LOS ANGELES — This week, over 20 institutions open their doors for Member Appreciation Days, Goethe-Institut presents a slideshow on German Christmas legend Krampus, influential philosopher Alain Badiou gives a talk at Art Center, and more.
The Right & Left Brains of Casey Jane
When: Wednesday, November 25, 10pm
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)
Touching the Art, the previous web series from comedian and performance artist Casey Jane Ellison, established her as a hilarious and irreverent new voice in an art world that is too often characterized as uptight and male-dominated. With each episode, she assembled a different all-female panel of artists, curators, gallerists, and critics for unvarnished discussion. Her latest endeavor is The Right & Left Brains of Casey Jane, a very self-aware “branded content sitcom” produced with clothing label BB Dakota. The six-episode series chronicles Ellison’s financial and romantic hijinks, all while an angelic and a devilish version of herself battle it out in her mind. The screening includes a Q&A with Ellison and is free, but requires RSVP.
Member Appreciation Days
When: Friday, November 27 — Sunday, November 29
Where: Venues throughout Southern California
It’s true, membership does have its privileges, and those privileges are multiplied this weekend during Member Appreciation Days. If you’ve got a membership card to one of over 20 participating institutions, you will get free admission to all of them, as well as a 20% discount at their stores. Venues include the Museum of Latin American Art, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Skirball Cultural Center, even the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.
Nathan Alexis Brown Print Release
When: Saturday, November 28, 7–11pm
Where: Superchief Gallery (739 Kohler St, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Vessels and Busts, a group exhibition of contemporary interpretations of classic imagery, closes this Saturday at Superchief Gallery. In commemoration, it’s hosting a party for a new print release from exhibition curator and artist Nathan Alexis Brown. The gallery will also be unveiling his contribution to the gallery’s mural garden alongside works by Anthony Lister, Steiner, Shark Toof, and others.
When: Saturday, November 28, 6pm & 8pm
Where: Goethe-Institut (5750 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 100, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Krampus — the devil-like counterpart to the benevolent St. Nicholas — has been gaining popularity outside of his native Bavaria over the past few years, culminating in an upcoming holiday film. For those who want to delve into the background behind the myth, the Goethe-Institut is hosting a Krampus Slideshow and talk by Al Ridenour, co-producer of Los Angeles Krampusfest. The event will also feature a costume catwalk with Krampus and other folkloric creatures, as well as post-lecture mulled wine. Advanced tickets are required: 6pm & 8pm.
Leimert Part Art Walk
When: Sunday, November 29, 12–8pm
Where: Various Locations (Leimert Park, Los Angeles)
For decades, Leimert Park has been a hub of African-American cultural life in Los Angeles. The area is undergoing something of an artistic renaissance with comparatively new spaces like Papillion and Art + Practice. Held the last Sunday of every month, the Leimert Park Art Walk is a great opportunity to experience the wide scope of the neighborhood’s music, art, shops and cuisine, including The World Stage, KAOS Network, live reggae and drumming, and food trucks.
Alain Badiou – Identity and Universality: A Contradiction?
When: Monday, November 30, 7:30pm
Where: Wind Tunnel Graduate Center for Critical Practice, Art Center College of Design (950 S. Raymond, Pasadena, California)
Alain Badiou is widely regarded as one of the most important thinkers in contemporary philosophy, and has been actively publishing novels, plays, political theory, and aesthetic criticism (including his “15 Theses on Contemporary Art“) since the 1960s. Having been deeply involved in the May 1968 uprisings in Paris, Badiou is constantly questioning “how one world changes into a new one — not only, however, in the realm of science, but also in those of art, politics, and even in the human experience of love.” Next Monday, Art Center in Pasadena offers a rare opportunity to hear Badiou expound on “Identity and Universality.” The event is free and open to the public.