Top 5: February 25, 2015

Here are our picks for the best art shows in Southern California this week! Subscribe to our newsletter if you’d like to get this list in your mailbox each week.


1. The Border Again
Through March 8
Screening February 27, 6:30–9 pm
Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA)

Mariah Garnett’s comic, stereotype-mining collaboration with Guillermo-Gomez Pena, a video called Mexercise, is in this show, along with other work by artists based in Tijuana and by L.A.-based artists who have worked in Tijuana. Artist Kelman Duran curated the exhibition.


2. Edgar Arceneaux: Frame Rate 
February 28, 7–9 pm
Riverside Studios

Edgar Arceneaux will screen the feature length film he made connecting Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (King died two days before the film premiered). Ray 7 of the Detroit techno group Underground Resistance will score the film live and two other videos by Arceneaux will be projected on adjacent walls at the same time.


3. Lorraine O’Grady
February 26, 7–9 pm
MOCA Grand Avenue

Ballsy conceptualist Lorraine O’Grady, who famously performed as Mlle Bourgeoise Noire (or Miss Black Middle-Class) in the early 1980s, will be talking about her work. She doesn’t pull punches (and her name is one that the band Le Tigre shouts in their tribute-to-tough-women song Hot Topic).


5. David Musgrave
Through March 14
Marc Foxx

London-based David Musgrave, who makes super minimal, neutrally-colored sculptures that manage to be slightly goofy, is showing typically understated drawings and some sculptures that look like they were made accidentally.


5. Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now
Through May 31
Hammer Museum

“Frottage” comes from the French verb “frotter,” or “to rub,” and Max Ernst used the frottage method to make drawings, placing paper over objects and rubbing the paper with a crayon. This show is all about this technique and it includes work by surrealists (e.g. Jindřich Štýrsky), pop artists (e.g. Roy Lichtenstein) and artists working now (e.g. Jennifer Bornstein). Mona Hatoum made a wax paper rubbing of a cheese grater.

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