A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a performative lecture at the Broad by Martine Syms; a music performance accompanying a Dan Flavin sculpture at MOCA; an experimental concert at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive; a talk by Marie Kondo at the Aero Theatre; and a film screening and performance by the Los Angeles Free Music Society at Hyperion Tavern.
Thursday, January 21, 8:00 p.m.
The Broad's "Tip of Her Tongue" performance series, curated by Jennifer Doyle of HRLA, kicks off with Misdirected Kiss by Los Angeles-based artist Martine Syms. Syms is becoming well-known for her multivalent practice encompassing video, performance and web-based works. At the Broad she presents a performative lecture inspired by a trope of silent-film comedies, in which white male protagonists accidentally kiss their black maids instead of their white lovers. Syms explores the notion that "everybody wants to be a black woman, but nobody wants to be a black woman." This performance is currently sold out.
The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue
Thursday, January 21, 6:00 p.m.
In a yearlong series of performances organized by artists Nick Malkin and Brian Allen Simon, musicians and sound artists are paired with pieces from MOCA's permanent collection and/or galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue. For this first iteration of the performance series, Dan Flavin's towering sculpture of fluorescent lights, "monument" for V. Tatlin (1969) illuminates the transmuted electronic, rock and jazz performances of Anenon and $3.33 (a project by Celia Rae Hollander).
MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue
Saturday, January 23, 8:00 p.m.
The artist-controlled repository of ephemera, Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, is the last stop on a cross-country tour by New England-based experimentalist musicians Jake Meginsky and Bill Nace. They are joined by L.A.'s Kathleen Kim and Andrew Choate for the performance of four solo sets. Nace is best known for his guitar heavy duo with Kim Gordon, Body/Head, while Meginsky's digital concrète takes percussion to outer extremes. Violinist Kim is a member of avant-chamber quartet L.A. Fog, and Choate is a poet and sound artist who explores the aural properties of language.
LACA, 2245 East Washington Boulevard
Monday, January 25, 8:00 p.m.
Live Talks Los Angeles brings Marie Kondo, author of the runaway bestselling declutter manual The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, to the Aero Theatre for a conversation about her new book, Spark Joy. Strangely infused with philosophy, spiritual reflections and animism, her books propagate a heightened awareness of the objects around us and a reconsideration of our relationships with them.
Aero Theatre, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica
Tuesday, January 26, 10:00 p.m.
Los Angeles Free Music Society is an experimental music collective that has been evolving since 1973. In the new documentary portrait directed by Holly Thompson and Mark McNeill, members share their thoughts and methods of sound exploration. The film is followed by music all night by LAFMS including live performances by Dinosaurs With Horns, Joe Potts & Vetza and DAFT (Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford & Fredrik Nilsen Trio).
Hyperion Tavern, 1941 Hyperion Avenue