LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a full day of performances from an avant-garde music legend, an outdoor art party in downtown LA, a Mexican artist’s first installation in the city, and much more.
When: Thursday, April 30, 8–11pm
Where: The Container Yard (800 E 4th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
More art party than white cube, LA Weekly’s Artopia, curated by prolific art critic Shana Nys Dambrot, will bring a mix of art, music, and food to DTLA’s Container Yard this Thursday. Highlights include a body-painting performance from fashion label Bohemian Society, Debi Cable‘s 3D blacklight murals, music from DJ Jeremy Sole, and an artisan village featuring handmade crafts, food trucks, and cocktails using Beam-Suntory liquors. Ah, Suntory Times. Tickets available here.
Betsabeé Romero: After & Again Launch
When: Saturday, May 2 — Monday, May 4
Where: Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
After & Again, a new platform celebrating contemporary art textile editions, is kicking off this weekend with Mexico City-based artist Betsabeé Romero‘s first installation in LA. Inspired by pre-Columbian and colonial artwork, as well as imagery from popular culture, her “Skull of a Thousand Faces” installation will feature traditional Mexican embroidery, copperwork, and large, floating cantoya balloons. A portion of the proceeds from sales of a related edition will benefit the independent art space LA><ART. Located in the historic Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, admission is free, but the exhibition is only open for three days. Check here for times.
When: Opens Saturday, May 2, 6pm–12am
Where: Superchief Gallery (739 Kohler St, Downtown, Los Angeles)
In case you hadn’t heard, butts are back, the bigger the better. In keeping with this maximalist maxim, curator Reginald Pean has organized Booty Worship, a group show featuring a whopping 91 artists, all of who celebrate superior posteriors. From street and skate art, to tattoos, illustration, painting, and photography — if it features a behind, it’ll probably be on the wall at Superchief this weekend.
Peter Saul: Some Crazy Pictures
When: Opens Saturday, May 2, 6–8pm
Where: David Kordansky Gallery (5130 W. Edgewood Place, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Peter Saul’s paintings are a mishmash of various styles from surrealism to pop to funk, without being defined by any single “-ism.” His works are not easily categorized, but are all the more entertaining for their outlandishness. David Kordansky Gallery’s first exhibition of his work, Some Crazy Pictures, is sure to be just that, proving that the 80-year-old artist has lost none of the idiosyncratic, satirical loopiness that has characterized his practice for over 50 years.
John Zorn Marathon
When: Saturday, May 2
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) (5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles) and UCLA Royce Hall (340 Royce Drive, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Avant-garde saxophonist and composer John Zorn has been a creative force in the experimental music world since the mid-1970s, but hasn’t played in LA for 25 years. This Saturday he’s making up for lost time, with an all-day series of concerts. Beginning at LACMA at 10am, ten ensembles will perform Zorn’s compositions in response to artworks by Tony Smith, Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee, and others. Afternoon performances at UCLA’s Royce Hall include Secret Chiefs 3 performing songs from his klezmer/free jazz hybrid Masada, and Bladerunner, a ferocious trio featuring Zorn, famed bassist Bill Laswell, and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo. The program ends with meditative solo improvisations on organ, Zorn’s first instrument.
Pedro Reyes: The People’s United Nations General Assembly
When: Saturday, May 2–Sunday, May 3, 11am–5pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Confronted with the dire state of global politics and the ineffectiveness of formal diplomacy, many of us think, “If only we could just discuss this, it would all get sorted out.” This is the proposition behind Mexican artist Pedro Reyes’s “People’s United Nations General Assembly,” an experiment to see whether “conflict-resolution techniques used in social psychology, theater, and art can help solve the world’s most challenging problems.” This weekend at the Hammer Museum, two delegates from each of the 195 UN member nations will be selected to hash out the world’s toughest environmental, social, and political issues. Visitors are welcome to observe the delegates, or check here to see if your nation still needs representation.