LOS ANGELES — This week, the Hammer Museum honors World AIDS Day, artist-designed billboards spring up all over the city, Machine Project opens a sports bar, and more.
The Billboard Creative Q4 Show
When: Beginning Tuesday, December 1
Where: various locations around Los Angeles
Los Angeles is a car town, making roadside advertisements a defining feature of our urban landscape. For nonprofit group The Billboard Creative, this offers a unique opportunity for public art. On December 1, it will unveil the first of 33 artist-designed billboards around the city for their second Q4 Show curated by artist Mona Kuhn. Participating artists range from the established to the emerging, including Ed Ruscha, Jack Pierson, Nicola Goode, and Laura Niubo. The group has also partnered with Art Moi so you can track all of the billboards on its mobile app.
When: Tuesday, December 1, 11am–5pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
For the past 26 years, museum and galleries have observed an annual “Day Without Art” to draw attention to the devastating impact that AIDS has had on the artistic community. Beginning in 1998, institutions around the country began holding a “Day With(out) Art” to recognize the changing face of the epidemic, honoring both those who had succumbed to AIDS, but also those living with HIV. The Hammer Museum will be just one of the venues nationwide screening Radiant Presence, a slideshow made up of images from Visual AIDS’s Artist+ Registry, a database featuring work by artists living with HIV/AIDS as well as those who have passed away.
Mystery Theater Sports Bar
When: Thursday, December 3 — Sunday, December 6, 7pm–1am nightly
Where: Machine Project (1200 D North Alvarado Street, Echo Park, Los Angeles)
If you’ve ever found yourself in an art gallery wondering how “the game” is going, you’re not going to want to miss Machine Project’s Mystery Theater Sports Bar. It’s installed large-screen TV’s and stocked up on beer, partnering with Cabinet magazine for this art installation-cum-sports pub. Each evening will have a different program of sports-related art videos, from experimental shorts to performance documentation, and swimming to dog agility.
When: Reception Saturday, December 5, 4–6pm
Where: Craig Krull Gallery (Bergamot Station B3, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica)
Phranc, the All-American Jewish Lesbian folksinger, is a well-known figure on the independent punk and alt-folk scene, with a discography going back to the mid-1980s. Alongside her musical career, she is also an accomplished visual artist who recreates everyday objects out of cardboard, paint, and thread. Her current exhibition at Craig Krull features cardboard replicas of toys, conveying a sense of childhood whimsy. She’ll also be giving a talk earlier in the day at the Craft and Folk Art Museum.
Vivian Fu + Molly Matalon
When: Saturday, December 5, 7–9pm
Where: Family (436 N. Fairfax Ave, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)
Since its inception, the history of photography has been filled with examples of male photographers capturing the — often idealized — female form. Far less common are female photographers who are in control of their own image and narrative. Vivian Fu and Molly Matalon are two young photographers who present raw, unvarnished visions of their lives, friends, and families. This Saturday, the two artists will be speaking at Family about their previous collaborations, upcoming work, and the gendered legacy of photography.
When: Saturday, December 5, 7:30pm
Where: Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)
OOIOO (pron oh-oh-eye-oh-oh) is an all-female experimental music project from Japan, fronted by Yoshimi, who for 30 years was a member of the seminal Japanese noise-rock outfit Boredoms. OOIOO’s sound is more refined than Boredoms’, and no less innovative, as it combines elements of improvisation, drone, polyrhythmic loops, and prog-rock to create an entirely new sound. (The group’s 2013 album Gamel was a hypnotizing mixture of psychedelia and Javanese gamelan.) OOIOO brings its unique performance to the Getty Saturday night. Tickets are $20 and are available here.