Trump Supporters Rear Their Ugly Heads in a WeHo Exhibit
Celeste Dupuy-Spencer's St. Tammany Parish (2016)
Courtesy of the artist and MIER GALLERY, Los Angeles. Photo by Lee Tyler Thompson
This week, Trump supporters — racist T-shirts and all — appear in a West Hollywood exhibition, artists stage a telethon to raise funds for an old-age home, and more.
A woman with a champagne glass in hand scratches her back a few feet away from an expensive Rothko painting. Bemused and gleeful Trump supporters gather, wearing shirts with slogans such as “Blue Lives Matter.” Two girls in cotton shorts cat-fight in an alley. A guy with midcentury taste, wearing a wife-beater, leans over his MacBook, which he’s propped up beside a record player. All of these scenes and characters co-exist in Celeste Dupuy-Spencer’s show at Mier Gallery. You don’t notice at first that she’s crossing class and taste divides, since she gives all her figures the same treatment. They're all awkward and flawed. No one, not the rich art collector or the shirtless guy out back, seems more at home with him- or herself than anyone else. 1107 Greenacre Ave., West Hollywood; through May 14. (323) 498 5957, miergallery.com.
Lawrence Weiner’s text work looks suave and professional in Regen Projects’ main galleries. He’s been working with words since the 1970s, and his approach is familiar by now. “MADE TO BE AS THICK AS CAN BE” the artist has spelled out across two adjacent walls, using the all-caps vinyl lettering he’s known for. On an opposite wall: “SPREAD AS THIN AS CAN BE.” The contradiction in message is easy to miss initially, because of the installation’s confident execution. In a side gallery, which features a series of drawings in colored frames, confusion is more readily apparent. Words butt up against one another and disappear midphrase. “Yay,” “Nay” and “Not in Play” says one drawing, the letters cut off by a thin line that loops and doubles back on itself. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood; through May 7. (310) 276-5424, regenprojects.com.
Old-folks home for artists
John Burtle, Akina Cox, Niko Solorio and a few other artists launched the Eternal Telethon in 2009. They started raising money for a retirement and convalescent home for ailing and aging artists, which they say they might build near the Salton Sea. Their telethons mimic the format of those on PBS, with featured hosts and performances. In large part, that’s what the telethon does: gives artists a chance to showcase new work. They’re hosting Eternal Telethon: 55+ this weekend at Human Resources. It will last for 55 hours, include performances by 150 artists and stream live at eternaltelethon.com. 410 Cottage Home St., Chinatown; Fri., April 29, 1 p.m., through Sun., May 1, 9 p.m. eternaltelethon.com.
Uncanny road trips
A woman climbs into a convertible and begins speaking incessantly in Finnish. A man joins her, taking the driver’s seat and taping an alarm clock onto the dash. “It’s a really rotten life,” she tells him (according to subtitles that may or may not conform to her actual words). “You don’t notice me except that I am isolated by my new haircut.” They drive off; she keeps talking. So begins Alfred Leslie and Frank O’Hara’s short film The Last Clean Shirt. When it debuted in New York in 1964, audience members booed. They didn’t appreciate the woman’s gibberish or the absence of plot. It will screen this week as the first in a series of events organized at MOCA by Public Fiction's Lauren Mackler. Also screening is L.A.-based Mungo Thomson’s film, The American Desert ( for Chuck Jones) (2002), for which Thomson strung together desert backdrops from Road Runner cartoons. With no frantic characters racing through them, these landscapes look surprisingly austere. 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Thu., May 5, 6 p.m. (213) 621-1741 , moca.org.
MATALA, a nomadic art event series, was accepting submissions through last week for its video showcase about “the magical struggles and triumphs” of artists of color who identify as women. Even before the open-call ended, the event, hosted by Superchief Gallery, included 14 artists and a line-up of live performances. Suzanne Kite, an Oglala Lakota artist, will explore indigenous narratives using her own body, a sculpture and custom software. The vocal ensemble ILK, which recently debuted an experimental opera inspired by Gertrude Stein, will perform. The event should be eerie and techie. 739 Kohler St., downtown; April 29, 7 p.m. (performances at 9 p.m.); $10 donation. (718) 576-4193, facebook.com/events/654600661347311.
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