Events 2017

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Reception

Art Los Angeles Contemporary Opening Night Reception

7-9pm, Thursday

Barker Hangar
3021 Airport Avenue
Santa Monica, CA 90405


Performance

Puppies Puppies: Red Carpet

7pm, Thursday

ALAC Main Entrance
Barker Hangar

Puppies Puppies presents a series of on-site performances each day at ALAC, employing a number of readymade mascot costumes in marathon works that expose the jarring strangeness of perceiving the everyday from a radically different, or “queer”, perspective. Puppies Puppies culls from the realm of entertainment and children’s programming in his surreal and unsettling explorations into the psychological realm of the readymade. Much of his work plays in the space between lower, mass-market forms of pop culture and the elevated place of fine art, having used Minions, Snapple bottles, Voldemort and Gollum in previous presentations. Puppies Puppies is based in Los Angeles and has previously shown work at the 2016 Berlin Biennial, 2016 Bienal de Nicaragua and Halle für Kunst, Lüneburg, Germany. His work will be exhibited in the 2017 Whitney Biennial. His performances at ALAC are presented courtesy of Queer Thoughts.


Performance

Huang Rui: Ping Pong

7:30pm, Thursday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Beijing-based artist Huang Rui performs an on-site performance Ping Pong that references the legacy of Chinese-American cultural and diplomatic relations through the trope of the game of ping-pong, emblematic for the thawing of relations between Chairman Mao Zedong and President Richard Nixon. Alongside Ai Weiwei, Wang Keping, Li Shang and others, Rui is a founding member of the avant-garde group Stars that led to the creation of China’s contemporary art scene. He has presented work in institutions including the National Art Museum, China, the Groninger Museum, Netherlands, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York. This performance is courtesy of 10 Chancery Lane, Hong Kong.


Friday, January 27, 2017

Screening & Discussion

Pat O'Neill

11:30am, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Pat O’Neill screens and discusses two recent experimental pieces Where the Chocolate Mountains, 2015 and An Extra Wander: For Chickie, 2016 that work within the interaction between photography, installation and film. He will be joined by film historian and associate professor at Woodbury University Jennifer Peterson to discuss his recent work, the transformation of his processes from analog to digital film and the lasting impact of his work on experimental filmmaking today. Presented courtesy of Cherry and Martin.


Performance

Todd Gray: Iggy Pop Tried To Kill Me

1:30pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Todd Gray retells the story of a near-death experience while living with Jim Osterberg (aka Iggy Pop) on Wonderland Avenue in Laurel Canyon in the mid '70's. Acting as a griot, or African musician/storyteller, Gray presents his experience as part of an oral tradition, connecting a lineage of rock ‘n' roll from Hollywood to the Mississippi Delta, Chicago Blues and back into the traditional African drumming that textures his performance. Gray has worked as a photographer, performance artist and sculptor who has, amongst other roles, documented Michael Jackson and has shown work as part of the third edition of the Hammer Museum's biennial Made in LA: a, the, though, only. Gray's performance is presented courtesy of Meliksetian Briggs.


Sotheby's Institute of Art

Art in the Age of Donald Trump

3pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

The election of Donald J. Trump to President of the United States is only the most recent, and major, signal that the geopolitical and neoliberal economic order is in crisis. How are the arts, and artists, to respond? Is the solution refusal, a simple rejection of national and federal initiatives, or of politics outright? Is it activism, an insurgency played out in the streets, on Twitter, and in the media? Join artists and educators for a conversation about the new wave of global populism and what it means for art practices in the present.

Zoe Crosher, artist
Tony De Los Reyes, artist
Aaron Morse, artist
Fred Lonidier, artist and professor at UC San Diego
Christine Wang, artist


Performance

Dan Levenson: Foundational Principles of the State Art Academy, Zurich (SKZ)

4pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Dan Levenson presents a talk on the State Art Academy Zürich (SKZ), an influential, albeit fictitious, Swiss art school responsible for a late revival of a strictly modernist practice. Weaving between his own work as a painter and the legacy of the SKZ, Levenson presents a talk that explores how ideas and philosophies of art are recuperated into new work, highlighting the difficulty of being original within the context of academic, economic, and ideological structures. Levenson’s talk is presented by Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.


