Beyond Environment

September 4 - November 9, 2014

Opening reception - Thursday, September 4, 2014

Beyond Environment explores the potent interchange between architecture, Land Art, and Performance Art that emerged through Italian architect Gianni Pettena’s collaboration with American artists Allan Kaprow and Robert Smithson in the 1970s.

Captivated by a journey to the USA in 1971, Pettena’s About Non Conscious Architecture series would converse with the American Midwest, a conversation culminating in his meeting with Robert Smithson in Salt Lake City. Earlier, while in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pettena’s experiments in material transformations helped create some of architect’s most iconic works. Staged in Minneapolis in an abandoned school and in a non-descriptive suburban house, and titled Ice House I and II, Pettena would pour water into the mold works he created around the buildings’ perimeter walls. Curing during the winter night to a coat of ice, the houses resonated with their conceptual predecessor, Kaprow’s Fluids of 1967, as well as with a newer contemporary architectural sensibly concerned with the effects of variedly compounded, highly eidetic architectural surfaces.

Curated by Emanuele Piccardo and Amit Wolf, in collaboration with Woodbury University and the Graham Foundation, Beyond Environment combines approximately thirty works by Pettena, Kaprow, Smithson, as well as from Pettena’s Florentine milieu, that of Superarchitecture and the Italian “Radical" groups UFO, Superstudio, and 9999.

September 3, 2014 – Events at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles
                                  Schedule of events will be soon posted.
September 4, 2014 – Public opening reception at LACE
September 5, 2014 – Conversation with the curators and the winner of the exhibition design competition Elizabeth Timme (co-founder, LA-Más) at LACE.

Beyond Environment is made possible in part by a grant from the Graham Foundation.


Image: Gianni Pettena, Ice House I: Minneapolis 1971.


08 August 2014

by Rickerby M Hinds

Dreamscape depicts the death and inner life of a young woman, “Myeisha Mills,” who dreams though the impact of the twelve bullets that kill her. A meditation and reimagining of the night of December 28, 1998, when nineteen-year-old Tyisha Miller was shot and killed by four Riverside Police Department officers while she lay unconscious in a car; the play takes a powerfully clear-eyed look at the relationships between race, the body, and violence.

Through beat-boxing, spoken word and dance, the performance is structured around an autopsy report recited by a dispassionate coroner. As each of the twelve bullet wounds is described in horrifying clinical detail—the damage done to the arm, shoulder, scalp, teeth, thigh, neck, back, breast, eye, mouth, skull—Myeisha reminisces about her life, using each body part as a jumping off point, re-framing her death by following the trajectory and impact of the 12 bullets that struck her - each one triggering its own unique memory.

Rhaechyl Walker as Myeisha Mills
John "Faahz" Merchant as the Coroner
Carrie Mikuls - Choreographer

Performances will run for two weekends:
Friday, August 8, 2014 - Saturday, August 9, 2014
Friday, August 15, 2014 - Saturday, August 16, 2014

All performances start at 7 PM, please arrive accordingly. No late seating will be allowed.

Students and LACE members: $5
General: $14

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Native Strategies: N (enter) S

July 9 - 31, 2014


Curated by Brian Getnick, Tanya Rubbak, and Jules Gimbrone

Opening performances: July 11, 2014, 8PM

For their summer residency at LACE, Native Strategies presents N (enter) S, a series of public performances of sound, speech, and documentation. From July 9 to July 31, audiences will celebrate the release of Issue #4: Dispersions - the act and sign of communication and witness the simultaneous generation and gathering of performance material for the forthcoming Native Strategies Issue #5: Music Issues - the privileging and negation of bodies of sound.

N (enter) S is a Native Strategies issue come to life within three-dimensional space. Throughout their residency, Native Strategies will invite over 30 artists to perform in the LACE galleries and enact the process of producing a journal. Audiences can literally step into graphic design and observe the act of creating and archiving content in real time.

The installation consists of three stages:

Stage 1 is a mock television studio in which artists engage in dialog and perform with and for each other.

Stage 2 is a production desk where the document is created. The activities of research gathering, editing, and design are performed and projected. 

Stage 3 is the distribution center displaying NS journals, other related publications, and relevant research and reading materials.

