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.
 

 

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 ...
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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

RELATED PROGRAMS
August 26 - Performance by Dorian Wood
September 2 - Performance by Ricardo Bracho
September 11-13 - Resonant Forms, a weekend-long series of performances featuring Simon Scott, Bethan Parkes, Lawrence English, John Chantler, 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 ...
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