Calendar

Feb
25
Sat
CJG: A MERE SUM OF PARTS ORGANIZED BY SYDNEY CROSKERY @ Charlie James Gallery
Feb 25 – Apr 1 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12pm – 5pm
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 25, 2017, 6-9PM

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present, A Mere Sum of Parts, a group exhibition organized by Sydney Croskery, with works by Chad Attie, Sadie Barnette, Sarah Conaway, Sydney Croskery, Kim Fisher, Erik Frydenborg, Chyrum Lambert, Fay Ray, and Steve Roden.

The artists in the exhibition A Mere Sum of Parts employ a series of processes, by either dismantling cultural artifacts or by fabricating their own, to create a new image. They collect, break, edit, tear, and combine in order to redefine and revalue, while not depicting the context or meaning of the original source. Through these processes, the artist subtly hints at the moment of derivation, adding a sense of the familiar, poetic, or personal. The artist Sydney Croskery organized this show of works by artists she admires to consider the different ways each individualizes their process.

CJG: JENNIFER DALTON: PATRICIPATION TROPHY @ Charlie James Gallery
Feb 25 – Apr 1 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12pm – 5pm
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: FEBRUARY 25, 2017, 6-9PM

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present a solo exhibition by gallery artist Jennifer Dalton titled Participation Trophy, opening February 25th from 6-9pm at the gallery in Chinatown.

In Participation Trophy, Dalton presents video, sculpture, and interactive works as exercises in confronting and overcoming the fears that stand in the way of succeeding in or even pursuing our goals. The humble participation trophy was a convenient shorthand for unearned entitlement long before “participation trophy generation” became a weaponized insult in our current culture wars. But is full, active participation in all areas of our lives really that easy? And why should anyone roll their eyes at earnest participation in any worthwhile endeavor, whether in the end there is success or failure? The importance of participation is especially obvious in our contemporary political moment, when we are recognizing the urgency of consistent, active civic engagement.

Using her own lifelong phobia of public speaking as an inspiration, Dalton enrolled in a public speaking course in an effort to confront and overcome this fear and chronicled her emotions as she progressed. “Glossophobia,” the resulting video installation, consists of a small circle of chairs, one of which is replaced by a video showing the artist’s hands fidgeting in her lap as she takes part in a conversation with a fellow-sufferer about their fear. In “New Trick,” Dalton chronicles a less momentous but no less earnest exploration. The two-channel video installation recounts her year spent training to execute a standing backflip. The details of this endeavor are presented in information-overload style, with grids of simultaneous training videos, financial and physical data, and a narrative text crawl. This quixotic quest, spurred by a casual conversation with a personal trainer, incorporates themes of aging, risk, ambition and self-esteem. The sideways ending of this story underscores that in real life, success can be difficult to assess. Dalton also presents “Successories,” a series of wall-based sculptures combining award plaques and inspirational slogans into a more personal, unbalanced form. Mimicking engravings, they are hand-drawn in pencil on zinc and copper, and mounted irregularly on marble. “Hopes and Fears” consists of two plexiglass vitrines on a steel table. Viewers are invited to respond to the questions etched into the vitrines, “What are you afraid of?” and “What do you want?” by writing their answers on notepads color coded by categories of hopes or fears and placing them in the vitrines, which begin the exhibition empty.

Mar
23
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

The Chinatown BID Board of Directors Meeting is held on the 4th Thursday of odd months.

AGENDA

  1. Public Comments
  2. Approval of Previous Minutes
  3. Chinatown Development/Projects Update
  4. New Business
  5. Chinatown Marketing/2017 Events Update
  6. Chinatown Quality of Life Update
  7. Adjournment

Any questions, or to request to be added to the Board Agenda, please submit a request prior to the meeting to info@chinatownla.com for consideration.

*Validated Parking in Far East Plaza parking garage below building.