At LACE, N (enter) S enacts the experience of reading a Native Strategies issue by positioning people and their practices directly into each other’s orbits. The project’s model of research is to pay close attention to what is happening on the ground in Los Angeles and to represent the divergent ideologies, methods and wisdom of contemporary practitioners and investigating critics. The aim is to intersect diverse forms and ideas among artists from different regions, classes, and degrees of formal education, ethnicity and sexuality.


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The Cocina Abierta Collective: Help Wanted

July 9 - August 16, 2014

LACE is pleased to announce the upcoming residency of the Cocina Abierta Collective (Christina Sanchez Juarez, Cayetano Juarez, Mario Mesquita and Oakland Bautista), curated by Jacqueline Bell. During their residency, the collective will develop a new iteration of their ongoing project, Cocina Abierta.

Cocina Abierta is a nomadic experimental “test kitchen” that facilitates the fluid exchange of immigrant histories, culinary skills, and base building strategies towards the development of a worker-centered philosophy to eating ethically. While a traditional test kitchen functions as a laboratory for the creation of new dishes, Cocina Abierta uses the act of communal cooking and teaching as a methodology through which they gather restaurant workers and consumers in a space of dialogue.

During their research-based residency at LACE, the collective will prototype designs and interventions for a mobile kitchen, using Hollywood as their testing grounds. This process will allow the collective to develop a series of events, such as private gatherings and public cooking demonstrations, that will be used to gather restaurant workers, consumers, and Hollywood passers-by in conversation around the question, “what is ethical dining?” These roving interventions will also serve as spaces to acknowledge the immigrant and people of color workforce that sustains the Los Angeles restaurant industry, while providing a platform for the collective to document and bear witness to the stories of restaurant workers in Hollywood.

The Cocina Abierta Collective will undertake these activities with support from the Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (ROC-LA), a workers center serving restaurant workers, Thai CDC (Thai Community Development Center), which works to uplift low-income individuals in communities across the City of Los Angeles, and the Hollywood Farmer’s Market. The collective’s research in Hollywood will form the basis of an installation in LACE’s front gallery that will be on view from July ...

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Public Faculty No.8, Los Angeles: Canvassing desires of the street

June 4 - 7, 2014

For four days, Public Faculty No 8, Los Angeles will be located on and around Hollywood Boulevard, where many segments of the public are to be found. The project will engage in informal conversations with passers-by on the desires and expectations for the future of the neighborhood. It will visually map out a dialog in text and drawings about those who are affected by the redevelopment of Hollywood, exploring the idea of publicness and its relation to active citizenship in our global cities.

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Public Faculty events are in collaboration with community organizing groups including LA Voice, Cocina Abierta Collective, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles (ROC LA), My Friend's Place, among others. Blogging by Melinda Guillen and Erick Huerta. Drawings by Emilio (EJ) Venegas Jr. and Monica Martinez.

Events are in collaboration with community organizing groups including LA Voice, Yucca Corridor Coalition, Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles, and My Friend's Place.

Wednesday June 4, noon-4PM - in front of Hollywood High School
with Dont Rhine and Ultra-red
Writing by Melinda Guillen and Drawing by Emilio (EJ) Venegas Jr.

Thursday June 5, 4PM-8PM - corner of Yucca St. and Cahuenga Blvd.,
with LA Voice and Yucca Corridor Coalition
Writing by Melinda Guillen and drawing by Monica Martinez

Friday June 6, 8AM-noon - near LACE
with Karla Diaz and My Friend's Place.
Writing by Melinda Guillen and drawing Monica Martinez

Saturday June 7, 8PM-midnight - bus stop at Vine St. and Hollywood Blvd,
with Christina Sanchez Juarez and Cayetano Juarez and Restaurant Opportunities Center of Los Angeles
Writing by Erick Huerta and drawing by Emilio (EJ) Venegas Jr.

Public Faculty No.8, Los Angeles was developed through conversations with Christina Sanchez ...

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22 May 2014 7 - 10 PM

Thursday, May 22, 2014, 7-10PM

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The evening will include a Live Auction with Auctioneer Alex Slato, a Silent Auction of 60+ works, and a special performance by LA Fog.

