Top 5: April 1, 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. Zoe Crosher: The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project
April 3-5
April 3: Scott Benzel performance at 7:30pm
April 4: Artist talk, 11am-12pm
Scott Benzel performance at the Palm Tree Ring at Desert Center, 6pm-8pm; reception 8pm-10pm
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project that non-profit LAND curated with artist Zoe Crosher, stringing billboards along the whole I-10 West, is finally getting to SoCal. The launch weekend for the billboards that Crosher designed (each previous stretch has featured work by a different artist) includes, among other events, performances of a freeway-inspired score by artist Scott Benzel.


2. The Films of Gregory J. Markopoulos 
April 6, 8:30–10:30 pm
Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater (REDCAT)

Gregory J. Markopoulos is known for experimental camera work and for the fact hat he put restrictions on when and where his films could be shown. So it’s rare to get to see films like Bliss, shot in 1967 over two days in the Church of St. John on the Greek island of Hydra. That film screens at RedCat along with the longer Gammelion (1968), which is full of fade-ins and fade-outs.


3. Ken Gonzales-Day: RUN UP
Opening April 4, 6–8 pm
Through May 9, 2015
Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

Ken Gonzales-Day, who has been studying the history of lynching for years, based his first film, Run Up, on a reenactment of events surrounding a 1920 lynching of a Latino names Charles Valento in Santa Rosa. The Scripps professor will screen the film and exhibit a series of still photographs from it. He’ll also show photographs shot last November, during an L.A. protest march following the Grand Jury’s contested decision to acquit the police officer who shot Michael Brown in Ferguson.


5. Jan Stieding and Jörg Wagner: danach draußen (thereafter outside)
Through May 10
Los Angeles Museum of Art (LAMOA)

German artist Jan Stieding used East German propaganda posters as sources for her two paintings of deserted stages and two of human figures. Jörg Wagner, also German, is exhibiting photosensitive cyanotype copies of fences along borders (he’s been interested in borders between yards and between countries, like the US and Mexico). Since Stieding and Wagner had a curatorial project ‘die Beton Bar’ that inspired Alice Konitz to start LAMOA, it’s fitting that they’re finally showing at LAMOA.


5. Jerry Hsu: A Love Like Mine is Hard to Find
Opening April 3, 7–10 pm
Through May 2
Slow Culture

Jerry Hsu, who began taking street photos around the same time he began skateboarding professionally in 1997, makes sadly sweet photos of, say, a man throwing a bouquet into the trash, a sunset or a woman stuck in a corner behind thrift store shelves.

also by Glasstire

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