A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: Rob Pruitt’s flea market; a screening of Blade Runner at the Egyptian Theater; a reading organized by X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly and Project X Foundation at the L.A. Art Book Fair; a Masha Tupitsyn installation at the Cinefamily; and a talk by Charles Ray at the Los Angeles Times Media Center.
Friday–Sunday, February 12-14, 12 p.m.
Public art nonprofit LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and artist Rob Pruitt have invited artists including Brendan Fowler, Liz Craft, James Franco and Dean Spunt (of the band No Age) to set up tables and hawk their wares for the ninth iteration of Pruitt’s Flea Market. In the past, bargain hunters have snatched up accessories for a reptile tank from Haim Steinbach and a $20 William Wegman drawing. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a charity for the homeless of Downtown L.A.
1019 East 4th Place
Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
In 2016, Los Angeles is just three years from becoming the setting of Ridley Scott’s 1982 masterpiece. The set design—influenced by Futurist architect Antonio Sant’Elia—is populated with actual architectural landmarks, from Sumner Hunt’s Renaissance Revival Bradbury Building to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Mayan Revival Ennis House. Like all science fiction, the movie projects the anxieties of its time—namely, fear of terminal urban decay and ethnocentric economic angst—onto an unrivaled vision of the technological sublime. Seeing Blade Runner on the big screen at the Egyptian Theatre might be the best way to experience its impact.
Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Saturday, February 13, 12 p.m.
At the 4th annual L.A. Art Book Fair at MOCA Geffen, X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly and Project X Foundation present “Immaterials and Proposals,” a reading of artworks that exist only in written form. A mix of ideas, scripts and descriptions of unrealized projects, both historical and contemporary, will be read by presenters including art writer Travis Diehl, REDCAT curator Sohrab Mohebbi and artist David Gilbert.
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 North Central Avenue
Saturday, February 13, 3 p.m.
On Valentine ’s Day eve, Veggie Cloud & Penny-Ante Editions co-presented the L.A. premiere of writer and filmmaker Masha Tupitsyn’s epic Love Sounds (2015). The 4-hour soundtrack is pieced together from a vast archive of film clips constituting an index of the tropes and myths of cinematic love. Much like Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010), Tupitsyn’s montage displays a fine ear for selection and juxtaposition. She writes that Love Sounds, as a piece of aural filmmaking, “dematerializes cinema’s visual legacy and reconstitutes it as an all-tonal history of critical listening."
The Cinefamily, 611 North Fairfax Avenue
Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m.
As part of Art Center College of Design’s graduate seminar lecture series, L. A.-based sculptor Charles Ray speaks on his career,which the Los Angeles Times’s Christopher Knight called in 2007, “easily among the most important of the last twenty years.” Having cycled through phases of performance, Minimalist sculpture and installation, Ray is best known for his sculptures that alter or refashion familiar objects, like the 12-by-47-foot replica of a toy fire truck he “parked” in front of the Whitney Museum for the 1993 biennial. More recently, his monument Huck and Jim (2014), commissioned by the Whitney, caused a stir when the museum refused to show it on account of its depiction of the Mark Twain characters posed beside each other in the nude.
Los Angeles Times Media Center, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena