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Live Conversation with Tom Wudl and MAD Chief Curator Elissa Auther

Thursday, 18 Jun 2020, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Artist Tom Wudl joins us live from his exhibition at L.A. Louver for a virtual conversation with Elissa Auther, Chief Curator at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY.

The pair will discuss Wudl's current solo show "The Flowerbank World," which features an ongoing series of painstakingly detailed paintings, drawings and prints made in response to the evocative and profound literary descriptions in the Avatamsaka Sutra (Flower Ornament Scripture), a revered Buddhist teaching considered to be one of earliest discourses by the Buddha.

Following the conversation, the artist will tour attendees through his exhibition, and will be available to answer questions during the live Q&A.

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Live Conversation with Tom Wudl and MAD Chief Curator Elissa Auther
Infection, Migration, and Material in Rina Banerjee’s Work

Tuesday, 12 May 2020, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Online

In celebration of the national tour of Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World, join PAFA’s Curator of Contemporary Art Jodi Throckmorton for a conversation with Marla Berns (Director, Fowler Museum at UCLA) and Lauren Dickens (Senior Curator, San José Museum of Art) on how Banerjee connects migration, globalized markets, and worldwide pandemics in her work.

Rina Banerjee is currently on view at the Fowler Museum at UCLA. We look forward to seeing you at this bi-coastal zoom!

Advance registration is required. This is event is being held online. After registering, connection information will be emailed to you.

General Public: $7
PAFA Members: Free. Also free for Fowler and San José Museum of Art Members.

For more info see pafa.org

Infection, Migration, and Material in Rina Banerjee’s Work
MAD Moments: Live Interactive Chat - Artist Alison Saar with MAD Chief Curator Elissa Auther

Monday, 11 May 2020, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Online

4:00 PM in EST

In these MAD Moments, grab your afternoon tea or coffee and settle in for a LIVE interactive chat with artist Alison Saar and MAD Chief Curator Elissa Auther. Listen in as Alison chats with Elissa about the spirits of found objects. Hear directly from the Venice, California-based artist about the effects of the new world order on her practice. Get the insiders scoop on what's next for Alison. Ask the artist your questions during the live Q&A and find out how you can support her practice.

For more info click zoom.us

MAD Moments: Live Interactive Chat - Artist Alison Saar with MAD Chief Curator Elissa Auther
Opening reception: Tom Wudl "The Flowerbank World"

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

L.A. Louver is pleased to present Tom Wudl: The Flowerbank World, an exhibition of new and recent works by the L.A.-based artist. Over the past two decades, Wudl has taken inspiration from the revered Buddhist teaching, the Avatamsaka Sutra (The Flower Ornament Scripture), to create an ongoing series of painstakingly detailed paintings, drawings and prints in response to the text’s evocative and profound literary descriptions. Considered one of “the most colorful and dramatic rehearsals of Buddhist teachings,” the sutra’s primary purpose is to encourage meditation. It illustrates the world as it appears to the Buddha, where all things are interconnected and interdependent within a cosmos of infinite realms. Just as the sutra implicates the interdependency of all things, each work by Wudl is interconnected and may be viewed as fragments that inform the collective whole; every meticulous intricacy speaks to the wonderment and reverie demonstrated in the writings. Although inspired by Buddhist teachings, the works themselves are not intended to be sacred icons. However, Wudl follows the long tradition of artists, such as Caspar David Friedrich, Vincent Van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Kazimir Malevich and Agnes Martin, who have merged aesthetics and mysticism by employing formal conventions to visually represent that which defies verbal description.

A catalogue, with a foreword by Kimberly Davis and an essay by Tom Wudl, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Opening reception: Tom Wudl "The Flowerbank World"
Opening reception: Don Suggs "Face-Off"

Wednesday, 11 Mar 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

L.A. Louver is pleased to present a solo exhibition by Don Suggs (1945-2019), 11 March – 2 May 2020. Titled Face-Off, the exhibition includes never-before-seen paintings created by Suggs 2017-2019. In this series, Suggs superimposed delineated figurative forms over colorful geometric abstractions. The underlying shapes appear to influence the characteristics and positioning of the graphic characters, which are staged in various stages of confrontation and emotion. In several works faces are fractured with line renderings of anthropomorphized trees and animal forms, while others include disembodied human hands and masks; all are marked with the same sharp-witted irreverent intellect and intense interrogation that is a hallmark of Suggs’ long career as an artist. 

