Sustainability Network Happy Hour

August 2, 2015

4 - 6 PM

What do you need? 

What do you have to share?

Since February, Los Angeles-area Sustainability Network members (artists, creatives, administrators, producers, and organizers) have been meeting monthly to get to know one another; talk about our work, needs, and interests; and workshop ideas for artist sustainability over tasty cocktails. Join us and meet other artists and creatives (potential collaborators, gigs, service providers, or just new friends), and visit LACE's galleries. Suggested donation $10, but all are welcome. Find out more and join the network at

Photo by Amanda Hoskinson


Genderqueer and Other Gender Identities: A Reading and Discussion

July 15, 2015

7:30 – 9:30PM

All ages
Cash bar
A reading and discussion with PEN Center USA, featuring:
Buck Angel is an American trans man, adult film producer and performer, and LGBT icon. He is also founder of Buck Angel Entertainment, as a vehicle to produce media projects. He received the 2007 AVN Award as Transsexual Performer of the Year, and works as an advocate, educator, lecturer, and writer. Buck serves on the Board of Directors of the Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance.
Sarah B. Burghauser is a Bay Area writer who holds an MA from Oregon State and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts, where she has also taught. Sarah has worked with Semiotext(e) Press in Los Angeles and has been awarded fellowships with the Lambda Literary Foundation, The MacDowell Colony, and Vermont Studio Center. She has published with A Café in Space, the Anaïs Nin literary journal, and Kirkus Media. Her essay “Learning To Be In A Skin” appears in the anthology, Queer Girls in Class: Lesbian Teachers and Students Tell Their Classroom Stories (Peter Lang Publishing Group 2011). Currently, she works on a collection of poetry that explores the ways familial myth and history affect the body.
Jenny Factor is an archaeologist of object and mind; she is also a feminist, a mother, and a dog-lover. Her poem collection, Unraveling at the Name (Copper Canyon Press), won a Hayden Carruth Award and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Factor's poems and reviews have appeared in more than a dozen anthologies, including Poetry 180 and The Best American Erotic Poems (Scribner, 2008). Her work has been supported by an Astraea Grant in poetry. Jenny Factor received her MFA in Literature from Bennington College, and her B.A. in Anthropology from Harvard College. She serves on the Core Faculty at Antioch University ...
read more >

Rafa Esparza: i have never been here before

July 8 - September 13, 2015

Rafa Esparza: i have never been here before
Opening reception: Wednesday July 8, 2015, 7-10PM
Exhibition dates: June 9-September 13, 2015

August 26 - Performance by Dorian Wood
September 2 - Performance by Ricardo Bracho
September 11-13 - Resonant Forms, a weekend-long series of performances featuring Jen Boyd, Lawrence English, Richard Chartier, Jennifer Locke, Raquel Gutiérrez with Adam Garcia, Nikki Darling and Rafa Esparza, among others. In collaboration with VOLUME--schedule to be posted shortly.


For his summer residency at LACE, Los Angeles based artist Rafa Esparza transforms the architecture of the gallery into a space absent of corners, unified by curve, and made out of brown matter in which an idea, a movement, a conversation can take form. 
With the help of his father and extended family members, Esparza will produce 5,000 adobe bricks that will be transported to LACE and used to build an elliptical adobe structure over several weeks. Adobe brick building has both a personal and a cultural significance to Esparza. In addition to serving as a symbol for the Esparza family work, adobe highlights a history of labor, land, and poverty.
The vernacular design and available resources for adobe building evoke owner- and community-built architectural practices that use inherited knowledge and customary technologies. Prioritizing utility over aesthetics, adobe construction often reflects local environmental and cultural needs. Within the project—and entering the gallery—adobe serves to question the established value systems of the exhibition space.
Entitled i have never been here before, Esparza’s summer residency looks to the imagined space and renders the building process visible to the public. Adobe construction, and the communal effort that is inherent in the practice, intersects various histories and economies within the gallery. Through this meeting, the project questions the shape of power, the material and methods of representation, and the accessibility of place for certain bodies over others. 
Esparza and his family will begin construction on July 9 and will work during LACE gallery hours, Wed-Sun noon-6PM. Due to the flexible nature of the residency, the artist’s presence cannot be guaranteed during all gallery hours.  After its completion, the adobe structure at LACE will serve as a platform for performance works by Rafa Esparza and invited artists. 

Curated by LACE ...
read more >

Race, Art, and Survival – Michelada Think Tank & Chats about Change

July 8 - September 13, 2015

Are we so busy surviving that we forget to be radical?

