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Obsidian Ladder Obsidian Ladder

Obsidian Ladder

Donna Huanca

Marciano Art Foundation Los Angeles, California, USA 06/28/2019 – 12/01/2019

Marciano Art Foundation (MAF) presents Obsidian Ladder, the first large-scale solo exhibition in the United States by Bolivian American artist Donna Huanca. Huanca’s site-specific installation for MAF’s 13,000-square-foot Theater Gallery reveals a new topography of triggered senses, combining sound, scent, and live performance. These elements are experienced together against a constellation of carved steel sculptures and

Installation view of Donna Huanca: Obsidian Ladder (2019). Courtesy the artist, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles and Peres Projects, Berlin. Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com Installation view of Donna Huanca: Obsidian Ladder (2019). Courtesy the artist, Marciano Art Foundation, Los Angeles and Peres Projects, Berlin. Photo by Joshua White/JWPictures.com Installation view of Donna Huanca: Obsidian Ladder

Piss + Blood & Spunk: Seminal Works 1993-2019 Piss + Blood & Spunk: Seminal Works 1993-2019

Piss + Blood & Spunk: Seminal Works 1993-2019

Ruben Esparza

Tom of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, California, USA 06/08/2019 – 07/06/2019

Rubén Esparza combines the skills of a multi-media artist and the insight of a gifted curator to synergize intensely cross-referential artworks. Queer AIDS tropes, phallocentrism, and bodily fluids become markers of LGBTQ+ culture from the early ’90s to the contemporary Trumpian zeitgeist. GLoves (Blood Drive), a 1995 triptych, epitomizes many themes of Esparza’s oeuvre. The artist,

Rubén Esparza, Yooth n Treets (2016). Courtesy of the artist ©Rubén Esparza Rubén Esparza, Missing (Russell David Liebert) (2019). Courtesy of the artist ©Rubén Esparza Rubén Esparza, Jeff in Blue and Gold (2019). Courtesy of the artist ©Rubén Esparza Rubén Esparza combines the skills of a multi-media artist and the insight of a gifted curator

Unraveling Collective Forms Unraveling Collective Forms

Unraveling Collective Forms

Curated by Daniela Lieja Quintanar

LACE Los Angeles, California, USA 04/03/2019 – 05/26/2019

A Quipu or Khipu is a device made of dyed, knotted threads—an ancient Inka, multisensory, extinct language, quipus are the vanished narratives of resistance that this exhibition and public programming. Unraveling Collective Forms knots together artistic reflections centered around collectivity, autonomy, and group manifestations that crack systems. Artist Cecilia Vicuña defines a quipu as “a poem in space, a way to remember, involving the body

Performance Stranger’s Union organized by Arshia Haq, as part of Unraveling Collective Forms. Courtesy of the artists. Photo by Tina June Malek View of exhibition Unraveling Collective Forms at LACE. Courtesy of the artists. Photo by Christopher Wormald View of exhibition Unraveling Collective Forms at LACE. Courtesy of the artists. Photo by Christopher Wormald Desenredar

Sorry for the mess Sorry for the mess

Sorry for the mess

Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez

Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 04/12/2019 – 08/03/2019

Justin Favela and Ramiro Gomez come together for the first time in Sorry for the Mess, an exhibition of new collaborative artwork about labor, childhood memories, and life in Las Vegas. Filling the East and West Galleries of the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, this installation draws on key themes in the practices of both

Sorry for the mess, installation view at Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, 2019. Photos by Javier Sanchez/Courtesy the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Sorry for the mess, installation view at Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art, Las Vegas, 2019. Photos by Javier Sanchez/Courtesy the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Sorry for the mess, installation

Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019 Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019

Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019

Rick Castro

Tom of Finland Foundation Los Angeles, California, USA 04/06/2019 – 04/27/2019

Curated by Ruben Esparza Born in Los Angeles in 1958, Rick Castro began his early career working as a fashion stylist and clothing designer. His clients over the years have included Bette Midler, David Bowie, Herb Ritts, Joel-Peter Witkin and magazines like Interview, GQ, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair. Castro first became a freelance photographer

Rick Castro, Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019. Installation view at Tom of Finland Foundation, 2019. Image courtesy of the artist Rick Castro, Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019. Installation view at Tom of Finland Foundation. Image courtesy of the artist Rick Castro, Fetish King: Seminal Photographs 1986-2019. Installation view at Tom of Finland Foundation. Image courtesy

