Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
USC (Downtown) 10am-6pm
America’s largest book festival features live bands, poetry readings, chef demos, cultural entertainment and artists creating their work on-site, as well as appearances and readings by hundreds of authors. The free event, which offers exhibitors the opportunity to sell, sample, and display books and related products, also includes a photography exhibit, film screenings followed by Q&A’s and discussion panels. Continues on Sunday, April 13th from 10am-5pm. Read an L.A. Magazine preview of the event here.
The Social Self: Selfies, Self-documentation, and Self-Portraiture
LACMA (Miracle Mile) 1pm
This half-day symposium explores the history of self-portraiture alongside new technologies, social media, and contemporary art. In the first session, scholars and technologists discuss visual and written presentations of the self with a focus on online documentation and social media. The second session offers three back-to-back conversations, in which artists including Amanda Ross-Ho engage with a scholar or cultural critic to discuss self-portraiture in the context of contemporary art and culture. The event closes with a screening of the film I Am Comic. The Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, which features numerous works of self-portraiture, provides the foundation for the event. Read an NPR piece on “selfie” being selected as Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year here.
Eleanor Antin: Passengers
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Hollywood) 6-8pm
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of drawings, photographs, and découpages by Conceptual art pioneer Eleanor Antin. Passengers is an installation that reflects recurring motifs and existential themes running through Antin’s historical narratives. This show includes a variety of rarely seen works. The accompanying catalogue includes an essay by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp. Read an Art21 interview with Antin here. On view through through May 31, 2014.
Regen Projects (Hollywood) 6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Elliott Hundley. The show, the artist’s third solo presentation at the gallery, includes paintings and bronze sculptures. The exhibition also features a series of billboard-sized collages in which characters are “depicted amidst fragmented landscapes of strokes of color and flashes of neon.” Watch a video with Hundley here. On view through May 17, 2014.