Edgar Arceneaux, Library of Black Lies, installation view at MIT List Visual Arts Center (photo by Peter Harris, via themainmuseum.org)

 Hilton Als

When: Tuesday, January 31, 7:30pm
Where: Art Center College of Design (Ahmanson Auditorium, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, California)

Hilton Als (photo by Brigitte Lacombe, via artcentermfa.net)

Hilton Als is one of our most insightful cultural critics, whose articles and essays for The New Yorker, Vibe, Village Voice, and other publications are wide-ranging in their scope, covering theater, race, gender, sexuality, and contemporary art. He has also collaborated on film scripts, curated exhibitions, and penned two award-winning books, The Women (1996) and White Girls (2013). Art Center College of Design offers a rare opportunity to see him in person when he comes to speak as part of its Graduate Seminar Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public.

 Iranian Poet Mohsen Emadi Speaks Out

When: Tuesday, January 31, 7:30–9:30pm
Where: Poetic Research Bureau (951 Chung King Road, Chinatown, Los Angeles)

Mohsen Emadi (via poeticresearch.com)

Last Friday’s travel ban on refugees, immigrants, and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries sent many of us reeling, as we flooded the airports and our Congresspeoples’ phone lines to voice our outrage. Poetic Research Bureau has organized a more intimate event, focused on just one individual whose future will be drastically affected by the ban. No Ban: An Evening of Poetry and Protest is a reading by acclaimed Iranian poet Mohsen Emadi. Currently residing in Mexico, Emadi has been in exile from Iran for the past eight years, and may not be able to reenter the United States after he leaves on Friday.

 Los Angeles Fine Print Fair

When: Saturday, February 4, 10am–6pm & Sunday, February 5, 12–6pm
Where: Bonhams & Butterfields (7601 W. Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, Los Angeles)

If you didn’t get enough art fair action last week, the Los Angeles Fine Print Fair returns for the latest installment in its 30-year run. Featuring dealers and presses from across the country, and Ireland, the only independent print fair in Southern California showcases a range of material, from 20th-century masterworks, to artist books, to the latest innovations in printmaking technology. The fair kicks off on Friday with a preview and benefit for the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Tickets for the opening event are $25 and can be purchased here.

Los Angeles Fine Print Fair (via Facebook)

 Talleres Publicos: Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia

When: Saturday, February 4, 1–3pm
Where: Pacoima City Hall (13520 Van Nuys Blvd., Pacoima, California)

Organized by Big City Forum, Talleres Publicos is a series of community-centered art events and workshops in photography, poetry, dance, design, activism, and more, held at the Pacoima City Hall. This Saturday, artist Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia will hold the first of three stencil and embroidery workshops. The LA-based, Chihuahua-born artist’s work often takes the form of intricate and vibrant weavings that have been exhibited at the Vincent Price Museum, CB1 Gallery, and the Craft and Folk Art Museum.

Talleres Publicos (via Facebook)

 The Heat is On

When: Saturday, February 4, 5–9pm
Where: Miscellaneous Press (The Brewery, 642 Moulton Avenue, Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles)

Unless you’re a die-hard climate change skeptic, most of us would agree that the world is getting warmer as a direct result of human intervention, and that it may well become uninhabitable if we don’t take immediate action. In response to these concerns, Miscellaneous Press has organized The Heat is On, a one-night exhibition featuring work by Ryan McIntosh and John Knuth. McIntosh will be exhibiting hand-painted cyanotypes created at the Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland, while Knuth’s contribution is the No Survival Guide, an artist book featuring burned, cut, and reassembled strips of thermal survival blankets and the American Flag. A portion of the profits will be donated to the Natural Resource Defense Council.

Work by Ryan McIntosh (top) and John Knuth (bottom) (via Facebook)

Edgar Arceneaux: Library of Black Lies

When: Opens Saturday, February 4, 11am–7pm
Where: The Main Museum (114 W. 4th St., Downtown, Los Angeles)

The West Coast debut of Edgar Arceneaux‘s Library of Black Lies comes at a time when the veracity of facts is being questioned, propaganda is being held up as truth, and history is being rewritten. Housed in a wooden shack-like structure, the labyrinthine installation is composed of glass, mylar, mirrors, and books from the artist’s collection covered in sugar crystals, eschewing a clear-cut narrative in favor of a more complicated vision of African-American progress.

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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.