After the Aqueduct

March 4 - April 12, 2015

With works by Nicole Antebi, Lauren Bon, Barry Lehrman, Chad Ress, Alexander Robinson and Kim Stringfellow.

After the Aqueduct features diverse projects by artists and designers investigating the Los Angeles Aqueduct—a controversial 233 mile-long hydraulic water conveyance system that has historically been the primary source of potable water for the city of Los Angeles since the aqueduct was first put into service in 1913.

The fates of urban Los Angeles and rural Owens Valley—where the water originates—are explicitly linked together through a contentious past and yet to be determined future. After the Aqueduct envisions the recent centenary of Big Water in the western United States as an opportunity for the various stakeholders, including Los Angeles area city dwellers, rural residents and tribal members of the Owens Valley along with engineers, farmers, scientists, historians, activists, artists, and designers to reexamine water practices and policies that link these shared destinies while considering alternative visions for renegotiating a shared future.
Participating artists include Nicole Antebi, Lauren Bon, Barry Lehrman, Chad Ress, Alexander Robinson and Kim Stringfellow. Student projects from Cal Poly’s Aqueduct Futures program are included in this exhibit.

Curated by Kim Stringfellow.

Creative Capital Professional Development Program

31 January 2015 9 - 5 PM

Artists: Apply for a free space in a Los Angeles Creative Capital Workshop

Application Deadline – November 17, 2014
Workshop Date January 31, 2015, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Workshop will be held at LACE

The Creative Capital Professional Development Workshop Day at LACE includes both sessions described below plus lunch.

FUNDING YOUR WORK: build a fundraising campaign that expresses the quality and character of your work, learn essential skills to tap into funding networks and resources
Based on content from Creative Capital’s esteemed Core Weekend, this workshop combines nuts and-bolts strategies with a broad-based empowering approach for integrating fundraising into your creative practice. Appropriate for artist’s of all disciplines, this workshop will help you evaluate a wide variety of fundraising opportunities and will teach how to tap these valuable resources. Topics include applying for grants and residencies; fundraising from individuals; working with a fiscal sponsor; forming an advisory board; preparing the right materials for the right donors; making the tools of organizational fundraising efforts work for individual artists; partnerships with venues, donors and funders; and determining and communicating the real cost of your work.

FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR ARTISTS: a crash course in finance
Designed and led by a working artist with expertise in bookkeeping, budgeting, tax preparation, and financial management, this workshop will raise participants’ level of financial literacy, whatever their prior level of experience.   It is appropriate for individual artists in any genre and at any point in their careers.  Topics will include: individual taxes for artists; segregating personal and artistic finances; budgeting for your life and your artistic projects; how to tell “the story” of your project in a compelling way to funders; tips for tracking deductible expenses; how artists can get out of debt and start saving; a self-employment primer, and; whether and when to pursue non-profit incorporation or other entity. Participants will leave the workshop with ...

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Chats about Change: Critical Conversations on Art and Politics in Los Angeles

17 January 2015 9 - 6 PM

Chats About Change: Critical Conversations on Art and Politics is five conversations addressing contemporary themes creative practitioners are developing in Los Angeles today. Organized by artists Elana Mann and Robby Herbst, the conversations will explore ways individuals, at times labeled “artists” and “organizers,” are seeking alternative futures.

The first part of the project will take place at California State University Los Angeles, deemed the "people’s university” on Thursday January 15, 2015.  The second part will be held at LACE on Saturday January 17, 2015.

Assemblies will be structured around the problematics surrounding participation, creative dissonance, spirituality, professional-hybridization, and the politics of land in a session co-organized with Sandra de la Loza. Chats About Change asks questions, wages debates, and strengthens community among people seeking experimental ways to affect Southern California.

A detailed schedule and list of participants will be posted shortly.

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The Heart is the Frame

January 7 - February 14, 2015

Opening reception - Wednesday January 7, 2015

with works by Leidy Churchman, Harry Dodge, William E. Jones, Sharon Lockhart, Emily Roysdon, Anna Sew Hoy, and Tris Vonna-Michell


The Heart is the Frame is a group exhibition that questions the practice of everyday living by breaking down the cinematic guise of commonplace existence into a series of still images. It aims to surface the scripts that direct one's daily course, and address the ways in which one's actions are bound to a designated articulation of time – at a given pace / in the present / moving forward – and its ensuing choreographies of movement. 

The exhibition explores the routinized acts that constitute the dailyness of life – from workplace tasks to the maintenance of public life – to bare the impact of habitual existence and to ask what happens when these unromantic acts amass or shift out of sync. Among the works, impending variations take the form of strange encounters, temporal contractions, and deviations off-path, all placed alongside the mills of necessity that ask one to consume and create at a prescribed rate. By examining notions of reiteration and routine – acts that are irreplaceable but endlessly repeatable – and their ruptures, The Heart is the Frame aims to unveil how these recurring processes shape our conception of time and our relationship to the body and its uses.

Curated by LACE Assistant Director Shoghig Halajian.


Image: Emily Roysdon, Untitled (David Wojnarowicz project), 11x14 inch silver gelatin print, 2001-2007.

Otis Graduate Writing Program: Student Reading Event

01 December 2014 7 - 9 PM

Come join us as Justin Evans, Tonya Ingram, Sean Pessin, and Lara Sterling share excerpts from their ongoing projects.  

