West Hollywood and Hollywood Events and Openings
Opening day of Steve McQueen: Drumroll at West Hollywood’s MOCA Pacific Design Center. The exhibition presents a selection of works by the British artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker and focuses on the 1998 video installation Drumroll, a 2004 partial and promised gift from MOCA life trustee Blake Byrne to MOCA’s permanent collection. Organized by MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson, the exhibition also includes a selection of works from the 1998 work Barrage, McQueen’s series of fifty-six photographs of gutter barriers found along the streets of Paris. Read an Interview magazine piece on McQueen here. On view through September 21, 2014.
Nearby, SASSAS and the City of West Hollywood present sound. at the King’s Road Park Pavilion from 5-7pm. The event features a performance by cellist Charles Curtis, playing the music of Eliane Radigue and Alvin Lucier. Tickets are $12 and available online. In Hollywood, Thomas Duncan Gallery hosts an opening for Jesse Willenbring: Observation Location from 5-7pm. Exhibition on view through August 16, 2014
Groundswell: A+D 2014 Annual Gala
5900 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile) 7-11pm
A+D Architecture and Design Museum presents Groundswell, an annual gala bringing together an international collection of design leaders and creative thinkers. This year’s event celebrates local California beach communities and their function as a mecca for an inspiration to artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects. The evening includes food and drinks, a runway show with custom surfboards, boogie boards, and skateboards, as well as a silent auction. Tickets begin at $125 and are available online.
Eastside and Downtown Events and Openings
The Echo Park Film Center presents a screening of Paul Pescador’s Yellow and Turquoise at 8pm. The film examines the subject of social and physical dependence through four different storylines, and is presented as part of the Center’s ongoing New Works Salons. This series is a casual forum for the presentation and discussion of new works in film and video, with local and visiting artists introducing their work in person. The evening also includes works by Martine Syms, Eve LaFountain, and Vashti Harrison. The nearby Doll Factory, hosts TwentyWonder: A Carnival of the Mind, a celebration of Los Angeles culture through performances, music, food and more, from 6pm-12am.
In Chinatown, Human Resources presents Jeepneys OLINGLINGO: Experimental Opera and Video Installation from 8-10pm. The nearby Coagula Curatorial hosts The Queer Biennial, a group show curated by Ruben Esparza, from 7-11pm. X-TRA’s Artist’s Tag Sale, a cash only sale of items under $50, takes place at the Center for the Arts Eagle Rock from 10am-3pm. This project by Julia Sherman is presented by Project X Foundation and will have Mills & Co Meat and Provisions, Hawaiian shaved ice by Lono’s Sweet Shop, an X-TRA Special Bake Sale, and a DJ set by Andres Renteria from Dublab. Downtown at François Ghebaly, Square(s) Performances, Talks and Screenings takes place from 12-7pm. The day long event is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Square(s), a group show focusing on public meeting places, and on view through July 12, 2014.
Artists’ Books and Cookies III
Ooga Twooga/356 S. Mission Rd. (Boyle Heights) 11am-6pm
Fundación Alumnos47, ForYourArt and Ooga Booga present the third iteration of Artists’ Books and Cookies, an event series devoted to artists’ books and encouraging the collection of and community around them. This year’s two-day event features an exhibition of artist-made books and conversations around independent artist publishing, accompanied by cookies from SQIRL and programs with The Art Book Review, Fundación Alumnos47, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Moisés Cosio, Nikki Darling, Brian Kennon, Monica Majoli, and John Tain. Guests can also see the space’s current exhibitions by Alex Katz and Trevor Shimizu at The Vanity East. For information on previous iterations visit Artists’ Books & Cookies and Artists’ Books and Cookies II. This free event continues on Sunday, June 29 with a mimosa social at 11am and a zine swap from 4-6pm.
Joan Quinn Captured Events
The Brand Library and Art Center (Glendale) 7-10pm
Opening reception for Joan Quinn Captured, a showcase of portraits by a collection of artists Jean Michel Basquait, Shepard Fairey, Frank Gehry, Robert Graham, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Beatrice Wood and photographers Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Mathew Ralston, and Arthur Tress. Programming in conjunction with this exhibition includes a discussion with Ed Ruscha; a panel discussion, Modern Art in Los Angeles: ‘Cool School’ Oral History Ed Moses; a public discussion, Los Angeles and the Contemporary Art Dawn; and more. Click here for a full schedule of events and to reserve tickets. Exhibition on view through August 1, 2014.