Opening reception: Don Suggs "Face-Off"
Kienholz On Film

Wednesday, 19 Feb 2020, 12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
L.A. Louver
02.19.20 - 02.22.20

TWO SCREENINGS: Wednesday, February 19 and Saturday, February 22

FREE EVENT!  Kindly RSVP to rsvp@lalouver.com or (310) 822-4955

Join us at the gallery from 12pm-5:30pm on Wednesday, February 19 and Saturday, February 22, for a screening of rare footage, documentaries, and films from our archive featuring the forthright and quick-witted collaborators in life and art, Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz.

Coinciding with the last week of Kienholz: The Merry Go World, the event will take place in our 2nd floor backroom. The films will run continuously. Come for some, or stay for all!

Program:

Walter Hopps Interview with Ed and Nancy Kienholz (1984, 48 minutes) - In a smokey room that epitomizes 80’s interior design, infamous curator and museum director Walter Hopps asks Ed and Nancy, “How many guns do you keep on the property?” and other candid questions.

"Edward Kienholz: Five Car Stud" (2008, 11 minutes) - Ed Kienholz casts and assembles “Five Car Stud” (1969-72) and explains the violent narrative depicted in this work. Years later, in 2003, Nancy Kienholz restores "Five Car Stud" at the Kienholz studio and describes the restoration process as well as the intention of this work which renders a brutal racist crime scene as a life-sized tableau.

“Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz: Human Scale” (1985, 16 minutes) - Edward and Nancy Kienholz discuss how their collaboration functions, paired with photos of the duo at work in the studio. They describe the inspiration behind “Sollie 17,” “Night Clerk at the Young Hotel,” “The Art Show” and other works exhibited during the Walker Art Center’s “Edward and Nancy Kienholz: Human Scale” (17 Feb 1985 - 7 Apr 1985).

“Making the Hoerengracht” (1989, 31 minutes) - A studio assistant of Ed and Nancy Kienholz films the pair as they fastidiously create their largest assemblage tableau, “The Hoerengracht,” which turns a large room into a Kienholzian version of the red light district of Amsterdam.

“The Story of an Artist” (1961, 26 minutes) - Full of musical interludes, contemplative voiceovers, and gratuitous musings, this campy yet transfixing documentary follows Ed Kienholz through “a day in the life of the artist.”

“Sollie 17 and The White Easel Series” L.A. Louver Exhibition (1982, 28 minutes) - Ed and Nancy Kienholz install various works at L.A. Louver for the exhibition “Sollie 17 and The White Easel Series” (3 Oct 1981 - 7 Nov 1981). The artists speak on each of the works installed: “Sollie 17,” “The Jungen,” “The Deep Purple Rage,” and “The White Easel Series.”

“Kienholz On Exhibit” at LACMA (1966, 22 minutes) - This film captures the reaction of museum visitors to Ed Kienholz's 1966 installation at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring works such as "The Birthday," "Roxy's" and the controversial "Back Seat Dodge."

“Still Live” Channel 4 News Broadcast (2 minutes) - A Channel 4 newscaster takes a deadly gamble by visiting the Kienholzes' work “Still Live” (1974), which invites the viewer to sit in front of a loaded gun timed to fire at random in the next hundred years.

"Speculation: The World of Ed Kienholz" (1971, 54 minutes (excerpt) - A reporter comes to Ed Kienholz's home in Los Angeles to interview Ed about his work in progress, "Five Car Stud." Instead, the reporter is cajoled into being cast as a figure in the tableau, and the interview occurs while Ed pastes and then cuts him out of plaster in the studio.

Interview with Nancy Reddin Kienholz at Arkipelag (1998, 59 minutes) - Nancy Reddin Kienholz recounts stories of travel and process in a conversation with David Neuman, Director of Arkipelag, during “Stockholm Cultural Capital of Europe, 1998" where "The Merry-Go-World or Begat By Chance and The Wonder Horse Trigger" was exhibited.

Total Run time: 5 hours, 22 minutes

Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band

Saturday, 15 Feb 2020, 7:00 PM - 12:00 PM
Zebulon
02.15.20 - 02.16.20

Texas country music legend, visual artist and cult icon Terry Allen returns to Los Angeles for two nights at Frogtown’s Zebulon on February 15 and 16, 2020, to celebrate the release of his highly anticipated new album Just Like Moby Dick, due out January 2020 through record label Paradise of Bachelors.

Backed by old friends and new, Allen shares the stage with the Panhandle Mystery Band, including his son Bukka Allen, Richard Bowden, Glenn Fukunaga, Davis McLarty, Shannon McNally, Charlie Sexton, and other very special guests, to play songs from his coming release Just Like Moby Dick, followed by a set of his “greatest missed hits” from classic albums JuarezLubbock (on everything) and more.

TICKETS / Saturday, February 15

TICKETS / Sunday, February 16

Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band
Opening reception: Alison Saar

Wednesday, 29 Jan 2020, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

L.A. Louver is pleased to present an exhibition of prints by Los Angeles artist Alison Saar. For the past 30 years, Saar has maintained a robust printmaking practice, creating more than 90 prints over the course of her career. Addressing issues of race, gender and spirituality, Saar’s lithographs, etchings and woodblock prints are evocations of her sculptures, powerful depictions of figures carved from wood or cast in bronze, that are articulated with found objects –material artifacts enriched with a narrative all their own. As such, a focused selection of sculptures will be installed in dialogue with Saar’s prints, in L.A. Louver’s second floor gallery and open-air Skyroom.

Opening reception: Alison Saar
Celebrating the life of Don Suggs (1945-2019)

Saturday, 7 Dec 2019, 2:00 PM
Freud Playhouse at Macgowan Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA

Please join us to celebrate the life of Don Suggs.
Event open to all.

View invitation details here.

Please call 310-822-4955 if you have any questions.

Celebrating the life of Don Suggs (1945-2019)
R.B. Kitaj Panel Discussion

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Join us for a lively conversation on R.B. Kitaj's life and work, in the context of his collages and prints. Panelists include Tracy Bartley, Jonathan Griffin and Bruce Guenther.

Event is free. RSVP required. rsvp@lalouver.com or (310) 822-4955

Coordinated in conjunction with the exhibition R.B. Kitaj: Collages & Prints, 1964-75 on view at L.A. Louver through 18 January 2020. 


Tracy Bartley is an independent consultant for collections management and artist estate planning. She worked with Kitaj during the last decade of his life, managing his Los Angeles studio, and since the artist’s death in 2007 has been Director of the the R.B. Kitaj Estate.

Jonathan Griffin is a British critic and art writer based in Los Angeles. A contributing editor for Frieze, he also writes regularly for Art Review, Apollo, the Financial Times and CARLA, amongst others.

Bruce Guenther is an art historian and independent curator. A specialist in post-war American and European Art, Guenther has held curatorial positions at the Portland Art Museum and MCA Chicago among other institutions. In 2018 he curated the exhibition R.B. Kitaj, A Jew etc. etc. for the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.

Image: R.B. Kitaj in his London studio, 1974. Courtesy of the R.B. Kitaj Estate.

 

R.B. Kitaj Panel Discussion
Opening reception: R.B. Kitaj "Collages and Prints, 1964-75"

Wednesday, 6 Nov 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

L.A. Louver is pleased to present an exhibition of collages and related prints by R.B. Kitaj (American, 1932-2007). Kitaj used fragmented figuration and repetition to tell stories and develop narratives in his work. The technique of collage offered the most immediate expression of this impulse, one in which he combined his own drawing with found images and text. In turn, the collages formed the basis of his prints. While Kitaj’s prints have been seen widely over the past five decades, this exhibition is the first time the artist’s collages are on public view.

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Opening reception: R.B. Kitaj "Collages and Prints, 1964-75"
Opening reception: Kienholz "The Merry-Go-World"

Thursday, 24 Oct 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
L.A. Louver

L.A. Louver is proud to present Edward and Nancy Kienholz’s The Merry-Go-World and Begat by Chance and The Wonder Horse Trigger (1988-92). Having been exhibited 15 times throughout the US, Europe and Asia, this is the first time the work will be shown in Los Angeles since it first debuted at L.A. Louver in 1992. Considered one of the artists’ most ambitious tableaux, the large-scale, multi-media assemblage environment examines what Ed described as “the random accident of birth, the mystery involved, and the importance of all life.”

Created over a four-year period (1988-92) in their Berlin and Hope, Idaho studios, the couple traveled to the extreme ends of the world and across five continents, meeting people and collecting the materials, photographs, stories and experiences required for the creation of the tableau itself, as well as the prototypes, drawings and monoseries (published by Gemini G.E.L.) – a selection of which will be included in the exhibition.

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Opening reception: Kienholz "The Merry-Go-World"
Artist conversation with Terry Allen

Wednesday, 7 Aug 2019, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Hammer Museum

10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Terry and Jo Harvey Allen will join Hammer Museum curator Aram Moshayedi for a conversation with readings and music excerpts from Terry Allen’s audio and theater pieces. Free event.

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Artist conversation with Terry Allen
Film Screening: Terry Allen Documentary

Wednesday, 31 Jul 2019, 7:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Join us for a preview screening of Terry Allen: Everything… For All Reasons, an unreleased feature-length documentary of Allen’s life, art and music. Centered around his 2018 performance at Austin’s Paramount Theater, the film features behind-the-scenes rehearsals and interviews with Jo Harvey Allen, his wife of 57 years, their two sons and life-long friends, including legendary artists and musicians David Byrne (Talking Heads), Joe Ely (Flatlanders), Lloyd Maines, Kiki Smith and more.

Directed by Scott Ballew of YETI presents, this is the first time the film will be screened in Los Angeles.

The event is free, but space is limited.

Kindly RSVP by 29 July to (310) 822-4855 or rsvp@lalouver.com

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Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Terry Allen: The Exact Moment It Happens in the West (Stories, Pictures and Songs from the 60’s til Now), on view at L.A. Louver through 28 September 2019.

Exhibition web feature: lalouver.com/theexactmoment

Film Screening: Terry Allen Documentary
An Evening with Terry Allen (Night 2)

Friday, 19 Jul 2019, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

ZEBULON • 2478 Fletcher Drive • Los Angeles, CA 90039
19 July 2019

For two nights, Allen will perform a suite of new, unreleased songs, and a selection of his “greatest missed hits” from seminal albums and cult classics Juarez and Lubbock (on everything). He will be joined by members of the Panhandle Mystery Band, and other very special guests.

Purchase tickets
19 July, 7pm
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An Evening with Terry Allen (Night 2)
An Evening with Terry Allen (Night 1)

Thursday, 18 Jul 2019, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

ZEBULON • 2478 Fletcher Drive • Los Angeles, CA 90039
18 July 2019

For two nights, Allen will perform a suite of new, unreleased songs, and a selection of his “greatest missed hits” from seminal albums and cult classics Juarez and Lubbock (on everything). He will be joined by members of the Panhandle Mystery Band, and other very special guests.

Purchase tickets
18 July, 7pm
eventbrite.com

An Evening with Terry Allen (Night 1)
Terry Allen artist reception

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Join us for the opening reception of Terry Allen: The Exact Moment It Happens in the West.

Free event. Complimentary valet parking.

Terry Allen artist reception
Summer Celebration honoring Mark di Suvero and the Venice Family Clinic

Wednesday, 5 Jun 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Free event. Open to the public

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Lecture: Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin at Crocker Art Museum

Wednesday, 17 Apr 2019, 1:15 PM
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento CA

As an “observational realist” who has lived and worked exclusively in California, Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin will present an overview of paintings and drawings spanning four decades with a sprinkling of insight into her working process. Her work ranges from cityscapes to landscapes, daylight to nocturnal scenes, and includes still-life painting.

Information 

$8 Members
$5 Students/youth
$12 Nonmembers

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Lecture: Sandra Mendelsohn Rubin at Crocker Art Museum
Opening reception: David Hockney Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]... Continued

Thursday, 7 Feb 2019, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Join us for the opening reception of David Hockney: Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]... Continued

Opening reception: David Hockney Something New in Painting (and Photography) [and even Printing]... Continued
Opening Reception: Matt Wedel

Wednesday, 14 Nov 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Join us and the Matt Wedel for the opening reception of his solo exhibition "Everything is everything," featuring new small- and large-scale ceramic sculptures.

Using sculptural formality as a basis for painterly explorations, Wedel tethers between these two approaches in his stylized florid and figurative forms – most of which were created in 2018.

Opening Reception: Matt Wedel
Opening Reception: Richard Deacon and Sui Jianguo / Alex "Defer" Kizu

Thursday, 6 Sep 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Celebrate the opening of our forthcoming two-person exhibition with internationally renownded sculptors Sui Jianguo and Richard Deacon.

We will also be premiering a new site-specific mural by Alex "Defer" Kizu in our Skyroom.

Complimentary valet parking.

Opening Reception: Richard Deacon and Sui Jianguo / Alex "Defer" Kizu
Evolver Film Night & Summer Party

Wednesday, 8 Aug 2018, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Featuring Matthew Brandt, Gaijn Fujita, Ben Jackel, Laura Krifka, Heather Gwen Martin, Kim Schoenstadt and Matt Wedel, these short films document the artists at work in their studios, providing insight into their processes and environs. The selected films (2011-2017) were produced by L.A. Louver in conjunction with Rogue Wave, our ongoing curatorial initiative for emerging artists working in Los Angeles and international artist projects.

The event is free. RSVP requested.
rsvp@lalouver.com or (310) 822-4955

Summer Screening: School of London

Wednesday, 11 Jul 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
L.A. Louver

Join us for Summer Screenings coordinated in conjunction with our current group show EVOLVER. Featured artists are included in the exhibition, providing the opportunity to discover their work and watch them on the screen.

Summer Screening: School of London
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