In addition to allowing writers to carefully craft some diverse and compelling writing, the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design also works to put out books under the Otis Books | Seismicity Editions house; copies will be available for sale at the reading.

Learn more about the Otis Graduate Writing program here.


Burqa Girls: Shangri-La Remix

22 November 2014 4 - 6 PM

The Burqa Girls present a forum on representations of women in Islam and in Western societies in conjunction with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs LA Islam initiative. The Burqa Girls are a performance and public practice collective using veiling as a means to provoke questions of invisibility and power at the intersection of feminist, privacy, and global justice concerns. At LACE, Burqa Girls will invite three women to share their expert perspectives on contemporary and historical interpretations of Islam in the West.

The panel will draw on the exhibitions at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery showcasing Islamic art from the collection of Doris Duke and works by contemporary artists to describe rhetorics of subjugation and control as they relate to women’s bodies, sexual and queer liberation, and political struggle.

Guests include: Dr. Saloni Mathur, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History at UCLA; Rijin Sahakian, Curator of Shangri-La: Imagined Cities at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; and Amitis Motevalli, Project Manager, LA/Islam Arts Initiative at Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Otis Graduate Writing Program: Student Reading Event

06 October 2014 7 - 9 PM

Come join us as Niko Nelson, Taylor McDaniel, Tess Satsuma, and Daniele Dickerson share excerpts from their ongoing projects.  

In addition to allowing writers to carefully craft some diverse and compelling writing, the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design also works to put out books under the Otis Books | Seismicity Editions house; copies will be available for sale at the reading.

Learn more about the Otis Graduate Writing program here.

Beyond Environment

September 4 - November 9, 2014

Opening reception: Thursday, September 4, 2014

Exhibition Dates: September 4, 2014 – November 9, 2014
Curator Talk: September 5, 2014

Featuring works by Gianni Pettena, Allan Kaprow, Robert Smithson, UFO, 9999, Gordon Matta-Clark


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

Captivated by a journey to Salt Lake City in 1972, Pettena created Tumbleweeds Catcher, a tower installation that cut across natural and manmade environments. Earlier, while in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Pettena and Smithson’s dialogue around onsite material transformations helped create some of the architect’s most iconic works. With Ice House I and II, respectively staged in an abandoned school and in a non-descriptive suburban house, Pettena poured water into mold works he created around the buildings’ perimeter walls. Curing during the winter night into 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, the exhibition showcases contractual, electroacoustic, and video aspects of Pettena’s work, alongside Kaprow’s Happenings and a forgotten collection of drawings that Smithson created in preparation for Asphalt Rundown (1969) in Rome. These are supplemented by the works of Italian groups UFO and 9999, as well as an environment-dialog between Pettena and the Los Angeles based collective Pentagon, which recreate anew this important architecture-art complex.   

Beyond Environment features the ACTAR catalog with texts by Emanuele Piccardo, Amit Wolf, Robert Smithson, and Gianni Pettena. Available for purchase at LACE.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, Hennessy + Ingalls presents a curated selection of 50+ art and architecture books at the LACE storefront gallery.


  • September 3, 2014 Beyond Environment: A Preface, a conversation at the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles with Gianni Pettena, Aaron Moulton, Gian ...
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My Desire: Doug Ischar/ Bruce & Norman Yonemoto

August 13, 2014

Curated by David Evans Frantz, Curator of ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries

LACE, ONE Archives and the MAK Center present a screening of recent video work by Doug Ischar alongside videos by Bruce and Norman Yonemoto from the 1980s. The program will include Ischar’s brb (2007), and Alone With You (2011), recently part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and Bruce and Norman Yonemoto’s Garage Sale II (1980), and Vault (1984).

The screening will start at 7:30PM and will be followed by a Q&A with Doug Ischar and Bruce Yonemoto.

Doug Ischar is a Chicago-based artist whose work appears in Tony Greene: Amid Voluptuous Calm as a part of Made in L.A. 2014 biennial at the Hammer Museum. After receiving an MFA in Photography from the California Institute of the Arts (1987), Ischar pursued work in documentary photography and image/text installation (1984–1990). Since the early 1990s his work has focused on the uses of video and sound in ever more distilled manifestations. Following large multi-media installations such as Orderly (1994) and Wake (1996) Ischar turned to more minimal forms. His 1997 work for InSite (San Diego/Tijuana) used a high school basketball court as locale for a multimedia meditation of adolescent homosexual desire. His 2001 work ground uses twenty-four channels of sound to replicate the sound of a gallery floor being swept. Since 2006, Doug Ischar has been producing highly complex single-channel videos around issues of cross-generational male intimacy and psychological/social loss. These include Back the Way He Came (2006), Bask (2007), brb (2008), and Forget Him (2009), come lontano (2010), Alone With You (2011) and Tristes Tarzan (2013). His three most recent films were included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial of American Art. Ischar is Associate Professor of Photography at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bruce Yonemoto has developed a ...

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08 August 2014

by Rickerby M Hinds

Dreamscape depicts the death and inner life of a young woman, “Myeisha Mills,” who dreams through the impact of the twelve bullets that killed 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 laid 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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