This week, there’s a Christmas reading by the LA River, a drug- and bomb-sniffing dog demo at Rosamund Felsen, the last chance to see a spectacular show on postwar art movement Cobra at Blum & Poe, and more.
The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up: Cobra and Its Legacy
When: Closes Wednesday, December 23
Where: Blum & Poe (2727 South La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City, California)
It is rare that a gallery presents an exhibition as scholarly, ambitious, and exuberant as The Avant-Garde Won’t Give Up at Blum & Poe. Curated by Alison Gingergras, this is the second part of a two-part exhibition focused on the work and legacy of the post-war Cobra movement, named for the cities where it was based: Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam. The show features not only seminal works by Karl Appel, Asger Jorn, and other original Cobra members, but also by contemporary artists who picked up on their experimentation with materials and appropriated imagery, like Joe Bradley, Julian Schnabel, Mark Flood, Bjarne Melgaard, and many others. Don’t miss this show before it closes on Wednesday.
Waiting Bodies: An Evening of Mark Morrisroe films
When: Wedneday, December 23, 6:30pm
Where: 356 Mission (356 S. Mission Road, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)
Before his untimely death from AIDS in 1989 at the age of 30, photographer Mark Morrisroe had produced an astonishing 2,000 works, from intimate polaroids to painterly, experimental photographs. A contemporary of Nan Goldin and Jack Pierson, he documented the gay and punk underground of Boston and New York in images that are candid, fearless, and deeply personal. This Wednesday, artist Paul Pescador and 356 Mission present three of Morrisroe’s rarely seen super-8 films followed by a conversation with Museum of Modern Art curator Stuart Comer and Ramsey McPhillips, Morrisroe’s last boyfriend who has written about their relationship.
When: Thursday, December 24 — Saturday, December 26
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home Street, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
For almost five years, Jeffzilla, aka artist and musician Jeff Galvan, aka Gay Tendencies, has been throwing his Coolworld Party LA, a genre-bending melange of disco, performance art, techno, goth, punk, drag, and much more. For three nights beginning on Christmas Eve, he will be transforming Chinatown nonprofit arts space Human Resources into JEFFZILLAWORLD, an over-the-top fun house installation. Saturday night’s closing party features DJ’s and live performances from Coolworld artists.
Reading by Moonrise
When: Friday, December 25, 5pm
Where: The Bowtie Project (2800 Casitas Avenue (approx), Glassell Park, Los Angeles)
This Christmas, Clockshop hosts a special Reading by Moonrise event on the banks of the LA River. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and walk the site before the readings by author Louise Steinman and poet Brandon Jordan Brown. S’mores and a campfire will be provided for what is expected to be an especially cold (for LA) evening. $5 suggested donation.
Canine Nosework with M.A. Peers
When: Sunday, December 27, 3pm
Where: Rosamund Felsen Gallery (1923 S Santa Fe Avenue #100, Downtown, Los Angeles)
M.A. Peers’s current exhibition at Rosamund Felsen explores the twin themes of abstract painting and dog portraits, following from her series of Soviet space dogs at the Museum of Jurassic Technology. In conjunction with this show, the gallery is hosting a Canine Nosework presentation this Sunday. Top handlers in the field will be demonstrating the skills that dogs use to sniff out bombs or drugs. While you can’t bring your own dogs to the demo, visitors are asked to RSVP to the gallery, letting them know if you can bring a piece of luggage to be searched.