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Taylor Mac (via cap.ucla.edu)
Taylor Mac (via cap.ucla.edu)

LOS ANGELES — This week, the Gallery Tally Project illustrates gender inequality in the art world, the long-awaited Hauser Wirth & Schimmel art complex opens, a show of Joan Brown’s 1970s paintings debuts at CB1-G, and more.

(En)Gendered (In)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project

When: Opens Wednesday, March 9, 7pm
Where: LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions) (6522 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles)

It’s no question that female artists are underrepresented in the art world, but what does this gender imbalance actually look like? Micol Hebron started her Gallery Tally Project in 2013 by inviting artists to illustrate the ratios of female to male artists in LA galleries, with direct, engaging, and often playful infographics. Since then, hundreds of artists have participated, and the scope of the project has spread to include galleries around the world. (En)Gendered (In)Equity presents over 400 of these posters, alongside a program of related events. Check here for the program.

 Jamie McMurry, "Billboard Poster for Bitforms Gallery, New York" (2015) (via facebook)
Jamie McMurry, “Billboard Poster for Bitforms Gallery, New York” (2015) (via Facebook)

 Carrie Mae Weems: Coming Up For Air

When: Thursday, March 10, 7pm
Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue (250 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)

Through a multimedia practice that includes photography, text, audio, fabric, and installation, Carrie Mae Weems investigates issues of power, race, class, and family. This Thursday, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand Avenue screens her first major video work, Coming Up For Air (2003–04), a series of vignettes that jumps from relationships between black men and white women in antebellum New Orleans, to the Kennedy assassination, to an intimate portrayal of fighting sisters. It will be preceded by her short “Afro-Chic,” which portrays a runway show of women sporting afros and natural do’s presided over by Angela Davis.

Carrie Mae Weems, "Coming Up For Air" (2003–04), video (courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, via moca.org)
Carrie Mae Weems, ‘Coming Up For Air’ (2003–04), video (courtesy the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, via moca.org)

 Joan Brown Herself

When: Opens Friday, March 11, 6–8pm
Where: CB1-G Guest Gallery (1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)

Joan Brown was an established figurative painter while still in her 20s, having shown at the Whitney Museum in 1960 when she was only 22. She felt limited by her connection with the Bay Area Figurative Movement however, and in 1965 she withdrew to her studio to reexamine her artistic path. Thereafter she produced a series of introspective paintings that reflect her complex identity as artist, mother, wife, mystic, and beyond. Joan Brown Herself presents 11 of these self-portraits painted between 1970 and 1980, many never exhibited in Los Angeles.

Joan Brown, “Woman Waiting in a Theater Lobby” (1975) (via cb1gallery.com)
Joan Brown, “Woman Waiting in a Theater Lobby” (1975) (via cb1gallery.com)

 Save the Drop

When: Opens Saturday, March 12
Where: Union Station (800 N Alameda, Downtown, Los Angeles)

As the Southland continues to weather our worst drought in over a millennium, the situation may seem hopeless, but there are still things we can do on an individual basis to conserve water. As part of the “Save the Drop” campaign launched by the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles, downtown’s historic Union Station will be hosting an installation by artist Scoli Acosta. The sculpture features rain barrels and an 865-gallon cistern that families can use to collect rainwater at their homes, taking full advantage of the brief, but powerful El Niño storms. This will be the first stop on the work’s tour, before traveling to other locations around the city.

Scoli Acosta working on his Save the Drop installation
Scoli Acosta working on his “Save the Drop” installation

Taylor Mac Covers 24 Decades of Popular Music 

When: Saturday, March 12, 8pm
Where: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Royce Hall (340 Royce Drive, Westwood, Los Angeles)

Most musical artists have one or two styles that they stick to, but not Taylor Mac. The tireless performer will cover 240 years of American music for his appropriately titled 24-Decade History of Popular Music. More than simply a musical revue, Mac’s show is a whirlwind American history lesson that reflects the wide spectrum of humanity. “Through art,” says Mac, “I try to be as masculine, feminine, ugly, beautiful, intelligent, base, chaotic, graceful, joyful, sorrowful, perfect and flawed as I am in real life.” This Saturday’s performance focusing on music of the 20th century is a shortened version of what will eventually extend to a 24-hour event. Also performing will be Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the country’s first all-female Mariachi.

Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016

Ruth Asawa, "Untitled [S.143, Hanging Five-Lobed, Multi-Layered Continuous Form within a Form]" (1996), Oxidized copper wire, 96 x 21 x 21 in. (© Estate of Ruth Asawa Estate of Ruth Asawa, courtesy Christie’s Photo: Laurence Cuneo © 2015, via hauserwirth.com)
Ruth Asawa, “Untitled [S.143, Hanging Five-Lobed, Multi-Layered Continuous Form within a Form]” (1996), oxidized copper wire, 96 x 21 x 21 in. (© Estate of Ruth Asawa Estate of Ruth Asawa, courtesy Christie’s Photo: Laurence Cuneo © 2015, via hauserwirth.com) (click to enlarge)
When: Opens Sunday, March 13, 2–6pm
Where: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel (901 East 3rd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)

The long-awaited partnership between international mega-gallery Hauser & Wirth and former MOCA curator Paul Schimmel is finally opening this weekend in a massive, historic flour mill just west of the LA River. Combining traditional gallery spaces with a research lab, educational facility, bookstore, planting garden, and a restaurant, it is sure to be a game-changer for the Los Angeles art ecosystem. Fittingly, their inaugural show is something of a milestone. Revolution in the Making is a sprawling survey covering 70 years of sculpture by female artists. Featuring almost 100 works by 34 artists, it includes iconic works by Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, and Lee Bontecou, alongside influential contemporary artists Sonia Gomes, Liz Larner, Isa Genzken, Senga Nengudi, and others.

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