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Gilbert Luján, better knows as Magu, was one of the most influential figures in Los Angeles art history. He portrayed the imagery of ancient legacies, as did artists before him. But he re-contextualized these images into a modern life filled with color, anthropomorphized dogs, flying pan dulce, movie imagery and personalized cars. What emerged was Magulandia, Equally important, Magu, who passed away in 2011, was a philosopher, constantly engaging others in conversation as to what it was to function as a Chicano, an artist, a force for good. “Recuerdos del Futuro: Roaming Magu’s Chicano Dreams,” at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes through June 25, traces the community influences that grounded Magu’s artwork as he explored the possibilities of a Chicano future. The exhibit is undertaken with the support of the Estate of Gilbert “Magu” Lujan, and it therefore contains many images not often seen in public, including prep work that demonstrates Magu’s artistic process. Of particular interest are videos of Magu sharing his thoughts on his art and on Chicano art in general. “Recuerdos del Futuro” is an important exhibit about a person to whom the current generation of L.A. artists, and believers in the power of art, are indebted.

Museo Design, 1984, oil pastel, graphite, and acrylic on paper

“So I say to the young students that they have to connect with their ancestors and create for themselves a new mythology.” —Gilbert “Magu” Luján Recuerdos del Future: Roaming Magu’s Chicano Dreams Through June 25 La Plaza de Cultura y Artes 501 North Main Street, Downtown Los Angeles

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POOL Y MARIANELA, CLICK MORT, DAN BERRY Trio of Shows Reimagine the Familiar at La Luz de Jesus

In Medieval Europe, stories of saints were wildly popular. Before movies, before video games, the stories of martyrdom gave people their fix of violence, fear, and drama—in the justification of a religious setting. Argentine artists Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli, collaborating as Pool y Marianela, bring those stories forward into the the 21st century. Popular images such as Barbie, Ken, action figures, Troll dolls and Care Bears suffer martyrdom and become icons. Jesus himself, meanwhile, becomes an action figure, and religious medals become game tokens. It’s a cultural take that makes a lot of sense—an appreciation of the Catholic, the pop, the colorful, with a dash of metaphysics. The latest round of Pool y Marianela works look at the world through the eyes of children, with an acceptance that easily fuses transcendence and tv. Pool y Marianela’s “Kidstianism” is on view at La Luz de Jesus alongside works by two other artists who combine and repurpose images. Click Mort (aka Christopher Doran) bought figurines, common images ranging from poodles to wild animals to plump children. He then cut them apart and expertly reassembled them into something new—slightly creepy, slightly beautiful, highly fascinating. Mr. Doran honed his art form by creating cake toppers for his recovery group. That led to guerrilla toy drops in Los Feliz. Sadly, Christopher Doran/ Click Mort passed away in October. Artist Dan Berry’s collage pieces were all created in 2017. They mix a bit of tranquil Americana with a jolt of the contemporary. “It is my intention to provide enough signifiers of meaning, and an emotional charge, allowing the viewer to derive their own personal meanings found within my art objects,” says Mr. Barry. Click Mort

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Clockwise: La Maya speaking the old tongue, c. 2010. prismacolor on paper El Shorty seeing the ancient language, c. 2010, prismacolor and ink on paper Lu Cuchi going to the ceremony, c. 2010, prismacolor on paper Untitled, c. 2005, prismacolor and ink on paper

Circus conejo, 1982, acrylic on cardboard

Untitled, c. 1995, acrylic on wood

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Dan Berry, Are You Happy?

Pool y Marianela, Ariel (The Little Mermaid)


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Local Blacksmiths Keep an Old Art Form Alive Blacksmithing is an art form with deep roots in Northeast Los Angeles. In the early 1900s, blacksmith shops dotted Pasadena Avenue (now North Figueroa Street). The Jarrett family were prominent members of the community, and the Jarrett Brothers established their blacksmith business at 6060 Pasadena Avenue, where a Taco Bell and a Smart and Final now stand. Granted, early Los Angeles blacksmithing may have had more to do with function than art. “Some nail a horse shoe on their door For better or for worse. We take the shoe, we fit it well And nail it on your horse.” Jarrett Bros. Highland Park Herald 19 January 1907

Photos courtesy of Adam’s Forge However, it wasn’t long before, as the Arts and Crafts era took hold, local blacksmiths were offering such individually crafted items as iron carriages. The practice of forging metal into items both functional and beautiful continues today, thanks to “Adam’s Forge, a group of dedicated practitioners. Adam’s Forge was founded in 2002, as a non-profit preserving and advancing the craft of blacksmithing and passing that skill along to community members of diverse ages. Since its inception, Adam’s Forge has worked out of five locations. However, the organization recently made a major announcement. It is working with the Heritage Square Museum toward erecting a metal building near the museum’s Pasadena Avenue gate and establishing a permanent home. It won’t be easy; plenty of fundraising and red tape lie ahead. But Adam’s Forge is ready to take it on. The first annual Adam’s Forge Festival is coming February 18 to the Audubon Center at Debs Park. The festival will feature demos such as team striking, fold-forming, and forging. This family-friendly event will feature all kinds of fun things to do and see, plus a the sale of finely crafted forged works, food trucks, and a silent auction. For young budding-blacksmiths, there will be a clay forging station and face painting. The money raised at this event will be part of a 2018 capital funding campaign to purchase a new building as a permanent home, expand class offerings and do community outreach. Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Photos courtesy of Adam’s Forge

The particulars: • Date: February 18, 2018, 12-4 p.m. • Place: Audubon Center at Debs Park, 4700 North Griffin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031 (Enter through the west gate off Griffin across from the soccer field). • Phone: 323-363-9786 • Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for

youth from 6 – 18, children under 6 are free • This event will be held rain or shine, so dress appropriately. • Parking in the Audubon Center is limited, but there is ample free parking on Griffin. For more information on Adam’s Forge and its mission please visit:

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The City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted at its January meeting to take an arts and culture landmark, The Woman’s Building, under consideration for designation as an official city Historic-Cultural Monument. The three-story building, located at 1727 North Spring Street, adjacent to the Spring Street Bridge, was designed in 1914 by Myron Hunt, who also designed the Huntington Library, Cal Tech, the Ambassador Hotel, Occidental College and the Rose Bowl. It housed the sales department of the Standard Oil Company from 1914-1921. Its significance in the arts and culture realm came later. From 1975-1991, the structure housed The Woman’s Building, the world’s first independent feminist cultural institution. According to Evanne St. Charles of the Architectural Resources Group, the Woman’s Building, founded by Arlene Raven, Judy Chicago, and Sheila de Bretteville, “was established as a place for feminist art, education, and expression during a time when the art movement was heavily dominated by men.” Artist and filmmaker Jill D’Agnenica told the commissioners that, “The artists there pushed the boundaries of the status quo art world and grew the genres of performance art, site specific art, and conceptual art, helping to put Los Angeles at the forefront of cultural creation in the 20th century.” Artist Lauren Bon spoke to the significance of the building, saying, “That building, more than any other building, represents the beginnings of a non-hierarchical creative structure for the art world—a really revolutionary, post-capitalist driven opportunity for people identifying as any gender to feel comfortable and safe, to let their voice be heard.” The Woman’s Building still exists as a legal entity. Its archives are in the hands of the Smithsonian and the Getty Research Institute. “To preserve the building itself is as important as the archives that exist,” said artist Cheri Gaulke, a Woman’s Building board member. After the Woman’s Building closed, the building was used as artist studios, with such noted artists as Catherine Opie and Eloy Torrez working there. “Recognizing history in the places in which it happened, especially this slice of history, is very critical,” said Adrian Scott Fine of the Los Angeles Conservancy, which nominated the structure for historic status.

The Woman’s Building As the building’s neighborhood is changing rapidly, there are concerns for its future without the protection of a designation. Historic Preservation Commission President Richard Barron said that the commission had received letters from all over the county expressing support for the designation. The commission voted unanimously to take the building under consideration for monument status. The next step will be a commissioners’ tour and more detailed consideration. The final decision will rest with the City Council. Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, who represents the area, has already expressed his support. “Isn’t is ironic,” asked Commissioner Gail Kennard, “the Standard Oil Company building is now the home of the next version of our culture, moving forward toward a hopefully more egalitarian community? But I would think that probably John D. Rockefeller and Myron Hunt are rolling in their graves.”


