This week, a painter in Culver City explores queenly fierceness and, in Hancock Park, a school of fish swims around in black water.
5. Three rivers and a fire
Carolina Caycedo, an L.A. artist who researches the ways in which governments and communities control their water, will stage something of a ceremony at the Bowtie Parcel, just off the L.A. River, this weekend. As sun sets, performers will sit around a fire channeling the spirits of three rivers with complicated histories. One river is the Elwha in Washington, where the largest dam-removal process in U.S. history was completed, ending a century of obstruction of salmon migration. The performance will end with a blessing by a member of the Gabrielino-Tongva Native American tribe. 2800 Casitas Ave., Cypress Park; Sat., June 13, 7:30 p.m.; $10 suggested donation. (323) 522-6014, clockshop.org.
4. Cosmic Compton hip-hop
The transfixing, two-channel video that director Kahlil Joseph made to accompany Kendrick Lamar’s album good kid, m.A.A.d. City isn’t really a music video. It’s more of a free-associative experiment that accentuates the roughness and romance of Lamar’s album (at one point a guy dances through a Compton street, shirtless with a bottle of vodka in hand). It’s been playing at MOCA’s Grand Avenue space since March, which means its music has been bleeding into the main galleries. Artist-writer Duane Deterville, who has written about Joseph’s work in relation to African cosmology, will discuss Joseph’s films at the museum this week. 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Thu., June 18, 7 p.m.; free (213) 621-1745, moca.org.
3. Putting the street in street photography
The approach that artist Rose Marcus takes to photography is pretty physical. She photographs bodies out in urban environments, with buildings or street scenes behind them, and then affixes those photos, sometimes roughly, to wood or aluminum. When it works, it’s as if the sensation of flipping through snapshots someone has loaded on Facebook is colliding with the sensation of tripping over a stray plank or uneven section of sidewalk. 2276 E. 16th St., downtown; through July 11. (323) 589-1135, nightgallery.ca.
2. Ecosystem in a Jacuzzi
Installed in the narrow side galleries at Kayne Griffin Corcoran, L.A.-based Max Hooper Schneider’s show “Accidental Menagerie” is a tease. The first work is an imposing metal wall, green with black speckles. The wall has perfectly square frames lined up along its surface, in which specimens — a snakeskin or worn T-shirt — are encased, becoming inaccessible. The second sculpture is called Blackwater Jacuzzi, a pristine white hot tub in a darkened room with black water churning. If you’ve read the press release, you know there are supposed to be fish in that water. So you might stand straining for a while, thinking you’re seeing something swimming in the blackness but not really sure. 1201 S La Brea Ave., Hancock Park; through July 11. (310) 586-6886, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.
1. Rainbow witchcraft
Artist Sarah Cain’s new show of paintings at Honor Fraser is called “BOW DOWN,” a regal, confident title made playful by the all-caps (the title actually comes from Beyoncé’s song "Flawless"). That’s a fair description of the show: regally playful. Sometimes the regality is refined; other times it's colorfully despotic. There’s a painted love seat, where color drips down like graffiti onto the chairs, some careful pastel abstraction and a work called witchcraft where a broom nestled inside a painted rainbow is obscured by a red net that falls down off the frame — better to catch you with. 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City; through July 11. (310) 837-0191, honorfraser.com.
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