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Calendar, Archive Amra: Set the MOOD

Amra: Set the MOOD

Once the art-music group Amra’s “multisensory art show” begins at Human Resources this weekend, doors will close and no one else will be allowed in. Late entries might ruin “Set the MOOD,” which is what Amra’s show is called. There will be altars, paintings, aromas and a choir. Guests are...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Mood Music and a Hair Dryer

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including Mood Music and a Hair Dryer

A moped cover become a strange, air-filled creature, two artists pry into the neighbors' lives, and a collective makes mood music.  5. Gym scene Roland Reiss is one of those artists whose reputation for mentoring and teaching is so strong and glowing that, if you’ve been around art in L.A...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 10 Best L.A. Art Experiences of 2014

10 Best L.A. Art Experiences of 2014

In art, this has been the year of the gap — one version of the art world, a glitzy, market-driven one where youthfulness is a selling point, seems more and more distant from other art worlds. It seems distant from the real world, too. When Art Basel Miami, that annual...…
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Calendar, Archive Julie Shafer Artist Talk

Julie Shafer Artist Talk

Artist Julie Shafer drove the same Laramie, Wyoming path the two men who kidnapped then killed Matthew Sheperd took. She started outside the Fireside Lounge like they did, then stopped at the deer post where Sheperd was later found. Each time she took a photo with her pinhole camera, she...…
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Calendar, Archive Unforgetting L.A.: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at CAAM

Unforgetting L.A.: Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at CAAM

Unforgetting L.A., a project launched by the publication East of Borneo to enter more overlooked aspects of L.A. art history into Wikipedia, is convening for another edit-a-thon. This time, the event takes place at the California African American Museum, and the goal will be to write entries for artists and...…
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Calendar, Archive Supports/Surface

Supports/Surface

“Supports/Surfaces” is the name of a French group of artists working circa 1970, who were pulling apart the elements of painting, exhibiting a frame on its own or canvas with no frame. These artists feature in the current show at 356 Mission, also called “Supports/Surface.” The show is endearing, especially...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle At LACMA's Pierre Huyghe Exhibit, the Human and Animal Helpers Become Part of the Art

At LACMA's Pierre Huyghe Exhibit, the Human and Animal Helpers Become Part of the Art

A dog named Human has been living at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for the past few weeks. Multiple times a day during open hours, she wanders through French artist Pierre Huyghe's retrospective in the museum's Resnick Pavilion, and groups of visitors often follow her and her handler...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including CIA Cover-Ups and a Car Wreck

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including CIA Cover-Ups and a Car Wreck

Volunteers are writing overlooked histories into Wikipedia this week, while a group of artists in Hollywood is being intentionally opaque.  5. Heavy-hearted road trip Artist Julie Shafer drove the same Laramie, Wyoming, path taken by the two men who kidnapped and then killed Matthew Shepard. She started outside the Fireside...…
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Calendar, Archive Heinecken and Feminism

Heinecken and Feminism

When experimental photographer and long-time UCLA professor Robert Heinecken’s retrospective opened at MoMA last year, Karen Rosenberg wrote a New York Times review. The technical open-mindedness and media-savvy of Heinecken’s work impressed her, but “much of it looked, and still looks, oblivious to the advent of feminism.” What to make...…
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Calendar, Archive Andy Warhol's Empire

Andy Warhol's Empire

Andy Warhol started filming Empire, his eight-hour and five-minute slow-motion look at the Empire State building, at sunset on July 25, 1964. He continued into the next morning. Warhol never let anyone show excerpts or parts of the film -- the point was to endure the whole thing, to watch...…
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Calendar, Archive Thomas Eggerer

Thomas Eggerer

The scene in Thomas Eggerer’s 10-foot tall Heavy Harvest, the centerpiece of his small show at Richard Telles, doesn’t quite make sense. It’s an army of evenly spaced men working in a field, harvesting a crop that's invisible. The men are all white, and dressed like they’re heading out for...…
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Calendar, Archive Charles Ray

Charles Ray

Balancing precision with vulnerability has always been part of Charles Ray’s project, like in the early 1980s, when he would insert his own real human body into minimal steel forms. His newest work, the 12 ton Baled Truck at Matthew Marks, is so impressively precise that’s almost hard to remember...…
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Calendar, Archive GloMar: Axis of Information, Jason Kraus, Dashiell Manley, and Nate Page …

GloMar: Axis of Information, Jason Kraus, Dashiell Manley, and Nate Page …

When the CIA responds to a request for information by saying it can neither “confirm nor deny,” that’s called giving the Glomar response. The title stems from the CIA’s 1975 refusal to confirm or deny that it was using a ship called the Glomar Explorer to salvage a sunken Soviet...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Leaking Sink

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Leaking Sink

A baroness who made art in the 1920s holds her own alongside contemporary artists in a Hollywood group show, and a faucet drips ad nauseam downtown.   5. Taking the long view Andy Warhol started filming Empire, his eight-hour, five-minute look at the Empire State Building, at sunset on July...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Dog With a Pink Leg

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week, Including a Dog With a Pink Leg

An ambitious retrospective that includes a fair amount of wildlife opens at LACMA, and a cathedral hosts a surprisingly eerie exhibition. 5. Church art In the late 1990s, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels commissioned artist Simon Toparovsky to build a life-size bronze crucifix for its altar. Currently,...…
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Calendar, Archive Chris Kraus Lectures on Frances Scholz's Amboy

Chris Kraus Lectures on Frances Scholz's Amboy

Writer Chris Kraus appears in the film that Cologne-based artist Frances Scholz made for her exhibition at Tif Sigfrids Gallery. The film is about an artist named Amboy, who may or may not be real, and Kraus is purportedly lecturing about him. But since Kraus, like everyone else, does not...…
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Calendar, Archive Arjuna Neuman: Caesium Forest

Arjuna Neuman: Caesium Forest

In the trailer for Arjuna Neuman’s new film, Caesium Forest, you see a swat team outside a hotel room, then a Christian man in a space that looks like a slapdash club, talking about how grateful he is. Later, there will be an explosion in the hotel room and the...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle Young Artists Hope MOCA's Cameron Show Will Legitimize Art That Combines Feminism and Mysticism

Young Artists Hope MOCA's Cameron Show Will Legitimize Art That Combines Feminism and Mysticism

Last week, L.A. Times critic Christopher Knight reviewed MOCA's "Cameron: Songs for the Witch Woman," a show about the artist Marjorie Cameron, who went by just her last name and has been better known for her occult and cult-film involvement than for her art making. Her notoriety, Knight acknowledged, hinged...…
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Arts, Public Spectacle 5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Can Techno Be Church Music?

5 Artsy Things to Do in L.A. This Week: Can Techno Be Church Music?

This week, two artists react to Vegas and a writer lectures on an artist no one has ever heard of.  5. Big plants and basketballs The first work you see when you enter David Kordansky’s new Mid-City gallery are Jonas Wood's 9- to 11-foot tall paintings of single plants in...…
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Calendar, Archive A Gal Palace for Gal Palace

A Gal Palace for Gal Palace

The medieval French writer Christine de Pizan, whom feminist forerunner Simone de Beauvoir idolized, was essentially a 15th century women’s rights activist. Her Book of the City of Ladies, in which she imagines a utopian city in which women are appreciated and included, inspired the Echo Park-based Gal Palace’s workshop:...…
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