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SO MUCH ART! I saw so much art in January! I love it! Thousands and thousands of people also saw art and I think that is a great thing. We had three art fairs pass through LA, as well as Into Action, which had art and activism, and all of the signs at the Women’s March. Creativity was sparked by all of the chaos in Washington. It doesn’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Stay active and RESIST! This month there’s another art fair, Art Palm Springs, which coincides with Modernism Week and the Modernism Show. Roadtrip! If you can go, you should. And while you’re there more art at the Palm Springs Art Museum. We did see the official ending of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. There are still exhibitions up so see what you can before it really all does go away. A lot of the exhibits will be traveling soon. Did you all go to Night on Broadway this year? Best one yet! I highly recommend going next year. I’ve gone to each one and I have to say, this was the best. Thanks Jose Huizar for throwing a hell of a party! There were the B-52’s and the Derby Dolls and Santa Cecelia and War and Flambe and Silent Disco’ll see. We’ve got pictures. Highlights. Walking through the streets of downtown LA is fun. Between the march and the party, we had some really good times. Stay aware friends. Enjoy your life and enrich it with creativity...but don’t let your guard down regarding what is going on in Washington. We need to make sure November has the outcome this country needs. Again, RESIST! Thanks, Cathi Milligan Publisher, LA Art News

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I took guitar lessons one semester. I weighed the time I likely had left in life against the time I’d need to gain some modicum of facility in moving from chord to chord. It would take a lot of practice. Playing guitar is something that’ll have to wait for my next life. I took a drawing class another semester. When the professor urged us to revise our drawings, I wanted some shortcut to make the drawing quick and easy. I didn’t want to try and try again. Sometimes even with writing, I still balk at the work required, but for reasons different from what they were. As a beginning poet, I came to the art with considerable practice listening to and using words. To make an act of word-working to be an art, however, requires more than taking words in hand, more than tapping them gently on the side of a dish and seeing them break open, like eggs, to find their golden and fluid centers, turning up the heat, and scrambling up a poem. Some serendipitous success may happen but likely not a wholly successful poem. Once I did write a poem quickly. It was prompted by and took as its concluding line a comment my toddler son made one day at McDonald’s. He looked up from his food at his day-dreaming mother, and said, “I don’t know what I’ll do when I’m too old for a happy meal.” The poem was published. I rode that success for weeks. But one poem doesn’t make a poet. What to do when the power’s out? When your audience finds what you’re serving up less than compelling? When I’m deeply involved in the process, investing time to get each word right, I hardly notice how much time I devote even to a single word. In one instance of a stalled poem, I consulted Ted Kooser’s Poetry Home Repair Manual. Kooser, US Poet Laureate from 2004 to 2006, avoids simple and absolute rules. I found only one: don’t belabor the obvious. Blue sky, he writes, is too predictable. Redundant even. My poem actually included those exact words. At first I resisted digging for another word to describe the sky. Blue sky is not redundant, I wanted to argue. The sky isn’t always blue. And I’ve seen published works with exactly those two words. The sky of my poem as I imagined it was the universe in smart blue. But how was a reader to know that? I had to do the hard work of going deeper. The sky I imagined had the sweep of an unfurled bolt of cloth. That cloth, hmm, might have the texture of chintz. But chintz led me to thinking chintzy, not at all the right connotation for my poem that was developing into a manifesto in favor of organic order. What other cloth? Oh, of course, broadcloth! Kooser’s advice and my wrestling with possibilities led to what I now think a better noun adjective combination—broadcloth sky. Invested in the process of considering this one word, I forgot dishes in the sink, postponed paying bills, and skipped a meeting. These other tasks did not present themselves as urgent. These days, however, other non-writing commitments call more urgently for attention: standing with Dreamers, participating in a women’s march, protesting off-shore drilling or a mine that endangers a watershed, and just keeping up with the news. Well, that last one may not be as necessary as I sometimes think. But the calls to be present in spirit and body are many, and that doesn’t help me to focus on any one issue or on any one piece of writing. It also doesn’t help me see on how my writing can be the way I focus on an issue. How to focus on a significant part and go deeply enough so that time and other tasks cease to matter? Paradoxically, the answer may be to live with the question. Answers may not be static but organic and evolving. Now that I look at it again, the poem whose blue challenged me with and in all of its questions seems so clearly to be an answer. Control Against utility poles and telephone wires a tangle of twigs at the trees’ highest reach a scatter of clouds across the broadcloth sky What if they lined up like marks in a tally? What if they polka dotted? Against unmeasured belly laughs what of muffled mirth and stiff smiles? ~Margaret Rozga

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Northeast Los Angeles residents gathered February 1 to dedicate the “Bobby Brown Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance Square” at North Figueroa Street and Avenue 41. Robert Anthony “Bobby” Brown, age 24, was murdered at the corner in 1983 as he was leaving a local gay bar. His death led to the formation of the Uptown Gay and Lesbian Alliance (UGLA), which for 35 years has been a force for service and empowerment in the Northeast area. Richard Bass, a co-founder of UGLA, said at the gathering, “To be here today with all of the stakeholders, the LAPD, Bobby Brown’s family, the Council people from Los Angeles City, it’s absolutely thrilling. And because of Bobby Brown’s tragic murder, we are here today continuing a movement in a community that believes that character counts and love trumps hate.” Among the speakers at the event were Los Angeles City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo and Bobby Brown’s sister, Ruth Riley. DREAMER/PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL TEACHER AT STATE OF UNION Ivonne Orozco-Acosta, a Dreamer, a teacher at the Public Academy for Performing Arts in Albuquerque, and the New Mexico Teacher of the Year, was the guest of U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich of New Mexico at the 2018 State of the Union Bobby Brown Uptown Gay and Lesbian Address. Ms. Orozco-Acosta came Alliance Square” at North Figueroa Street to the U.S. from Chihuahua at the age of 12 and learned to speak and Avenue 41 English while in middle school. She graduated from the University of New Mexico and now teaches Spanish. KOREAN AMERICAN DAY IN CONGRESS Korean American Day was marked in the U.S. Capitol on January 11 with a joint House and Senate Resolution introduced by Senator Kamala Harris of California and Congressman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles. The 2018 Korean American Day marks the 115th anniversary of the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States on January 13, 1903. “In honor of the nearly 2 million Korean Americans across the country and their invaluable role in shaping the history of our nation, we are proud to commemorate Korean American Congressman Martin Heinrich and Ivonne OrozcoDay,” the Senator and Congressman said in a Acosta (photo: Congressman Heinrich’s office) joint statement. “The first Korean immigrants came in pursuit of the American dream and initially served as farmworkers, wage laborers, and section hands,” Congressman Gomez, whose district includes the largest Korean American population in the country, said on the House floor. “Through resilience, effort, and sacrifice, they established the foundation for their children and future generations. Today, nearly two million Korean Americans have honored their ancestors’ legacy and achieved the American dream by transforming all aspects of American life. From Roy Choi, who joined Latin and Korean culture to create new flavors that have won the stomachs of all Americans, to the first Korean American elected to Congress, Jay Kim, and to the countless Korean Americans who run successful small businesses.” KOREAN AMERICAN DAY IN LOS ANGELES The Los Angeles City Council declared January 12 Korean American Day in Los Angeles. “Today we celebrate the 115th year of Korean American contributions to our culture, economy, city, and nation,” said City Councilmember David Ryu. EMERGENCY RESOURCES FOR ARTISTS As many artists are struggling to recover from wildfires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters, The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) has compiled a list of financial resources available to artists and their families. The list includes both governmental and private resources. The document may be accessed through the CCI web site at

KEEP ART IN SCHOOLS From the California Arts Council: California taxpayers can support arts education programs this tax season through the Keep Arts in Schools Voluntary Contribution Fund. Individuals may make tax-deductible contributions in amounts of $1 or more through the Voluntary Contribution portion of 2017 state tax returns. PRODUCTION OF 20TH CENTURY FOX’S “THIS IS US” CONTRIBUTED OVER $61.5 MILLION TO THE CALIFORNIA ECONOMY The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) has released a statement highlighting the contributions of the program “This is Us” to the California economy. The MPAA sites data from 20th Century Fox to state that the show, in its first season, generated more than $61.5 million in economic activity and paid over $27 million in wages to more than 2,000 local workers. “This is Us” films in and around Los Angeles, including in Eagle Rock, Culver City, and Los Angeles City Council President Santa Clarita. Herb Wesson and constituents “California’s Film & TV Tax Credit Program 2.0 is helping projects like ‘This is Us’ create long- celebrate Korean American Day in Los term, high-wage jobs and economic activity Angeles at City Hall (photo: Council in the Golden State,” said  California Film President Wesson’s office) Commission Executive Director Amy Lemisch. “Tens of thousands of cast and crew members, as well as support service vendors, are working in California thanks to the state’s expanded yet uniquely targeted tax credit program.” MPAA/LABOR DEPT. DATA SHOWS EXTENT OF FILM INDUSTRY SUPPORT The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has released economic analysis showing that the film and television industry supports 2.1 million jobs and 400,000 local businesses across the country, paying out $49 billion to these local businesses. The MPAA report is based on an analysis of 2016 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which was made available in late 2017. In the span of a year, according to the MPAA, the number of supported jobs rose from 2 to 2.1 million, and total wages paid out by the industry rose by $4 billion to reach $139 billion, with an average salary 42 percent higher than the national average. Meanwhile, jobs directly related to the production and distribution of films and television shows increased by 24,000 over the prior year, nearly reaching 700,000 jobs. Across the country, the number of businesses that make up the film and television industry rose by 5,000 to hit 93,000 – 87 percent of which are small businesses that employ fewer than 10 people. In all, film and television supports 400,000 local businesses, with the industry making $49 billion in payments to these enterprises. “While the awards season often focuses on glitz and glamour, it’s important to recognize that the impact of America’s film and television industry extends far beyond the red carpet,” said Charles Rivkin, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA. D O D G E R S HONORED AT CITY COUNCIL The Los Angeles Dodgers were honored on the 60th anniversary of their arrival in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles City Council meeting of January 23. Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo, who represents the council district in which Dodger Stadium

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When the AIDS epidemic hit the Gay community in the 1980s, politicians ignored it.The insurance industry held its wallet shut. Public health systems acted clueless. It took people in the streets, putting a visible face on a virus, to bring about a response to death. It was in this context that ACT UP/LA (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power) was born. From 1987-1997, members took on, and had many successes, bringing the powers that be in line with the needs of the local Gay community and others who were living with HIV/AIDS. A book by Benita Roth, “The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA,” now shares in great detail the experiences of those years. Ms. Roth is both an activist who lived the struggle and a scholar. She combines thorough research with the human side of the fight against AIDS—a fight undertaken while much of the ACT UP membership was dying. The book is much more than a history lesson. In our new age of bigotry, there are lessons to be learned from how AIDS activists grappled with whether to remain single-issue or reach to take on other LGBTQ and health issues, and from how the group’s Women’s Caucus brought the ignored effects of the virus on women to the forefront. It is the story of encounter among people who hadn’t worked together before—white gym boys meet PC lesbians meet the old left meet people of color. It was never easy, and sometimes it was beautiful. Most importantly, the issue remains relevant today. An estimated 61,000 people in Los Angeles County are living with AIDS or HIV as of 2016, and close to 2,000 new cases were diagnosed last year. Many of those who developed AIDS were not aware that they were HIV positive. “The Life and Death of ACT UP/LA” is published by Cambridge University Press. It is available at Book Show LA in Highland Park and through Amazon.


10 continued from page 8 is located, was joined at the podium by Dodger legends Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Steve Yeager, and Fernando Valenzuela, and by Dodger announcer Charley Steiner. The Dodgers were honored not only for their athletic accomplishments, but also for their philanthropic endeavors and for their role in the life of the community. “Their contribution to this city and to the economy of the city needs to be noted,” said Councilmember Cedillo. “What wine is to the Napa Valley, what ag is to the Central Valley, the Dodger economic engine is to the City of Los Angeles.” “This institution has been one of the most important civic institutions we have because we are a fragmented city often,” said Councilmember Paul Krekorian. “…What unites all of us, what brings us all together as community as much as anything else is the Los Angeles Dodgers.” NEA RESPONDS TO CATHOLIC LEAGUE Statement of the National Endowment for the Arts: “On January 23, 2018 the Catholic League held a news conference at the National Press Club claiming that the National Endowment for the Arts had funded a production of Jerry Springer: The Opera presented by the New Group in New York City. This claim is false. No NEA funds were awarded to support the New Group’s presentation of Jerry Springer: The Opera. All of the NEA’s grants to organizations are awarded for specific projects, funds can only be spent on those projects, and regular reporting by grantees on use of NEA funds is required.  In 2017, the NEA awarded a $20,000 grant to the New Group for its production of  The Whirligig  by Hamish Linklater.”  PEPPER SMITH The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the death of Sidney “Pepper” Smith. Mr. Smith began his career at the NEA in 2006, working as a special assistant in the Chairman’s office Dodger Legends Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Los Angeles on the Operation City Council President Herb Wesson, Dodger Legends Homecoming Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Yeager, and Dodger initiative. He joined announcer Charley Steiner, mark the 60th anniversary the Public Affairs office in 2007, of the Dodgers in Los Angeles (photo: Council President working on the Wesson’s office) NEA’s audio features and NEA Big Read and also writing articles for the NEA’s blog and NEA Arts magazine. In May 2010 he became the artist communities and presenting specialist in the Multidisciplinary Division, where he assisted organizations from around the country in applying to the NEA for grants. NEW CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL LEADERSHIP The California Arts Council has elected members Nashormeh Lindo and Larry Baza to serve as Chair and Vice Chair of the Council. An Oakland-based artist and educator, Ms. Lindo was appointed to the California Arts Council by Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. Mr. Baza, appointed to the Council by Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins in 2016, is an arts administrator for the San Diego region.

Environmentalist and actor Ed Begley, Jr. is honored by City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield at City Hall (photo: Councilmember Blumenfield’s office)


ED BEGLEY JR DAY IN L.A. January 10 was Ed Begley, Jr. Day in Los Angeles. The proclamation was made by the Los Angeles City Council at the instigation of Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz. Mr. Begley has appeared as an actor in more than 300 films, television shows, and plays. “But while he has been busy being a Hollywood legend,” said Councilmember Blumenfield, “he has also done something very unique. He is a preeminent environmental leader, who leads by example, has ideas on how we can change our environment, and has done it.”

Mr. Begley is known for his use of public transportation and electric vehicles and for converting his home into what Councilmember Blumenfield called “a lean, green machine.” Joining Mr. Begley and the Councilmembers at the podium were Mr. Begley’s wife, Rachelle Carson-Begley, his daughters Amanda Begley and Hayden Carson-Begley, and friends Robert Kennedy, Jr., Jeff Goldblum, and Cheryl Hines. BILLY THE ELEPHANT Billy, the Los Angeles Zoo elephant, is back in the news. A full house of animal lovers presented the pros and cons of keeping an Asian Bull Elephant such as Billy in a zoo before the Los Angeles City Council’s Arts, Entertainment, Parks and River Committee. The committee, at the instigation of Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell, is examining options for relocating Billy to a sanctuary environment, canceling elephant breeding activities, and what impact these steps would have on the zoo. Actresses Cher and Lily Tomlin joined many animal activists who argued that Billy spends his time simply swaying and that he has foot problems. They called for an independent review of Billy’s health. Councilmember Koretz said that he believes there are sufficient questions about Billy’s mental and physical health to justify ceasing invasive attempts at breeding, sending Billy to a sanctuary, and either shutting down the expensive elephant exhibit, or, as a compromise, making it a female only mini-sanctuary. Connie Morgan, President of the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association, on the other hand, said, “This is a manufactured problem where none exists. The facts are that the zoo is not only a suitable environment for Billy, it is an exceptional one for him and all our elephants. It is state of the art.” Ms. Morgan was joined by many zoo staff and volunteers in her sentiments. “Billy is not suffering. He’s in good health,” said Los Angeles Zoo Director John Lewis. “Having yet another evaluation of Billy is a little insulting,” added Mr. Lewis. Councilmember O’Farrell, who chairs the council committee, emphasized that the motion that Councilmember Koretz put forth and he seconded is not a referendum on whether Billy stays or goes, nor is it an indictment of the zoo itself. It is a call for an independent study, a step to evaluate Billy’s health and well-being, and a step necessary before intelligent decisions can be made. Councilmember David Ryu, whose council district includes the zoo, presented a lengthy list of very specific questions he wants to see answered by the study. “This decision will be based on facts, not emotions,” said Councilmember Ryu. Councilmember O’Farrell is holding the item in committee while calling for the formation of a three-person working group of independent professionals to study the safety, health, and environment of Billy at the L.A. Zoo. He also wants to see specific information on the impact of relocating Billy on zoo accreditation and finances. LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL PRESIDENT HERB WESSON AT THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACKS IN DANCE ANNUAL CONFERENCE: “You are the last line of defense where it relates to the arts. It’s you, it’s not the government, it is you. Unfortunately for government, we have so many things to do that sometimes we don’t recognize the importance of the arts. They think a lot about police. They think about fire. But the kids that I represent, the arts have saved their lives. The arts have given them a future. The arts have given them the ability to dream. And that’s what I want to thank you all for, is keeping that dream alive. We are in Hollywood. This is where dreams are born. But because of your work, dreams still come true.”


stARTupFAIR LA The core mission of stARTup Art Fair is to present a venue for independent artists to exhibit original works in an art fair setting. The 2018 Los Angeles fair was held at the Kinney Venice Beach Hotel, where artists took over 51 guest rooms—some converting them into mini-galleries, some creating site-specific installations.

stARTup Fair, The Kinney Hotel Emily Maddigan, Signal Hill Misbegotten taxidermy, revitalized

Featured artist Parker Day Curated by Nathaly Charria

Dana DeKalb and Jane Fisher, Berkeley Dictators’ Wives series

Maya Kabat, Berkeley Eric Rewitzer & Annie Galvin, San Francisco




Reception: Saturday, February 17 from 4-6 p.m. Residency: January 20 to February 17th, 2018 Open by Appointment  Shoebox Projects 660 South Avenue 21, #3 (in the Brewery Art Colony) Artist Dani Dodge takes people on a ride that ends in disaster — and possibly redemption — at Shoebox Projects. Screech. Bam. Then, eerie silence except for the sound of a hissing radiator. There are more than 150 car crashes each day in Los Angeles, and the number is rising. Last year, Dani Dodge was one of those statistics. She was driving to a Mid-Wilshire gallery on the 101 when her Honda Element was sandwiched between two cars in a four-car pileup. The experience left her with bruises, a broken car and a moment of clarity. Dani Dodge, Then/Now “The moments before, during and after the crash were surreal in so many ways,” Ms. Dodge said. “But in those moments after, as I sat in my car checking to see how badly I was bleeding, and wondering how hurt the people were around me, what also came to mind was: I survived. What does that mean? And how will I live my life differently?” Before gingerly getting out of her Honda to assist others, Ms. Dodge had one more thought: “Remember this. Translate it into art.” With her residency and show at Shoebox Projects, Ms. Dodge makes her first attempt to realize that promise to herself. The experimental work will force visitors to go on a journey that includes soft, stuffed car parts that fly through the air, video and sculpture rendered from wreckage.   “Life is short. And on L.A. freeways, it can be cut even shorter,” Ms. Dodge said. In 2016, 260 people were killed in traffic crashes on Los Angeles city streets, an increase of almost 43 percent over the previous year. Early estimates show that number was likely higher for 2017. This exhibition will remind participants of their own moments of clarity, and asks “What will you do with the rest of your life?” Dani Dodge creates immersive, interactive environments and installations that incorporate video, paint, and performance. For the past decade, her art has focused on themes surrounding identity, forgiveness and social justice. She is a member of the Durden and Ray collective in Los Angeles and A.I.R. gallery in New York. For more information about the artist, please visit www.danidodge,com. Shoebox Projects is an experimental art space in DTLA, where emerging and mid-career artists are given an opportunity to freely experiment with new ideas and directions for their practices. Founded by Kristine Schomaker, Shoebox Projects gives artists a chance to recharge and renew their relationship with their work.

ART LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY The Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair brought 68 local and international exhibitor to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for its ninth season January 25-28. This year’s event included a conscious focus on diversity and gender equality, and exhibiters brought come politically charged pieces, including some unconventional mediums for an art fair such as video and installation work.

Photo: Michael Underwood, Courtesy of Art Los Angeles Contemporary Federico Solmi Animated video, LED monitor, acrylic, gold leaf, silver leaf on plexiglass Luis De Jesus, Los Angeles


Ismael Randall Weeks, Cusco Carved books Revolver Galería, Lima, Buenos Aires



January 11-14 Los Angeles Convention Center

“Left” or “Right”/Punching Bags: Antuan Rodriguez Curated by Marisa Caichiolo

Pandemonia Curated by Hoojung Lee Presented by Art All Ways

Gregory Auerbach, GBA Projects, Los Angeles Margaret Keane, Keane Eyes Gallery, San Francisco

The Infinity Boxes: Matt Elson Presented by: bG Gallery, Santa Monica

The Murals of José Clemente Orozco in the University of Guadalajara’s Paraninfo Video mapping

Mab Graves presents the lifetime achievement award to the family of Margaret Keane

Lee Jae-Hyo, Simyo Gallery, Seoul

Jeff Gillette, Hollywood Hotel. Jonathan LeVine Projects, Jersey City




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February 10, 2018 - 7pm - 10pm

(Individual Gallery Hours May Vary. CHECK Gallery web sites for individual information. Just because a gallery is listed does not mean it’s open this month)

38. Highland Cafe 5010 York Blvd. 323.259.1000

1. Avenue 50 Studio 131 No. Avenue 50 323. 258.1435

20. Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd 323.344.8330

2. Bike Oven 3706 No Figueroa

21. Kinship Yoga/Wonder Inc. 5612 Figueroa St.

39. Kindness and Mischief 5537 N. Figueroa St.

3. Namaste Highland Park 5118 York Blvd.

22. Tierra de la Culebra 240 S. Ave 57

40. Civil Coffee 5639 N. Figueroa St.

23. Cactus Gallery @ Treeline Woodworks 3001 N. Coolidge Ave

41. Possession Vintage 5119 York Blvd.

24. Huron Substation 2640 Huron Street Los Angeles, CA 90065

42. The Situation Room 2313 Norwalk Ave.

4. Offbeat 6316 York Blvd 5. Council District Office #1 Gil Cedillo 5577 N. Figueroa St. 6. Future Studio 5558 N Figueroa St. 323 254-4565 7. Collective Arts Incubator 1200 N. Ave 54 8. The Art Form Studio 5611 N Figueroa St. Suite 2 9. Vapegoat 5054 York Blvd. 323.963.VAPE 10. ETA 5630 N. Figueroa St. 11. Adjunct Positions 5041 Coringa Dr. 12. Matters of Space 5005 York Blvd 323.743.3267 13. Mi Vida 5159 York Blvd. 14. Vintage Tattoo Art Parlor 5115 York Blvd. 15. Antigua Coffee House 3400 N. Figueroa St. 16. Align Gallery 5045 York Blvd. 17. Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5204 Eagle Rock Blvd. 18. The Rental Girl 4760 York Blvd. 19. Mindfulnest 5050 York Blvd. 323.999-7969


25. Ball Clay Studio 4851 York Blvd. 26. MAN Insurance Ave 50 Satellite 1270 N. Ave 50 323.256.3151 27. TAJ • ART 1492 Colorado Blvd. 28. The Greyhound 570 N. Figueroa St. 29. Urchin 5006 1/2 York Blvd. 30. Arroyo Arts Collective @ Ave 50 Studio 131 North Avenue 50 31. Living Room 5807 York Blvd. 32. Vapeology 3714 N. Figueroa St. 323.222.0744 33. Pop-Hop 5002 York Blvd. 34. Social Studies 5028.5 York Blvd. 35. Occidental College 6100 Campus 36. The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. 37. Earth Altar Studio 1615 Colorado Blvd

43. Bookshow 5503 Figueroa St. 44. Vroom Vroom Bitsy Boo 5031 B York Blvd. 45. The Quiet Life 5627 N. Figueroa St. 46. The “O” Mind Gallery 200 N. Ave 55 47. Apiary Gallery at The Hive Highland Park 5670 York Blvd. 48. Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa St. 323.635.9125 49. Leader of the Pack 5110 York Blvd. 50. Pop Secret 5119 Eagle Rock Blvd. 51. Curve Line Space 3348 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90065 52. Twinkle Toes 5917 N Figueroa St (818) 395-3454


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Nathan Meier, east on Pico, paintings on paper Curve Line Space

Stephanie Allespach, All That Glitters (detail) GLITTER Group Show at Cactus Gallery Amber Leilani, Krampus Cotillion Doll Head GLITTER Group Show at Cactus Gallery

Sal Budhz G Floriano Tawas Art Show Temple of the Rock (Jim Morrison) Vapegoat


Selamawit Mekonen Align Gallery

17 Sal Budhz G Floriano Tawas Art Show Destiny, colored sand on canvas Vapegoat

Selamawit Mekonen Align Gallery

Evād and Sue Zola, Peewee Herman GLITTER Group Show at Cactus Gallery

Denise Bledsoe, Rare Three Pound Ruby Throated Argentine Hummingbird Nancy Cintron, Fire and Ice GLITTER Group Show at Cactus Gallery

Yely Diaz, Talk is Cheap Mi Vida





323.550.1332 FEATURED CLASS

Design for Drop-Out Vessels March 2–4, 2018 Explore the process of designing and creating these elegant vessels

Bullseye Glass Resource Center Los Angeles 143 Pasadena Ave, Suite B, South Pasadena 323.679.4263






Flambe before and during. Two Bit Circus. Don’t try this at home.




Besides being a haven for artists and creative types, Northeast Los Angeles is the home of a fine array of arts classes, especially the industrial arts, but not limited to them. Below is a list of some of the businesses in the area that have classes. Do check with the facility to verify times and prices of their classes. As we find more places we will bring that information to all of you. Adam’s Forge 2640 N. San Fernando Rd. Los Angeles, CA 90065 You may email Nancy with questions at Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events. Check out a Discovery class. The Glass Studio 5668 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042 323.387.9705 Check for a list of glasses ranging from glass blowing and torchwork to fusing and slumping and jewelry making. O&M Leather For information about scheduling email them at Toros Pottery 4962 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.344.8330 Blue Rooster Art Supply Company 4661 Hollywood Blvd LA, CA 90027 (323) 302-5613 They offer a variety of art classes. Check their web site for more information about their classes and events. Ave 50 Studio 131 No. Avenue 50 323. 258.1435 Guitar Lessons. Salsa Lessons too! Check their web site for more information for this and other classes.

Molten Metal Works 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events. They’re in a new location next to Community Woodshop. Cool new space! Rock Rose Gallery 4108 N. Figueroa Street Highland Park, CA 90065 (323) 635-9125 Visit: Rock Rose Gallery News, Instagram & Twitter Ball Clay 4851 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042 310.954.1454 Intermediate Ceramics Pottery Class 6 class sessions $240 Check web site for start date A Place to Bead 2566 Mission St San Marino, CA 91108 626.219.6633 Find a variety of jewelry making classes, including stringing and wirework.

Community Woodshop 3617 San Fernando Rd Glendale, CA 91204 626.808.3725 These guys offer a wonderful selection of classes from beginner to advanced, membership, and private lessons. Please check their web site for more information and a list of classes. Stained Glass Supplies 19 Backus Street Pasadena, CA 91107 626-219-6055 Classes are ongoing Barndall Art Park 4800 Hollywood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027 323.644.6295 Check they’re web site for upcoming classes. Los Angeles County Store 4333 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90039 / 323-928-2781 Please check their web site for a listing of all of their classes and special events.

Bullseye Glass 143 Pasadena Ave. South Pasadena, CA

Sugar Mynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave. South Pasadena, CA 626.222.7257

They offer a full range of kiln forming glass classes as well as regular free artist talks.

Paint and Pinot Twice a month. Check their web site for more detail.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041 323.550.1332 Check Leanna’s web site for a current list of workshops and events.

LACMA AND AUTRY ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Autry Museum of the American West have announced a partnership to include collections sharing, curatorial collaborations, scholarly research, and programming. Specifics about what this will mean in practice are still to come. However, the two museums’ CEOs, Michael Govan for LACMA and W. Richard West, Jr. for the Autry, held a public conversation in January to share some of what this might mean. While billed as “unprecedented,” the new partnership is not an isolated example of collaboration. Rather, museum collaboration has become increasingly common in recent years. However, Mr. West portrayed the LACMA-Autry collaboration as especially promising given both institutions’ programming on a north-south axis of art and culture, with holdings of each institution filling in the gaps of the other in terms of geography and chronology. Mr. Govan added that it takes the burden off of each museum to try to collect everything that leads to a complete picture. “I think the time when museums could stand alone forever is gone,” said Mr. West. “It’s gone for practical reasons because museums are under all kinds of pressures that relate to resources and the lack of them and all of that kind of thing, and there is in mutual leveraging an avenue for dealing with those kinds of things. But it’s not even just that as far as I’m concerned. It is simply the museums do their jobs better when there is this kind of cross fertilization and willingness to collaborate on an inter-institutional basis. I think that makes the product that the public sees a far better one.”

LACMA EXPANDS INTO SOUTH L.A. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has secured an agreement with the City of Los Angeles for the use of part of the South Los Angeles Wetlands Park as a satellite campus. The use of the park includes the use of an 84,000-square foot building, which is very much in need of repair. The City will allow the museum the free use of the site, and LACMA will take responsibility for rehabilitation and maintenance. The lease agreement is for 35 years. The South Los Angeles Wetlands Park, located at 5413 South Avalon Boulevard, is a nine-acre former bus maintenance and storage yard, which was repurposed by the City as a park and wetlands area. While the park is open to the public, the building is sealed off, pending seismic retrofitting and hazardous materials abatement. The area around the park is one of the most densely populated in the City. Almost half of local residents are foreign-born and about 30% of residents over the age of 25 did not graduate from high school. According to the City of Los Angeles Recreation and Parks Department report on the agreement, “While services aimed at addressing basic needs are plentiful, there is a dearth of arts and culture programming. If it does exist, it resembles ‘arts and crafts-type activities’ (in the words of a resident) versus high-quality art programs.” The museum proposes both public art programs and training initiatives that support residents in becoming paid staff. Programs include a Social Justice themed School Tour and Art-Making, a Teen Tour Guide internship program, intergenerational weekday and weekend programs, and a teaching assistant training program. LACMA will improve 4,500 square feet of building space for use as a park ranger station.

The new LACMA site in South Los Angeles




Have you heard of aquafaba? It’s basically the liquid byproduct of cooked beans, and the latest-although still fairly unknown-- vegan ingredient craze. It makes an amazing vegan replacement for eggs. To test the hype, I used some liquid directly from a can of garbanzo beans, and it worked delightfully well! These unique pancakes are best enjoyed right off the griddle! vegan red kuri squash pancakes For the Pancakes: 1 cup roasted and smashed red kuri squash 1/3 cup coconut yogurt or almond yogurt 1/2 cup nutritional yeast 3/4 tsp. sea salt Pinch or two of black pepper 1 tsp. baking powder 8-10 drops liquid stevia (optional) 1 ½ cups whipped aquafaba- at the soft peaks stage (see instructions below) 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (or regular flour for non-gluten-free) Coconut oil for cooking For the Whipped Aquafaba: 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans (unsalted if possible) 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar Strain a 15-oz. can of garbanzo beans through a fine mesh strainer. Measure the liquid, then reduce on the stovetop by about 1/3. Allow the reduced liquid to cool completely. Add 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar and whip with an electric hand mixer, as you would for meringue. Whip until the mixture reaches the soft peaks stage. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine the squash, yogurt, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and stevia. Mix until well blended into a smooth batter. Gently fold in the whipped aquafaba. The aquafaba may deflate a little. Slowly fold in the flour, adding it by sprinkling it on the batter in small batches. When it’s all mixed in, you will have a rich batter a little firmer than traditional pancake batter, but not as firm as cookie dough. Heat a griddle to medium and brush with coconut oil. Using a standard ice cream scoop, scoop the batter on to the griddle. Brush a little oil on the bottom of a spatula, and press each mound of batter a little to form a thick pancake. Cook on one side for a couple minutes, then flip over. Press down on each pancake a little more, and continue cooking on the other side for a couple more minutes. Depending on how hot your griddle is, you may need to flip the pancakes a couple more times and continue cooking until the batter is cooked all the way through. Various gluten free flours will behave differently in the batter. If your flour has more tapioca starch and root stabilizers, it will make a more dense pancake and therefore require a little more cooking time. But if you use traditional all purpose flour, that may not be the case. Once the pancakes are cooked, remove and enjoy immediately. These can be enjoyed sweet or savory for breakfast, brunch, lunch or you can even make mini versions and use them as you would blini for a tasty hors d’oeuvre. Harvey Slater is a chef and holistic nutritionist residing in Highland Park. You can find more healthy recipes like this one on his blog:


