LOS ANGELES — This week, two shows focus on the legendary print house Gemini G.E.L., Mira Schor unveils the second half of her epic “War Frieze,” an international design survey comes to Laguna Beach, and more.
Sculpture at Gemini G.E.L.
When: Opens Tuesday, September 6
Where: Gemini G.E.L. (8365 Melrose Avenue, Beverly Grove, Los Angeles)
Founded in 1966, Gemini Graphics Editions Limited (G.E.L.) is one of the most accomplished print houses in the world, as committed to technical precision as it is to creative exploration, constantly pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. One example of this is G.E.L.’s legacy of three-dimensional multiples, which began in 1968 with Claes Oldenburg’s “Profile Airflow.” An Invitation to Innovation presents a selection of the print house’s sculptural editions produced over the past 50 years in conjunction with artists including Jonathan Borofsky, Ann Hamilton, Ed and Nancy Kienholz, Bruce Nauman, Sophie Calle, Ken Price, and Robert Rauschenberg. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will also be exhibiting a selection of 15 print sets produced by Gemini in The Serial Impulse, opening on Sunday.
Break It Down: Art and Resistance
When: Friday, September 9, 7–10pm
Where: Human Resources (410 Cottage Home, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
Current heated debates in LA have pitted art (or galleries specifically) against activism. Break It Down: Art and Resistance aims to do just the opposite, enlisting art and artists in the struggle for social justice. The event is a benefit for Californians United for a Responsible Budget (CURB), a coalition of 70 organizations working to shift spending from incarceration towards crucial human services. In addition to an online auction on Paddle 8 that starts Wednesday, September 7th at 12pm (PT), the evening will feature artwork and performances by A.L. Steiner, Andrea Fraser, Jennifer Moon, Jibz Cameron, Kelly Akashi, Rachel Mason, Rafa Esparza, Young Joon Kwak, and many more.
Mira Schor: War Frieze & “Power” Frieze
When: Opens Saturday, September 10, 3–6pm
Where: CB1 Gallery (1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Downtown, Los Angeles)
For over 40 years, Mira Schor has combined her interest in language with an insistence on the primacy of painting, creating works that deal with politics, feminism, eroticism, and injustice. For her upcoming exhibition at CB1, she will present the second half of “War Frieze” (1991–94), a multi-canvas work created in response to the first Gulf War. At over 200 feet in length, the work has never been shown in full. Also on view will be her recent “Power Frieze,” which picks up on issues of militarism and violence that she explored 25 years earlier.
This Used to Be Mexico
When: Opens Saturday, September 10, 7–10pm
Where: Avenue 50 Studio (131 N. Avenue 50, Highland Park, Los Angeles)
The border between Mexico and the US has become one of the central issues of the 2016 presidential election season, accompanied by waves of xenophobic rhetoric. What much of the fear-mongering leaves out is that large swaths of the US used to, in fact, be Mexico. This Used to Be Mexico is a group show that presents artistic and poetic responses to this heated topic. Featured artists and poets include Lala Alcaraz, Jose Lozano, Ofelia Esparza & Rosanna Ahrens, Starr Montana, and others.
Doug Aitken: Electric Earth
When: Opens Saturday, September 10
Where: The Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) (152 North Central Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)
Few artists are able to convey the possibility and plight of our current technological moment as entrancingly as Doug Aitken. Incorporating film, sculpture, photography, installation, and events like the mobile festival Station to Station, Aitken’s immersive environments reconfigure the overlapping milieus of art, music, and media with Hollywood-style production values. Electric Earth is the Los Angeles-based artist’s first North American retrospective, presenting two decades of his work to a hometown audience.
International Design: The Bauhaus Through Modern
When: Opens Sunday, September 11, 2–4pm
Where: Peter Blake Gallery (435 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, California)
Modern design was birthed in the avant-garde movements of early-20th-century Europe; however, it took on new forms when many of those designers emigrated stateside, especially to Southern California. Surprisingly, there are few places to see examples of their work in Los Angeles outside of the auction houses or high–end showrooms. With The Tendency of the Moment, Peter Blake Gallery presents a much needed survey of international design, from the Bauhaus to mid-century modern. The exhibition will feature furniture and objects by Gerrit Rietveld, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charlotte Perriand, Richard Neutra, and Angelo Mangiarotti, among others, including important contributions from South American designers like the Brazilian Sergio Rodrigues.