A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a book launch and flagraising by Amy Howden-Chapman at metro pcs; a performance of ETHEL's Documerica at Schoenberg Hall; a book party at Ooga Booga #2; and Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle at the Hammer.
Thursday, Apr. 16, 7 p.m.
New Zealand-born artist Amy Howden-Chapman spent 2014 compiling articles about global warming, ultimately publishing them in a book called All the News I Read About Climate Change in 2014 (Distance Plan Press). As a whole, the volume provides a nuanced view of the climate change debate, and how those discussions have changed over time. In conjunction with the book launch, Howden-Chapman will raise her Flag for a 1960s Environmentalist, a fabric work in honor of journalist Rachel Carson, whose chemical industry exposé Silent Spring (1962) is credited with being the catalyst for the ban of DDT and the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The piece will hang outside the gallery for the weekend.
metro pcs, 422 Ord Street, 2nd floor, Suite D (entrance on Hill St.)
Friday, Apr. 17, 8 p.m.
Contemporary string quartet ETHEL rose to prominence with performances at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Next Wave Festival in 2005 and 2008 and a 2011 artist residency at the Park Avenue Armory. Their newest work is a collaborative piece that draws on the EPA project Documerica (1971-77), in which the government agency hired freelance photographers to shoot over 15,000 images of American landscapes, creating a sort of ecological photo album. ETHEL tapped artist Deborah Johnson to make a triptych backdrop of photographs from these archives for the event, which will include compositions by the quartet and by the American composers Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jerod Impichchaachaaha Tate and James Kimo Williams.
Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, Schoenberg Hall, 480 Charles E. Young Dr. East
Sunday, Apr. 19, 5 - 8 p.m.
Produced by the Office of Culture and Design (OCD), "a platform for projects, artists, designers and writers in the developing world, and in particular, the Philippines," this event brings tons of fun, as well as books published by OCD's imprint Hardworking Goodlooking, to the Ooga Booga #2 bookstore at 356 Mission. The party will feature a reading table, book launches, Filipino market items and readymade objects, a three-point shooting contest, a projection by Miko Revereza, Filipino food, and music by YUK, MNDSGN, and Ahnuu aka Cake Dog. According to the flyer, the party is based on triangulation—"meryenda" is the Tagalog word for the third meal of the day, and "good things come in threes!!!"
Ooga Booga #2, 356 S. Mission Rd.
Tuesday, Apr. 21 - Friday, Apr. 24, 7:30 p.m. each night
Netflix's "Daredevil" isn't for everyone—binge-watching Matthew Barney's Cremaster Cycle might be the answer for those looking for a little less narrative and a little more perplexity. At once hypnotic, glacial and bizarro, the five Cremaster films feature a tap-dancing demon, dourly smoking flight attendants, Masonic imagery, a demolition derby, Mounties in the snow—and a whole lot of confusion. You can watch them in the order in which they were filmed (numbers 4, 1, 5, 2, and 3) over the course of three days, and finish it all off with a discussion between Barney and Kenneth Reinhard, associate professor of English and comparative literature at UCLA. The program runs in advance of the sold-out West Coast premiere of Barney's newest film, River of Fundament, at UCLA's Royce Hall on April 25.
UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.