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By Ellen West Driving through Hollywood, the night crisp, she flickers before my eyes as I roll to a stop on Franklin Blvd. I see her in all the charm-faced bird and doe creatures that cross my beams at the stoplight. I see her sitting and laughing outside of the Bourgeois Pig. She is leaning across tables to crack open secrets while stirring a cocktail at Birds. She is tapping her slender fingers on a phone screen in line for a show at UCB. I look, but these faces don’t see me like she did. I roll down my window, waiting for red to go away. Chilled eucalyptus breeze rolls down Beechwood Canyon mingling with jasmine and a hint of heated asphalt as evening sets in. I am weighted by a chest-blanket of longing and nostalgia I just can’t seem to shake. I know that if I were to pull to the side, switch off my headlights and walk into any one of these places, it would be like walking back in time. It would feel like yesterday. The walls would welcome me in like a bartender at the neighborhood joint. I remain a part of these establishments, a mark on their walls, a button clinging to the loose threads of the vinyl booths. I imagine the scenario. I would stroll in and forget I am invisible, and amongst strangers. I’d want to grab a seat, sit and talk about my memories to all the new creatures creating different noise and energy in my old haunts. They would look at me, blasé gaze letting me know they are eager for this scrapbook mouth to move on. All these wisps have eyes only for the open door behind me, desperately looking for the new gaze of other creatures stepping in whose faces have the same amount of years as their own. Yes, I am invisible again. What made her see me? Why did she cloak me? Give me form? When she saw, I saw too. I saw someone in the mirror where I saw nothing before. I was loved, and I loved. When she stopped seeing me, I went past invisible. I ceased to exist. When I am not sleeping, I drive the altered blocks of my Hollywood home letting this question knit my brain into frenzied knots. I want to scream at her. I want my words to blind her so that she never again throws her gaze so recklessly and so fleetingly and so selfishly only to then, without warning, avert her gaze, close her eyes. I want her to know when eyes turn away the night becomes darker than it had ever been before.

HAPPY HOUR by Rocío Carlos

You learn to walk not here but south along the river’s long arm reaching toward the sea remember flatness as you come down those warm evenings toward the boulevard /behind you coyotes sing their vesper song how names are made in the throat and where the tongue is tucked/ you tuck your song (your father’s song) in your cheek to say your greeting to the bougainvillea and jacaranda ducking the citrus that leans over the chain link treading where the trees lift the concrete into fine scar tissue. (and the sirens, the helicopters) and the light singing too/ untuck the song about the death of the afternoon and the half turn away from some past, some broken something in this way/you too call death by name. Copyright Avenue 50 Studio. From “Trees of Life,” a publication and event in support of traffic safety and an end to pedestrian fatalities on North Figueroa Street and in Los Angeles.

BOOK SHOW EVENTS Tuesday February 6th 7-9:30pm Collage & Cry • Our monthly collage art night Five dollar donation Thursday February 8th 7pm-9pm Silent Book Club • No assigned reading. Bring a book to read or get one at book show! Tuesday February 13th 7pm sign up 7:30 start Comedy Open Mic • Hosted by Sumukh Torgalkar Wednesday February 14th 8pm Angry Nasty Women Feminist Writing Group Woman-centered writing prompts $5 donation Thursday February 15th 8pm Laughterhouse 5 Stand Up Comedy Show Free Wednesday February 21st 7:30pm-9:30pm Historia “Old Fashioned” Storytelling • Free Thursday February 22nd 7pm-9pm The Courageous Human: Empowerment Through Creativity Workshop with Sarah Rosenkrantz $47 Friday February 23rd 7pm-9pm Richard Risemberg Book Release & Switchblade Magazine Reading Free Tuesday February 27th 7pm Zine & Meet 3 A social gathering for zinesters ONGOING EVENTS and WORKSHOPS EAT ART OPEN MIC Monthly, every 1st Friday Poetry and Prose open mic 8pm sign ups

LALA Oaxaca by Highland Park artist Stuart Rapeport



ART HAPPENINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES PRESENTED BY SHOEBOX PR UPCOMING OPENING: ART HAPPENINGS AROUND LOS ANGELES Presented by Shoebox PR Meat Market by Dakota Noot Cerritos College Art Gallery 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, 90650 Opening February 5th 4-6pm U.S. Claremont Graduate University 150 E 10th St, Claremont, 91711 Opening February 6th 6-9pm William Lane: Then and Now Rio Hondo Arts and Cultural Programs 3600 Workman Mill Rd, Whittier, 90601 Opening February 6th 7-9pm Heartopia by Jennifer Korsen The MAIN 24266 Main St., Santa Clarita, 91321 Opening February 9th 7-11pm Adult Contemporary - Jonathon Hornedo Elephant 3325 Division St, Los Angeles Opening February 10th 7-10pm “Awakening”, Milan Tiff Open Mind Art Space 11631 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 90025 Opening February 10th 7-10pm Back to Black Avenue 50 Studio 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, 90042 Opening February 10th 7-10pm BLACK Exhibition - Opening Reception The Loft at Liz’s 453 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, 90036 Opening February 10th 7-10pm Chroma : Solo Painting Exhibition 1206 Maple Ave, #218 Los Angeles, 90015 Opening February 10th 6-10pm Consolation. Otis College of Art and Design 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, 90045 Opening February 10th 6-10pm

18111 Nordhoff St, Northridge, 91330 Opening February 10th 4-6pm RLFKE / Donna Bates / Corban Lundborg / Em Wafer Gabba Gallery 3126 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, 90057 Opening February 10th 7-11pm STEP INTO Flatline 6023 Atlantic Ave., Long Beach, California 90805 Opening February 10th 6-9pm Toxic & Tainted Love SugarMynt Gallery 810 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, 91030 Opening February 10th 7-10pm Trappings Solo Exhibit | Anne Hieronymus Solo Exhibit | Kim Kimbro Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 825 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, 90069 Opening February 10th 6-9pm Visual Poetry: a Collage + Mixed Media Exhibition FOLD Gallery 453 S Spring St, # M7, Los Angeles, 90013 Opening February 10th 6-9pm Cindy Rehm & Sarah Ellen Fowler: Feminist Love Letters ICA LA (Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) 1717 East 7th St., Los Angeles, 90021 February 11th 1-4pm Beautiful Creatures by Diane Williams Cerritos College Art Gallery 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, 90650 Opening February 12th 4-6pm Dani Dodge: Then/Now at Shoebox Projects Shoebox Projects 660 South Avenue 21 #3, Los Angeles, 90031 February 17th 4-6pm Memories on Location: Opening Reception Keystone Art Space 338 S. Ave 16, Los Angeles, 90031 Opening February 17th 4-7pm The Box: Sonja Schenk Cerritos College Art Gallery 11110 Alondra Blvd, Norwalk, 90650 Opening February 20th 5-8pm

Family Friendly - Opening Reception Avenue 50 Studio 131 N Avenue 50, Los Angeles, 90042 Opening February 10th 7-10pm

Opening: Maren Hassinger: The Spirit of Things Art + Practice 3401 W. 43rd Place, Los Angeles, 90008 Opening February 24th 3-5pm

The Four of Us! Mike Kelley Gallery 681 Venice Blvd, Venice, 90291 Opening February 10th 3-7pm


