A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: a screening of two films by Margo Victor at 356 Mission; a nonprofit arts organizations “meet & greet” hosted by X-TRA journal at Human Resources; a talk with Hito Steyerl at MOCA; a book signing by Alexandra Grant and Keanu Reeves at LACMA; and a screening of three films by Jennifer Reeder at REDCAT.
Friday, February 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Jean-Luc Godard quote—“All you need for a movie is a girl and a gun”—comes to mind when thinking about the work of L.A.-based artist and filmmaker Margo Victor. Her experimental 16mm films are rooted in genre cinema but render abstracted interpretations of the Western, sci-fi, spy and musical, pared down to their essentials and often performed with a feminist slant. Astronauts and Moon Phases (both 2015) are her two latest sci-fi efforts with original soundtracks by Victor and synth pioneer Patrick Gleeson. The screening will be followed by a conversation between the filmmaker and writer-critic Matias Viegener.
356 Mission, 356 South Mission Road
Friday, February 19, 8:30 p.m.
Among the characteristics that define Los Angeles’s art world is the prevalence of collaborative, artist-run and nonprofit spaces. Far from being marginalized, their activities often drive the conversation. Quarterly arts journal X-TRA has been publishing in L.A. since 1997. This Friday, they co-host, with LA Contemporary Archive and Human Resources, a meet and greet with some of the new, independent arts organizations in town. The public is invited to come hear short presentations from more than 30 organizations including upstart nonprofit gallery JOAN, independent arts radio station KCHUNG, and the online daily journal of exhibitions, Contemporary Art Daily.
Human Resources Los Angeles, 410 Cottage Home
Sunday, February 21, 3:00 p.m.
Coinciding with the opening of “Hito Steyerl: Factory of the Sun”––the U.S. premiere of the writer and filmmaker’s much lauded video installation which debuted at the German Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale––MOCA assistant curator Lanka Tattersall speaks with Steyerl about her immersive work. As part of a new series of talks at the museum titled “What is Contemporary?,” the two will discuss Steyerl’s interest in image dissemination technologies, “hyper-capitalist” economies and potential sites for collective resistance.
MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue
Sunday, February 21, 4:00 p.m.
The perpetually examined relationship between the movie industry and the art of Los Angeles lends itself to metaphors involving shadows: We think of the diminutive art world growing up in the shade of the Hollywood sign, or serving as the entertainment capital’s Jungian shadow, manifesting what must be hidden from the surface. Artist Alexandra Grant collaborated with actor Keanu Reeves on her new book of photographs, Shadows (Steidl, Gottingen, 2016). Reeves contributed text and posed as a photographic subject for Grant’s negative portraits of the star’s cast shadow. The two will be signing copies and discussing their collaboration at LACMA’s Art Catalogues book shop.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Monday, February 22, 8:30 p.m.
Chicago-based artist and filmmaker Jennifer Reeder makes pathos-laden, human-scaled narratives about the turmoil of adolescence. Drawing on forms including the TV after-school special, music videos and magical realism, her intimate portraits explore trauma and coping. REDCAT hosts the L.A. premiere of A Million Miles Away (2014), about a substitute teacher and a teen girls’ choir finding solace in the melancholy of Judas Priest. Also screening are Blood Below the Skin (2015) and Seven Songs About Thunder (2010).
REDCAT, 631 West 2nd Street