This week, there are conversations with Charles Gaines and David Adjaye, a screening of wildly successful fast food commercials, the West Coast premiere of a media arts pioneer, and more.
Jack’s Back and Other Commercials
When: Thursday, April 2, 7–10pm
Where: metro pcs (422 Ord Street, 2nd Floor, Suite D, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
The classic Mad Men era of advertising may be all the rage now, but certain campaigns of the past two decades stand-out as models of transgressive persuasion. Take for instance Secret Weapon’s ads for former fast-food underdog Jack in the Box, which featured or implied drug use, gay marriage, and acts of violence, all while conveying a convincing suggestion to consume. Writer Travis Diehl focuses on the cultural significance of this campaign in his essay, “The Jack Box Death Trip,” published by East of Borneo, and has selected a series of related commercials, which will be screened at metro pcs this Thursday. Refreshments will be served, but no word if they will include Jack’s Spicy Sriracha Burger.
Sam Durant and Charles Gaines in Conversation
When: Thursday, April 2, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
In tandem with his artistic career, celebrated LA-based conceptual artist Charles Gaines has been a dedicated educator since the early 1970s, teaching literally generations of artists in LA and elsewhere.
In conjunction with Gridwork, a survey of his early work, the Hammer Museum is hosting a conversation between Gaines and artist Sam Durant, who studied under Gaines and is now a colleague at Cal Arts, where Gaines has taught since 1989.
When: Opens Thursday, April 2, 4–7pm
Where: Cherry & Martin (2732 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City, California)
German artist Ferdinand Kriwet emerged as a pioneer of media art in the 1960s, but surprisingly, this is his first solo exhibition on the West Coast. His artistic output ranges from ROTOR, a book without punctuation or capitalization made when he was 19, to performances, sound works, and film. For this exhibition, Cherry and Martin will be showing “Apollovision” (1969), which captures the moon landing as experienced through mass communications, and “Campaign” (1972–73), which brings a similarly media-saturated eye to the 1972 presidential primary. A hanging serigraphic work “Text Dia” (1970) will also be on view.
DIY Gets Social: Artists Speak Up!
When: Friday, April 3, 9:30pm
Where: hm157 (3110 N Broadway, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)
Artists Speak Up! is a series of community discussions dealing on the intersection of art, activism, and commerce. For this Friday’s event, the conversation will focus on the connection between DIY anti-consumerism and the online world. “Is civic justice compatible with internet fame? What’s the difference between artistic integrity and creative narcissism?” are just a couple of questions that will frame the discussion. Participants include Sage Vaughn, DJ Nobody, Rhea Tepp, Sonny Kay, and others as well as a musical interlude by Shit Giver.
American Survey Pt. 1
When: Opens Saturday, April 4, 5–8pm
Where: Papillion (4336 Degnan Boulevard, Leimert Park, Los Angeles)
Part one of American Survey, Papillion’s ambitious three-part exhibition, kicks off this Saturday. Described as “a time capsule for 2015,” the group exhibition aims to take stock of the nation’s consciousness, and asks how the “vibrational frequency” of our culture can be raised. Participating artists include Sadie Barnette, Andy Robert, Timothy Washington, Calida Rawles, EJ Hill, Alexis Brown, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, J Michael Walker, Lisa Diane Wedgeworth, and February James.
The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and David Adjaye
When: Monday, April 6, 7:30pm
Where: LACMA (5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
David Adjaye is often grouped in with starchitects like Rem Koolhaas or Renzo Piano, but his thoughtful designs reflect a sensitivity to community needs more than grandiosity. His diverse range of projects includes a low-income development in Harlem, Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, a collaboration with Olafur Eliasson for the 2005 Venice Biennale, and Ewan McGregor’s home. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art hosts this conversation between Michael Govan and the Tanzania-born, London-based architect titled “From Living Spaces to the Democracy of Knowledge.”