A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a book launch and discussion with Laura Owens and Jordan Wolfson at 356 Mission; a concert by OOIOO at the Getty Center; a screening of films by Ben Rivers at REDCAT; a discussion of the ‘90s so-called philosophy rave "Chance Event"; and a screening of Killer of Sheep at Union Station.
Thursday, December 3, 7:00 p.m.
At 365 Mission's Ooga Twooga bookstore, Laura Owens and Jordan Wolfson hold a joint book launch and discussion of their new monographs-Laura Owens (Skira Rizzoli, 2015) and California (D.A.P., 2015). Owens's survey is the first to assess the influential painter's most recent work in essays by artist Walead Beshty, dealer Gavin Brown, curator Linda Norden and Ooga Booga owner Wendy Yao. Wolfson's California was conceived as a catalogue for his 2014 exhibition at David Zwirner in New York, which featured the much talked-about animatronic sculpture (Female figure) 2014. The book became a collaboration between the artist and book designer Joseph Logan, featuring photographs by Gaea Woods and text by Wolfson himself.
356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road
Saturday, December 5, 7:30 p.m.
In a rare U.S. performance presented in conjunction with the exhibition "The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography" (on view through Feb. 21) OOIOO bring their primordial, electronic future-tribal music to the Getty Center. The all-female music group, based in Japan, has produced seven full-length albums since 1997, all riding a twisted and precarious line between pop and experimental music. Led by Boredoms drummer Yoshimi, they are known for their energetic shows full of chanting and pulsing rhythms woven into adventurous experimental rock.
The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Monday, December 7, 8:30 p.m.
London-based artist and filmmaker Ben Rivers has been heralded as one of the most singular cinematic voices working today. Straddling between documentary and fiction, Rivers's films often follow people who have separated themselves from society like hermits and loners. From hand-developed 16mm footage shot on near-antique cameras, he crafts narratives that revolve around marginal worlds. Monday at REDCAT, Rivers will present a program of new works in person.
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.
"The Chance Event: Three Days in the Desert" was a festival curated by author and filmmaker Chris Kraus in 1996. It brought together writers and theorists like Jean Baudrillard, musicians and artists like DJ Spooky and 600 other participants to Whiskey Pete's Hotel & Casino in Primm, Nevada to explore and celebrate the mystery of chance. The event was reviewed on the front page of the Los Angeles Times and broadcast on European television, described variously as "a philosophy rave" and "one of the landmark LA events of the ‘90s." As part of the program "Hotel Theory," the Gallery at REDCAT hosts a discussion with Kraus, Semiotext(e) founder Sylvère Lotringer and artist Becket Flannery, who is currently writing a book on "The Chance Event."
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street
Wednesday, December 9, 7:30 p.m.
In collaboration with the Echo Park Film Center, the Metro Art film series—featuring screenings of films about L.A. places and histories—presents Charles Burnett's Killer of Sheep (1978). A masterpiece of independent film, the movie was shot in Watts, Los Angeles for $10,000 and depicts the gritty life of a slaughterhouse worker in a series of episodic events that at times feel more documentary than fiction. Called "the nation's least-known great filmmaker" by the New York Times, Burnett will introduce the film.
Union Station Historic Ticketing Hall, 800 North Alameda Street