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Gerard Kelly at The Scindler House
Gerard & Kelly at The Schindler House (via Facebook)

LOS ANGELES — This week, Thomas Kovachevich exhibits his minimal tape and plastic works at Tif Sigfrids, the J. Paul Getty Museum screens an Ed Ruscha film about salad, Cherry and Martin opens a show of Ericka Beckman’s seminal video installation Cinderella, and more.

 Customizing Language

When: Opens Wednesday, January 6, 7–10pm
Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE) (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)

Curated by Idurre Alonso and Selene Preciado, Customizing Language brings together artists who use language to explore power relations, cultural traditions, and historical issues. This inaugural presentation of the LACE Emerging Curator Program features artists who are from or are based in Mexico and Latin America including Marcos Ramírez ERRE, Gala Porras-Kim, Camilo Ontiveros, Rubén Ortiz-Torres, and Clarissa Tossin, among others.

Customizing Language (via facebook)
Customizing Language (via facebook)

Thomas Kovachevich: Define

When: Opens Saturday, January 9, 4–6pm
Where: Tif Sigfrids (1507 Wilcox Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles)

New York-based artist Thomas Kovachevich creates poignant abstractions from everyday materials like packing tape, plastic, ribbon, and paper. These delicate works respond to our interaction with them, drawing attention to our relationship to the space as a whole. As part of his upcoming show Define, at Tif Sigfrids, Kovachevich will also be presenting sculptural works made from paper, light, and plastic at an off-site location, A_ (2601–2603 San Fernando Road, Glassell Park, Los Angeles), with an opening on Sunday, January 10, 4–6pm. 

Work by Thomas Kovachevich (via facebook)
Work by Thomas Kovachevich (via Facebook)

 Ed Ruscha’s Premium

When: Saturday, January 9, 6pm
Where: The Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)

Over the past few months, artist and writer Julia Sherman has been working with Farmscape Gardens and landscape architect David Godshall to create a garden of heirloom vegetables and greens on the grounds of the Getty Center. In conjunction with this endeavor, the Getty Salad Garden will be screening Ed Ruscha’s short film “Premium” (1971). Adapted from Ruscha’s book 1969 book Crackers, the humorous film stars fellow artist Larry Bell and features “perhaps one of the greatest appearances by salad in art history.” The film will be followed by a conversation with Ruscha and Bell. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance.

Ed Ruscha, "Premium" (1971), 16 mm, 24 min. (via
Ed Ruscha, “Premium” (1971), 16 mm, 24 min. (via

 Ericka Beckman

When: Opens Saturday, January 9, 6–8pm
Where: Cherry and Martin (2712 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City, California)

Ericka Beckman, "The Forge Bucket and Chain Prop" 1986), Wood, styrofoam, cardboard, paper mache, paint, Dimensions Variable via
Ericka Beckman, “The Forge Bucket and Chain Prop” (1986), wood, styrofoam, cardboard, papier-mâché, paint (via

Ericka Beckman’s film and sculptural installation Cinderella (1986) is a re-telling of the classic fairly tale, updated with a musical score and a 1980s video game aesthetic.

Surprisingly, Cherry and Martin’s upcoming exhibition is the first time this influential work will be presented in the US with its sculptural elements as originally intended. Also on view will be drawings and photographs that situate Cinderella within the history of film and video art of the ’80s.

 Modern Living

When: Saturday, January 9 & Sunday, January 10, 12pm & 1pm
Where: The Schindler House (835 N Kings Road, West Hollywood, California)

Collaborative duo Gerard & Kelly (Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly) use choreography, video, and sculpture to explore issues of sexuality, memory, and the “formation of queer consciousness.” In their upcoming performance, Modern Living, at The Schindler House, the pair are joined by members of LA Dance Project to mine the house’s history of progressive social arrangements. The project will continue next May at another modernist architectural landmark, Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, CT. RSVP is required, with a suggested donation of $7–$10 at the door.

Beehive Collective, "Greenwashing scene from the Mesoamerica Resiste Poster" via facebook)
Beehive Collective, “Greenwashing scene from the Mesoamerica Resiste Poster” (via facebook)

 Report from ARTCOP21

When: Sunday, January 10, 4pm
Where: The Public School (951 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)

ArtCOP21 was an initiative launched last fall to address the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP21) with a series of performances, exhibitions, concerts, and talks aimed at encouraging the larger public to engage with these issues. Artist and activist Carolina Caycedo was in Paris during the talks and related ArtCop21 events and will report on her experience this Sunday at The Public School. This is also an opportunity to discuss plans for climate justice on a local level.

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