LOS ANGELES — This week, writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus shares some of her influences, 85 artists pay homage to the album cover, a multimedia presentation on the history of naturalism takes place in a converted movie theater, and more.
Loris Gréaud Book Signing
When: Tuesday, August 16, 7:30pm
Where: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Loris Gréaud’s Sculpt pieces together a series of disconnected characters, locations, and scenes to present a wholly original cinematic vision somewhere between fiction and reality, narrative and fever-dream. Beginning today, the film will be screening at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Bing Theater for only one viewer at a time. Tonight, there will be a talk on the film followed by a catalogue signing with Gréaud and Homer Flynn, spokesperson for The Residents, the mysterious and always disguised musical group who contributed the film’s score. Free tickets required.
David Hockney & Huell Howser Screening
When: Wednesday, August 17, 7pm
Where: L.A. Louver (45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, Los Angeles)
In very different ways, painter David Hockney and the late television personality Huell Howser both embody facets of California’s culture. Since the mid-60s, Hockney has depicted a kind of affluent, sun-dappled Angeleno lifestyle in his canvases. As beloved host of numerous public television programs, Howser traversed the state, exploring small towns, important but under-recognized landmarks, and natural wonders. In conjunction with its current Hockney exhibition, The Yosemite Suite, L.A. Louver will be screening two episodes of Visiting with Huell Howser, in which Howser provides an intimate look at Hockney’s practice, as well as an episode of California’s Gold focused on Yosemite National Park. Space is limited, please RSVP.
Show & Tell with Chris Kraus
When: Saturday, August 20, 7pm
Where: The Cinefamily (611 North Fairfax Avenue, Fairfax District, Los Angeles)
As a filmmaker and video artist, author of numerous books including Summer of Hate and I Love Dick, and co-editor of independent publishing house Semiotext(e), Chris Kraus has established herself as one of the most insightful cultural voices of the past few decades. As part of the upcoming Women of Cinefamily Weekend, Kraus will participate in an evening of Show & Tell, where she will be sharing her cinematic inspirations with the audience.
When: Opens Saturday, August 20, 7–11pm
Where: Gabba Gallery (3126 Beverly Blvd, Westlake, Los Angeles)
Despite the ease, cost, and ubiquity of digital music, vinyl has been experiencing a resurgence of late. Much of its appeal has to do with the way records sound: they have a warmth and depth that most streaming formats can’t replicate. The visual component plays an important role as well, and album art is a crucial part of the vinyl experience. Cratedigger features the work of 85 artists who have created cover designs for real or fictional albums, and true to their source material, each work is 12 by 12 inches.
Keep Your Shirt on While I Put on My Pants
When: Sunday, August 21, 6:30–8pm
Where: Craft & Folk Art Museum (5814 Wilshire Boulevard, Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles)
Throughout his almost 50-year career, Gronk’s work has often revolved around theatrical performance, engaging in political activism as a founding member of Chicano art collective Asco and, more recently, creating stage designs for plays and operas. His influences run the gamut as well, from Greek tragedy to low-budget horror films. In conjunction with his current exhibition at the Craft and Folk Art Museum Theater of Paint, this Sunday he will be in conversation with writer Marisela Norte about the influence of B-movies and the history of Los Angeles on their work. Space is limited, please RSVP.
When: Sunday, August 21, every half hour between 12–5:30pm
Where: Velaslavasay Panorama (1122 West 24th Street, University Park, Los Angeles)
The natural world may seem all but completely catalogued, but there was a time not so long ago when myriad wonders of nature lay still undiscovered. This Sunday, the Velaslavasay Panorama will host a lecture on the development of North American naturalism in the 19th century. Instead of being led by a distinguished academic, however, the audiovisual presentation will be given by a 35mm slide projector — the EKTAPRO 9000 — accompanied by the sounds of flora and fauna.