This summer Michelada Think Tank (MTT), an artist collective organized by Noé Gaytán, Mario Mesquita, Shefali Mistry, and Carol Zou, will inhabit the LACE Project Room with a humorous and critical exploration of survival under a framework of institutional racism in the arts. Through a series of weekly think tank sessions, MTT will bring people together to talk about survival strategies for artists of color working in a predominantly white art world. The knowledge generated in these discussions will be compiled  and published as a "PoC Survival Guide" in LACE’s Project Room, and later as a book. This guide will be a tongue-in-cheek look at how artists are impacted by race. If artists of color can come together as a community to make survival easier, we can then begin to foster more radical artistic practices.
MTT will be holding think tanks at sites where communities of color are working; some of the sessions will be open forums at LACE while other sessions will take place elsewhere.
Race, Art, and Survival – Michelada Think Tank & Chats about Change is a continuation of the Chats About Change series, a project organized by artists Robby Herbst and Elana Mann, which was initiated with a symposium in January of 2015. Chats About Change asks questions, wages debates, and supports artists and activists seeking experimental ways to affect Southern California and beyond.
Michelada Think Tank (MTT) is a group of socially conscious artists who are interested in hosting conversations, creating safe places and opening up opportunities to connect and build relationships between people of color (PoC). Through think tank sessions, MTT creates networks of  socially-engaged /community artists interested in creative ways of making social change happen. Past projects include Race ...
read more >

Hollywood Boulevard The 70s

July 1 - September 13, 2015

Opening Wednesday July 1, 2015 - 7-10PM

A Storefront Installation
Photography by Ave Pildas

Today, the neighborhood is overrun with buskers in superhero outfits, but 40 years ago, real Angelenos wandered the sidewalk with the stars under their feet. Pildas spent more than two years walking up and down Hollywood Boulevard taking photos of the homeless, the star obsessed, the old ladies and the prostitutes that all walked the same street.
"At that time people were saying the country was tilted to the West and all the crazies rolled towards California," says Pildas. "They stopped just short of the ocean and landed in Hollywood."
Ave Pildas moved to Los Angeles in 1971 to work as an art director at Capitol Records in the heart of Hollywood. Between 1972 and 1975, he shot thousands of black and white photos on Hollywood Boulevard’s “Walk of Fame”. These photos document a unique and lively period in the history of Los Angeles and in American culture. 
The Hollywood Boulevard photos have never been shown as a large group. This exhibition will include more than 50 prints.


Navigating the Arts Institution

June 17, 2015

6 – 7 PM

Barnsdall Gallery Theatre

4800 Hollywood Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90027

The relationship between artist and arts institution is complicated. Ideally, the relationship is a productive and mutually beneficial partnership, in which your goals are aligned with those of the institution.

We have invited professionals from the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to discuss their inside perspective and to offer advice on how to navigate the institution in order to get the most out of the partnership.

Moderated by artist Micol Hebron, with panelists

Ed Patuto, The Broad Museum

John Tain, Getty Research Institute

Sarah Russin, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Chelle Barbour, Autonomie Projects

Michelle Papillion, Papillion Gallery

This event is free and open to the public.


some times presents Experiments in Narrative Acts

16 June 2015 7 - 9:30 PM

7 - 9:30 pm

A panel discussion with Eleanor Antin, Ann Hirsch, and Rachel Mason

Moderated by Catherine Wagley

some times is pleased to present a public conversation on the evolving approaches of three artists who use performance to move freely between fiction and reality. Weaving personal, public, and historical narrative together, Eleanor Antin, Ann Hirsch, and Rachel Mason use their own bodies to tell stories. Antin, Hirsch, and Mason employ techniques reappropriated from popular culture, oral history traditions, feminist critique, DIY culture, comedy, music, and drag to comment on social and political issues.

Eleanor Antin works in photography, video, film, installation,  drawing, performance, and writing. Many one-woman exhibitions include the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum and a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art which traveled to St. Louis and toured the UK. As both a performance and exhibiting artist she has appeared in venues around the world including the Venice Biennale, the Sydney Biennale and Opera House and Documenta 12. She has written, directed and produced many videotapes and films, among them the cult feature, “The Man Without a World”, 1991, (Berlin Film Fest., U.S.A. Film Fest., Ghent Film Fest., London Jewish Film Fest, etc.) She is represented by the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York. She also shows with Diane Rosenstein in LA. Her work is represented in many major public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Whitney Museum, Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, the Beaubourg, the Verbund Collection, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, etc. She has written 5 books, BEING ANTINOVA (Astro Artz), ELEANORA ANTINOVA PLAYS (Sun & Moon), 100 BOOTS (Running Press), “MAN WITHOUT A WORLD: a Screenplay” (Green Integer, Sun&Moon Press) and most recently “CONVERSATIONS WITH STALIN” (Green Integer). She has just completed a new book “An Artist’s Life by Eleanora Antinova” (to be published by Hirmer Verlag, Germany).  Major monographs ...