Eventbrite - LACE Happening 2014: Benefit Art Auction



Kim Abeles, Amy Adler, Dewey Ambrosino, Edgar Arceneaux, Joshua Aster, John Baldessari, Math Bass, Stephen Berens, Kaucyila Brooke, A.K. Burns, Kristin Calabrese, Audrey Chan, Kenturah Davis, Roy Dowell, Zackary Drucker, Dana Duff, David Familian, Nicholas Fedak II, Patricia Fernandez, Kyle Field, Eve Fowler, Mariah Garnett, Alexandra Grant, David Hendren, Anna Sew Hoy, Jake Jones, Molly Larkey, Richard Louderback, Elana Mann, Barry Markowitz, Rachel Mason, Carlos Mollura, Sandeep Mukherjee, My Barbarian, Melanie Nakaue, Julie Orser, Chris Oliveria, Gina Osterloh, Sheila Pinkel, Gala Porras-Kim, Virgina Poundstone, Heather Rasmussen, Andy Robert, Steve Roden, Marco Rios, Nathaniel Russell, Paul Pescador, Renee Petropoulos, Raymond Pettibon, Stephen Prina, Aili Schmeltz, Margie Schnibbe, Susan Silton, Alex Slade, Joe Sola, Jill Spector, Emily Sudd, May Sun, Henry Taylor, Timothy Tompkins, Jeffrey Vallance, Rosha Yaghmai, and others.


Jose Luis Blondet, Robert Crouch, Alexandra Grant, Suzy Halajian, Karen Moss, Michelle Papillon, Marco Rios.

Host Committee

Jeff Cain, Erin Christovale, Chad Clark, Kenturah Davis, Steven Dumas, Melanie Edmunds, Kathie Folie-Meyer, Mark Steven Greenfield, Maureen Haines, The Honorable Robert M. Hertzberg, Tulsa Kinney, Blake Koh, David Kwiat, Baret Lepejian, Juliet McIver, Gary and Tracy Mezzatesta, Jarl and Pamela Mohn, Bill Moreno, Sarah and Bill Oderkirk, Michael Perkinson and Paul Perkinson, Tom Peters, Sarah Russin, Jackie Sharp, Ben Smith, Marta Sullivan, Elinor and Rubin Turner, and Linda Vallejo.

Interested in participating as a Host Committee patron?



If you join the Host Committee, we ask that you make a $500 tax-deductible contribution, which insures your generosity will be acknowledged at LACE on the night of the Auction, as well as on print and online materials. Other benefits of joining the Host Committee include:

• An invitation for you and a guest to attend the Auction Preview Reception at LACE on Sunday, May 18th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm to view the Auction selections and meet other host committee members and Auction guest curators.
• Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Live and Silent Auctions on Thursday, May 22.
• Four (4) additional complimentary auction event tickets to share with fellow art-lovers. 




4A Frames
Allan Jeffries
Art Mechanics
Art Services Melrose
Beverly Hills Picture Framing Gallery
California Cactus Center
Jill’s Paints 
North Hollywood Ice
Ota House
Panera Bread of La Canada Flintridge
Random Gallery
Stone Brewing CO.
Tito’s Vodka
Trader Joe's

Spring UP: verb - come into existence; take on form or shape

April 26 - May 4, 2014

Reception Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5-8PM

An exhibition organized by the Los Angeles High School for the Arts (LACHSA) featuring an artwork by every student in the Visual Arts Program.

All are welcome to attend!


Spring UP: verb - come into existence; take on form or shape

26 April 2014 5 - 8 PM


Reception Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5-8PM

An exhibition organized by the Los Angeles High School for the Arts (LACHSA) featuring an artwork by every student in the Visual Arts Program.

All are welcome to attend!


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Reception Saturday, April 26, 2014, 5-8PM

An exhibition organized by the Los Angeles High School for the Arts (LACHSA) featuring an artwork by every student in the Visual Arts Program.

All are welcome to attend!


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Opening Reception: Saturday April 26, 2014, 5-8PM

An exhibition organized by the Los Angeles High School for the Arts (LACHSA) featuring an artwork by every student in the Visual Arts Program.

All are welcome to attend!

