LOS ANGELES — This week, a group show at Cantor Fine Art encourages you to touch the art, artists take over a downtown Art Deco building to consider what it means to be at home in LA, a new film on graffiti’s origins in New York and Philadelphia screens, and more.
Rebecca Bruno: we are inseparable there is no time
When: Tuesday, June 21 — Friday, June 24, 10am–6pm daily
Where: Honor Fraser Gallery (2622 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Culver City, California)
For her latest performance at Honor Fraser, dancer and choreographer Rebecca Bruno was inspired by an act of spiritual protest she witnessed last year in Jerusalem where women danced and prayed at the Western Wall in defiance of rabbinical authority. We are inseparable there is no time expands on this event to explore religion, confinement, gender, and sacred and profane spaces. To help realize her vision, Bruno has enlisted an interdisciplinary team of collaborators including Mak Kern, Odeya Nini, and Yann Novak to create a work that encompasses dance, sculpture, film, and sound.
Take Me Home L.A.
When: Thursday, June 23, 5–10pm
Where: Max Lofts (819 S Santee St., Downtown, Los Angeles)
Los Angeles has long been hailed as a city where people can reinvent themselves, free from the social, moral, and cultural restrictions of their hometown. Take Me Home L.A. aims to explore what it means to make a home in the midst of such a turbulent, dynamic, and diverse landscape. In conjunction with the opening of the Max Lofts in a downtown Art Deco high-rise, an array of local artists, designers, galleries, and performers will take over the building for a one-night celebration of the domestic in LA. Participants include Chimento Contemporary, Whits & Giggles, Nate Page, Chiara Ferrari, and many more.
Cameron Platter: U-SAVED-ME
When: Opens Thursday, June 23, 6–9pm
Where: Depart Foundation (9105 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, California)
A visit to Cameron Platter’s website should provide a pretty good idea of what to expect from the South African/Italian artist’s upcoming show at Depart Foundation. Modernist sculpture, low-resolution GIFs, and appropriated images blend together in a hyper-saturated stew of questionable taste. Incorporating video, sculpture, textiles, and drawings, U-SAVED-ME “draws on sources as disparate as R. Kelly, fast food, Constantin Brâncuși, historical South African artists and Arts and Crafts movements, LSD, landscape, Deepak Chopra, poetry, interracial pornography, cheese curls, advertising, therapy, psycho-collage, and consumerism.”
When: Thursday, June 23, 8pm
Where: The Theatre at Ace Hotel (929 S. Broadway, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Decades before graffiti took over the museum or a street artist was picked to create a presidential candidate’s portrait, small groups of kids with spray-paint cans pioneered what would grow to become a global art movement. A new film and accompanying book, Wall Writers, tells the story of graffiti’s origins in New York and Philadelphia in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Narrated by John Waters, the film features archival footage and photographs as well as interviews with over two dozen early graffiti writers, situating their work within the cultural and political developments of the time. Tickets available here.
Please Touch the Art
When: Opens Friday, June 24, 6–9pm
Where: Cantor Fine Art (8687 Melrose Avenue, Suite B 275, West Hollywood, California)
Art is generally meant to be seen and not touched, and recent mishaps illustrate why. Tactility is a huge part of the art-making process however, and a new exhibition aims to make it part of the viewing experience as well. Please Touch the Art is a group show featuring work by over 20 artists that is meant to be touched as well as seen. Artists include Valeria Nascimento, Laddie John Dill, UCLA’s Augmented Reality Sandbox, Emilie Gossiaux, and others.
Chinatown Design Night
When: Saturday, June 25, 5–10pm
Where: Chung King Road (Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
The 6th annual Los Angeles Design Festival draws to a close this weekend with a party in Chinatown featuring a wide range of designers, galleries, live music, and food. A small selection of participants include A.G.Geiger Fine Art Books, Coolhaus, Kartell, Exhale Unlimited, Coagula Curatorial, and many more. Free RSVP here.