It Takes A Village MOAH 665 W Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, 93534-3126 Opening February 10th 4-6pm Love: A Group Show Los Angeles County Store 4333 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90029 Opening February 10th 6-8pm Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power Opening Fowler Museum at UCLA 308 Charles E Young Dr W, Los Angeles, 90095 Opening February 10th 6-9pm MFA Biennial - Opening Reception Brea Gallery 1 Civic Center Cir, Brea, 92821 Opening February 10th 7-9pm Mondongo: Opening Reception & Performance Track 16 1206 Maple Ave, #1005, Los Angeles, 90015 Opening February 10th 7-10pm Natural 20 - Opening Reception Monte Vista/Tiger Strikes Asteroid 1206 Maple Avenue, 5th floor, #523, Los Angeles, 90015 Opening February 10th 7-10pm NOH/WAVE_Winter_2018 Noh / Wave 420 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles, 90013 Opening February 10th 6-10pm Patterns Group Show Cactus Gallery 3001 N Coolidge Ave, Los Angeles, 90039 Opening February 10th 6-9pm Red Hot Wicked II Studio C Gallery 2349 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, 90058 Opening February 10th 6-9pm Remembering Animals: Rituals, Artifacts & Narratives CSUN Art Galleries


Migrating Dreamscapes : Nobuo Anzai reception at Japan Foundation The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Ste 100, Los Angeles, 90036 To February 6th LACDA Gallery Presents: How Analog Impedes/How Digital Infects Group Shoe LACDA Los Angeles Center for Digital Art 104 E 4th St, Los Angeles, 90013 To February 8th

2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, 90034 To February 17th Man Ray’s L.A. Opening Gagosian Gallery (Gagosian Beverly Hills) 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills, 90210 To February 17th Matsumi Kanemitsu: East/West Louis Stern Fine Arts 9002 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, 90069 To February 17th Matt Lifson “How is your fever? Georganne Deen “Psychic Violence in America” CB1 Gallery 1923 S. Santa Fe Ave., Los Angeles, 90021 To February 17th Robert Walker Exhibit Opening Reception Jason Vass 1452 E 6th St, Los Angeles, 90021 To February 17th Shifting Practices (group show) Frank J. Stockton, “Big House” Opening DENK Gallery 749 E Temple Street, Los Angeles, 90012 To February 17th Tami Bahat: “Revisiting Humanity: Secrets and Lifetimes” Building Bridges Art Exchange 2525 Michigan Ave, Ste F2, Santa Monica, 90404 To February 17th Tom Krumpak New Work Lora Schlesinger Gallery 2525 Michigan Ave Suite B5b, Santa Monica, 90404 To February 17th Wendell Gladstone: Fever Pitch Shulamit Nazarian 616 N La Brea, Los Angeles, 90036 To February 17th Salvage Opening Reception ArtExchange - ArtX 356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, 90802 To February 23rd Adam Moskowitz: Things As They Are Moskowitz Bayse 743 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, 90038 To February 24th Alexander Kroll - Praz-Delavallade Los Angeles Praz-Delavallade (Los Angeles) 6150 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, 90048 To February 24th Día de los Muertos: A Cultural Legacy, Past, Present & Future Self Help Graphics & Art 1300 E 1st St, Los Angeles, 90033 To February 24th 2018 Rives Granade Rainbows Inhale OCHI Projects 3301 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, 90018 To February 24th Yuval Pudik “Such, Such Were the Joys” Gavlak 1034 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, 90038 To February 24th

André Hemer: “Making-Image” Solo Exhibition Luis De Jesus Los Angeles 2685 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, 90034 To February 10th

Circles and Circuits I: Opening Reception and Curators’ Talk California African American Museum 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, 90007 To February 25, 2018

Talia Shipman Meet Me In The Middle (main gallery) Margarethe Drexel (side gallery) The Curated Loo; Curated by Colin Roberts Chimento Contemporary 622 S Anderson St, Spc 105, Los Angeles, 90023 To February 10th

Hugo Crosthwaite Artist Reception “In Memoriam: Los Angeles” Museum of Social Justice 146 Paseo De La Plz., Los Angeles, 90012 To February 25th

Laura Aguilar: Show and Tell Vincent Price Art Museum 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, 91754 To February 10th 2018 Alex Couwenberg & Steve Diet Goedde Collaborate Reception Coagula Curatorial 974 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, 90012 To February 11th Names Printed in Black Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions 6522 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, 90028 To February 11th She Bends: Women in Neon, Opening Reception MONA Museum of Neon Art 216 S Brand Blvd, Glendale, 91204 To February 11th, 2018 Debra Scacco: The Narrows Opening Reception Klowden Mann 6023 Washington Blvd, Culver City, 90232 To February 17th Mark Sheinkman Von Lintel Gallery

Fresh Start LAVA Projects 2417 W. Valley Blvd, Alhambra, 91803 To February 25th “Transpacific Borderlands” Japanese American National Museum 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, 90012 To February 25th 2018 Inverted Realities McNish Gallery - Oxnard College Art 4000 South Rose Avenue, Oxnard, 93033 To February 28th

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Note: Create joy, one sip at a time. Featured Wine: Louis Jadot Macon-Villages Vintage: 2016 Color: Pale gold/white Varieties: Chardonnay Price: Under $15 Country: France Region: Burgundy In this month of February, I have the perfect Valentine’s Day wine for you. A perfect date is planned, by me, for you, to woo, let your special someone know, hey, I like you. Yes, this is an, ‘I like you’ wine and not an ‘I love you’ wine. This is a nice date wine that proclaims, “We have fun together, I want to do something nice for you, but, don’t take all of this too seriously, at least not yet.” This wine is an easy sip, as everyone needs an easy route to tipsy now and again. Now I am not just talking about Valentine’s Day, you know what I mean, shit is crazy. This is a simple wine with none of that trendy ‘funk’ (I don’t like it), no orange hue. Just a crisp wine. And it is French, and it is light, and it shines. You can purchase this wine at most grocery stores and wine stores. It has the fruit of green apple and a hint of melon; it is crisp and acidic with a nice dry ending at the back of the throat. It is simple, it is tranquil, it is soothing, it is nice. My pairing will be presented in the form of a perfect date, and of course this is my idea of a wonderful date. You may not agree, and that would be foolish, because I am a hopeless romantic, a lover of wine, food and music, and I am also very bossy…so try to be open minded. For the food, there are a few options. Tacos from the taco truck El Pique (located on the north eastern corner of York Blvd. and Avenue 53, Highland Park, at the carwash). Their carnitas are delicious, get them with everything, only if a)your date will eat onions too and b)if your date is cool enough to tell you that you have cilantro in your teeth. But wait, you are vegetarian and won’t touch those tender fried bits of pork…no problem, get the bean and cheese burrito from Yuca’s (2056 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Feliz). Then again, bean and cheese might be the wrong choice for a romantic evening, as beans, for some, can be a bit disruptive to your digestion. The final recommendation I have is to head over to El Huarache Azteca (5225 York Blvd, Highland Park) and get an order of chips, guacamole and salsa. All three of these options would be wonderful, and feel free to combine, the chips and dips with the tacos or the burritos (especially since Yuca’s doesn’t have salsa, only hot sauce, which is my only complaint about Yuca’s). For flowers, peonies—why, you think, they are not in season…true, but they are so beautiful and soft and smell like romance, so get them anyway…roses are cliché on Valentine’s Day (not that anybody complains if they get them), daisies are great but don’t smell good…just know I thought this out and want you to have a great date. For the music selection, it obviously depends on your date and the mood you want to set, but, you can’t go wrong with Los Miticios Del Ritmo…nice, romantic, sexy and uplifting (you are so cultured, French wine, Colombian music, Mexican food…check you out). Honestly, I usually don’t think much about this holiday, but with the new trend of cruelty in our country, these little things matter, little moments matter, kindness and thoughtfulness matter, and knowing that you will make someone feel special on Valentine’s Day, well, that makes me smile (hopefully I don’t have cilantro in my teeth). Bottoms Up!

continued from page 22 Gisela Colon: New Sculpture Diane Rosenstein Gallery 831 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, California 90038 To March 3rd events/158249604806075/ Elemental: Group Show / Henri Matisse: Works on Paper L.A. Louver 45 N Venice Blvd, Venice, California 90291 To March 3 events/1664638753593168/ Centered on the Center Huntington Beach Art Center 538 Main St, Huntington Beach, California 92648 To March 3rd events/135127127201887/ Hugh Scott-Douglas at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Blum & Poe 2727 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034 To March 3rd events/1266973466737997/ IT’S OK William Powhida - After ‘After the Contemporary’

Charlie James Gallery 969 Chung King Rd, Los Angeles, California 90012 To March 3rd events/553627944982461/ events/1769887446650697/

Ghebaly Gallery 2245 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90021 To March 3rd events/767799360097575/

Materiality Mixografia® 1419 E Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90011 To March 3rd events/1548601258562628/

LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART (LACMA) A Universal History of Infamy To February 19th, 2018 Sarah Charlesworth: Doubleworld To February 4, 2018

Monica Wyatt - Continuum, A Solo Exhibition MOAH: CEDAR 44857 Cedar Ave, Lancaster, California 93534 To March 3rd events/1766975650275443/ pascALEjandro at Blum & Poe Los Angeles Blum & Poe 2727 S La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034 To March 3rd events/133901253957096/ The Pain of Others, curated by Myriam Ben Salah


UCLA HAMMER Hammer Projects: Molly Lowe JAN 20–MAY 6, 2018 Hammer Projects: Lawrence Abu Hamdan JAN 20–MAY 20, 2018 Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker: Hammer Contemporary Collection JAN 20–MAY 13, 2018 Stories of Almost Everyone JAN 28–MAY 6, 2018 BROAD Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ Feb 2018 to May 2018 MOCA Adrián Villar Rojas: The Theater of Disappearance To May 13, 2018 Real Worlds: Brassaï, Arbus, Goldin

March 4 - September 3, 2018 THE UNDERGROUND MUSEUM Artists of Color To February 4, 2018 MOAH It Takes A Village February 10 - April 22, 2018 Monica Wyatt - Continuum January 20 - March 3, 2018 Artist Talks: Randi Matushevitz and Huss Hardan Closing Reception/Artist Talk HuZ galleries 341 W 7th St, San Pedro, 90731 January 27th 3-5pm Artist Talk, Ray Carofano, Anita Bunn South Bay Contemporary SOLA Gallery 3718 WEST SLAUSON AVENUE, Los Angeles, 90043 January 27th 11-1pm Artist Talk and Tour on Salvage: Marine, Terrestrial and Astral ArtExchange - ArtX 356 E 3rd St, Long Beach, California 90802 Opening February 10th 3-5pm Art Fairs: Art Palm Springs February 15-19




by Jeremy Kaplan of READ Books As the last of the peeved mothers carried her child out of the store, all bundled up on her shoulder like a sad sack of potatoes— if potatoes could cry— the mom looked over her childless shoulder and flashed me the stink-eye. I could have said “buh-bye” or waved one of my giant-gloved hands at her, but I had a red, round, squeaky clown’s nose on my face that just had to be squeezed. It said “Honk!” and the tater tot began to cry hysterically. Again. The door closed and they were gone. I swiveled in my chair to address my wife at the cash register. “Well I think that went relatively well. Y’think they’ll come back for next week’s show?” “No,” she said. “It didn’t and they won’t. Buddy, you are a bad clown.” Bad clown? Me? It wasn’t my idea, this Story-Time-for-Tots, but I was game. My wife, being better equipped for this capitalism stuff than I, had figured that, having just opened our bookstore in 2007, reading books to kids every Saturday morning would build bridges with the community and all that shit. Coming up with ideas is her thing. Having to execute said ideas is the cross that I must bear. And I possessed all the pre-requisites for leading Story-Time: I can read words, and I’m confrontational. My contribution to Story-Time was thematic. First I dressed my ten and thirteen-year-old sons up like gnomes and put a bicycle horn in each of their gloved hands. (Get it? They didn’t.) My instructions were simple: (a) stand behind me and look tough, like a couple of Gnomy bodyguards; (b) If a toddler shows any sign of drifting, blow a horn in its ear. An audience that is awake cannot be asleep. My decision to dress up like a clown was based on the incontrovertible fact that every child in history loves clowns incontrovertibly. I placed a multi-colored clown wig upon my head, an Andre-the-Giant-sized bowtie around my neck, and the vociferous clown nose somewhere in between. After smearing lipstick all around the mouth region, I slipped into the most colorful clothes I owned: a florid mu-mu with the sleeves cut off. I hadn’t shaved in a week and I stunk of cigarettes, most likely because I’d been smoking them. Truth be told, as performance time neared, I was feeling rather nervous. So as to calm them nerves, I dropped my last cigarette into the toilet, took a fighting stance in front of the bathroom mirror & began to shadow box whilst murmuring, ala Jake LaMotta: “Who’s the boss? Who’s the boss?” I busted out of my private dressing room & stampeded down the middle aisle like a Raging Clown, past my proud wife seated at the cash register, ultimately arriving at the couch where my fighting gnomes had successfully corralled four toddlers and several enthusiastic parent types. One the parents brought a hand up to his mouth as if attempting a yawn, provoking my loyal gnomes to lunge toward the couch and confront both of his ears with a rapid fire assault of piercing honks. Expectations had been set. “Okay y’little crumb crunchers,” I croaked. “Anyone here got a problem with pop-up books?” Midway through the first Brothers Grimm story, whilst fiddling around with a pop-up in which a man sells his daughter to the devil, I became aware of a sniffling outbreak amongst the tots. Not wanting to catch a cold, I pushed my chair a few feet back from their snotty noses & flashed a warning scowl, lest anyone get any funny ideas about projectile sneezing. After I’d finished reading “The Girl With No Hands”, perhaps a little bored of the Grimmian hijinks, I went to my second kids’ book, the one that my wife had accidentally shelved with the adult books. “Okay,” I muttered, perusing the table of contents, “let’s see what we got here in The Pop-Up Book of Phobias. Uhm. Who wants me to read Arachnophobia? Oh wait. Lookie at this pop-up of a dentist cramming a drill into a little kid’s mush; remind anybody of their dentist? He looks angry! Scary, huh?” By the time I’d finished the Necrophobia section, I’d lost my first audience members, the dude who’d tried to yawn and his asthmatic daughter, who were pursued onto the street by my remorseless, honking gnomes. Although my instructions only targeted snoozers, and blowing a horn into the ears of a man most likely deaf from their incipient assault seemed a bit lavish, I couldn’t help but applaud my progeny’s impromptu, avant-garde spirit… “Bad clown?” I protested, cradling the pop-up books in my sweaty armpits. “Me? Did you see one of them toddlers even dream about yawning while I read? I don’t often bandy about words like enthralled, but…” “Buddy,” said my wife, “watching you read to those terror-stricken children was like watching Travis Bickle taking Cybil Shepherd on a hot date to the Triple-XXX theater in Taxi Driver.” “Whatever,” I yawned, opening my mouth wide so as to display my disdain for her analogy. Which was when the bicycle horns exploded in my ears.

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ED MOSES, 1926-2018


Iconic California artist Ed Moses passed away in January at the age of 91. Mr. Moses’ art career began in the 1950s when he became a regular at Ferus Gallery alongside Los Angeles’ post-war luminaries. His output was still prolific when he celebrated his 90th birthday with a massive show in 2016 at William Turner Gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica. Over the decades, his work spanned a variety of styles, employing a variety of influences and innovative methodologies. “The rational mind constantly wants to be in charge. The other parts want to fly. My painting is the encounter between the mind’s necessity for control and its yearning to fly, to be free from our ever-confining skull.” —Ed Moses, via William Turner Gallery

Ed Moses, Angled Craquelures, 2012-2013, mixed media on canvas, 84” x 54” Angled Mirror Panels, 72” x 78” Craquelure Panels, 2012-2013, mixed media on canvas, 84” x 48” Craquelure Panels, 2012-2014, mixed media on canvas, 96” x 60” Untitled (Mirrors with Rocks), 2015, 96” x 60” William Turner Gallery, 2016

Ed Moses, Fly In, 2015-16, wood, copper rails and paint, 84” x 63” William Turner Gallery, 2016

Ed Moses in his Venice studio with a gift from Highland Park artist Amy Inouye (photo: Future Studio)

Ed Moses image atop William Turner Gallery, 2016


Chicken Boy Gazette editor Amy Inouye visits Mr. Moses in his Venice studio




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LA Art News February 2018  

Second month of the year. Already so much going on! Enjoy!!

LA Art News February 2018  

Second month of the year. Already so much going on! Enjoy!!