los Angeles)
In her first show at Culver City’s Von Lintel Gallery, Farrah Karapetian‘s signature photograms capture the forms of musical instruments, silhouetted against rich color fields. These works are not simply the visual record of their subjects, however, as Karapetian uses “sculptural negatives,” such as cymbals cast in glass, to create them, calling into question photography’s perceived verisimilitude.
Prism Pipe: Fluidity
When: Monday, January 19, 6–8pm
Where: Pehrspace (325 Glendale Boulevard, Echo Park, Los Angeles)
The one-year anniversary of this visual music event features GIF and video art on the theme of fluidity, set to a live score by LA’s Twin Braids. It’s similar to those psychedelic light shows from the ’60s, except instead of swirling pools of colored oil, it’s glitched-out GIF loops, and instead of guitar noodling, it’s beats and synths. They’re still accepting submissions for the event through January 16; guidelines can be found here.