Illustration by Lalo Alcaraz

Culture Clash

Militants, Artists Fail to Connect in Boyle Heights

Can art hurt people? In mid-February, I sat in Boyle Heights’ El Tepeyac café across from a revolutionary named A. and probed him with questions…
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The Trisha Brown Dance Company’s “In Plain Site”

The Trisha Brown Dance Company’s “In Plain Site”

at the Getty Center

Maybe every gesture that you make can birth a fresh way of living. Perhaps by merely looking over your shoulder, or touching the ground, you…
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Video stills from Erasing the Border (Borrando la Frontera), 2012

Ana Teresa Fernandez Paints it Away

Border Dissolve

Five years ago, San Francisco–based painter, sculptor and performance artist Ana Teresa Fernández woke from a long night’s sleep with a sudden inspiration: She would…
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Toba Khedoori: Making it your Own

Toba Khedoori: Making it your Own

Museum Guard Provides Insight at Los Angeles County Museum of Art

“She’s famous for her use of negative space.” The security guard’s soft voice wafted over to me from the corner of the gallery. I stood…
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From performance, Taking Stock in Yourself, at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive, photo by Michael Niemetz, 2014

Molly Jo Shea: Driven By Fear

Performances that Make you Laugh and Feel

Los Angeles performance artist Molly Jo Shea knows that you’ve got some genuine feelings, you’re just scared to reveal them. If you attend one of…
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Dynasty Handbag at the Hammer

Dynasty Handbag at the Hammer

She's still here with her full-blown crazy

Jibz Cameron, the performance artist and poet of female panic who goes by the moniker Dynasty Handbag, is trying to make more user-friendly work. Cameron…
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Tabita Rezaire

Can The Broad Rise Above

Room For Inclusion At Third Summer Happening

Victorian critic Walter Pater’s famous maxim that “all art constantly aspires towards the condition of music” admires the musician for her destruction of boundaries:  “[Music’s]…
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No Beauty in Hell at The Broad

No Beauty in Hell at The Broad

Second Summer Happening Offends but Redeems

In his Aesthetic Theory, philosopher Theodor W. Adorno wrote of art’s “double character,” that is, the idea that art flourishes when it resists society, and…
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Summer Happening at The Broad

Summer Happening at The Broad

Mutant Salon Saved the Evening

In 1963, artist Allan Kaprow held a “Tree Happening” at George Segal’s New Jersey farm. Kaprow’s written instructions commanded a crowd holding tree saplings to…
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Op-Ed: Agnes Martin at LACMA

Op-Ed: Agnes Martin at LACMA

Why Mental Health and Sexuality Matter

Agnes Martin, the great Abstract Expressionist painter (1912–2004), believed in cosmic connection. She labored over her famous grid paintings almost her entire professional life, except…
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