read more >

Happening Benefit Art Auction

20 May 2015

Wednesday May 20, 2015, 7PM-10PM
Online bidding starts May 7 at

7:00 PM     
Hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Tinhorn Flats
DJ set by TMO

8:30 PM        

10:00 PM    

PURCHASE TICKETS here or by calling 323-957-1777
$100 in advance / $150 at the door

To support LACE at a higher level and enjoy a special May 17 Preview Reception contact Sarah Russin at or 323-957-1777

Lita Albuquerque
Erin Christovale
Ciara Ennis
Ed Gomez
Tom Lawson
Barry Markowitz
Amitis Motevalli
Bruce Yonemoto
HK Zamani

Jasmine Albuquerque, Shagha Ariannia, John Baldessari, Judie Bamber, Jonas Becker, Walead Beshty, Marc Breslin, Cake and Eat It, Matthew Carter, Carolyn Castaño, York Chang, Michelle Chong, Young Chung, Brian Cooper, Dorit Cypis, Femi Dawkins, Danielle Dean, Sean Deckert, Brian Doan, Veronica Duarte, Owen Dubreuil, Martin Durazo, Nancy Evans, Shepard Fairey, Fallen Fruit (David Burns and Austin Young), Charles Gaines, Rashell George, Oren Giladi, Ed Gomez, Ken Gonzales-Day, Tm Gratkowski, Mark Steven Greenfield, Sherin Guirguis, Zeal Harris, Heyward Hart, Luis G. Hernandez, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Ian Hokin, Evan Holloway, Salomón Huerta, Ashley Hunt, Jim Isermann, Coulter Jacobs, Ali Kheradyar, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Soo Kim, Olga Koumoundouros, Molly Larkey, Malaika Latty, Nery Gabriel Lemus, Susan Logoreci, Albert Lopez Jr., Barry Markowitz, Elana Mann, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Abdul Mazid, Mollie McKinley, Allison Miller, John Mills, Yunhee Min, Sarah Miska, Simone Montemurno, Hushi Mortezaie, Amitis Motevalli, Gary Oldman, Kaz Oshiro, Gina Osterloh, Corrina Peipon, Karl Petion, Sheila Pinkel, Lauralee Pope, Nancy Popp, Gala Porras-Kim, Monique Prieto, Jessica Rath, Marco Rios, Andy Robert, Ross Rudel, Ed Ruscha, Nathaniel Russell, Robert Russell, Jaime Scholnick, Natalie Smith, Adam Stamp, Stephanie Syjuco, Sara True, Devon Tsuno, Dani Tull, Jeffrey Vallance, Tam Van Tran, Mark Dean Veca, Michelle Weiner, Suné Woods, Samira Yamin, Andre Yi, Bruce Yonemoto, Liat Yossifor, Jenny Yurshansky, Liz Young.

Kathie Foley-Meyer (Committee Chair), Tom Alexander, Hadley and Peter Arnold, Kit Baron, Kathryn Bise, Ian ...

read more >

Under the Skin: Works by LACHSA Visual Arts Students

April 25 - May 2, 2015

Under the Skin
Works by LACHSA Visual Arts Students

Opening Reception: April 25, 2015, 5-8PM
April 25-May 2, 2015

Los Angeles County High School for the Arts is a tuition-free, award-winning public high school (9-12) providing college preparatory academics and pre-professional, conservatory- style arts education for  promising young artists in Los Angeles County. Founded in 1984, LACHSA is located on the CSULA campus and is recognized as one of the premiere high schools in the nation.

After the Aqueduct

March 4 - April 12, 2015

After the Aqueduct Opening Reception
Wednesday, March 4th, 2015
 7 to 9pm

Panel Discussion
Saturday, March 14th, 2015
2 to 4pm

Panel Discussion with the artists and with special guest Alan Bacock (Big Pine Tribal member and Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley’s Water Program Coordinator) moderated by Jon Christensen (editor of Boom: A Journal of California and adjunct assistant professor Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA.

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.

Read a review of After the Aqueduct by Christopher Knight.

With works by Nicole Antebi, Lauren Bon, Barry Lehrman, Peter Bo Rappmund, 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.

For additional information visit:

Supported by:

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Parking information:

Image credit: © Chad Ress