A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in Los Angeles: a lecture by filmmaker James Benning at the Hammer; a performance by Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper at Redling Fine Art; a discussion of Marsden Hartley by Lari Pittman and Sam Durant at LACMA; and karaoke at the USC Roski MFA Gallery.
Thursday, Oct. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Lecture: James Benning
Lately, experimental filmmaker James Benning has been constructing cabins-first, a replica of Thoreau's Walden Pond lodging and then a copy of Ted Kaczynski's Montana hideaway-on his land in central California's Sierra foothills. Writing in A.i.A. in 2012, Gregory Volk called Benning's "Two Cabins" exhibition an "elemental, contemplative and utterly apt exhibition [that] explored how the American landscape can nurture both utopian inclinations and dystopian mayhem." Benning will discuss "Two Cabins" and a career that has seen exhibitions at New York's Whitney Museum, Minneapolis's Walker Art Center and Kunsthaus Graz in Austria, where he had his first solo museum exhibition earlier this year.
The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer, 10899 Wilshire Blvd.
Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 2, 5 p.m.
Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper: Cosmo[il]logical I
There's a white square on the gallery's Web page announcing Liz Glynn and Dawn Kasper's performance-and a call to the gallery was even less helpful-so it's pretty unclear as to what exactly it will be. What is known is that Glynn (the hit of the 2012 Made in L.A. biennial) and Kasper (the hit of the 2012 Whitney Biennial), separately, are two of Los Angeles's most cherished artists and performers, Glynn for her mystical, psychological "experiences," as she calls them, often involving sculptural and performative elements, and Kasper for her musical, nomadic performances. If the title is any indication, this could be the start of an ongoing collaborative effort.
Redling Fine Art, 6757 Santa Monica Blvd.
Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7:30 p.m.
Lari Pittman and Sam Durant on Marsden Hartley and More
The beloved modernist painter Marsden Hartley spent three fruitful, inspired years (1913-15) in Berlin, and about two dozen of the resulting works-including several "Iron Cross" paintings that include symbolic references to Prussian lieutenant Karl von Freyburg, Hartley's supposed lover, who was killed in combat-are the subject of a show at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. L.A. artists Lari Pittman and Sam Durant will hold court in the galleries with LACMA senior curator Stephanie Barron and Jennifer King, the museum's curatorial fellow in modern art, to discuss Hartley's lasting legacy in relation to their own work.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Wednesday, Nov. 5, 7 p.m.
The Art of the Empty Orchestra: Creativity in a Karaoke Culture
To some, singing in public is the stuff of nightmares; to others, it's catnip. Which side you fall on may determine how much you'll enjoy this program, featuring open-mike karaoke and a roundtable discussion about karaoke's Japanese roots and its subsequent cultural proliferation. USC professors A.L. Steiner and Karen Tongson organized the sure-to-be-raucous event, with contributions from young artists such as Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Lynne Chan.
USC Roski MFA Gallery, 3001 S. Flower St.