LOS ANGELES — This week, Yung Jake premieres his sweaty new video, the fifth annual LA Zine Fest opens, Machine Project hosts an evening of alien abduction presentations, and more.
Duchamp to Pop
When: Opens Friday, March 4, 11am–8pm
Where: Norton Simon Museum (411 West Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California)
The 1963 Marcel Duchamp retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum (now the Norton Simon Museum) was one of the pivotal moments in Southern California art history. Organized by curatorial dynamo Walter Hopps when he was just 30, the exhibition was surprisingly Duchamp’s first major museum retrospective. The year before, Hopps had organized another milestone exhibition, New Paintings of Common Objects, the first museum show of Pop Art, featuring LA artists like Joe Goode and Ed Ruscha alongside their New York contemporaries Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Duchamp to Pop reexamines these two influential exhibitions, and explores the link between Duchamp and a generation of Pop artists who emerged 50 years after his first groundbreaking works.
Yung Jake Video Screening
When: Saturday, March 5, 6:30–8:30pm
Where: Steve Turner (6830 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Two weeks ago, artist/rapper/internet phenomenon Yung Jake opened his current show Hydration at Steven Turner Contemporary. The gallery was transformed into a club for one night, with 1,000 people filling the space to witness performances from Jake, alongside DJs Softest Hard, Sonny Digital, and Lil Yachty. If you missed it the first time — or just want to relive the event — Yung Jake has incorporated footage from this happening into his latest video, “It’s Wet,” which will premiere at Steve Turner this Saturday evening.
Modern Arts and Crafts
When: Opens Saturday, March 5, 7–10pm
Where: Eastside International (602 Moulton Ave, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)
Eschewing the oversimplified distinction between “high art” and “craft,” Modern Arts and Crafts features artists who draw equally on traditions of abstraction, decoration, and functional object making. Fusing threads of minimalism, textile design, and process art, they interrogate issues surrounding gender, labor, and aesthetics. Curated by Astri Swendsrud, the show features work by Danielle Adair, Jonathan Cowan, Rachel DuVall, Michelle Grabner, Meghann McCrory, and Ariane Vielmetter.
LA Zine Fest
When: Sunday, March 6, 11am–6pm
Where: The Majestic Downtown (650 South Spring Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Since at least the 1970s, zines have been the quintessential form of DIY expression, open to anyone with access to a photocopier, stapler, and a bit of imagination. This Sunday, the fifth annual LA Zine Fest will bring together over 200 writers, artists, and publishers for a full day of zine-related programming. In addition to the wide array of exhibitors, there will be a Drink & Draw session hosted by KChung Radio, a panel discussion on DIY Publishing as Feminist Resistance, a conversation between punk legends Alice Bag and V. Vale, and more. Check here for complete event listings, as some events are off-site.
Alien Abduction Double Feature
When: Sunday, March 6, 7–9pm
Where: Machine Project (1200 D North Alvarado Street, Echo Park, Los Angeles)
As part of its storefront transformation The Eyes Are Always There, Machine Project presents a double feature on alien abduction. First, Winona Bechtle will talk about five Tujunga Canyon women who were allegedly abducted between 1950 and 1970. Artist Joe Merrell will then present on Betty and Barney Hill — the first famous alien abductees — followed by a screening of The UFO Incident, a 1975 TV movie about the Hills starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons.
Southern California, Capitalist Gateway
When: Sunday, March 6, 1pm
Where: Angels Gate Cultural Center (3601 S Gaffey St, San Pedro, California)
Almost half of all goods entering the US arrive through the ports, rail yards, freeways, and airports of Southern California, making this network a focal point for commerce, labor, geography, and environmental issues. In conjunction with the current exhibition Hold Up, Angels Gate Cultural Center hosts “Southern Calfornia, Capitalist Gateway,” a conversation with interactive mapping project Empire Logistics, to consider “how these nodes, lines and flows might be confronted, disrupted and reimagined toward a post-capitalist future.”