LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a sci-fi and German rock mash-up at 356 mission, Mark Bradford gets his first solo museum show in LA, an artist makes it rain at Tif Sigfrids, and more.
Gracie DeVito: Das Cloud
When: Opens Tuesday, June 16, 7–9pm
Where: Tif Sigfrids (1507 Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Visitors to Gracie Devito: Das Cloud at Tif Sigfrids may be surprised at the sparseness of the exhibition. Aside from a few dollhouse-sized maquettes on the floor, the gallery may seem almost empty. The real star of the show is a mechanical cloud that winds its way along a track, sprinkling gallery goers with artificial precipitation.
It will be interesting to see if Angelenos react with as much consternation as they do when faced with real rain. Cloud performances will take place on opening night promptly at 7:15 and 8:15pm.
Experiments in Narrative Acts
When: Tuesday, June 16, 7–9:30pm
Where: LACE (6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Experiments in Narrative Acts is a public conversation with three artists who use performance to explore gender, pop culture, and politics. Moderated by art and culture writer Catherine Wagley, the panel features performance art grande dame Eleanor Antin, alongside emerging artists Ann Hirsch, whose work looks at how technology shapes our lives, and Rachel Mason, who mixes film, music, and political theater.
Future Days: Sci Fi Movies / Krautrock / Trip Hop
When: Thursday, June 18, 7pm
Where: 356 Mission (356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)
There was a time in the early ’70s when sci-fi futurism and eco-conscious hippie culture collided. The 1972 film Silent Running epitomizes this fusion, starring Bruce Dern as an astronaut bent on protecting the last of the Earth’s flora, housed in a space greenhouse.
356 Mission will be screening this sci-fi classic as part of Future Days (named after a song by Krautrock legends Can). Post film DJ sets featuring Trip-Hop and Krautrock — a German breed of electronic/jam/space rock characterized by longhairs playing synthesizers — provide the perfect sonic accompaniment.
Electric Ladyland Day Party
When: Friday, June 19, 3–8pm
Where: Women’s Center for Creative Work (2425 Glover Place, Elysian Valley, Los Angeles)
To kick off AfroFuturist Artist Collective #Snatchpower‘s summer-long residency at the WCCW, they’re holding an Electric Ladyland Day Party this Friday. Performances by Galaxy Kat, Verbs, the JimCrow, and others. Entry is $10, or $5 for members of #Snatchpower, #DeathLA, and WCCW, but in honor of #eggplantfriday, the best dick pick sent to #snatchpower gets free entry.
Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth
When: Opens Saturday, June 20, 11am–5pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford employs mapping to explore his own personal history and relationship with his hometown. For his first solo museum show in LA, Scorched Earth, Bradford focuses on the 1992 LA uprising, which he witnessed from his Leimert Park studio. He will also be presenting the multimedia installation Spiderman (2015) which uses African-American comedy — specifically Eddie Murphy’s 1983 film Delirious — to examine race, sexuality, and the history of HIV in the US.
Kate Gilmore: Pushing Paint
When: Opens Sunday, June 21, 2–4pm
Where: Armory Center for the Arts (145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California)
Pushing Paint is the seventh part of Expanding on an expansive subject, the Armory’s series on artists investigating the potential of paint. Through humorous performance videos, Kate Gilmore tackles the tired gendered stereotypes historically associated with painting. By repeating mundane, often arduous, activities to produce paintings, Gilmore reveals the uphill struggles that female artists must still contend with.