Tommy Gelinas, founder and curator of the Valley Relics Museum, has accrued a staggering collection of Valley-centric artifacts, so many that he's moving to a bigger location. On Monday night, he resurrects Valley landmark the Palomino Club to raise funds and celebrate.
This weekend’s Pop Art Photo Show intends to stake out some new territory within the crowded field of art fairs and public-engagement art environments. Along the lines of the “Museum of…” cultural phenomenon, but with the weekend-only structure of an art fair, an opening-night benefit party gives way to three days of bright, bold photography and mixed-media exhibitions and special installations, with a schedule of talks and programs along the way. And because it’s L.A., expect to find a slate of celebrity, film, fashion and music homages and appearances, too.
Exhibitions range from classic pop culture artifacts such as impressive movie poster and cinema art collections focusing on Hollywood’s Golden Age, 50 years of James Bond, and the entirety of the Star Wars franchise universe; plus eclectic music icons like Dennis Morris’ Bob Marley photo archive, legends of jazz and rock, and a whole suite dedicated to the 1977 Sex Pistols.
The chic and stylish exhibition “Mad to Mod” chronicles the fashion world of the 1950s and ’60s; celebrity portraitists and editorial photographers from Milton H. Greene to Glen Wexler and Stephen Stickler (whose new book is being released at the fair as well) all get their due as the gods they are in the pantheon of pop culture; and photographer Connie Conway gives the city of Los Angeles itself center stage, in a series of urban landscapes taking in the particular beauty of “L.A. After Sunset.”
The show also debuts some intriguing new mixed-media art, such as the raw, emotional, boldly hued paintings by Mike Shinoda, best known for his work in the band Linkin Park. Aside from an installation of his original work, Shinoda will create a site-specific work on-site, which viewers are invited to complete throughout the run of the show. The weekend also unveils a striking new series in a fresh collaboration between TAZ and RISK, two of L.A.’s most exciting street-art champions.
Pop Art Photo Show, Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport, 3021 Airport Ave., Santa Monica; opening-night benefit party: Thu., Sept. 27, 6-10 p.m.; $125. Fair hours: Fri., Sept. 28, 3-9 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 29, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; $30 per day; $50 three-day pass; $175 for opening night and all weekend.
On Sept. 14, the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe opened its doors at the Irvine Spectrum Center. It's the brand's first permanent cafe concept, and offers both afternoon tea and a cocktail service in its private Bow Room.
The bicoastal group show “Visual Language” is presented simultaneously by Subliminal Projects in Los Angeles and Faction Art Projects in New York through Oct. 6. Words in art can be used to clarify or obscure, and sometimes are employed as abstract forms. But in the modern era, protest has been an emphasis.
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos,” said Frankenstein author Mary Shelley. She might have been describing her process in writing the classic novel, or she could have been coaching the 100 artists who contributed to "Frankenstein200," an exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the book’s 1818 publication, at Corey Helford Gallery through Oct. 13.
Included are works by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, as well as cult comic book artist Tom Neely and the artist Chogrin, the exhibition’s curator, who put out a worldwide call to artists to mark the occasion. “I wanted to do a mix of all the different Frankensteins over the years, a Frankenstein mashup,” he says of his own rendition of the monster sewn together from a dozen variations.
“Being from a mixed family, half-Latino, half-American, I kind of relate to Frankenstein in the way where he’s made up of different parts. I’ve always felt that way, sometimes not belonging, not knowing who you are,” Chogrin says. “I think a lot of those universal themes, artists, specifically artists of the disenfranchised, find very appealing with Frankenstein.”
Corey Helford Gallery, 571 S. Anderson St., downtown; (310) 287-2340, coreyhelfordgallerycom. Tue.-Sat., noon-6 p.m.; runs thru Oct. 13; free.
One year ago, "Slashback Video," a loving homage to the days of independently owned video rental shops, offered a peek into the past with an installation at the Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum in Magnolia Park featuring vintage VHS and Beta cassettes, mostly of the horror and B-movie variety, plus art inspired by them. This Saturday the video vault is reopened with "The Revenge of Slashback Video."