A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a screening of films by Sharon Lockhart and Tacita Dean presented by L.A. Filmforum; an artist talk by Liz Glynn at LACMA; a panel discussion for the exhibition "Sibling Rivalries" at the Torrance Museum of Art; a tribute to David Bowie at the Echoplex; and the West Coast premiere of Lewis Klahr's latest film at REDCAT.
Thursday, January 14, 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Filmforum at MOCA presents a pair of films programmed by artist and filmmaker Madison Brookshire. Sharon Lockhart's Goshogaoka (1997) consists of six still, 10-minute takes on 16mm stock of a suburban Japanese middle school girls' basketball team as they run through their exercise routines and drills. The film functions as documentary, choreography and visual ethnography at once. Lockhart will be present to introduce and discuss the film. Tacita Dean's Merce Cunningham. First Performance of STILLNESS (In Three Movements) to John Cage's Composition 4'33" with Trevor Carlson, New York City, 28 April 2007 (2007) is a single-screen version of what became a six-film installation documenting the choreographer performing his accompaniment to his late partner's silent sonata. "In documenting this performance," Brookshire writes, "Dean also creates a moving portrait of an artist near the end of his career."
MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue
Friday, January 15, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn's suite of eight bronze sculptures, The Myth of Singularity (2014), is currently installed at various locations throughout the LACMA campus. Cast from plaster props made during a 2013 performance in LACMA's sculpture garden, they are inspired by research into the large-scale sculptures of Rodin, Calder, Serra, Smith and Judd in the museum's collection. Glynn will discuss her process of creating the sculptures over two consecutive days assisted by 10 artists—a collaborative process that in art history is often later regarded as a singular act of genius.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Saturday, January 16, 4:00 p.m.
Preceding the opening of "Sibling Rivalries," an exhibition of work by 14 New York-based artists and 14 Los Angeles-based artists, curators Max Presneill and Ashley Garrett will moderate a panel discussion with the participating artists. The curators approached emerging art spaces in New York to nominate the New York-based artists, who each chose a Los Angeles-based artist to exhibit in the show. The pairings include Tracy Thomason with Harry Dodge, C. Michael Norton with Tim Hawkinson, Leah Dixon with Barnett Cohen, and Tatiana Kronberg with Dwyer Kilcollin.
TAM, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
Sunday, January 17, 9:00 p.m.
For the past six years, revered weekly club night Part Time Punks has celebrated David Bowie's birthday with a tribute night every January. Sunday's party was already scheduled before news of the Thin White Duke's passing surfaced on Monday. With the evening exclusively dedicated to Bowie's 50-year back catalogue, a better celebration of the artist's life in music would be hard to find. Andy Rourke of The Smiths (who also happens to have a birthday on Sunday) returns as guest DJ.
The Echoplex, 1154 Glendale Boulevard
Monday, January 18, 8:30 p.m.
Last month's world premiere of Los Angeles-based filmmaker Lewis Klahr's Sixty Six (2002-15) at MoMA met with critical acclaim; Manohla Dargis of the New York Times named it among the finest cinematic achievements of the year. REDCAT hosts the West Coast unveiling of the collagist's 90-minute opus of hand-cut midcentury magazine fragments animated into elliptical narratives combining Greek mythology with 1960s Pop and L.A. noir. Lewis Klahr will be present for the screening.
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street