Showing & telling the difficult: Laura Aguilar @ Vincent Price Art Museum

Visual arts
The wonderful Vincent Price Art Museum on the campus of East Los Angeles College has as its Pacific Standard Time LA/LA exhibit, “Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell,” opening Sept 16, the first comprehensive retrospective of the challenging photographer’s works. A series of talks and community events accompanies the show. This exhibition tells the story of ...

Pasadena Museum of California Art’s “L.A. Raw” closes May 20. So go. 1

Visual arts
Nancy BuchananWolfwoman 1977courtesy of the artist and Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art It was quiet as hell in Pasadena this past Easter Sunday. Spurned by Target’s closure (isn’t Target always open?) I had the great good fortune to drive by the Pasadena Museum of California Art, only to realize I had not yet viewed L.A. RAW: ...

Claire Falkenstein book talk at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts

Visual arts
Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe, a major survey of the late California multimedia artist’s work now on at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts in Los Angeles, coincides with the release of the newly published, comprehensive book on the artist’s work and life, Claire Falkenstein. The Falkenstein material is paired at Rutberg’s with work of another important ...

“L.A. RAW” film night

Film · Visual arts
I cannot wait for this film night at the much-praised “RAW” exhibit at Pasadena Museum of California Art. Three documentary films concerning three of California’s important visual artists will be screened in tandem to the exhibit. Hans Burkhardt Hans Burkhardt: The Artist’s World 1987, 37 min Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, Estate Films, Inc.An intimate portrait ...

Meeting Art Laboe, L.A.’s pioneering rock ‘n roll deejay

Music · Visual arts
We enjoyed meeting the amazing Los Angeles radio legend, Art Laboe, Wednesday night at the Grammy Museum downtown. Laboe’s a pioneer in many ways — issuing the first-ever record compilations and coining the expression “Oldies But Goodies.” The deejay is very much alive and kicking; though in his eighties, he was in great shape cruising ...

Santa Barbara bound

Visual arts
Heading to Santa Barbara for a writer’s retreat, we are delighted that our visit to the Pearl on the Pacific coincides with the opening of a “golden oldies” show at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. I like gruesome cowboy art like the Frederick Remington canvas at left.  [click on it for detail] The show, ...

Amiri Baraka visits Los Angeles, raps about art

Language & ideas
It was inspiring to eavesdrop on Amiri Baraka, the poet, playwright, essayist, intellectual, and political activist, as he swapped kitchen table banter about life and art with his daughter, the academic and curator, Dr. Kellie Jones. The tête-à-tête took place before an SRO audience at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater. It was the closing day ...

Spend a sexy evening at an Eagle Rock motel …

Music
… if your idea of a sexy evening is hopping, like a cockroach, between motel rooms, while listening to cool experimental music. Sounds good to me. The Welcome Inn Time Machine — series of free micro concerts in motel rooms that explore the history of local experimental music is part of the Pacific Standard Time ...

Julius Shulman’s 1936 shot of Griffith Observatory — and beyond

Architecture & Design · Visual arts
The other evening, touring the Pacific Standard show at the L.A. Municipal Gallery on Olive Hill, I was caught off guard by a four-inch square print of this precious, heroic Julius Shulman photograph dating from 1936. It almost made me cry: the two caps, shape of building [it was then only years old], hills and ...

Experimental films by Topanga Canyon creatives @ Los Angeles Filmforum

Film · Language & ideas
An upcoming program at Los Angeles Filmforum — screening experimental and avant-garde film and video art, documentaries, and experimental animation — captures my interest. It’s the ninth installment of Filmforum director Adam Hyman’s extensive and rigorous 24-program exhibition of experimental films made in L.A. between 1945 and 1980. This survey fits neatly into the time ...