LA Art Happenings This Weekend

Yellow Line

‘Yellow Line’ by Simon Rouby opens in LA tonight.

We’ve gotten a few notices about a number of CalArtian-involved art openings, screenings and other events happening in the Los Angeles area this weekend. Here’s a quick rundown:

French filmmaker Simon Rouby (Film/Video 08) opens his Yellow Line project at the Caltrans District 7 Building with outdoor projections during the Downtown Art Walk tonight (July 12) from 7-9 pm. Yellow Line paints a portrait of LA and its transportation system, highlighting the work of the Caltrans trucks and drivers as they chart out the city through laying down yellow lines. Trouby’s work will be on view at the Caltrans Building through Sept. 28.

Casting a Glance by James Benning

Still image from James Benning’s ‘Casting a Glance.’

Coinciding with the MOCA exhibition, Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974, Los Angeles Filmforum presents a program of films around Robert Smithson’s earthwork, Spiral Jetty. Tonight at 7 pm, at MOCA’s Ahamanson Auditorium, filmmaker and CalArts faculty member James Benning introduces Smithson’s film Spiral Jetty (1970), which “explores the complex gyre of ideas and associations that inform the creation of the 1,500-foot coil.” The film is followed by a screening of Benning’s casting a glance (2007) which documents the jetty over time, capturing its interactions with the environment. Tickets: $12.

Made in L.A. holds an Artist Conversations program tonight at 7:30 pm at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park. CalArtian Made in LA artists, Meg Cranston (Art MFA 86), Liz Glynn (Art MFA 08), Dashiell Manley (Art BFA 07) and Ry Rocklen (Art 98), along with Vishal Jugdeo and Nicole Miller, discuss and contextualize their work. Free admission.

The Trailer Trash Project, founded by Sam Breen (Theater MFA 11), presents an Echo Park Tribute to Woody Guthrie on Saturday from 10 am-6 pm at El Centro del Pueblo in Echo Park with a concert, picnic and art activities throughout the day. A number of CalArts alumni, faculty and students are either performing or volunteering their time. Among them, student Kevin Robinson (Music BFA 14) and Conference of the Birds have composed a piece based on Woody’s song “Hangknot, Slipknot.” Ebony Williams (Critical Studies MFA 12) has organized a day of arts activities for kids of all ages and Kalean Ung (Theatre MFA 12) has organized the concert. Duncan Woodbury (Music BFA 11) is running tech for the concerts, along with the CalArts alumni art collective, the Warrior Poets.

Pamela Jorden

Pamela Jorden’s work is on view in the group show, ‘Summer Sun.’

Taylor De Cordoba gallery holds an opening reception on Saturday from 6-8 pm, for the group exhibition Summer Sun, curated by LA-based artist Hadley Holliday (Art MFA 04). The show, which uses the sun as its focal point, includes works by Holliday, Pamela Jorden (Art MFA 96), Emily Newman (Art MFA 04), John Pearson (Art MFA 95) and Tyler Vlahovich (Art 89). The exhibition runs through Aug. 18.

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  1. Mallory // //

    Don’t forget about Lorca in a Green Dress by Pulitzer Prize winner Nilo Cruz, at Casa 0101 in Boyle Heights. Opening July 20th and running to August 26th. Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 5pm. Featuring Loren Fenton (A ’07) and stage managed by Mallory Lopez (SM ’14) Reserve tickets at 323-263-7684 or

    “Lorca had almost prophesized his death. He was perceived as a dissonant artist and was denounced, persecuted and assassinated because of his need to express himself. In my play, Federico García Lorca’s death is dramatized five times by actors who play out his life. Writing is like nesting. I have made a nest for my play to live in with this piece.” -Nilo Cruz