Echoes of a collective memory Echoes of a collective memory

Echoes of a collective memory

Guadalupe Rosales

Vincent Price Art Museum Los Angeles, California, USA 09/15/2018 – 01/19/2019

The Vincent Price Art Museum at East Los Angeles College presented Guadalupe Rosales: Echoes of a Collective Memory, the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. The exhibition explored the radical potential of the archive in a new immersive installation including a two-channel video, sculptures featuring archival materials, a collaged wall work, a payphone sound piece, and an

Guadalupe Rosales, Selections of Glamour shots and Party flyers, Collage, Dimensions vary, ca. 1990s. Courtesy of the artist Installation View, Guadalupe Rosales: Echoes of a Collective Memory on view at the Vincent Price Art Museum, East Los Angeles College through January 19, 2019. Photo by Monica Orozco Installation View, Guadalupe Rosales: Echoes of a Collective

Bodega Run Bodega Run

Bodega Run

Tschabalala Self

Hammer Museum Los Angeles, California, USA 02/02/2019 – 04/28/2019

It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others. —W. E. B. Du Bois New York City is a patchwork quilt of distinct neighborhoods spread across all five boroughs and punctuated by renowned cultural and historic landmarks—the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty,

Hammer Projects: Tschabalala Self, installation view, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photo: Joshua White Tschabalala Self, Bodega Run Diptych, 2017. Acrylic, watercolor, flashe, gouache, colored pencil, pencil, hand-colored photocopy, hand-colored canvas on canvas. Collection of the Luma Foundation, New York Tschabalala Self, Bodega Run, installation view, Pilar Corrias Gallery, London, September 7—27, 2017 It is a

Take My Money / Take My Body Take My Money / Take My Body

Take My Money / Take My Body

Curated by Narei Choi and Nicolas Orozco-Valdivia

LACE Los Angeles, California, USA 01/03/2019 – 02/24/2019

Featuring artists: Peggy Ahwesh, Olivia Campbell, Jiwon Choi, Mike Grimm, Han Sol Ip, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Ahmet Öğüt, Levi Orta, and Chung Qin In Take My Money / Take My Body, K-Pop is an entry point for a question about the promises of popular media within highly bureaucratic, surveilled, and macro-scaled communities such as corporations / nations. Whether a data-mining social platform, exploitative culture industry, or resurgent

Exhibition view Take My Money/Take My Body, LACE Emerging Curators Program 2019. Courtesy of LACE. Photo by Chris Wormald Detail of Objet petit aby Han Sol Ip & Chung Qin, from exhibition Take My Money/Take My Body, LACE Emerging Curators Program 2019. Courtesy of LACE. Photo by Chris Wormald Exhibition view Take My Money/Take My

Tamborine Tamborine

Tamborine

Kenneth Tam

Commonwealth and Council Los Angeles, California, USA 01/19/2019 – 03/02/2019

Tamborine presents Kenneth Tam’s recent work dealing with rituals of masculinity and their capacity to both reinforce and disrupt conventional norms. Rites of passage initiate young men into social codes of adulthood, giving them the chance to test out their mature selves and rehearse normative patterns of behavior. But they also open a space of vulnerability

Kenneth Tam, All of M. Video still. Image courtesy of Commonwealth and Council Kenneth Tam, Tamborine (2019). Installation view. Image courtesy of Commonwealth and Council Kenneth Tam, All of M. Video still. Image courtesy of Common Wealth and Council Tamborine presents Kenneth Tam’s recent work dealing with rituals of masculinity and their capacity to both reinforce and disrupt conventional norms.

Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA

Regeneración: Three Generations of Revolutionary Ideology at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA

By Matthew Stromberg Los Angeles, California, USA 09/29/2018 – 02/16/2019

As right-wing movements take hold across the globe—from the US to Brazil to Europe—liberal progressives are confronted with an existential crisis. Feeling betrayed and disillusioned with the promises of the institutional Left, they must search for new forms of resistance to cultural conservatism, xenophobia, and destructive capitalist ideologies that are enacting real violence upon already

Harry Gamboa Jr., “He Threw a Rock at Me” presentada en Regeneración (Los Ángeles), vol. 1, no. 9, 1971. Cortesía de Harry Gamboa Jr. (Editor, Regeneración, Volumen 2, 1971–75) A medida que los movimientos de derecha se afianzan en todo el mundo —desde Estados Unidos hasta Brasil y Europa— los progresistas liberales se enfrentan a