A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: an appearance by Jiraiya at the Tom of Finland Foundation; a pop-up porn theater at Machine Project; a screening of Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists at the Armory Center for the Arts; and an opportunity to check out John Craig Freeman's augmented reality at LACMA.
Thursday, Mar. 19, 7 p.m.
Jiraiya is a cult Japanese erotic artist who makes detailed cartoons of jovial, muscular gay men hanging out with each other, reclining with dogs and eating. He may be mysterious (he doesn't allow photographs of himself), but he's not a secret: one of his illustrated men-a beefy, happy swimmer-was recently featured on the cover of Massive: Gay Erotic Manga and the Men Who Make It, recently released by Fantagraphics. Thus he's a perfect fit for the Tom of Finland Foundation, where he will give a visual presentation of his career, sign items, and sell merch.
Tom of Finland Foundation, 1421 Laveta Ter.
Friday, Mar. 20, 11:59 p.m.-Saturday, Mar. 21, 11:59 p.m.
Way before the Internet and widespread use of the VCR, theaters were the only place to see a porno. Clara Lopez and Bradford Nordeen, the organizers of "Dirty Looks: Los Angeles"-a series of public events happening across L.A. that considers queer history as a way of understanding its place in the present-are channeling that pre-1980s era, creating a 24-hour pop-up porn theater called "Sesión Continua" that will screen gay and lesbian vintage classics and experimental films. The pop-up won't have a schedule, so you're welcome to slither in and out at any time like an old-school letch.
Machine Project, 1200-D N. Alvarado St.
Saturday, Mar. 21, 7 p.m.
Nowadays, the Hairy Who is regarded as a legitimate art movement, its colorful abstract Pop Art considered some of the most influential work to come out of Chicago. But the group, which came out of the Hyde Park Art Center in the late '60s, faced considerable criticism during its heyday. The local art community especially regarded the Hairy Who artists, and their counterparts in the Chicago Imagists group, to be too lowbrow. Pentimenti Productions throws a microscope on this period in a new documentary, which will be shown in conjunction with a three-person show at the Armory Center for the Arts through Mar. 22, titled "The Making of Personal Theory: Mysticism and Metaphysics in the Work of Sara Kathryn Arledge, Charles Irvin, and Jim Shaw."
Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond St., Pasadena
Sunday, Mar. 22, 4 p.m.
Last year, John Craig Freeman was awarded a LACMA Art+Technology grant. Now he offers the public a chance to check out what he's been working on. The artist has been walking around Los Angeles interviewing people about "things that they've lost"-from Hello Kitty dolls to their keys to their health-then translating the objects to 3-D renderings and inputting those renderings into an augmented reality. Viewers can access these objects on an iPad or iPhone in the place where Freeman originally interviewed his subjects, thus creating a sort of scavenger hunt around L.A. Freeman and his associates have sited some of the objects on the LACMA campus, and on Sunday will lend iPads to the audience, who will be able to wander around and check out the work in progress.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.