LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a contemporary apocalyptic opera, a collaboration with Afghan weavers, a film trilogy from a Mexico City-based artist, and more.
Carlos Amorales: A Film Trilogy
When: Wednesday, June 10—Thursday, June 11, 7:30—9:30pm
Where: The Mistake Room (1811 East 20th Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
The works of Mexican artist Carlos Amorales eschew any kind of discreet categorization, ranging from installation to performance to film, from lucha libre to the avant-garde. His film trilogy is no exception, drawing on a wide variety of references including Inuit mythology, Russian Suprematism, and the works of Chilean writers Manuel Serrano and Roberto Bolaño. Wednesday’s program contains Amsterdam (2013) and The Man Who Did All Forbidden Things (2014), while The Eye Me Not (2015) will screen on Thursday followed by a conversation between the artist and author Josh Kun.
Screening: Judy Fiskin and Mariah Garnett
When: Thursday, June 11, 7:30pm
Where: Laurel Doody (637 S Cloverdale Ave Unit 7, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
New apartment gallery Laurel Doody brings together two generations of female artists who work with video. In the middle of an ominous desert landscape, characters recite three years of spam emails in Mariah Garnett’s “Signal” (2012). Judy Fiskin’s “Guided Tour” (2010) similarly deals with communication breakdowns, as museum docents discuss works of art — except they’re not the ones being shown.
Everything is Terrible! Legends Tour
When: Thursday, June 11, 8pm
Where: The Art Theater (2025 East 4th Street, Long Beach, California)
The internet is a seemingly bottomless well of pop cultural detritus, but what we often overlook is that someone has to actually put all that content up there. For the past seven years the dedicated collective Everything is Terrible! has pored over thousands of hours of footage to bring you the weirdest stuff ever committed to VHS, from late-night infomercials to Saturday afternoon matinees and everything in between. The EIT! Legends Tour features the greatest hits of “massaging cat ladies, apocalyptic facial exercises, pizzas parties in hell, and our immortal party-god, Duane” and presents them as they were never meant to be seen, on the big screen.
When: Thursday, June 11—Monday, June, 15
Where: REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
In the aftermath of an apocalyptic catastrophe, an average American family struggles to survive in this darkly comic work of musical theater. Based on a short story by Judy Budnitz, Dog Days combines elements of classical opera and hard rock to tell the story of civilization’s dissolution from the perspective a young girl who befriends a man who looks and acts like a dog. “It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats its animals,” notes composer David T. Little. “It also stands to reason that you can tell a lot about a person by how long they can remain truly human during the most traumatic of times.”
The Afghan Carpet Project
When: Opens Saturday, June 13
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Following a trip last year to visit weavers in Afghanistan, six LA-based artists — Lisa Anne Auerbach, Liz Craft, Meg Cranston, Francesca Gabbiani, Jennifer Guidi, and Toba Khedoori — created original carpet designs. These were then fabricated by Afghan craftspeople, and the resulting works will be displayed as part of The Afghan Carpet Project at the Hammer, alongside photo documentation by Auerbach. Profits from sales of the carpets (after fabrication costs) will benefit Arzu Studio Hope, which establishes weaving studios that provide fair wages, healthcare, and education for Afghan women.
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
When: Opens Sunday, June 14
Where: Pasadena Museum of California Art (490 East Union Street, Pasadena, California)
A progressive nun, educator, and prolific artist, Sister Corita Kent left an outsized legacy, so it is gratifying to see that she is finally getting her first full-scale retrospective, Someday is Now. Fusing social consciousness with spirituality and bold graphics, Corita Kent’s prints are both accessible and challenging. Over a thirty year career, Corita Kent reflected the duality of Pop and protest that characterized mid-century America.