Drowning and swallowing this text

March 14 - April 20, 2014

Opening reception Friday March 14, 2014, 7-10PM, LACE

Performance: Saturday March 8, 2014, 7PM
The--family (with Sjoerd Dijk and Wojciech Kosma)
Human Resources: 410 Cottage Home St., Los Angeles CA 90012 (off Broadway in Chinatown)

with Math Bass, A.K. Burns, Ana Hoffner, Joan Jonas, Tala Madani, MPA, Virginia Poundstone, Laure Prouvost, Mounira Al Solh, Jill Spector, Lawrence Weiner, and 
The--family (with Sjoerd Dijk and Wojciech Kosma)

Curated by Shoghig Halajian and Suzy M. Halajian

“At the origin of Narrative, desire.” - Roland Barthes, S/Z

In Honore de Balzac’s novella Sarrasine, a nameless narrator sits outside a mansion where a ball is taking place and tells his beloved Madame de Rochefide a tale of gossip in exchange for her admiration and her body. He recounts the story of an artist named Sarrasine, who is deep in the throes of a passionate pursuit for his ideal woman, Zambinella. As the story unfolds into one of disgust and unrequited love—after Zambinella is revealed to be a castrato, a man dressed in female attire for the opera stage—the narrator’s beloved becomes anguished upon hearing the tale and abandons their agreement. Through this mirrored act of desire, Balzac’s narrative doubles in on itself, suggesting that a message cannot be separated from its telling, a story is indistinguishable from its performance. 
In his line-by-line deconstruction of Sarrasine, Roland Barthes makes the claim that a narrative is determined not by the desire to narrate but rather by a desire to exchange. In order to produce a narrative, desire must shift and vary; it must enter into a system of exchange and be subject to change. In Balzac’s novel, the economies of gender, body, language, and capital establish a set of equivalents that determine narrative unity and allow meaning to take place. Consequently, the collapse of one such measure of equivalence—here, through the castrato—challenges the entire system of relations and impairs the power to associate and substitute.
Drowning and swallowing this text locates itself within this moment of collapse in order to explore the relation between a narrative and its utterance. Questioning the idea that everything must be held together, the exhibition considers forms of desire that refuse equivalence in order to impel fragmentation ...
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And the Award goes to...: The 2013 Artadia Los Angeles Award Winners

January 24 - February 23, 2014

Public Opening Reception: Thursday, 23 January 2014, 6-9pm

LACE is pleased to present the upcoming 2013 Artadia Los Angeles Award Exhibition: And the Award Goes to... The exhibition will celebrate the work and achievements of the five Artadia Awardees from Los Angeles: Cayetano Ferrer, Vishal Jugdeo, Nicole Miller, Stanya Kahn and Kerry Tribe. And the Award Goes to... also commemorates Artadia’s first grant cycle in Los Angeles.

Chosen based on of the merit of their work, the five 2013 Artadia Los Angeles Awardees Cayetano Ferrer, Vishal Jugdeo, Nicole Miller, Stanya Kahn and Kerry Tribe reflect a varied set of interests relevant to our contemporary cultural conditions. The exhibition And the Award Goes to... teases out semblances between the five artists’ disparate practices to examine how each artists uses materials to negotiate the terrain between fiction and reality. Cayetano Ferrero employs mimicry, artifice, and illusion as techniques that integrate into thematic content alongside the historical residue of the context, objects, or materials. Vishal Jugdeo collaborates with professional and non-professional actors to construct fictional situations, rooted in dialogue, that are both abstractions and representations of everyday relations. Nicole Miller uses cinema to explore subjective realities, renegotiating memories alongside filmic documents to find moments of traumatic ataxia, which she directs toward catharsis through intense subjectivity. In a long-term investigation of how rhetoric gains and loses power, Stanya Kahn allows a diverse flow of structural influences, understanding that what the body does can bear a load similar and yet different from what the body says. Kerry Tribe explores themes of memory, subjectivity and doubt, often by combining fictional and documentary approaches.
The 2013 Artadia Los Angeles Awardees were selected by leading curators: Ali Subotnick (Curator, Hammer Museum UCLA, Los Angeles), Joao Ribas (formerly of MIT’s List Visual Art Center, Cambridge) and Magnolia de la Garza (Associate Curator, Museo Rufino Tamayo ...
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