November is shaping up to be an exciting month for lovers of experimental film. Three programs in particular have caught my attention because they’ll present audiences with unconventional, challenging and engaging works that are unlike the more typical fair most of us experience online, in theaters, and on television.
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This weekend MOCA opens a new exhibition called Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974. According to the museum, this is the first “…exhibition to deal broadly with Land art… [and] provides a comprehensive overview that reveals the complexity of the movement's social and political engagement with the historical conditions of its time.”
This weekend twenty of southern California’s finest cultural institutions join together to honor their members. Show an active membership card from any of the participating museums and gain entry to all the others at no charge. What’s more, you’ll also receive significant savings in the museums’ gift shops.
Given the breadth, dynamism and creativity of the Los Angeles arts scene, it sometimes seems strange when the city, or some organization, designates a particular period of time as “art month” or “art weekend”. Isn’t every week art week in LA? The sheer variety of arts related events taking place in and around the city during any given week sure makes it feel that way to me.
This weekend MOCA opens the first solo museum exhibition and retrospective of the work of Los Angeles-based artist William Leavitt (b. 1941, Washington, D.C.). The show will survey his 40-year career and include sculptural tableaux, paintings, works on paper, photographs, and performances drawn from the late '60s to the present.
Founded in Pasadena by sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the Rodarte label has emerged as one of the most inventive and creative forces on the international fashion scene. Now you can see the Mulleavys’ designs in person at the first museum exhibition of their work on the West Coast.
In the December / January 2011 issue of Interview Magazine, Christopher Bollen posits that “some of the most provocative, potent art being created in the United States today isn’t coming out of New York City but clear across the continent in Los Angeles.” He then sets about proving his point by profiling a number of artists who make LA their home - some with long established international reputations such as Chris Burden and George Herms, and others who have more recently begun making a name for themselves, such as Zackary Drucker, Kaari Upson and Matt Chambers.