LOS ANGELES — This week, a show of Riot Grrrl art opens in Orange County, LACE throws a Valentine’s Day party, Frank Lloyd Wright’s first LA home reopens, there’s a mini-conference on the limits of performance, and more!
Hollyhock House Reopens
When: Opens Friday February 13, 4pm
Where: Barnsdall Art Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard, East Hollywood, Los Angeles)
The Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles, built between 1919 and 1921 for oil heiress Aline Barnsdall. With a fluid transition between interior and exterior spaces and a Maya-inspired design, it was his earliest attempt to develop a Southern California regional style of architecture. The house, which is the centerpiece of Barnsdall Art Park, has been closed for three years for restoration but will reopen this Friday. For 24 hours beginning Friday at 4pm, the house will be open for self-guided tours, with the admission fee being waived until 11am on Saturday. After that, the house will be open for “Walk Wright In” tours, Thursday–Sunday, 11am–4pm.
Overstimulated: Limits of Performance
When: Saturday, February 14, 4–9pm
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
Organized by Dominic Johnson, Overstimulated is an afternoon and evening of presentations, discussions, and performances by artists and scholars on the limits of performance. Participants including Heather Cassils, Sheree Rose, Zackary Drucker, and Nao Bustamante will address how artists deal with limits set by institutions, tradition, history, or even themselves. The event will conclude with a performance by body-oriented Mexican performance artist Rocio Boliver.
When: Saturday, February 14, 8pm
Where: The Wulf (1026 South Sante Fe Avenue, #203, Downtown, Los Angeles)
On a 2013 road trip, artists Lisa Truttmann and Guido Spannocchi visited numerous theme parks, interviewing the workers and visitors and collecting stories, myths, and memories about these places. Originally intended as a conventional film, Elsewhere Lands is an abstracted, multi-layered, audio-visual installation that weaves together the various elements they gathered.
LACE Valentine’s Party
When: Saturday, February 14, 8–11pm
Where: LACE (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
One of LA’s longest-running nonprofit arts spaces, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) is teaming up with Artillery magazine to throw a Valentine’s Day party this Saturday. Performers include Dynasty Handbag, Geneva Jacuzzi, and Tiffany Trenda, who often performs in a full-body cat suit covered in glowing screens or QR codes, giving her the appearance of a robo-dominatrix. An erotic reading room will feature poets John Tottenham and Warhol superstar-cum-cult-movie actress Mary Woronov, among others. Tickets are only $10 ($8 for LACE members).
LA Zine Fest
When: Sunday, February 15, 11am–5pm
Where: Homenetmen Center (3347 N. San Fernando Road, Glassell Park, Los Angeles)
If you didn’t get enough independent artist books at the LA Art Book Fair last weekend, don’t fret, the LA Zine Fest is coming. Now in its fourth year, the fair was started in 2012 with the mission of “promoting zine culture as a means to connect the pre-exisiting communities in LA–artistic or otherwise.” This year’s free, all-ages event will include over 200 zine makers and small-press publishers including local poetry collective The WOMEN Group, Lucas Bros animator Sean Solomon, and Boyle Heights bookseller Seite.
When: Opens Sunday, February 15
Where: Orange County Museum of Art (850 San Clemente Drive, Newport Beach, California)
The Riot Grrrl movement of the early ’90s combined the immediacy and fury of punk with a radical DIY, feminist, queer, and egalitarian stance. Although it was mainly considered a musical phenomenon, Alien She explores the influence that the movement had across a wide spectrum of artistic production. Focusing on seven contemporary artists — Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts, and Stephanie Syjuco — the exhibition presents work produced over the past 20 years, ranging from posters to sculpture to new media. (For more, check out Hyperallergic’s review of the show when it was in San Francisco.)