LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a screening of Lizzie Borden’s feminist masterpiece Born in Flames, over 20 venues in Pasadena open their doors for a night of art, a show of work by legendary LA artist Charles Garabedian opens, and more.
Born in Flames
When: Tuesday, October 6, 7pm
Where: Women’s Center for Creative Work (2425 Glover Place, Elysian Valley, Los Angeles)
At the age of 11, Linda Elizabeth Borden took the name of the notorious accused axe murderer Lizzie Borden, foreshadowing her role as a radical and rebellious feminist filmmaker. Her 1983 film Born in Flames, set in a future New York 10 years after a socialist revolution, explores race, class, and political issues then being debated in both white and women of color feminist circles. Blending elements of pseudo-documentary, music video, performance art, and sci-fi, Born in Flames is a unique and influential hybrid cinematic vision. The screening will be introduced by artist Jennifer West and curator Rita Gonzalez. The event is free, but seating is limited so you must RSVP.
Charles Garabedian: Sacrifice for the Fleet
When: Opens Thursday, October 8, 6–8pm
Where: L.A. Louver (45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, Los Angeles)
In the history of Southern California art, Charles Garabedian is a bit of an oddball. Born in Detroit in 1923 to parents fleeing the Armenian Genocide, he didn’t start painting until his thirties, and didn’t have his first show until 1963. His figurative style was directly at odds with then-popular forms of abstraction, minimalism, and Pop, and his subject matter taken from Greek and Roman mythology must have seemed downright archaic to proponents of modernism. But over the past 50 years, his singular, idiosyncratic vision has persevered, establishing him as one of LA’s most original painters. His upcoming exhibition at L.A. Louver, Sacrifice for the Fleet, is a rare opportunity to see the work of this under-appreciated local legend.
“Of Scrap & Steel”
When: Thursday, October 8, 7–9pm
Where: Union Rescue Mission (545 S. San Pedro St., Downtown, Los Angeles)
Downtown Los Angeles has gone through a remarkable transformation over the past decade. What was once a rough and gritty urban center with the nation’s largest homeless population, is rapidly gentrifying as condos and upscale restaurants replace SROs and soup kitchens. Commissioned by the Union Rescue Mission (URM) in 1948, the 30-minute film “Of Scrap & Steel” captures life on the streets of DTLA more than 50 years ago. The film tells the story of an alcoholic who falls on hard times before being saved by the URM. Featuring a cast of mostly non-actors, the film documents the vibrant street life full of pawn shops and police, bars and missions that once made up this historic neighborhood. The event is free, but you must RSVP.
When: Friday, October 9, 6–10pm
Where: venues all over Pasadena
Even with four hours, it would be a challenge to cover all the events and shows that ArtNight Pasadena packs into one evening. Over 20 venues throughout the city will offer free admission for art exhibitions, music, and dance performances, and more. Some highlights include an interactive sound installation by Freewaves outside Pasadena City Hall, a Corita Kent show at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, and dance works from Pennington Dance Group at ARC. If that’s not enough, there will be free shuttles between venues and food trucks.
TEN FEET: Art Meets the River
When: Saturday, October 10, starting at 10:30am
Where: Spoke Bicycle Cafe (3050 N. Coolidge, Frogtown, Los Angeles)
Long a popular location for Hollywood films, the concrete trough known as the LA River is poised to become a thriving urban oasis with a planned billion-dollar, Frank Gehry-helmed restoration in the works. Founded by four local architects and designers, the LA River Public Art Project “was created to foster an inclusive arts and cultural infrastructure presence on the river.” Its first event, TEN FEET, will connect artists with seven sites on the river, where they will present artwork, music, and even a pollinator garden. Beginning with a conversation hosted by de LaB at Spoke Bicycle Cafe, attendees will then be able to tour the river themselves, where they can experience the artworks which will be up until 5pm.
UH-OH: Frances Stark 1991–2015
When: Opens Sunday, October 11
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
For over two decades, LA-based artist Frances Stark has been creating raw, funny, smart, and challenging works across a wide range of media. The Hammer’s upcoming retrospective UH-OH, will be the most comprehensive exhibition of her work to date, including drawings, collages, and paintings as well her more recent forays into video, performance, and digital formats like PowerPoint and Instagram. Eschewing one distinct style, Stark’s works lay bare the artist’s insecurities, joys, and relationships — alongside institutional critique and social commentary — through a poetic and personal combination of text and image.