A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events in Los Angeles this week: A talk between historian Suzanne Hudson and painter Laura Owens at MOCA; an experimental music bill at LACA; a screening of Punch Drunk Love with live score at the Ace Hotel; an Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at LACMA; and the 2016 L.A. Zine Fest at The Majestic Downtown LA.
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 p.m.
MOCA began its series of talks focused on contemporaneity in art last fall with a reading from critic Hal Foster. Since then, it has featured an assortment of artists, historians, critics and curators. This week brings University of Southern California art historian Suzanne Hudson in conversation with painter and 356 Mission founder Laura Owens. Staying close to home, the pair will discuss why they find Los Angeles in this moment a particularly fertile ground for painting.
MOCA Grand Avenue, 250 South Grand Avenue
Thursday, March 3, 8:00 p.m.
The Los Angeles Contemporary Archive continues its strong experimental music programming with a live concert featuring Olympia-based punk lifer Arrington de Dionyso performing with L.A.’s Ted Byrnes on percussion. Dionyso’s music has moved towards earthy wind and handmade instruments while Byrnes’s improvisational percussion incorporates an array of found objects. Also from Olympia, Liquid Letters shares the bill with her signature electronics and Musique Concrete,the technique of using recorded sounds as raw material. L.A.-based drum and bass power duo Eloe Omoe makes unpredictable improvisational fury. The evening is rounded out by Houston’s Lucas Gorham on guitar.
Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, 2245 East Washington Boulevard
Saturday, March 5, 8:00 p.m.
Holding the dubious distinction of being essentially an Adam Sandler art house movie, Paul Thomas Anderson’s Punch-Drunk Love (2002) is a strange film with an unstable mood that died at the box office. Built on the architecture of a romantic comedy, the erratic story is stitched together with abstract interludes by the late video artist Jeremy Blake (1971-2007). It’s an odd enough concoction that you can understand the impulse to revisit it. Downtown L.A.’s Theatre at the Ace Hotel presents a screening of Punch-Drunk Love in a scoreless print which the director and Sony Pictures have specially produced to accompany a live performance of composer Jon Brion’s original score by New York’s Wordless Music Orchestra and Los Angeles’s wild Up ensemble.
Ace Hotel Los Angeles, 929 South Broadway
Sunday, March 6, 11:00 a.m.
On Sunday, LACMA loans its Art +Technology Lab and use of the Balch Art Research Library to online magazine East of Borneo for another edition of its ambitious ongoing program “Art and Feminism,” which attempts to improve the coverage of women in the arts on Wikipedia. Guests will be trained as Wikipedia editors to build new content and collaboratively rewrite the history of art to include the many overlooked female practitioners.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Sunday, March 6, 11:00 a.m.
Los Angeles’s publishing and DIY communities come together for the 5th annual L.A. Zine Fest in downtown L.A. Over 200 zines will be presented at the Majestic Downtown alongside a day of readings, panels, drink & draw events and performances. The day ends with a conversation between V. Vale, founder of the seminal punk rock publication Search & Destroy, which featured early works by William S. Burroughs, J.G. Ballard & Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and musician Alice Bag.
The Majestic Downtown LA, 650 South Spring Street