A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: a multimedia dance performance based on a South Korean melodrama by Hyo Jin Kim/Hyung Su Kim at REDCAT; new dance works by Yvonne Rainer at the Getty; a sign-spinning performance by Doug Aitken at Regen Projects; and a soap-making workshop with Lisa Anne Auerbach at the Gamble House.
Thursday, Oct. 2-Saturday, Oct. 4, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m.
Hyo Jin Kim/Hyung Su Kim: Madame Freedom
Jayu buin (Madame Freedom) is a classic 1956 South Korean melodramatic film depicting a couple's extramarital affairs and their consequences. Hyo Jin Kim/Hyung Su Kim, a Seoul-based dance and visual art duo who debuted this work at the Edinburgh International Festival last year, have updated the story to include the last half-century of Korean feminist struggles. Footage from the film and other archival imagery of Korean culture will be projected onto three towering screens that serve as the set.
REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St.
Friday, Oct. 3 and Saturday, Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Yvonne Rainer: Two Works
Yvonne Rainer is easily one of the most influential artists of the last 50 years, having helped link the worlds of dance and visual art through her minimalist choreography. Writing in A.i.A. in 1986, Robert Storr asserted that she had produced "one of the most complex and challenging statements about the crisis of the avant-garde yet to have emerged from the current wave of left-leaning postmodernist art." Now 79, Rainer has a survey at the Getty Research Institute Galleries called "Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films" (through Oct. 12). Rainer presents two new pieces, Assisted Living: Do You Have Any Money? (2013) and The Concept of Dust, or How do you look when there's nothing left to move? (2014), the latter a work-in-progress commissioned by the Getty and Performa. Both works deal with the socioeconomic realities of aging and death, but with a humorous touch.
The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Dr.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 4-8 p.m.
Doug Aitken Performance and Book Signing
Doug Aitken has worked with vernacular American performance before-when the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles invited him to organize its 2010 fundraising gala, Aitken brought in farm auctioneers and a cattle whipper. On a stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard near blue-chip gallery Regen Projects, Aitken is directing a performance employing the unique Angeleno phenomenon of roadside sign spinning-usually done by talented young people who flip and twirl arrow-shaped signs that direct drivers to advertisers' businesses. Organizers are playing it close to the vest as to what exactly the afternoon will entail, but based on Aitken's history of culling excitement from such artisanship, it's sure to be astounding. Afterward, Aitken will sign his 2014 monograph, 100 YRS, at Regen, where his latest show, "Still Life," is on view (through Oct. 11).
Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Blvd.
Saturday, Oct. 4, 2-5 p.m.
Soap Making Workshop with Lisa Anne Auerbach
Architect brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene built Pasadena's Gamble House in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble (of Procter & Gamble); the ultimate bungalow came to be called "The House that Soap Built." Lisa Anne Auerbach, who was included in this year's Whitney Biennial and who has a show open at Gavlak Gallery (through Oct. 18), is known for her craft-influenced work-her slogan-covered knit sweaters in particular-so it's only natural for her to teach a class in cold process soap-making, from which participants will take home their own citrus soap. Echo Park non-profit arts organization Machine Project commissioned the workshop as part of the Pasadena Arts Council's two-week art-and-science focused AxS Festival (through Oct. 5).
The Machine Project Field Guide to the Gamble House, 4 Westmoreland Pl., Pasadena