After six months of Southern California museum shows dominated by Pacific Standard Time, the Getty-sponsored studies of L.A.'s post-World War II emergence as a major international production center for new art, the spring season turns in several other directions.
Aphrodite meets Quetzalcoatal, to name just two:
Natalie Bookchin: Now he's out in public and everyone can see
The stark and evolving differences between corporate-owned commercial television and personally created online video should get thrown into high relief in an 18-channel installation by Natalie Bookchin, provocatively titled "Now he's out in public and everyone can see." The subject of the work, developed over the course of more than two years, is publicly reported scandal involving African American men.
Bookchin, who teaches in the photography and media program at CalArts, has designed a montage of independently produced online video diaries to scrutinize similarities, distinctions and relationships among individual interpretations of those news events. Social media is creating a new public platform for documentary television. The installation, especially timely during a presidential election year, aims to add another dimension to the mix.
LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), 6522 Hollywood Blvd., (323) 957-1777. March 8-April 15. Closed Mon. and Tue. Free. www.welcometolace.org
Robert Adams: The Place We Live, A Retrospective Selection of Photographs
Forty years of pictures by Robert Adams, a former English literature professor in Colorado who didn't devote his primary energies to photography until he was 30, will survey his long-term engagement with the radically changing Western landscape. Between 1968 and 1971, Adams photographed suburban housing and shopping developments being newly built in the region where the Great Plains rise up into the Rockies, which he published as a book titled "The New West."