Armed National Guardsmen march toward smoke on the horizon during the street fires of the Watts riots, Los Angeles, August 1965. Courtesy Getty Images.

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a panel discussion on art beyond its institutional framework at Various Small Fires, The Pit's one-year anniversary and launch of CARLA's second issue, East of Borneo's housewarming at the Women's Center for Creative Work, and a talk about the Watts Rebellion at the Hammer.


Thursday, August 6th, 7:30 p.m.

Panel Discussion: "Subject to Change"

Artists Andrea Fraser and Vanessa Place, along with art historian Amelia Jones and 2016 "Made In L.A." co-curator Hamza Walker, discuss the shifting roles and responsibilities of the artist, curator and critic when an artwork is received beyond the gallery context by a general public. The panel is moderated by Esther Kim Varet of Various Small Fires at the gallery's new North Highland Avenue location. The talk is organized in conjunction with VSF's current exhibition, "The Slick and the Sticky," co-curated by Place and featuring works by Fraser, Dora Budor, Jacob Kassay and others.

Various Small Fires, 812 North Highland Avenue


Saturday, August 8th, 6:00 p.m.

The Pit Anniversary Party & CARLA Magazine Launch

Since opening in 2014, artist-run venue The Pit has hosted exhibitions of emerging and mid-career L.A. artists in a former auto body shop in Glendale. Their exhibitions are paired with supplemental publications and limited-edition artist books. The Pit's one-year anniversary celebrates the opening of the desert culture-themed exhibition "When the Sun Hits" (with Miyoshi Barosh, Channing Hansen, JPW3, Jennie Jieun Lee and Erin Morrison) and the launch of CARLA (Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles) magazine's second issue. CARLA #2 features writing by L.A. locals Travis Diehl and Jonathan Griffin, among others. The event includes games on artist JPW3's craps table from his recent Night Gallery exhibition and a food project by artist Emily Marchand. 

The Pit, 918 Ruberta Avenue, Glendale


Sunday, August 9th, 12:00 p.m.

Reception &  Workshop: East of Borneo's Housewarming & Unforgetting L.A.

East of Borneo is an online magazine of contemporary art with a localist mission. The site publishes essays, profiles and historical texts, and maintains an archive of material relating to art made in Southern California. This Saturday the publication hosts an event at its new home at the Women's Center for Creative Work in Lincoln Heights. WCCW is a creative co-working space focused on projects with a feminist bent. The housewarming is followed by an iteration of East of Borneo's Unforgetting L.A., a series of Wikipedia Edit-a-thons, wherein participants collaborate to build a better online history of SoCal on the Web. Previous sessions have taken place at the Getty Research Institute, LACMA and MoCA.

Women's Center for Creative Work, 2425 Glover Place


Sunday, August 9th, 2:00 p.m.

Discussion: "The Watts Rebellion: 50 Years Later"

On the 50th anniversary of the Watts uprising, the Hammer Museum brings together three prominent historians to discuss the 1965 event, the riots of 1992 and present-day tensions around race and policing in America. Participants include Gerald Horne, author of Fire This Time: The Watts Uprising And the 1960s (Da Capo Press, 1997); Brenda E. Stevenson, author of The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots (Oxford University Press, 2013); and Johnie H. Scott, associate professor of Africana Studies at CSU Northridge. The discussion is moderated BBC and KPFK journalist, Ian Masters. 

Hammer Museum, Billy Wilder Theater, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard