A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a lecture by Shigeru Ban at LACMA; KCHUNG's annual festival at Pehrspace; a benefit party for the Tom of Finland Foundation at Faultline; and the culmination of LAND's Manifest Destiny project.
Thursday, June 18, 7:30 p.m.
Last year Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the architectural equivalent of the Nobel. It might as well have been a Nobel, because Ban's reputation is built on humanitarian efforts. His low-cost refugee shelters are now used in worldwide disaster relief, and he is renowned for using recycled and environmentally friendly materials—namely paper and cardboard—in his buildings. Ban is also a favorite of museum boards, with recent commissions including the Aspen Art Museum, the Centre Pompidou-Metz and the Nomadic Museum.
The Bing Theater at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m.
KCHUNG Radio is a Los Angeles art world staple. Mainly known as a pirate radio station broadcasting live from above a Vietnamese restaurant in Chinatown, KCHUNG is so much more than that. It's a community hub so integral to the fabric of Los Angeles that the station was curated into the Hammer Museum's MADE IN L.A. biennial in 2014. They also inaugurated KCHUNGFEST last year, a performance and music show at local experimental music venue Pehrspace. This year's lineup includes performances by Jennifer Moon, 1992 Toyota Corolla (Black), Guan Rong and more, as well as artwork by Max Maslansky, Marcos Siref, Michal Kamran, and food from Alexander's Greek Restaurant.
Pehrspace, 325 Glendale Boulevard
Sunday, June 21, 2 p.m.
From the 1950s until his death in 1991, Tom of Finland drew what amounts to a homoerotic cosmos—entire universes of beefcake cops and swollen lumberjacks fondling, groping and ultimately shtupping each other senseless. But more than that, Tom of Finland helped make it okay to be gay and sexual in the world, creating beautiful art out of a taboo subject and giving gay men a voice. The Tom of Finland Foundation continues the artist's vision, promoting erotic art from around the world and fostering a community based on inclusion and openness. They also organize shows of Tom of Finland's work, like the one at Artists Space in New York through Aug. 23. Oh, and they love to party. For the past 24 years, they've held a raucous fundraiser called Tom's Bar. Falling on "Daddy's Day" this year, the event features music and food and celebrates the launch of a new print available from art collective The Posters.
Faultline, 4216 Melrose Avenue
Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28
For over a year and a half, the Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) has been unveiling billboards across interstate highway I-10, which runs across the southern United States from sea (Jacksonville, Fla.) to shining sea (L.A.). The nonprofit founded by Shamim M. Momin has commissioned artists like John Baldessari, Zoe Crosher, Eve Fowler and Sanford Biggers to create 100 billboards that are viewable on a cross-country trip. The project is coming home next week, with billboards by Matthew Brannon being unveiled on the last leg of the I-10, which cuts straight through L.A. LAND is celebrating with an exhibition, several tours of pertinent L.A. areas (for example, a "weird" tour of historic neighborhood West Adams to see spots like cult leader Jim Jones's house and hear the little-known tale of 1910s femme fatale Maud Kafitz), a pop-up shop and party at the Ace Hotel, screenings of films by Brannon and Jeremy Shaw, panel discussions and a perfume making workshop led by Crosher and the Institute for Art and Olfaction. Check LAND's website for a full schedule.
LAND, 6820 Santa Monica Boulevard, and other various locations