A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a discussion about Harald Szeemann at the Getty; taisha paggett's evereachmore at Clockshop; a gathering at INHAUS; and Dawn Kasper's Age of Anxiety at Redling Fine Art.
Thursday, May 28, 7 p.m.
It's hard to believe that the idea of the independent curator didn't really exist until Harald Szeemann branched out on his own after organizing the show "Live in Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form" at Kunsthalle Bern in 1969. The group show that included Richard Serra, Michael Heizer and Daniel Buren created reverberations felt throughout the art world and made the Swiss curator one of the biggest names in exhibition making. Three years later, he organized Documenta 5 as a 100-day occasion of performances and ephemeral events, which at the time seemed overly ambitious, but now seems prescient. Documenta 13's artistic director Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev will lead a panel, including Clocktower Productions director Alanna Heiss and artist Giuseppe Penone, in a discussion about his life and career.
The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Saturday, May 30 and Sunday May 31, 7 p.m.
Held at the Bowtie Project, a barren lot next to the L.A. River, dancer and choreographer taisha paggett's new performance will address violence against black bodies in the wake of the recent police brutality that has swept the U.S. The performance sees paggett wrestling with ideas of resistance and solidarity in collaboration with the dance company she founded, WXPT.
Clockshop at the Bowtie Project, approximately 2800 Casitas Avenue
Saturday, May 30, 9 p.m.
Billed as a gathering, artist Leonardo Bravo organizes "After Hours"—evenings of food, drink and conversation under the moniker Big City Forum. Held at INHAUS, the residence of artist Angel Chen and dealer Dermot Begley, the evening will include dinner as well as a conversation between REDCAT curator Ruth Estevez and architect Wonne Ickx, and a "performative meditation on collaboration" by artist Joey Cannizzaro.
INHAUS, 2496 St. Pierre Avenue, Altadena
Sunday, May 31, 4 p.m.
Since Dawn Kasper's exhibition "The Age of Anxiety" opened at Redling Fine Art on May 21, the artist has been "conducting a number of actions" within the gallery. Kasper comes into the space and uses props—such as a stack of wood, an old stool, musical instruments and an umbrella stuck in sand—to make sounds, moving the objects around the gallery and feeling out the space's auditory capabilities. The different gestures culminate in this performance, resulting in a recording that will play in the gallery for the duration of the show (through July 3).
Redling Fine Art, 6757 Santa Monica Boulevard