LOS ANGELES — This week, a lesbian feminist haunted house opens in West Hollywood, Samita Sinha brings her enchanting vocals to REDCAT, there is a screening of films that explore the relationship between landscape and the body, and more.
Dirty Looks: Los Angeles
When: Tuesday, October 13, 7pm
Where: Tom of Finland Foundation (1421 Laveta Terrace, Echo Park, Los Angeles)
Hot on the heels of Stonewall, Hollywood’s widely-panned gay liberation epic, Dirty Looks: Los Angeles presents two films that offer a much more honest and nuanced depiction of this revolutionary period in the history of gay rights. Rosa von Praunheim’s It is not the Homosexual who is Perverse but the Society in which He Lives — made in 1971, two years after homosexuality was legalized in Germany — follows a young gay man through the various facets of gay urban life in Berlin. Carole Roussopoulos’s documentary Le F.H.A.R. (1971) focuses on the pioneering French gay rights group Le Front Homosexuel d’Action Révolutionaire, whose actions and meetings produced an early form of what would become known as queer theory. $5 suggested donation.
When: Opens Friday, October 16, 5:30–9:30pm
Where: Plummer Park (7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, California)
Created by Toronto-based artists Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, KillJoy’s Kastle provides a twist on the traditional Halloween haunted house, turning it into a “sex positive, trans inclusive, queer lesbian-feminist-fear-fighting celebration.” Guided by the demented women’s studies professor, visitors will encounter riot ghouls, radical vampiric grannies, and other inhabitants of this maximalist art installation / performance space. Not limited to simply challenging stereotypes of gender and sexuality, KillJoy’s Kastle is also a consciousness-raising and irreverent look at the complex and messy herstory of feminism.
Samita Sinha: Cipher
When: Friday, October 16 & Saturday, October 17, 8:30pm nightly
Where: REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Vocalist Samita Sinha speaks an amazing eight languages, including Hindi, Sanskrit, Mandarin and Spanish, and her music reveals just as many influences if not more. In her minimal and mesmerizing performances, she fuses classical Indian musical forms with a range of others from early Blues to electronic music, producing something entirely her own. Filtering these elements through digital tools, Sinha is able to create an avant-garde hybrid, greater than the sum of its parts.
When: Opens Saturday, October 17, 6–8pm
Where: Steve Turner (6830 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Enigmatic Chicago based artist William Pope.L works in painting, sculpture, installation, video and performance, eschewing a singular style in favor of making “culture out of contraries.” This Saturday, he opens the first of two concurrent solo shows in LA, Desert at Steve Turner. (The second, Forest, opens at Susanne Vielmetter on Oct. 23.) In addition to new sculptures and manipulated 19th century photographs, Pope.L will present Obi Sunt, a film based on a 1906 boxing match called “The Fight of the Century.” Fought between Joe Gans, an African American, known as “The Master”, and Oscar “Battling” Nelson, the “Durable Dane,” the fight lasted 42 rounds, the longest in modern boxing history.
Disguise: Masks & Global African Art
When: Opens Sunday, October 18, noon–5pm
Where: Fowler Museum (UCLA North Campus, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Dating back to Picasso and Modigliani, many Western artists have been influenced by (and appropriated) African art, specifically masks, but what about contemporary artists from Africa and the African diaspora? This is the question addressed by the Fowler Museum’s upcoming exhibition Disguise: Masks & Global African Art. The show features twelve contemporary artists including Brendan Fernandes, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Saya Woolfalk who explore disguise and transformation through drawings, photographs, videos, sculptures, performances, and installations.
Experimental Landscapes: Landscape and the Body at Work and Play
When: Sunday, October 18, 7:30pm
Where: Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (6712 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Experimental Landscapes presents the work of three contemporary artists who use film and video to explore landscape and the body’s relationship to it. Phil Niblock’s 1973 film Trabajando Dos (Mexico) is composed of tight shots of rural Mexican peasants working, focusing on their agrarian manual labor. REEL-UNREEL (2011) by Francis Alÿs playfully follows two Afghan children as they roll film reels through the streets of Kabul. As the first child’s reel unspools, the second child gathers it up. PÓDWORKA (2009) by Sharon Lockhart similarly depicts children’s creativity within the urban fabric of Lodz, Poland while NŌ (2003) envisions the labors of a Japanese farming couple as a minimalist performance.