Calendar

Jan
20
Sat
After ‘After the Contemporary’ + IT’S OK. ↘ @ Charlie James Gallery
Jan 20 – Mar 3 all-day

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sun 12pm – 5pm
Artist Reception, January 20, 6-9pm

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present After’ After the Contemporary’, an exhibition of new and recent works on paper by New York-based artist William Powhida. The title of the exhibition refers to Powhida’s recent solo exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Museum of Art where the artist created a fictional retrospective look back from the year 2050 at the Contemporary period of art history. Here the artist presents one hundred and twenty 15″ x 15″ real and fictional Artforum advertisements [1] to create a darkly humorous, visual chronology of the period, which the artist defines as lasting from year 2000 until 2025, when it will come to an end along with other current social and cultural formations like democracy.

Charlie James Gallery is pleased to present IT’S OK. ↘ a group exhibition curated by Sacha Baumann, featuring Nadege Monchera Baer, Hayley Barker, Megan Mueller, Stephen Neidich, Kottie Paloma, Molly Segal, and Luke Whitlatch.
John Laroche: You know why I like plants?
Susan Orlean: Nuh uh.
John Laroche: Because they’re so mutable. Adaptation is a profound process. Means you figure out how to thrive in the world.
Susan Orlean: Yeah but it’s easier for plants. I mean they have no memory. They just move on to whatever’s next. With a person though, adapting is almost shameful. It’s like running away.
-excerpt from Adaptation, screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman, adapted from the book, The Orchid Thief, by Susan Orlean
Seven artists explore the profound process of adaptation, eschewing any shame. In fact, it’s OK to adapt in an effort to be well-suited for the current moment or for an imagined future, despite the awkwardness mutability may expose. The artists employ disparate approaches: adjusting art practice to the space in which it is displayed, creating icons based on truths, adapting by moving on, creating armors for  protection and dazzling displays, to both attract suitors and repel enemies. In IT’S OK. ↘, adaptation is playful, practical, anticipatory, necessary, and sometimes excessive.
Andrew Frieder: Prints @ The Good Luck Gallery
Jan 20 – Mar 11 all-day

Hour: Wednesday – Sunday Noon – 6PM and by appointment
Reception: January 20, 7-10pm

The Good Luck Gallery is pleased to present Andrew Frieder: Prints, opening January 20. The quintessential visionary artist, Andrew Frieder (1959-2014) was an obsessive maker, inventor, and writer in the tradition of such polymath self-taught artists as Eugene Von Bruenchenhein, Henry Darger, and Mr. Imagination (Gregory Warmack).

Relentlessly creating and utilizing a diversity of found materials, Frieder’s home in Lancaster, California served as his living studio.  Rubbings covered the hallways, preliminary sketches papered the kitchen cabinets, and countless hand-forged tools, converted sewing machines, and modified furniture filled his brimming space; Frieder’s writing included personal accounts, critical essays, and several completed novels that he would eventually destroy.

Jan
27
Sat
PRISMS @ Fellows of Contemporary Art
Jan 27 – Mar 23 all-day
Curator(s): Cassie Riger and Mak Kern
Opening reception: Saturday, January 27, 2018, 5 – 8 pm

Performances: Saturday, March 17, 2018, 5 – 8 PM
Hours: Monday – Friday 10am- 5 pm

Showing works by
Devin Kenny
Mak Kern
Cassie Riger
Hiromi Takizawa
Isabel Theselius

With performances by
Rebecca Bruno
Krysten Cunningham

And a catalog essay by
Jennifer Frias

When we think of light we think….

Pink Floyd cover art. White privilege. Crystals. Blue light eye blockers and amber light from dusk till dawn. Spiritual awakening. Mass media. Projectors. Phenomenology. Cinema. Space travel. Transparency. Remembrance. Reflection. Context. Desire. Mood. Magic.

PRISMS holds the proverbial Pink Floyd crystal up to the stream of light-based work flowing out of Southern California today. Like a prism, we aim to clarify, to show a spectrum, to make delightful rainbows dance across the walls.

FOCA Curators Lab Chairs: Noriko Fujinami & Tressa Miller

Feb
17
Sat
Castro Frank : Street Stories @ Eastern Projects Gallery
Feb 17 – Mar 10 all-day

 

Eastern Projects Annex Gallery is pleased to announce Street Stories: A solo exhibition by Castro Frank. The opening reception takes place on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 from 5pm-10pm. This event is free and open to the public.

The collection of photographs chosen for this series “Street Stories”, offer a raw powerful look into the residents of our city. Rather than leaning toward voyeurism, the subjects in Castro’s images are actively inviting the viewer into a rich, personal narrative.

 

John Kwok Art Exhibit @ Realm
Feb 17 – Mar 11 all-day

Introducing the Chinese-American Artist Exhibition Series…

Realm is pleased to partner with Sonia Mak and Shervin Shahbazi to present a selection of original artworks by John Kwok, a pioneering Chinese American artist in Los Angeles, in celebration of Chinese New Year. The exhibition of paintings and drawings will be on view from Saturday, February 17th through Sunday March 11, 2018.

The works on view date from the 1950’s to 1980’s and have not been exhibited since 2012 when it was exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum as part of the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative, and 2005 in Kwok’s solo museum retrospective at the Chinese American Museum. Artworks will be available for purchase.

John Kwok​ was born in Shanghai, China in 1920. His family immigrated to the United States and settled in Northern California. Kwok studied at Sacramento Junior College and won a full scholarship to study at Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles. Kwok exhibited and actively participated in local and national watercolor associations throughout his life, namely the National Watercolor Society. He worked in a figurative abstract mode in his fine art practice, using gouache on illustrator board as his primary medium. Kwok continued to work, exhibit, and travel up until his death in 1983.

Established in 2004 as a source for lovely objects for the home, Realm seeks to fortify and preserve Chinatown’s rich history and culture.

Sonia Mak has worked as an institutional and independent curator, gallery director, art historian, and museum professional since 1998. Shervin Shahbazi has worked as a curator, gallery director, museum professional, and cultural activist since 1989. Together they have organized art projects in museums, galleries, and cultural and alternative venues in Los Angeles.

Open Wednesday through Monday 12:00 – 6:00 PM, Closed Tuesday

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

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

Mar
22
Thu
BID Board of Director Meeting @ Far East Plaza
Mar 22 @ 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/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.

Apr
5
Thu
Chinatown After Dark @ Far East Plaza
Apr 5 @ 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!

Apr
7
Sat
Undiscovered Chinatown Walking Tour @ Throughout Chinatown
Apr 7 @ 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.