Mar
24
Fri
Automata: JOSIANE KELLER @ Automata
Mar 24 @ 8:00 pm

ホテル-Hotel (reads: “hotel – hotel”  is an ongoing long-term project by artist Josiane Keller. Begun in 2016, ホテル-Hotel is a slide show performance, drawing on her lens-based images of small hand-made puppets, that suggests a fictive narrative of a long-term residency hotel and its tenants, depicted in casual intimate snap-shots. Inspired by Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, Larry Clark’s “Tulsa”,  and other photo-essays, ホテル-Hotel investigates seeing and visual memory, puppets as surrogates, the camera as a tool of “evidence”, and the aura of fetishism around images that depict the intimate lives of marginalized people.  ホテル-Hotel has been exhibited as a photo-installation of small scale prints in Tokyo and Budapest. ホテル-Hotel will  have its world premiere at Automata as a live/performed slide show.

This show includes adult content and is not recommended for children.

Mar
25
Sat
FOCA: FOCAFellowships Opening @ Fellows of Contemporary Art
Mar 25 – Apr 24 all-day

Fellows of Contemporary Art will host an exhibition/reception celebrating Sean Griffin, Simon Leung, and Susan Silton, from 6:30pm – 9:30 pm on Saturday, March 25, 2017. An Artists’ Conversation with Moderator Jim Daichendt will start at 7:00 pm in the exhibition space. The exhibition will be open for viewing Mondays through Fridays from 10:00am -5:00pm.

A biennial artist grant program begun in 2006, the FOCAFellowships have supported eleven mid-career artists to date. Three nominators from the California art community: Jose Luis Blondet, LACMA; Kristina Newhouse, CSULB; and Sara Cannon, LA Municipal Art Gallery each nominated ten mid-career artists for the award. Jurors Elizabeth Gerber, LACMA; Alma L. Ruiz; and Irene Tsatsos, Armory Center for the Arts made the final selections.

 

 

Automata: JOSIANE KELLER @ Automata
Mar 25 @ 8:00 pm

ホテル-Hotel (reads: “hotel – hotel”  is an ongoing long-term project by artist Josiane Keller. Begun in 2016, ホテル-Hotel is a slide show performance, drawing on her lens-based images of small hand-made puppets, that suggests a fictive narrative of a long-term residency hotel and its tenants, depicted in casual intimate snap-shots. Inspired by Nan Goldin’s “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, Larry Clark’s “Tulsa”,  and other photo-essays, ホテル-Hotel investigates seeing and visual memory, puppets as surrogates, the camera as a tool of “evidence”, and the aura of fetishism around images that depict the intimate lives of marginalized people.  ホテル-Hotel has been exhibited as a photo-installation of small scale prints in Tokyo and Budapest. ホテル-Hotel will  have its world premiere at Automata as a live/performed slide show.

This show includes adult content and is not recommended for children.

Apr
1
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour (Wait List Only) @ Throughout Chinatown
Apr 1 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here. Currently accepting Wait List Only. Will follow up if space becomes available.

Apr
6
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Apr 6 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

May
4
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Chinatown After Dark happens on the First Thursdays at Far East Plaza. The monthly event features an opportunity for innovative chefs to test out new menu items and pop-up concepts. Chinatown’s regulars promote specials and other incentives. Each month’s event feature talented musical acts from vocalists to DJs to instrumentals. Good vibes under clear skies in the breezy Southern California evening, join us next time and see what’s new in the neighborhood!

May
6
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
May 6 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Visit a temple, an herbal shop, art galleries, antique stores, and more! The 2 1/2 hour walking tour will take visitors to a number of off-the-beaten-track points of interest and will guide those interested in shopping to some of Chinatown’s best bargains and its trendiest shops. Wear comfortable walking shoes and be prepared to wind your way through a myriad of alleyways, plaza stalls, and classical courtyards to discover the charm of L.A’s Chinatown.

For those interested, please rsvp online here.