A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a performance of wound-licking dogs at Baik Art; a screening of reconstructed Bauhaus dances at Otis College; a program of early Phill Niblock films presented by Los Angeles Filmforum; a conversation between Barbara Kasten and Martine Syms at 356 Mission; and a lecture by A.L. Steiner at Women’s Center for Creative Work.
Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m.
According to the late David Foster Wallace, “a dog’s mouth is practically a disinfectant, it’s so clean.” At Baik Art, Los Angeles-based artist Matt Wardell puts this notion to work in an experimental event at his current exhibition, “EYE-DEE-QUE (Something Like an Asclepeion).” Inspired by the ancient Greeks’ antiseptic procedures practiced in the healing temples of Asclepius, the god of medicine, participants are invited to bring wounds of all kinds and dogs of all breeds for an afternoon of healing through the power of canine saliva. The tongues of non-venomous snakes will also be onsite, as well as liability waivers for all. The event culminates with the strange and sweet pop music of Shannon Simbulan performing under the name Nonnsha.
Baik Art, 2600 South La Cienega Boulevard
Sunday, February 7, 4 p.m.
In conjunction with the group exhibition “Performing the Grid,” curated by Kate McNamara at Otis College’s Ben Maltz Gallery, participating artist Debra McCall presents her 1986 film of dances choreographed by Bauhaus associate Oskar Schlemmer (1888-1943). McCall will speak about her discovery of Schlemmer’s original notes and sketches during a research trip to East Germany and the process of reconstructing the performances with the assistance of Andreas Weininger, the last remaining performer of the Bauhaus Stage Workshop, and the support of Ise Gropius, widow of architect Walter Gropius and archivist for the Bauhaus school.
Otis Forum, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard
Monday, February 8, 7:30 p.m.
At LACE, Los Angeles Filmforum presents a selection of four early works by veteran Minimalist composer and Structuralist filmmaker Phill Niblock. Morning (1966-69), Raul (1968-69), Dog Track (1969) and T H I R (a.k.a. TEN HUNDRED INCH RADII),1972-75, each appear to be products of a fertile dialogue between Niblock and his New York contemporaries—Hollis Frampton, Michael Snow and Yvonne Rainer. This is a rare opportunity to see the seeds of what would become Niblock’s signatures of microtonal composition and abstract image-making. Niblock will be present for the screening. You can also see him perform on Friday, February 5, with avant-garde musician Carl Stone at HRLA.
LACE, 6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Wednesday, February 10, 7 p.m.
356 Mission co-presents an event organized by USC faculty members Shannon Ebner and Jennifer West: a conversation between artists Barbara Kasten and Martine Syms moderated by curator Alex Klein. Chicago-based Kasten’s expansive 50-year practice has had a well-deserved reexamination recently with a 2015 survey exhibition at the ICA Philadelphia organized by Klein. Los Angeles’ Martine Syms also spent time in Chicago while running the bookstore and exhibition space Golden Age.
356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road
Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 p.m.
Women’s Center for Creative Work and At Land’s Edge are examples of mobile and flexible artistic platforms that often join forces with other organizations to present programming. Wednesday, they jointly present a lecture by Los Angeles-based artist A.L. Steiner. Steiner’s powerful feminist works combine photography, video, installation and performance with a critical queer perspective and an eco-androgyne aesthetic. Her roles as a teacher at Bard College and Columbia University, member of music and fine art collective Chicks on Speed, and co-founder of Working Artists and the Greater Economy (W.A.G.E.), have made her a palpable influence on the L.A. art scene.
WCCW, 2425 Glover Place