LOS ANGELES — This week, there’s a discussion on alternative art spaces at the Armory in Pasadena, the premier of the Wooster Group’s production of The Room, the grand opening of the Museum of Neon Art, and more.
UCLA Department of Art Lecture: Ben Davis
When: Thursday, February 4, 7:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
As global economic disparity continues to rise, the effects of class, wealth, and poverty touch every facet of our lives, including art. This is precisely what art critic Ben Davis addresses in his 2013 book 9.5 Theses on Art and Class, which focuses on political art, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, the market, neoliberalism, and more, to explore “how to maintain faith in art itself in a dysfunctional world.” This Thursday at the Hammer Museum, he will be expounding of all these topics for his UCLA Department of Art Lecture.
The Wooster Group: The Room by Harold Pinter
When: Thursday, February 4—Sunday, February 14
Where: REDCAT (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
New York-based collective The Wooster Group has been at the forefront of avant-garde theater and dance since its founding in 1975. For its upcoming run at REDCAT, The Wooster will be premiering their version of The Room, the first play by influential playwright Harold Pinter. Written in 1957, it is a prime example of the kind of dark comedy that Pinter was known for, combining elements of humor and unsettling menace. The Wooster Group makes the production thoroughly its own, employing a range of comedic modes, from American vaudeville to Chinese xiansheng or “cross talk.”
Phill Niblock & Carl Stone
When: Friday, February 5, 8pm
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
This Saturday, Volume presents a concert with two legends of experimental music and intermedia art. Since the 1960’s, Phill Niblock has been pushing musical boundaries with his minimal compositions that feature rumbling drones and microtonal variations, often pairing them with film or photography. Dubbed “the king of sampling” by the Village Voice, Carl Stone is a pioneer of computer music, who has been composing electro-acoustic music for over 40 years, after studying with Morton Subotnick at Cal Arts. Tickets to the event are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Museum of Neon Art Grand Opening
When: Saturday, February 6, 7–10pm
Where: Museum of Neon Art (MONA) (216 S. Brand Blvd. Glendale, California)
The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) originally opened in downtown LA over 30 years ago, but has not had a permanent location since 2011. This Saturday evening marks the grand opening of its brand new building in Glendale. The museum is dedicated to exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, as well as highlighting the historic role that neon signage has played in the material culture of Southern California. The new facility will also have a workshop where visitors can watch the fabrication of neon and take classes. Tickets to the grand opening celebration are $50, or you can visit during the museum’s limited winter hours of Friday—Saturday, noon–7pm; Sunday, noon–5pm.
When: Sunday, February 7, 1–3pm
Where: Armory Center for the Arts (145 N. Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, California)
Whose Alternative? is an upcoming discussion at the Armory that looks at non-traditional and experimental artistic spaces and collectives in Los Angeles. How do these groups engage with their communities through programming that includes research, activism, and artistic practice? Panelists include Michelle Dizon of at land’s edge, Kate Kershenstein and Addie Tinnell of Cake and Eat It, Jimena Sarno of analog dissident, and Sarah Williams of the Women’s Center for Creative Work.
When: Sunday, February 7, 8pm
Where: Veggie Cloud (5210 Monte Vista Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles)
Fabrice Ziolkowski’s 1980 film “L.A.X.” is a sprawling city symphony that spans the history of Los Angeles from the establishment of Spanish missions to the period of the film’s creation. The 35 black-and-white shots that make up the movie capture the city’s diverse urban fabric — from aerial perspectives to street scenes. Text excerpts about the creation of LA make up the soundtrack, covering both well-known episodes and forgotten histories alike. Director Fabrice Ziolkowski will be there in person. Doors at 7:30; screening at 8pm.