Amanda Kirkhuff, "Cupid"(2016), oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches (via facebook)

Amanda Kirkhuff, “Cupid” (2016), oil on canvas, 60 x 48 inches (via Facebook)

 Alternative Art Spaces Panel

When: Wednesday, November 30, 7-10pm
Where: 3307 (3307 W. Washington Boulevard, Arlington Heights, Los Angeles)

Alongside the highly visible trend of blue-chip mega-galleries cropping up throughout Los Angeles, there is also a wave of artist-run, nonprofit, and independent exhibition spaces that are redefining the city’s artistic landscape. To explore this phenomenon, the Otis Public Practice MFA program will be hosting an Alternative Arts Spaces Panel, with representatives from 3307Little House Gallery, Selecto Planta Baja,  Slanguage, and the Underground Museum, as well as Carol Cheh who has written several articles on the topic. The event is open to the public, but an RSVP is requested.

3307 Washington (via facebook)

3307 Washington (via Facebook)

Los Angeles Contemporary Archive Grand Opening

LACA Grand Opening (via facebook)

LACA Grand Opening (via Facebook)

When: Thursday, December 1, 7–10pm
Where: Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) (709 N. Hill St., Suite 104-8, Chinatown, Los Angeles)

The Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA) was founded as an archive of contemporary arts-related media, publications, and ephemera. In recognition of its accreditation as a nonprofit, and its move to a new location, LACA will be throwing a grand opening celebration this Thursday. Dozens of artists are also participating in a benefit auction for the organization. Online bidding will end Wednesday at midnight, followed by a live auction at the event.

 Making Art During Fascism

Image by Ali Liebegott (via

Image by Ali Liebegott (via

When: Saturday, December 3, 1-3pm
Where: Pieterspace (420 West Avenue 33, Suite 10, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)

During times of cultural repression, social tumult, and political unrest, artists have a unique role to play: questioning, provoking, and holding a mirror up to society. Pieterspace is hosting the first of what will become nomadic, weekly group meetings on the topic of Making Art During Fascism. The event is free, but non-monetary donations are also accepted.

Cybersecurity for Modern Hellscapes

When: Saturday, December 3, 8pm
Where: Machine Project (1200 D North Alvarado Street, Echo Park, Los Angeles)

With the various leaks, hacks, and dumps revealed during the recent presidential election, our online life is much less secure than we may think. To combat this situation, Machine Project has invited the LA Cryptoparty Crew to lead a workshop, Cybersecurity for Modern Hellscapes, that will cover how to secure emails and texts, anonymous internet browsing, and even dark web services to leak documents and transfer money.

Cybersecurity for Modern Hellscapes (via

Cybersecurity for Modern Hellscapes (via

 Day With(out) Art: Compulsive Practice

When: Sunday, December 4, 3pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Grand (250 S. Grand Avenue, Downtown, Los Angeles)

In 1989, the first Day Without Art was held in recognition of the devastating effect that the AIDS crisis has had on the arts community. This year, MOCA will be screening Compulsive Practice, an hour-long program of films by nine artists whose work confronts and reflects the way that they are affected by HIV/AIDS. Participating filmmakers include James Wentzy, Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Juanita Mohammed, Justin B. Terry-Smith, and others.

Filmmaker and COMPULSIVE PRACTICE co-curator Jean Carlomusto in her video archives preparing for Day With(out) Art 2016 (via

Filmmaker and COMPULSIVE PRACTICE co-curator Jean Carlomusto in her video archives preparing for Day With(out) Art 2016 (via

 Amanda Kirkhuff: Militant Friction

When: Closes Sunday, December 4, 6-10pm
Where: LAST Projects (6546 Hollywood Blvd, Ste 215, Hollywood, Los Angeles)

Amanda Kirkhuff’s impeccably rendered portraits draw on classical precedents to empower women who have traditionally been excluded as subjects in these kinds of images because of gender, sexuality, or race. The closing party for her show, Militant Friction, will feature a screening of Clyde Petersen’s animated film Torrey Pines, a queer, punk coming-of-age tale set in Southern California.

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Matt Stromberg

Matt Stromberg is a freelance visual arts writer based in Los Angeles. In addition to Hyperallergic, he has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, CARLA, Apollo, ARTNews, and other publications.