LOS ANGELES — This week, a sports-themed show opens at an Eastside arts space, a French artist unveils his project along the LA River, the performance festival Live Arts Exchange kicks off, and more.
Eat the River
When: Opens Wednesday, September 21, 6–9pm
Where: Please Do Not Enter (549 S. Olive St., Downtown, Los Angeles)
Long derided as a barren, concrete-lined trough, the LA River is now the focus of a major revitalization plan, and a popular site for artworks, from the Bowtie Project to the recent Current LA Public Art Biennial. On Wednesday, French artist Frédérick Gautier will unveil the results of his two-month investigation into the history and landscape of the LA River, “Eat the River.” As part of his residency at Please Do Not Enter, Gautier inventoried the holes, cracks, and imperfections in the man-made riverbed, creating 100 ceramic objects that reflect the interaction between the industrial and natural worlds. RSVP to 213.263.0037 or [email protected].
Live Arts Exchange
When: Thursday, September 22—Sunday, October 2
Where: Various Venues (Union Station, Automata, Bootleg Theater)
Kicking off this Thursday, Live Arts Exchange (LAX) is a 10-day celebration of innovative LA-based performance, including theater, dance, film, and opera. Taking place at three venues — Union Station, Automata, and the Bootleg Theater — offerings include the interactive sound experience Among Us, Brian Getnick’s fantastical theater piece Moonchops, a play about contemporary Iran starring noted stage and screen actor Roger Guenveur Smith titled White Rabbit Red Rabbit, and more.
When: Saturday, September 24, 8:30pm
Where: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) (631 West 2nd Street, Downtown, Los Angeles)
With a practice that encompasses filmmaking, writing, and literary theory, Trinh T. Minh-ha is one of our most insightful contemporary cultural critics. On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, she turns the camera on her homeland with her latest film, Forgetting Vietnam. With poetic grace, it explores the Vietnamese landscape and culture, looking at the significant roles played by both women and water in this country once called “the land of 10,000 springs.” Minh-ha will be present for the film’s Los Angeles premiere.
When: Opens Saturday, September 24, 8pm–midnight
Where: BBQLA (2315 Jesse St., Boyle Heights, Los Angeles)
Art and sports make for strange bedfellows, but they have more in common than one might think: both prize innate physical talent, have their own sets of superstars, and have contentious rivalries (not to mention obscene amounts of money). Tailgate at artist-run space BBQLA features three artists who celebrate the overlap of these two fields. These include Julie Henson’s eye-catching constructions that layer mass-media images, Kalen Hollomon’s witty collages, and paintings of sports heroes by Jonas Wood.
Free Cinema Screening
When: Saturday, September 24, 7–9pm
Where: Getty Center (1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles)
Emerging in the decade after WWII, the Free Cinema Movement was composed of British documentary filmmakers who focused on the raw, gritty life of the working class, which they felt had been neglected by the mainstream film industry. In conjunction with their London Calling exhibition, the Getty is recreating the influential 1956 screening that kicked off this pioneering movement. The films include “O Dreamland” (1953), a meditation on a dilapidated amusement park, “Momma Don’t Allow” (1956), which follows a group of “Teddy Boys” on a jazz club excursion, and “Together” (1955), a semi-documentary that depicts the struggle of ordinary citizens to recover amidst the rubble of post-war London. The event is free but advanced tickets are required.
Performing Figure as Form
When: Sunday, September 25, 2–6pm
Where: Ltd Los Angeles off-site (2801 Belden Drive, Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles)
The group exhibition Figure as Form features a variety of contemporary artists who engage with the history of the figure and all of its associated cultural baggage involving gender, race, and sexual identity. This Sunday, two performances will activate the domestic space where the exhibition is held. Meghan Gordon will present “some times out takes,” an ongoing interactive experience based around hospitality and hosting, while Liz Toonkel’s work-in-progress “I desire to win” features song, dance, and magic tricks, all performed by the artist’s costumed hands.