CalArts Alumni Featured in Two Weekend Shows

The Letters From Los Angeles exhibit runs through Dec. 22.

By Nicholas Katzban / Special to 24700

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about two CalArts-related art openings in Los Angeles? Here’s the rundown of both events and who’s involved.

Letters From Los Angeles at Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery

Letters From Los Angeles: Text in Southern California Art, co-curated by Aldis Browne, this expansive show shines a light on more than 30 Los Angeles artists whose visual work includes a text component. Featured is the work of Chouinard Art Institute graduate and former CalArts faculty, John Baldessari; Chouinard graduate, Ed Rushca; Eve Fowler, Raymond Pettibon and Dennis Hopper. Some artists will be in attendance at the opening. From the gallery’s press release: “L.A.’s association with typography in the visual arts is perhaps unique. Text has historically been ubiquitous on the city’s streets with political and gang graffiti, and L.A.’s ever-present billboards that surfaced as far back as the onset of Southern California’s car culture and highway system. While other cities are represented by monumental structures L.A.’s most prominent symbols are text…”

The exhibition runs through December 22.

Jack Rutberg Fine Arts Gallery
357 North La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

FURNACE at Automata Arts

FURNACE, a multimedia installation-performance, features CalArts work.

Meanwhile, across town at Automata Arts a multimedia performance/installation dubbed FURNACE, will create “a radiant soundscape that permeates from the basement to the ground floor,” like a furnace heating a building. This installation-performance was conceived and directed by Carole Kim and concludes her three-week residency at Automata. According to the gallery, “the audience will be split into two groups of about twenty five people, viewing either the basement performance or the main floor performance; then they will switch places. At the end, both groups will meet outside on Chung King Court’s pedestrian plaza, where they will view the final moments of FURNACE together.” Kim, who regularly collaborates with musicians, has enlisted the help of sundry dancers, composers and visual artists from CalArts and beyond. The site-specific exhibition features Oguri, Roxanne Steinberg, Morleigh Steinberg, Scott Cazan (Music MFA 09) Phil Curtis, Odeya Nini (Music MFA 11), Jesse Gilbert (Integrated Media MFA 02) and Moses Hacmon.

The schedule for FURNACE:

Tonight, Nov. 16, 7 pm
Saturday, Nov. 17, 7 pm, 9:30 pm
Sunday, Nov. 18, 7 pm

Tickets: $18 general, $15 members

Automata Arts
504 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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