From the launch of a new L.A. gallery consortium website to a psychedelic art and music stream, limited-run works of video art, the virtual versions of a benefit auction, an original dance, and a month-long residential performance piece enacted in isolation, here are the nine best ways to get artful at home this weekend.

Friday, May 1:

Platform: Los Angeles, a viewing room (a.k.a. fancy website) featuring 13 Los Angeles-based galleries, will be hosted on international mega-gallery David Zwirner’s site. This is the third edition of the Platform series, which Zwirner introduced in March, with the first two editions being Platform: New York and Platform: London. Those remain on view through May 15. The galleries featured in Platform: Los Angeles are Château Shatto, Commonwealth and Council, François Ghebaly, Hannah Hoffman, Jenny’s, Kristina Kite, Night Gallery, Nonaka-Hill, O-Town House, Park View / Paul Soto, Parker Gallery, The Pit and Wilding Cran Gallery. Each gallery will feature works by a single artist — in many cases, those with planned spring exhibitions. Platform: Los Angeles will be on view from May 1 to May 29, 2020;

Tim Youd for CAM St. Louis

Tim Youd Retypes The Tunnel in 30-day performance starting May 1. Artist Tim Youd is starting a month-long virtual performance with the support of CAM St. Louis. Every day through May 31, he will be retyping William Gass’s novel The Tunnel — not from the author’s historical site-specificity point of view for which Youd’s work is known, but rather from his garage in Los Angeles. He’ll be livestreaming his performance daily from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. PDT on YouTube for the whole month, and every Friday at 11 a.m., Youd will also speak with a guest and perform for an hour on Instagram Live through the CAM St. Louis account.

Julie Weitz, Touch Museum installation view (Photo by Joshua White)

In 2015-16, L.A.-based artist Julie Weitz envisioned a world in which physical contact would become obsolete, and perversely replaced by virtual touch simulated through the screen. Her immersive video installation Touch Museum combined multiple videos, an original soundscape by L.A.-based composer Deru and a YouTube channel featuring videos that examined the perceptual phenomenon known as ASMR. FEMMEBIT hosts a conversation on Touch Museum featuring Julie Weitz & Andrew Berardini; Sharsten Plenge and Kate Parsons will discuss and screen the video installation. Friday, May 1, 8 p.m.; register on Zoom. 

Jerrin Wagstaff, Aftermath 2 (Courtesy of anotheryearinla)

Jerrin Wagstaff: Miscellaneous Debris opens at anotheryearinla. His paintings examine the nature of visual experience in the internet era and the anxiety of responding to a torrent of information. For Wagstaff painting is an activity of response, interpretation, and physical reconstruction calling into question how or if we can interpret authenticity any longer. In this body of work, the artist draws upon images culled from news media, staged catalogs, stadium events and stills from reality TV. On view through June 30;

Lorna Simpson, Lyra night sky styled in NYC, 2020, Collage on paper (Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth)

Saturday, May 2

A virtual showing of One by Donna Sternberg Dancers, followed by a brief talk with Donna, Devavani Chatterjea (immunologist) Rosalida Medina (costume designer) and Ani Darcey (dancer). Sat., May 2, 7 p.m.; zoom link here; 

Lorna Simpson: Give Me Some Moments opens at Hauser & Wirth. The celebrated artist debuts a new collection of new collages building on themes central to her practice: the nature of representation, identity, gender, race, and history, which are all central to contemporary culture and American life today. Sat., May 2;

Will Boone at David Kordansky, installation view

Will Boone’s Sweet Perfume screens on the David Kordansky site; Boone’s current exhibition features a series of paintings Boone calls “Arterials,” referring both to their lurid, blood-red hue and their evocation of the blacktop linearity of highways. These paintings function on numerous semantic levels, taking their place in the constellation of typologies and different working methodologies that characterize Boone’s overall practice. Their association with blood and highways links them to Sweet Perfume (2019), a major long-form video, which the gallery will screen for two days only this weekend. Sat.-Sun., May 2-3;

 Liz Walsh’s Supermoon 3 transmission from LAST Projects is a series of surprising, psychedelic, eclectic, music and performative visual mindbaths, beamed live (on YouTube) from the artist’s studio, in conjunction with her solo exhibition Dreams of Supermoon. Sat., May 2, 9-11 p.m.;

Johan Andersson, Frontline via Venice Art Walk auction

Sunday, May 3

Venice Family Clinic’s annual benefit auction is live May 3-19. View and bid at this pillar of arts-based philanthropy’s annual benefit auction featuring over 150 works by nationally recognized contemporary artists. Each winning bid provides vital health services to our community. Artists include John Baldessari, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Corinne Chaix, Zoe Crosher, Danny First, FriendsWithYou, Channing Hansen, Lynn Hanson, Kenny Harris, Claudy Jongstra, Toba Khedoori, Jens Lucking, T. Kelly Mason, Ed Ruscha, Analia Saban, Kim Schoenstadt, and The Haas Brothers. A series of artist talks and videos will stream throughout the run of the auction. Auction preview available HERE. 

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