Sotheby's Institute Of Art

Away From The Studio: David Horvitz

5pm, Friday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Sotheby's Institute of Art presents short conversations with artists working in public and/or unconventional formats, considering the methods and means by which they work. Led by Jonathan T. D. Neil, Director, Sotheby’s Institute of Art


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sotheby's Institute Of Art

Away From The Studio: Huang Rui & Dwyer Kilcollin

11:30am, Saturday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Sotheby's Institute of Art presents short conversations with artists working in public and/or unconventional formats, considering the methods and means by which they work. Led by Kibum Kim, owner of project space Skibum MacArthur and a member of the faculty at Sotheby’s Institute of Art.

11:30am - 12:10pm - Huang Rui (with Danielle Shang)
12:20pm - 1:00pm - Dwyer Kilcollin


Screening & Conversation

Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of L.A.

1:30pm, Saturday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Rick Prelinger, founder of the Prelinger Archives, screens Lost Landscapes of L.A., a cultural history of greater Los Angeles made with footage from his vast archives. The archivist, writer, filmmaker and UC Santa Cruz professor combines excerpts from largely unseen “ephemeral” sources—home movies, and studio-produced background “process plates”—into a richly detailed socio-topographical study of cityscape and myth that casts the contemporary terrain in a new light. Founded in 1983, Prelinger Archives is among the largest repositories of its kind in the world. This event is organized by Veggie Cloud, an ongoing series of film screenings, talks and lectures organized by Kate Wolf and Courtney Stephens.


Performance

Jasmine Nyende: Lost Angles

4pm, Saturday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Inspired by found footage from her childhood, Jasmine Nyende explores technology and the self-valuing of memory through the decision to "save or delete." The play spans 10 years, from Jasmine's first social media accounts–Photobucket and Myspace–to the current virtuality she inhabits. By pulling, reworking and creating long form content based on relationships with extinct versus emerging media platforms, Lost Angles is a multilayered study in identity formation. The play focuses Los Angeles as the stage and the lost, untold stories the city forgets.


Performance

William Basinski and M. Geddes Gengras

5pm, Saturday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Experimental composers William Basinski and M. Geddes Gengras perform live at the ALAC Theatre. Basinski will perform new sound work that incorporates his use of analog and obsolete recording technologies. He is best known for his 2003 release The Disintegration Loops made from an extensive archive of tape recordings in varying stages of degradation. His work has been performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 54th Venice Biennale and the Whitney Museum of Art. Gengras is a Los Angeles-based musician known for his mastery of analog and modular synthesizers, using these and more modern methods to create novel new age meditations and sonic abstractions that openly refer to previous eras of electronic music. The performance is organized by Tim Leanse.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Screening

Daata Editions Season Two

11:30, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Daata Editions presents excerpts from Daata Editions Season Two with work by Yung Jake, Jillian Mayer and Scott Reeder in a special screening. Daata Editions is a native online platform that commissions seasonal collections of video, sound, poetry and web-based content, highlighting a new generation of artists working within new mediums.


Discussion

For All, By All

12:30pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Is art only accessible for those with enough money to buy it, or does it present a collective opportunity for expression? This panel discussion explores the tension between elitism and egalitarianism in the contemporary artworld with leading figures from non-profit spaces, foundations and institutions in Los Angeles.

Jamillah James, curator, ICA L.A.
Eric Kim, director, Human Resources, L.A.
Cascade Wilhelm, director, Wilhelm Family Foundation, Los Angeles
moderated by Keith J. Varadi, artist, writer, and curator


Sotheby's Institute of Art

L.A. Critics Panel

1:30pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Four prominent Los Angeles-based critics discuss four exhibitions currently on view in L.A., sharing their perspectives on current shows within the context of their experience as art journalists and critics.

David Pagel, critic, L.A. Times
Jonathan Griffin, editor, Frieze
Lindsay Preston Zappas, founder, CARLA
Hunter Drohojowska-Philp, contributor, ARTnews


Conversation

Roger Corman and Mary Woronov

3pm, Sunday

ALAC Theatre
Barker Hangar

Roger Corman, regarded as the “king” of the B-movie genre and known for producing well over 300 independent films, speaks alongside actress Mary Woronov, in a conversation led by Ian Birnie. Corman and Woronov will address their enduring careers and their work’s impact on art, video, and filmmaking over the past four decades. This event is sponsored by KCRW.

The discussion will be followed by a screening of Death Race 2000 (1975, 84min, Director: Paul Bartel, Producer: Roger Corman)

Roger Corman, producer and director
Mary Woronov, actress
Ian Birnie, program director of the Louisiana International Film Festival and former director of the Film Department at LACMA

This event is organized by Veggie Cloud, an ongoing series of film screenings, talks and lectures organized by Kate Wolf and Courtney Stephens.


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