Mutant Monkey Business
When: Opens Tuesday, November 8, 6–9pm
Where: The Lodge (1024 N. Western Avenue, Koreatown, Los Angeles)
Our long national election season may be just about over, but not before Joe Lewis has his say. The artist has created an installation based on childhood recollections of playing on the monkey bars and trips to the zoo that he sees as appropriate allegories for our contemporary political nadir. “And that’s what comes to mind when I see our elected officials behind banks of microphones, imitating each other’s body language, twitching; hostility held in check by the thinnest veneer of civility,” he writes in an artist statement. Tuesday night’s opening reception will be accompanied by a live election feed.
Bruce Conner: A Movie
When: Opens Saturday, November 12
Where: Kohn Gallery (1227 North Highland Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Bruce Conner’s 1958 short film “A Movie” may only be 12 minutes long, but is no doubt one of the most influential cinematic works of the 2oth century. The seminal, experimental found-footage film combines an assortment of unrelated scenes from newsreels, B-movies, and soft-core pornography, to create an audio-visual collage that prefigured post-modern cinema as well as music videos. Saturday marks the beginning of a two-month run of a new 4K digital restoration made from Conner’s original 16mm version.
Luchita Hurtado Mullican: Selected works, 1942–1950
When: Opens Saturday, November 12, 12-6pm
Where: Park View (836 S. Park View Street, Unit 8, Westlake, Los Angeles)
Born in Caracas nearly 100 years ago, Luchita Hurtado Mullican moved to New York as a child where she became associated with notable artists including Isamu Noguchi, Wifredo Lam, and Man Ray. She would go on to be involved in various Surrealist groups, such as Dyn in Mexico, and Dynaton in California, with her husband Lee Mullican. Artistically active for almost 80 years, Park View’s exhibition focusing on her early works is her first solo shown in decades.
Ace Gallery in Beverly Hills Closes
When: Opens Saturday, November 12, 7-11pm
Where: Ace Gallery Beverly Hills (9430 Wilshire Blvd.
Beverly Hills, California)
With a history going back 50 years, Ace Gallery has championed some of LA’s greatest artists, especially those associated with the Light and Space Movement. Although the gallery has undergone a financially tumultuous period lately, it is not economic troubles that are responsible for the closing of its Beverly Hills location (their other location will remain open), but the impending arrival of the Wilshire/Rodeo metro station. This Saturday, they’ll be bidding farewell, with an exhibition featuring some of the celebrated artists they’ve worked with over the years: Gisela Colon, Mary Corse, The Date Farmers, Robert Irwin, and Helen Pashgian to name a few.
Tracking the Contents of an Imaginary Address Book
When: Opens Saturday, November 12, 6-8pm
Where: Samuel Freeman Gallery (2639 South La Cienega Blvd, Culver City, California)
In 1965, Bob Damron published the first of his “address books,” annual listings of gay-friendly bars, restaurants, sex clubs, and bath houses throughout the US. Produced at a time when homosexuality was a crime, they provided a sense of community and security for a marginalized and criminalized population. Danny Jauregui’s Piss Elegant / Some Motorcycle attempts to recreate the book and the queer safe spaces located therein through prints, paintings, and sculpture.
When: Saturday, November 12, 12-2:30pm & Sunday, November 13, 1-5pm
Where: Hammer Museum (10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Westwood, Los Angeles)
Lara Schnitger’s Suffragette City is a two-day event comprised of a street parade, film screening, and talk exploring feminism and the struggle for women’s rights. On Saturday, she will lead a sculptural procession from the Hammer Museum through the streets of Westwood and back, followed by a performance by Miya Folick. Sunday’s program features films about the Riot Grrrl movement and early suffragist Inez Milholland, as well as a lecture on witchcraft by Amanda Yates Garcia, the Oracle of Los Angeles.