A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a reading by David Kipen at the Bowtie Project; performances by Lauren Bakst at Pieter Space; screenings of films by Elad Lassry and Sharon Lockhart at the Hammer; and a book signing with Shio Kusaka and Jonas Wood at Arcana.
Thursday, July 2, 8:15 p.m.
The former literature director of the National Endowment for the Arts, David Kipen is a formidable figure on the Los Angeles literary scene. In 2011, his Libros Schmibros lending library and bookshop, based in the working class neighborhood of Boyle Heights in East L.A., was in residence at the Hammer Museum. That same year, Libros Schmibros created a "lyrical map" of literary Los Angeles that UCLA acquired and installed permanently in the Powell Library. Kipen has also written for myriad publications and appeared on dozens of radio and TV programs. This week he reads "slightly spooky stories" under the glow of a rising full moon as the L.A. River trickles by.
Clockshop at the Bowtie Project, Approximately 2800 Casitas Avenue
Monday, July 6, 8:30 p.m.
Living Room Index and Pool, featuring dancers Lauren Bakst and Emma Geisdorf manipulating and performing calculated movements around a backdrop by sculptor Yuri Masnyj, premiered at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn this spring. Coming off that acclaimed project, Bakst presents several performances developed over the past few years, as well as a few brand new works all centered on the idea of "loops—physical, remembered and digital—in a singular body."
Pieter Space, 420 West Avenue 33, Unit 10
Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based artist Sharon Lockhart's "Goshogaoka Girls Basketball Team" series, depicting a middle school girls' b-ball team in suburban Japan, remains one of her best-known projects. These images are included in "Perfect Likeness: Photography and Composition" (through Sep. 13), a group photography show celebrating the well-constituted photographic image. More obscure is the artist's first film Goshogaoka (1997), a 16mm production comprised of six 10-minute takes of the girls performing drills and exercises. Elad Lassry is another Los Angeles-based artist recognized more for his carefully composed, humorous, sculptural still photographs than for his filmmaking. This is a shame, because his Untitled (Ghost), 2011, is a treat. The work stars several dancers in monochrome unitards directed by Lassry to re-enact "spirit" photography, the ghostly pictorial hoaxes prevalent in the late 19th and early 20th century that came along as part of early experimental manipulated photography practices.
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Wednesday, July 8, 4 p.m.
Earlier this year, Jonas Wood and Shio Kusaka—husband and wife, as well as studiomates—opened a show at Gagosian Gallery Hong Kong of paintings and drawings by Wood and pots by Kusaka. The show served to illuminate where their work intertwined: illustrations reminiscent of Wood's paintings popped up in relief on Kusaka's pots; pottery showed up in Wood's paintings. Both artists' work embraces the slightly askew. Rizzoli published a beautiful 280-page catalogue of the show, which the artists sign at Arcana.
Arcana: Books on the Arts, 410 Cottage Home Street