Brian Weil: Transvestite Safe-Sex Outreach Worker, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 1987, gelatin silver print. Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, On extended loan from Kenneth C. Weil.

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: a talk between Sam Durant and Charles Gaines at the Hammer; a book signing by Ed Templeton and Thomas Campbell; an arts festival at CalArts; and a walkthrough of the Brian Weil exhibition by Zackary Drucker at SMMoA.

 

Thursday, Apr. 2, 8 p.m.

Talk: Sam Durant & Charles Gaines

Two L.A.-based artists, whose bodies of work represent very different eras of conceptual art, take the stage at the Hammer Museum. Sam Durant makes overtly politicized sculptural installations; see, for example, his Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington D.C. (2005), a series of 30 scaled-down replicas of obelisks commemorating recorded massacres of Native Americans that he wants to move to the National Mall. Charles Gaines, with whom Durant studied at CalArts, believes that politics is implicit in any image; his early gridded series, which are the subject of a survey at the UCLA Hammer Museum (through May 24), are based on mathematics. Gaines and Durant are now both on the CalArts faculty,  so it will be interesting to hear what the younger artist has learned from his teacher.

UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.

 

Friday, Apr. 3, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. and Saturday, Apr. 4, 2 p.m. - 2 a.m.

CalArts Arts Festival

The Arts Festival at the California Institute of the Arts is a great way to check out what the students, faculty, staff and alumni of the legendary academy are up to. Set in the fields around campus over two days, the line-up includes a set from musician Julia Holter, a performance from the very cool Los Angeles Department of Weather Modification, and tons of other performances, student films, workshops, installations, food and fun stuff. Best of all, it's free.

CalArts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia

 

Saturday, Apr. 4, 4 - 6 p.m.

Book Signing: Ed Templeton and Thomas Campbell

Ed Templeton and Thomas Campbell were both born out of the skate-surf scene of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, and involved in Aaron Rose's Alleged Gallery in New York. Later they both showed at Roberts & Tilton Gallery in Los Angeles, and now, both have new photography books being published. So it only makes sense that the two friends sign them together at Arcana. Templeton's book, Wayward Cognitions, is culled from his archives-over 20 years of work-from which he was looking for moments of "visual vignettes," anti-thematic in-between moments. Campbell's book, Seeing Fatima's Eyes: Surf, Life, Stuff, Morocco, on the other hand, emerges from his days of holed up on the North African coast, producing paintings. The artists, given their reputations in the skate world, will draw a large crowd, so arrive early.

Arcana: Books on the Arts, 8675 Washington Blvd.

 

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 7:30 p.m.

Walkthrough: Zackary Drucker on Brian Weil

On view at SMMoA through Apr. 18, "Brian Weil 1979-1995: Being in the World" is a retrospective of the overlooked photographer's powerful works. He took out ads in the Village Voice to find subjects for his series "Sex," which explores bondage and bestiality; he followed the Miami Police to shoot violent crime scenes for the series "Miami Crime"; he photographed friends with HIV and AIDS in New York from the mid-1980s to the early ‘90s; and he documented the gender transformation of a Special Ops military vet. Zackary Drucker, an L.A.-based filmmaker and artist who has gained prominence lately as the associate producer on Amazon's television series Transparent, will lead a walkthrough of the exhibition.

Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station Arts Center, Building G1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica