LOS ANGELES — This week the Hammer Museum hosts a retrospective of the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, the California African American Museum throws an opening party for several new exhibitions, artists transform a project space into a freaky and funky haunted house, and more.
Can’t Stop Won’t Stop!
When: Wednesday, October 19, 7–9pm
Where: California African American Museum (600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles)
To celebrate the openings of five new exhibitions, the California African American Museum is hosting Can’t Stop Won’t Stop!, an evening of art, food, and music from DJ Rashida, Joi, and DJ Lynnee Denise. Openings include Smell the Roses, a solo exhibition of work by Genevieve Gaignard, Politics, Race, and Propaganda: The Nazi Olympics, Berlin 1936, and The Ease of Fiction, which brings together four contemporary African artists living in the US. The event is free, but please RSVP.
The Stephanie Taylor Kong Boos
When: Opens Thursday, October 20, 7–9pm
Where: Schindler House (835 N Kings Road, West Hollywood, California)
Los Angeles-based artist Stephanie Taylor uses simple linguistic and rhyming connections between words as the starting points for musical pieces and works of art. Kong Boos — “Song Book” with the first and last letters switched — brings six of her songs and their accompanying sculptural installations into the historic Schindler House, rearranging them into new narratives throughout the building. Five singers and a pianist will perform the songs live at the opening at 7:30pm.
A Million More Lights: The Short Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul
When: Friday, October 21, 7:30pm & Saturday, October 22, 6:30pm
Where: Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Thai filmmaker and media artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul received international acclaim for his 2010 film Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, but has actively been making visionary, rarely seen, short films since the mid-1990s. The UCLA Film & Television Archive presents a two-night retrospective of these short works at the Hammer Museum’s Billy Wilder Theater. Each night will have a completely different program, with Weerasethakul in person on both nights.
A.G. Geiger Book Fair
When: Saturday, October 22, 11am–7pm
Where: A.G. Geiger (502 Chung King Ct., Chinatown, Los Angeles)
Since its debut in 2013, Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair has proved that Los Angeles’ audiences were hungry for beautifully produced, art-related publications. Inspired by this success, Chinatown bookseller A.G. Geiger is organizing their own art book fair, regionally focused on West Coast artists and independent publishers. Participating vendors include LACE, RAM, Puna Press, Sean Hernandez, Vacancy LA, and others.
Erika Rothenberg: House of Cards
When: Opens Saturday, October 22, 6–9pm
Where: Charlie James Gallery (969 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)
On the eve of the 1992 presidential election, Erika Rothenberg exhibited a series of 90 political greetings cards at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Twenty-five years later, she will reinstall House of Cards at Charlie James Gallery, showing the body of work for the first time in Los Angeles. With this series, Rothenberg addressed the economy, race, immigration, and morality with a biting satire that seems especially appropriate for our current political anxiety.
Ghouls Next Door
When: Saturday, October 22, 7pm –Sunday, October 23, 10pm
Where: LAST Projects (6546 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 215, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
For two days this weekend, Last Projects will present Ghouls Next Door, a haunted house built from the personal artifacts and warped minds of artists and performers Jeff Zilla and Alice Cunt. Halloween frights, adolescent horrors, and queer aesthetics will merge in this theatrical and supernatural space. Opening night performances include Forced into Femininity (Chicago), Miss Meex, and Death Became Her.