A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a talk with contemporary artists about Matthew Barney's work at MOCA; a Käthe Kollwitz biopic at LACMA; a discussion about queer families at Pieter; and a screening of Todd Haynes's Carol at the Hammer Museum followed by a director's Q&A.
Thursday, January 7, 7 p.m.
MOCA assistant curator Lanka Tattersall brings together LA-based sculptors Harry Dodge and Anna Sew Hoy to discuss "Matthew Barney: River of Fundament" (through Jan. 18). The show, coordinated at MOCA by Tattersall after traveling from Munich's Haus der Kunst, includes some 85 works related to Barney's five-hour-plus opera film River of Fundament, plus a series of bronze "Water Castings" shown for the first time. The talk will center on the technique and social context of Barney's large-scale sculptures.
Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue
Sunday, January 10, 1 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition "New Objectivity: Modern German Art in the Weimar Republic, 1919-1933" (through Jan. 18), LACMA screens Ralf Kirsten's Käthe Kollwitz: Images of a Life. The 1986 biopic, produced in East Germany, is based on unpublished letters and diary entries by Kollwitz (1867-1945), a naturalist artist who turned to radical pacifism and Expressionist draftsmanship after her son was killed in World War I. After publicly denouncing the Nazi party, Kollwitz was labeled a "degenerate" artist and forced to resign from her faculty position at the Prussian Academy of Art. She died outside Dresden at age 78, less than three weeks before the end of World War II.
LACMA Bing Theater, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Monday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.
Performance space Pieter hosts the second talk about queer families organized by the queer-feminist tir journal—an acronym that stands for theory, interviews and reviews. The first tir talk took place last summer as part of Johanna Breiding's exhibition "Epitaph for Family" at Human Resources—recently featured in Lanka Tattersall's "Best of LA, 2015" list for A.i.A. Breiding, tir founder Tyler Matthew Oder, Jennifer Moon, laub, Patrick Staff and others will guide this non-hierarchical conversation, addressing topics such as polyamory, queer partnership and the ethics of care.
Pieter, 420 West Avenue 33, Unit 10
Tuesday, January 12, 7:30 p.m.
Each year the Museum of Modern Art's film department curates "The Contenders," a screening series of outstanding pictures that are likely Oscar favorites. This month the Hammer Museum brings 10 of MoMA's selections to the West Coast, including Carol, directed by Todd Haynes. The moving film, based on Patricia Highsmith's 1952 lesbian romance novel The Price of Salt, portrays a love affair between elegant housewife Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) and bohemian ingénue Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara). Following the screening, Haynes will sit for a Q&A moderated by MoMA's chief curator of film, Rajendra Roy. Note: Advanced tickets are sold out, but on-site tickets may be available at the box office one hour before the screening. The Q&A will be streamed on the Hammer's website.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard