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    LA><ART 
    2640 S. La Cienega Blvd. 
    Los Angeles, CA 90034 
    Monday, April 7, 2014 at 7pm
    Please RSVP for this free event at: rsvp@laxart.org
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    Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 3pm
    Please RSVP for this free event at: rsvp@laxart.org
     
    Exhibitions, Agents, and Attention: In the Spaces of Ed Ruscha’s Books
     
    Curator, art historian and theorist Beatrice von Bismarck will give a presentation at LA><ART based on her catalogue essay for the exhibition Ed Ruscha: Reading Ed Ruscha at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2012). Her presentation will examine how Ruscha’s books function as an aesthetic, social, and economic spatial structure within which, and by means of which, the artist defines the relations and conditions for his work’s display, circulation, and consumption. For von Bismarck, Ruscha’s books are as much curatorial constellations and exhibitions as they are artistic works. John Tain, curator of modern and contemporary collections at the Getty Research Institute, will engage von Bismarck in a conversation following the presentation, further contextualizing Ruscha’s interests in public display, exhibiting practices, and meaning production.
     
    This program is organized with generous support from the Getty Research Institute and in partnership with the USC Roski MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere and MFA programs.
     
    Image Right: © Ed Ruscha
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    Brendan Fowler

    Exhibition Closing Performance: And Martin

    Saturday, February 22, 6pm at LA><ART

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    Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3pm
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    All the Difference in the World Inside a White Cube
     
    In a recent conversation, Raphael Montañez Ortiz, the artist and founder of El Museo del Barrio in New York, said that, at the time the Museo was founded, he thought all of its exhibitions should start with a rainforest. In her presentation at LA><ART, Chus Martínez will consider interpretations into this vision of the rainforest as the preface to every exhibition. For Martínez, Ortiz’s rainforest—as a principle that in its complete otherness and expansive life force defies the notion of a container—introduces what is a novel element to discussions around the politics of the white cube.  
     
    Born in Ponteceso, Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Prior to her newly appointed position as Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland, she was Chief Curator at El Museo del Barrio, New York, and dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–11), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08), and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05). For the 51st Biennale di Venezia (2005), Martínez curated the National Pavilion of Cyprus, and in 2008 she served as a Curatorial Advisor for the Carnegie International and in 2010 for the 29th Bienal de São Paulo.
     
    Chus Martínez’s presentation at LA><ART is part of the touring Curator’s Perspective––a free, itinerant public discussion series ICI developed as a way for international curators to share their research and experiences. The Curator’s Perspective series has been made possible, in part, by grants from the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and by generous contributions from the ICI Board of Trustees and ICI Access Fund.
     
    This event is organized in collaboration with ICI, LACMA and LA><ART. 
     
    Presented with generous support from
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    Art Los Angeles Contemporary 
    The Barker Hangar / 3021 Airport Avenue / Santa Monica, CA 90405
    Opening Night: Thursday, January 30th  at 7pm
     
    EJ Hill presents a new performance entitled Signaling through the Flames, produced by LA><ART for the opening night of the 2014 Art Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair.
     
    Dressed in a formal tuxedo, Hill performed songs in the style of the classic jazz lounge chanteuse. Hill has developed a songbook compromised of historical and improvised feminist texts inspired by current dialogue in popular culture surrounding our greatest female pop star, Beyoncé, who is both celebrated and criticized as a feminist icon. The songbook will also give homage to some of the R&B divas past and present who have informed Hill’s connection with music, and will examine his own relationship to feminism and intersectionality as a Queer, Black, American cis-male. Fusing song with feminist texts, Hill will present pop-cultural entertainment within a high art context.
     
    ABOUT THE ARTIST
    EJ Hill is an emerging Los Angeles-based artist known for his durational, physically demanding performances. Hill’s performances often possess an element of institutional critique or are direct in their address of politics around constructed identity and the body in gendered, racial and sexualized terms. Hill graduated from the New Genres program at UCLA in 2013 and obtained his BFA from Columbia College in Chicago. He has presented solo and group exhibitions at Commonwealth & Council, Los Angeles; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; RAID Projects, Los Angeles; NEXT Fair, Chicago; and A+D Gallery, Chicago.