A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in L.A. this week: a book launch by Hesse Press with Kate Hall and Sarah Rara at the MOCA Store; an exhibition of shifting arrangements by Nancy and Brenna Ivanhoe at the Situation Room; a performance by Erick Beltrán and Bernardo Ortíz at REDCAT; and a symposium on Gary Indiana at 356 Mission.
Thursday, October 8, 5:30 p.m.
Hesse Press is a Los Angeles-based publishing house launched last year by artists Clare Kelly and John Wiese with the intention of producing affordable monographs by emerging artists twice per year. On Thursday the MOCA store hosts a joint release party for Kate Hall's I Did But I Don't Anymore and Sarah Rara's Earth Breakup. Rara, best known for co-founding the performance collective Lucky Dragons, here pairs her Polaroid photography and poetry. Hall, a member of L.A. punk bands Mika Miko and Dunes, presents a compilation of her drawings accompanied by an essay by Audrey Wollen, the artist known for her "Sad Girl Theory" series across platforms like Instagram. Both Hall and Rara will perform at the launch event, which also will feature DJ sets by Cali Thornhill DeWitt and Yasi Salek and food by Lydia Glenn-Murray.
Saturday, October 10, 4:00 p.m.
In "A Relative Exchange" at the artist-run space the Situation Room, mother and daughter Nancy and Brenna Ivanhoe collaborate on multiple installations of the same work. Beginning Saturday, they present three different arrangements of painting, drawing, collage and sculpture one day a week for three successive weeks. These exhibitions are temporary resolutions in what is described as an ongoing exchange of ideas and materials between the pair.
The Situation Room, 2313 Norwalk Avenue
Saturday, October 10, 6:00 p.m.
"Hotel Theory," in REDCAT's gallery space, is a three-month exhibition exploring the possibilities of theory as an art form. Borrowing its title from Wayne Koestenbaum's book of the same name, the show features over 20 artists presenting mostly time-based events which address the art context's contribution to theoretical debate. In this third event of the series, Erick Beltrán and Bernardo Ortíz present a collaborative project based on the language experiments of Ludwig Wittgenstein. The project takes the form of a game in which Beltrán and Ortiz play against each other as opponents, but avoid explicit conclusions or goals.
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street
Sunday, October 11, 4:00 p.m.
In conjunction with Gary Indiana's solo exhibition of photographs and videos (Oct. 8-Nov. 15), publishing imprint Semiotext(e) presents a symposium on the iconic 65-year-old writer and artist, followed by a reading by Indiana himself. The panel features writer, artist and curator Kate Durbin; writer and Art Center Pasadena professor Bruce Hainley; writer and filmmaker Chris Kraus; Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer; and Michael Silverblatt, host of KCRW's Bookworm radio show. During the opening on Oct. 8, Indiana and musician Walter Steding will perform. On Friday Nov. 13, Bradford Nordeen of the queer experimental film platform Dirty Looks presents "A Coupla White Faggots Sitting Around Talking: Gary Indiana in Film + Video."
356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road