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Chantal Akerman, “Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975) (via

This week, Self Help Graphics & Art throws a Día de los Muertos celebration, over 100 artists take over a vacant building by the airport, the Craft & Folk Art Museum hosts an explosive pumpkin carving workshop, and more.

 Devin Kenny

Devin Kenny (via facebook)

When: Wednesday, October 28, 7:30pm
Where: REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Lifting its title from a Wayne Kostenbaum bookHotel Theory at REDCAT is a three-month exhibition that considers the concept of theory as an art form. Curated by Sohrab Mohebbi in collaboration with Ruth Estévez, it features over two dozen contributors who present performances, documentation or ephemera that examine this connection between the theoretical and the practical. One of this week’s artists is Devin Kenny, whose Studio Workout series explores and interweaves the threads of hip-hop and art history.


When: Opens Thursday, October 29, 7–11pm
Where: Empty building (9800 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Westchester, Los Angeles)

Beginning this Thursday, over 100 artists will take over the vacant building at 9800 S. Sepulveda near LAX. Each of 7 curators has been given a floor of the building to create a program that considers the history of the site as well as connections to the greater community. Participating artists from over 15 countries include Anna-Sophie Berger, York Chang, Zoe Crosher, Khalid Al GharabaIli & Fatima Al Qadiri, Theo Mercier, Francisco Cordero Oceguera, Puppies Puppies, Witness 360 + Fitch-Trecartin Studios, and many more.

9800 S. Sepulveda (via facebook)

Self-Carving-Exploding-Pumpkin Laboratory

When: Friday, October 30, 7–9pm
Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)

Providing an update to the traditional Halloween pumpkin carving ritual, this Friday night Machine Project presents their Self-Carving-Exploding-Pumpkin Laboratory! Held at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, the workshop will delve into the history and craft of pumpkin carving as well as present some ghoulishly explosive scientific experiments. The event is $15 for CAFAM members / $20 for the public, but that includes materials and a pumpkin. Registration required.

Self Carving Exploding Pumpkin Laboratory (via

Three Theses on Mass Playtime and the Socking of Capital

When: Saturday, October 31, 5–8:30pm, and Sunday, November 1, 4–7pm
Where: REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Another contribution to REDCAT’s Hotel Theory show mentioned above comes from the Hanns Eisler Nail Salon (H.E.N.S.). Through the tropes of games, playtime, and sock puppets, Three Theses on Mass Playtime and the Socking of Capital aims to challenge the foundations of neoliberal capitalism, or in other words, “the art-architecture-Disneyland, psychopharmacological poopy-land of late capitalism.” Fittingly, Sunday’s show is open to kids!

Hanns Eisler Nail Salon (H.E.N.S.), “Three Theses on Mass Playtime and the Socking of Capital” (via facebook)

 Self Help Graphics & Art’s 42nd Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration

When: Sunday, November 1, 4–10pm
Where: Mendez High School (1200 Plaza del Sol St., Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)

Originating in Mexico, Día de los Muertos is a true syncretic mix, combining pre-Columbian Aztec traditions honoring ancestors with Catholic All Saints Day celebrations. For 42 years, Self Help Graphics & Art has held one of the oldest Día de los Muertos celebrations in the country, located in the historically Latino neighborhood of Boyle Heights. This year’s free festival will feature food and craft vendors, ceremonial blessings, and performances from El-Haru Kuroi, Sin Color, and soul legend Brenton Wood.

Self Help Graphics & Art Día de los Muertos celebration (via facebook)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

When: Monday, November 2, 7:30pm
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)

When Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman died earlier this month, the world lost a true visionary, whose works were crucial documents of avant-garde film and feminist cinema. In the wake of her death, her oeuvre has received a renewed focus, with Hulu making her entire catalogue temporarily available for free. Now you can see her best known film on the big screen when The Cinefamily screens Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975). Made when Akerman was only 24, Jeanne Dielman chronicles a few days in the life of a single mother and sex trade worker, capturing everyday mundane activities in unflinchingly long takes.

Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he is a frequent contributor to Daily Serving, and Glasstire.