This week, there are talks with Thomas Demand and Lorraine O’Grady, an art tour of Hollywood, a show of late work by Mr. Turner opens, and much more!
Director’s Series: Michel Govan and Thomas Demand
When: Tuesday, February 24, 7:30pm
Where: LACMA (5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
German artist Thomas Demand’s crisp, airless photographs share a kinship with the dispassionate architectural photography of fellow countrymen Candida Höfer and Bernd and Hilla Becher. What sets Demand apart is his use of theatrical artifice. His images of empty offices, stairways and apartments begin as meticulous paper models which he photographs before destroying. One of his most ambitious works, “Pacific Sun” is an animated video that recreates security-camera footage of a cruise ship caught in a tempest. In conversation with LACMA director Michael Govan, Demand will discuss this cinematic installation, on view through April 12, as well as his early work.
J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free
When: Opens Tuesday, February 24
Where: The Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)
Considered a proto-modernist by many, Joseph Mallord William Turner explored the representation of light and atmosphere on canvas decades before Monet’s famous depictions of Rouen Cathedral. His later work was especially radical, including sea and landscapes that flirted with total abstraction. Painting Set Free at the Getty is the first major Turner show on the West Coast, and the first major loan exhibition to focus on his extremely productive and innovative later years.
Art Talk: Lorraine O’Grady
When: Thursday, February 26, 7pm
Where: MOCA Grand (250 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Conceptual artist Lorraine O’Grady was a late bloomer — she began exhibiting at the age of 45 — but wasted no time tackling issues of race, gender, and hybridity in her work. In the 1980s, she would appear at art openings in the adopted persona of “Mlle Bourgeoise Noire,” dressed in a gown made of white gloves, and reading poems that addressed the segregation of the art world. She is also a respected critic, having written numerous articles including “Olympia’s Maid: Reclaiming Black Female Subjectivity.” On Thursday evening, she will give a free talk at MOCA Grand in conjunction with USC Roski Art School’s Graduate Lecture Series.
Frame Rate: Edgar Arceneaux
When: Saturday, February 28, 7pm
Where: Riverside Studios (3352 San Fernando Road, Glassell Park, Los Angeles)
Edgar Arceneaux’s film A Time To Break Silence focuses on two events — the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968 and the premiere of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey two days later — in order to explore the role that technology can play “as tool and weapon.” It will be screened by LAND on Saturday night with live score by Ray 7 of Detroit techno collective Underground Resistance, as two related videos by Arceneaux are simultaneously projected onto the side walls of Riverside Studios. The event is free, but space is limited, so please RSVP by Wednesday.
When: Opens Saturday, February 28, 7–10pm
Where: François Ghebaly Gallery (2245 East Washington Blvd., Downtown, Los Angeles)
Playing off the misogynistic online acronym TOGTFO, Sculpture or Get the Fuck Out presents the work of five female artists who make sculpture that runs counter to the current vogue for overblown, macho, size-obsessed objects. Curated by Charlie White, the exhibition “aims to reveal the energy, intensity, and originality being forged by artists who exchange the emptiness of grand gestures for complexity, criticality, humor, and meaningful gravitas.” It features the work of emerging artists Kelly Akashi, Kathleen Ryan, and Nevine Mahmoud alongside that of their more established peers Amanda Ross-Ho and Andrea Zittel.
The Awards Shows: A Hollywood Walk of Art
When: Saturday, February 28, 11am–6pm
Where: various locations, Hollywood, Los Angeles
Now that the Oscar’s are over, we can turn our attention to Hollywood’s latest role as burgeoning gallery district. This Saturday, For Your Art is planning a free, self-guided Hollywood Art Walk that will highlight the district’s art spaces including Gavlak, Regen Projects, Steve Turner and many more. There will also be a site-specific performance with clowns by Marcel Alcalå behind JF Chen, a lounge set up by the Women’s Center for Creative Work at Free City, roving broadcasts by KCHUNG and more. Check here for the complete program.