A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a performance by Alison O'Daniel on the opening night of Art Los Angeles Contemporary; a film program curated by Aily Nash at Paramount Ranch; a talk with Catherine Opie at the Hammer Museum; a lecture by curator Hamza Walker at USC; and Samara Golden's book launch at 356 Mission.
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 p.m.
Kicking off Los Angeles's art fair week, ALAC opens with a performance by artist Alison O'Daniel presented by the nonprofit JOAN. Centennial Marching Band Forwards, Backwards, Pause, Silent is a collaboration between O'Daniel and an actual marching band from Compton's Centennial High School. The band will perform through ALAC's Barker Hanger, moving backwards and forwards in formation while constructing and deconstructing their music in varying speeds. The performance is part of an ongoing project by O'Daniel titled "The Tuba Thieves," a cycle of works made in response to a series of tuba thefts that occurred in high schools across greater Los Angeles.
The Barker Hangar, 3021 Airport Avenue, Santa Monica
Saturday, January 30 & Sunday, January 31, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The upstart art fair Paramount Ranch returns for the third year running to the eponymous disused Wild West stage set. Founded by Paradise Garage artist/gallerists Liz Craft and Pentti Monkkonen with Freedman Fitzpatrick duo Alex Freedman and Robbie Fitzpatrick, the fair has come to exemplify the entertainment, energy and momentum associated with L.A.'s art scene. Of the exhibiting galleries to watch this year, New York's Grand Century presents a film program curated by Aliy Nash. Nash is co-curator of Projections, the New York Film Festival's artists' film and video program, as well as a curatorial advisor for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Her Paramount Ranch program includes work by San Francisco-based filmmaker Mary Helena Clark, Canadian filmmaker Jean-Paul Kelly, Canadian artist and writer Steve Reinke, and Brazilian artist and filmmaker Ana Vaz.
Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road, Agoura Hills
Sunday, January 31, 3:00 p.m.
With solo exhibitions at MOCA Pacific Design Center (through May 8) and the Hammer Museum (through May 22), Los Angeles-based artist/photographer Catherine Opie sits with both MOCA chief curator Helen Molesworth and Hammer chief curator Connie Butler for a conversation about her work. Catherine Opie: 700 Nimes Road—which opened at MOCA Jan. 23—presents new and recent photographs taken at the Bel-Air home of the late Elizabeth Taylor. Catherine Opie: Portraits—opening Jan. 30 at the Hammer—presents a new series of 12 portraits which draw explicitly on techniques of Old Master paintings in depictions of Opie's artist, designer and writer friends. This discussion at the Hammer will cover how these recent bodies of work extend and depart from Opie's longstanding interests in documentary photography, community and identity.
Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Tuesday, February 2, 10:00 p.m.
As part of USC's Roski Talks series, co-curator of the Hammer Museum's "Made in L.A." 2016 biennial Hamza Walker speaks about his work and career. Walker is the director of education and associate curator for the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. He received the 1999 Norton Curatorial Grant and the 2004 Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. His 2008 Renaissance Society exhibition, "Black Is, Black Ain't," took its title from Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man, and explored a shift in the rhetoric around race from an emphasis on inclusion to a moment when racial identity is both celebrated and cast aside.
USC Graduate Fine Arts Building, 3001 South Flower Street
Wednesday, February 3, 7:00 p.m.
Los Angeles-based artist Samara Golden's 2015 MoMA PS1 installation, "The Flat Side of the Knife," was a tour de force of perceptual trickery. Filling the double height of PS1's duplex gallery, layered interiors, appearing in mirrors and augmented with silvery insulation board, suggested expansion in multiple directions and rooms that did not exist. On Wednesday, 356 Mission's Ooga Booga 2 bookstore hosts the launch for the show's monograph, with essays by Whitney Biennial 2017 co-curator Mia Locks and an interview with the artist by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer.
356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road