A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: Lucinda Childs's Available Light at the Walt Disney Concert Hall; a screening of Tongues Untied at the West Hollywood Council Chambers; films accompanying "This Sentence" at China Art Objects; and a showing of Carlos Amorales's trilogy at The Mistake Room.
Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6, 8 p.m.
Susan Sontag wrote in 1983 for A.i.A., "The visionary authority of [Lucinda] Childs's work resides, in part, in its lack of rhetoric. Her strict avoidance of cliché, and of anything that would make the work disjunctive, fragmented. The refusal of humor, self-mockery, flirtation with the audience, cult of personality." Sontag was referring to Available Light, a 55-minute work for 11 dancers, originally commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles for the opening of the Temporary Contemporary building (now the Geffen Contemporary). With music by Minimalist composer John Adams and a set by Frank Gehry, Available Light has since become something of a landmark performance. Childs is getting the band back together for a two-night staging at Gehry's Walt Disney Concert Hall. The trio will take the stage for a discussion of the piece after the first night's performance.
Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue
Saturday, June 6, 3 p.m.
Marlon Riggs's 1989 film Tongues Untied is a portrait of the gay black male experience in America. More poetry on film than documentary, the movie interweaves footage of Eddie Murphy's painfully homophobic stand-up routines with shots of voguing and interviews with men telling their stories of pride and racism. Tongues Untied attempted to express to a mainstream audience the struggles of a community that was relatively unknown at the time. The film screens in the City of West Hollywood's Council Chambers and is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art in conjunction with a group exhibition of the same name (through Sept. 13 at the Pacific Design Center, MOCA's WeHo outpost).
West Hollywood Council Chambers, 625 North San Vicente Boulevard
Saturday, June 6, 7 p.m.
"This Sentence" (through Aug. 22) is an exhibition curated by Lauren Mackler, of the nonprofit Public Fiction, at China Art Objects Galleries. The show takes as cues Merce Cunningham's Points in Space, a videodance made with the BBC in 1986, and experimental filmmaker John Smith's 1975 Associations, a wry short playing on word games. Both films screen on the evening of the show's opening. Functioning like a performance stage, the exhibition accumulates new works each week, starting with a series of small sculptures that resemble emoji lollipops by L.A. artist Becket Flannery. Subsequent artists include Gregory Kalliche, Sascha Braunig, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Emily Mast, Ryan Gander, Tamara Henderson, Pascual Sisto and Helen Marten. A robust program of videos and performances round out the exhibition.
China Art Objects Galleries, 6086 Comey Avenue
Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11, 7:30 p.m.
Since 2013, Mexico City-based artist Carlos Amorales has been creating a trio of literary short films. Amsterdam (2013) was adapted from a screenplay Amorales wrote with Argentinean writer Reinaldo Laddaga; The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden (2014) was inspired by Chilean author Roberto Bolaño's novel Estrella Distante; and El No Me Mires (The Eye-Me-Not), 2015, is based on an Inuit myth, but intertwines texts and theory by Joseph Beuys and Chilean writer Manuel Serrano. Amsterdam and The Man Who Did All Things Forbidden screen on Wednesday, and The Eye-Me-Not plays on Thursday, followed by a discussion with Amorales and Dr. Josh Kun, associate professor at USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
The Mistake Room, 1811 East 20th Street