SATURDAY, MAY 3
Symposium: Mike Kelley in Los Angeles
Janm Tateuchi Democracy Forum (Downtown) 11:30am
This day-long symposium explores the mutual influence and impact of Mike Kelley and Los Angeles artists, organizations, and spaces over Kelley’s more than thirty years working in the city. Two panel discussions explore how the city received and influenced Mike Kelley during his early years in L.A. and examine how shifting local and international forces impacted his work. The symposium features artists, art historians, critics, and curators including George Baker, Diedrich Diederichsen, Paul McCarthy, John Miller, Jim Shaw, Joy Silverman, Howard Singerman, and Mary Clare Stevens, and is moderated by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and MOCA Curator Bennett Simpson.
Mark Ryden: The Gay 90s
Michael Kohn Gallery (Hollywood) 12-6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Pop-Surrealist artist Mark Ryden. The Gay 90s, includes paintings, works on paper, installations, and sculpture, all of which explore clichéd 1890s Americana nostalgia via neo-classical painting. This show is the inaugural exhibition at Michael Kohn’s new 12,000 foot gallery space. Designed by Malibu-based architect Lester Tobias, the building features 22-foot ceilings, a wall-spanning glass window along Highland Avenue, and extensive skylights. Read a 2003 Juxtapoz profile on Ryden here. The Gay 90s is on view through June 28, 2014.
Hannah Hoffman Gallery (Hollywood) 3-6pm
Opening of an exhibition by New York-based artist Rey Akdogan. This show continues Akdogan’s work with plastics, lighting gels, correction filters, Cinefoils, light diffusers, and other commercial packaging. These pieces explore the use of the vernacular and its influence on the perceptual, spatial, and material. On view through June 21, 2014.
Joshua Decter Discussion and LA book launch of Art is a Problem
LA><ART (Culver City) 3-4:30pm
New York-based writer, curator, and art historian Joshua Decter discusses his new book, Art is a Problem: Selected Criticism, Essays, Interviews and Curatorial Projects (1986-2012). This work examines contemporary art in its various ideological, public, discursive, and social contexts and recognizes the notion that art is intrinsically a problem. Decter has contributed to publications including Artforum, Afterall, Texte zur Kunst, Flash Art, The Exhibitionist, and Mousse and has curated exhibitions at institutions including MoMA PS1, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Read a Guernica interview with Decter here, and RSVP for this free event at email@example.com.
Nathan Mabry: GOODGOD
Cherry and Martin (Culver City) 4-7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Mabry. GOODGOD serves as an exploration of ancient signs and symbols combined with references to popular culture, spiritual, and mythological belief systems, and art history. The show includes large-scale sculptures and smaller, wall-bound sculptures. Read a KCET profile on Mabry by Shana Nys Dambrot here. On view through June 28, 2014.
Renée Petropoulos: Proposal for a Pavilion 2014
LAMOA (Eagle Rock) 4-7pm
The Los Angeles Museum Of Art presents Proposal for a Pavilion 2014, an exhibition by Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Renée Petropoulos that features a musical collaboration with Greg Lenczycki. The LAMOA is a 13 foot structure located in Alice Könitz’s backyard. Read a T Magazine profile on the space here. On view through June 30, 2014.
Paul Winstanley: Art School
1301PE (Miracle Mile) 6-8pm
Opening of an exhibition by British painter Paul Winstanley. The paintings in Art School are inspired by a series of photographs Winstanley took of vacant art studios throughout England, Scotland, and Wales. These works continue Winstanley’s three decade exploration of vacant spaces, the commonplace, the dystopic, and painting’s ability to transform such settings. Read a 2012 Dazed interview with Winstanley here. On view through June 28, 2014.
A Seance With Andy Warhol
The Underground Museum (West Adams) 7-10pm
Presented by artist Jeffrey Vallance in conjunction with the current exhibition Veils, the Underground Museum hosts a seance for late artist Andy Warhol, channeled by the psychic medium Joseph Ross. A Q&A is open to the audience during the seance. Read Warhol’s 1987 obituary in The New York Times here, and read a T Magazine review of Veils here. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hammer Lectures: Fred Wilson
Through the Glass Darkly: The Silent Message of the Museum
Hammer Museum (Westwood) 7:30pm
For this lecture, conceptual artist Fred Wilson discusses his recent bronze and glass works, which investigate the symbolism and meaning of the color black. Inspired by historic design, art, and literature, these works are both baroque and minimal and speak to contemporary issues. In the 1990s, Wilson became internationally known for his interventions into museum collections and modes of display. His work has examined questions of representation as it relates to art history and cultural institutions. Watch a PBS segment on Wilson here. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology, on view at the Hammer through May 18, 2014.