Calendar

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.

 

 

Apr
8
Sat
CJG: BLACK MIRROR @ Charlie James Gallery
Apr 8 – May 13 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun, 12pm – 5pm
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: APRIL 8, 2017, 6-9PM

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present Black Mirror, a group exhibition curated by Julia Schwartz, with works by Andrea Marie Breiling, Dani Dodge, Kio Griffith, Karl Haendel, Kenyatta AC Hinkle, Cole M James, Elana Mann, Abdul Mazid, Thinh Nguyen, Warren Neidich, Claudia Parducci, Julia Schwartz, and Thaddeus Strode.

In Black Mirror, 13 artists respond to the current political and cultural moment through painting, drawing, installation, photography, and video. The works in this exhibition contend with what it means to live in the age of Trump, Wikileaks, and border walls; an age when the term BlackLivesMatter holds urgent currency, women’s bodies are once again up for grabs and whole segments of the population are obliged to live in a state of erasure. The artists employ disparate approaches in their responses to this historical moment: subversive humor and wit, practical guidance, documentation and conceptual analysis, poignant abstraction, emotional release.

The title, Black Mirror, is taken from the dystopian TV show, which examines the dangerous capacities of technology and social media to shape our thoughts and control our behaviors. Black Mirror refers as well to Claude Glass, small mirrors used by artists that abstract and distort the reflected subject.

CJG: CONSUMPTION @ Charlie James Gallery
Apr 8 – May 13 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12pm – 5pm
ARTIST’S RECEPTION: APRIL 8, 2017, 6-9PM

 

Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present Consumption, our first solo show with Los Angeles-based artist Nancy Buchanan.

Intending to focus on painting at UC Irvine, Nancy Buchanan’s (b. 1946, Boston, MA) conceptual bent started when she was a student of Robert Irwin. Absorbing his lesson that art is an experience rather than an object, she extended her production to unusual materials (shredded newspaper, human hair) and methods of presentation. Buchanan works across drawing, performance, video, collage, mixed media work and installation. As she embraces the notion that art should evidence the time of its making, Buchanan’s pieces often addresses social and political issues.

Coagula Curatorial: Monument To The Pathetic Sublime @ Coagula Curatorial
Apr 8 – May 21 all-day

MANUEL OCAMPO & IRENE IRE

Monument to the Pathetic Sublime: Resuscitating Goya or an All Out Attempt at Transcendence

Gallery Hour: Wed- Fri, 1-6pm, Sun 1-4pm, & by appt.
OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, APRIL 8 7 – 11 PM

Manuel Ocampol, Coagula Curatorial, April 2017Coagula Curatorial is pleased to present Monument To The Pathetic Sublime, featuring internationally renowned artist Manuel Ocampo in his first Los Angeles exhibition in ten years. In this two-artist exhibit, Ocampo partners with Madrid-based artist Irene-Iré in a series of new works which attempt to bring the dark humor and critical eye of Goya back into our contemporary consciousness through the use and appropriation of his critical imagery from his print portfolio Los Caprichos (1797-1798).

The artists state: “For the moment, we try to function as mediums communicating with ghosts, and as mediums, we become formalists. Confusing the alchemist’s paint with that of the mandrake, the paint drips like Pollock’s where fetuses manifest themselves in stains and
the decaying detritus of sex appear in the dribble. Paint as seminal fluid is essential and symbolic in our works. We create art pieces that are open-ended, adapting our particular view within the legacy of Goya, who, despite 200 years, has allowed his visionary character to
be either used or exploited for our own end.”

In Iré’s paintings, we see imagery of the Los Caprichos series smudged, stained, and abstracted, almost to the point of annihilating any remnants of Goya’s original image. In these paintings, Goya’s commentary is brought to the present – the narrative has changed but the stains have seeped through to the here and now.

Manuel Ocampo’s take on Los Caprichos is ironic (or perhaps lost in translation) while simultaneously commenting on the problematics of the effectiveness of critique within an art historical context. The imagery from Los Caprichos is utilized as background and then mixed with other characters from art history: Malevich’s utopian constructivism to hand-made Pop Art via Looney Tunes. Both Pop and Constructivism may have some relations to Goya, but the connection leads us to a circuitous road full of detours and day long traffic jams, just like in Metro Manila.

Irene-Iré is a Madrid-based artist, who exhibits regularly throughout Europe.

Manuel Ocampo is one of the most influential living contemporary artists working today. In addition to having been shown and collected in numerous international museums, he will represent the Philippines in the 2017 Venice Biennale.

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.

May
13
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour (China Week) @ Throughout Chinatown
May 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Held in conjunction with China Week.

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.

May
25
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
May 25 @ 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.

Jun
1
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Jun 1 @ 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!

Jun
3
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Jun 3 @ 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.