A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in Los Angeles this week: a soul music concert in the Hammer's courtyard; the second edition of performance marathon "Step and Repeat" at MOCA; a dance intervention at Women's Center for Creative Work; a GIF festival at Coaxial; and a participatory workshop with subjective time at LACMA's Art + Technology Lab.
Thursday, July 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Hammer knows no summer is complete without a smooth soundtrack, cold beverages and a great outdoor party. This Thursday, the museum hosts the second of four free "Summer of Soul" concerts, presented in collaboration with KCRW 89.9 FM, in its courtyard. The evening kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with a happy hour cash bar and sets by station DJs Aaron Byrd and Chris Douridas. From 7:30 p.m., groove to featured acts Sam Sparro—an Australian-born crooner who is "as inspired by Jean-Paul Goude and Andy Warhol as he is by Prince and James Murphy"—and the Rebirth, a seven-member band who are "evolving the genre of soul music towards the future." The galleries stay open until 9 p.m.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Friday, July 17, 6-11 p.m.; Saturday, July 18, 6-11 p.m.; Sunday, July 19, 6-10 p.m.
Last fall MOCA's Geffen Contemporary inaugurated "Step and Repeat," a multi-medium performance festival. For its second iteration, the event "reflects the inherent fluidity of what 'performance' entails as a category." Organized by MOCAtv creative director Emma Reeves and MOCA assistant curator Lanka Tattersall, the three-night program brings together music, dance, poetry, performance art and comedy—the latter's intersection with contemporary art is, coincidentally, the special topic of A.i.A.'s summer issue. Installations in the MOCA store, food trucks and DJs round out the weekend. The Los Angeles-centric lineup includes poets Nathaniel Mackey and Harryette Mullen, psych band Wand, readings organized by the Troll Thread Tumblr, rapper and comedian Open Mike Eagle, recent New Museum Triennial artists Casey Jane Ellison and Juliana Huxtable, and many more. On Friday, don't miss comedian (and A.i.A. contributor) Kate Berlant's performance with Jibz Cameron, aka Dynasty Handbag.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue
Saturday, July 18, 7 p.m.
Dance meets private space in homeLA. In previous iterations of the performance series, participants have created choreography for residential or hybrid live-work locations around the city. For its 10th edition, homeLA dancers invade the cooperative Women's Center for Creative Work, located on the banks of the L.A. River in the Frogtown neighborhood. Featured artists include Emily Marchand, Samantha Mohr with Nikki Stewart, Soyoung Shin, Sophia Stoller, Constance Strickland, Filipa Valente and Allison Wyper. Performances start at 7 p.m., with a dance party following at 9 p.m.
Women's Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Place
Saturday, July 18, 8 p.m.
The Graphics Interchange Format (.GIF) has come a long way since the era of MySpace Blingees. In fact, you could say it's all grown up. Last week in New York, artist Faith Holland programmed a series of erotic "GIFs to Have Sex By." This weekend in L.A., the media arts salon Coaxial hosts the fourth GIF Arts Festival, complete with music and interactive pieces, with a list of more than 70 participating artists.
Coaxial Arts, 1815 South Main Street
Sunday, July 19, 1-5 p.m.
The title of Taeyoon Choi and E Roon Kang's project for LACMA's Art + Technology Lab, In Search of Personalized Time, has a Proustian ring. The artist's description of an "alternative standard of measurement that will give form to personal, intuitive, asynchronous time" invites comparisons to the dreamy reverie into which Proust's narrator plunged after savoring the famous madeleine. It also, of course, has anticapitalist overtones, with its stated aim to release participants from the strictures of the Greenwich Mean Time that regulates business and technology. Sunday's workshop at LACMA, "Circle of Movement Measurement," marks the project's conclusion. For the four-hour session, participants don personalized timekeeping devices designed by the artists to "create their own unique time" as they navigate the museum. The event wraps up with a discussion and documentation session.
LACMA, Art + Technology Lab, Avenue of the Americas Building, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard