SKY HOPINKA SCREENING AND CONVERSATION

LACMA and Sky Hopinka present his first full-length feature film MALNI, TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE. This “poetic exploration in his signature style… follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier’s perambulations through their worlds—sometimes overlapping, sometimes not—as they wonder and wander through the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Columbia River Basin, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.”

Hopinka will participate in a post-screening Q & A.

SKY HOPINKA—MALNI, TOWARDS THE OCEAN, TOWARDS THE SHORE

Friday, May 29.

6 pm on the West Coast; 9 pm East Coast.

Sky Hopinka, Maɬni, towards the ocean, towards the shore, 2020. Images courtesy and © the artist and the Sundance Institute.

THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA

A founder of the French New Wave who became an international art-house icon, Agnès Varda was a fiercely independent, restlessly curious visionary whose work was at once personal and passionately committed to the world around her. In an abundant career in which she never stopped expanding the notion of what a movie can be, Varda forged a unique cinematic vocabulary that frequently blurs the boundaries between narrative and documentary, and entwines loving portraits of her friends, her family, and her own inner world with a social consciousness that was closely attuned to the 1960s counterculture, the women’s liberation movement, the plight of the poor and socially marginalized, and the ecology of our planet. This comprehensive collection places Varda’s filmography in the context of her parallel work as a photographer and multimedia artist—all of it a testament to the radical vision, boundless imagination, and radiant spirit of a true original for whom every act of creation was a vital expression of her very being. — The Criterion Collection

The new box set THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA features digital restorations of thirty-nine films as well as the television productions Agnès de ci de là Varda, Nausicaa (1970), Quelques veuves de Noirmoutier, and Varda’s segments from Une minute pour une image.

Also included: rare archival footage, tributes and interviews, segments from unfinished works, and a 200-page book with contributions by Amy Taubin, Michael Koresky, Ginette Vincendeau, So Mayer, Alexandra Hidalgo, and Rebecca Bengal, as well as a selection of Varda’s photography and images of her installation art.

The feature films are divided into fifteen programs:

Agnès Forever — Varda by Agnès (2019), Les 3 boutons (2015).

Early Varda — La Pointe Courte (1955), Ô saisons, ô châteaux (1958), Du côté de la côte (1958).

Around Paris — Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Les fiancés du pont Macdonald (1962), L’opéra-mouffe (1958), Les dites cariatides (1984), T’as de beaux escaliers, tu sais (1986).

Rue Daguerre — Daguerréotypes (1975), Le lion volatil (2003).

Married Life — Le bonheur (1965), Les créatures (1966), Elsa la Rose (1966).

In California — Uncle Yanco (1968), Black Panthers (1970), Lions Love (. . . and Lies) (1969), Mur Murs (1981), Documenteur (1981).

Her Body, Herself — One Sings, the Other Doesn’t (1977), Réponse de femmes (1975), Plaisir d’amour en Iran (1977).

No Shelter — Vagabond (1985), 7 p., cuis., s. de b. . . . (à saisir) (1985).

Jane B. — Jane B. par Agnès V. (1988), Kung-Fu Master! (1988).

Jacques Demy — Jacquot de Nantes (1991), The Young Girls Turn 25 (1993), The World of Jacques Demy (1995).

Simon Cinéma — One Hundred and One Nights (1995).

La glaneuse — The Gleaners and I (2000), The Gleaners and I: Two Years Later (2002).

Visual Artist — Visages Villages, codirected with JR (2017), Salut les cubains (1964), Ulysse (1982), Ydessa, les ours et etc. . . . (2004).

Here and There — Agnès de ci de là Varda (2011).

Beaches — The Beaches of Agnès (2008).

See link below for details.

THE COMPLETE FILMS OF AGNÈS VARDA

The Criterion Collection

Agnès Varda, from top: Varda in Visages, Villages; Du côté de la côte; Black Panthers; Nausicaa; Réponse de femmes poster; Salut les Cubains (2); Shirley Clarke, Gerome Ragni, and Viva in Lions Love (. . . and Lies); One Sings, the Other Doesn’t; The Complete Films of Agnès Varda, courtesy and © Criterion; Jane Birkin in Jane B. par Agnès V.; Daguerréotypes; Agnès de ci de là Varda. Images courtesy and © the estate of Agnès Varda and Ciné-Tamaris.

RACHEL MASON IN CONVERSATION

This weekend, Joan Los Angeles presents an online conversation with CIRCUS OF BOOKS director Rachel Mason and producers Cynthia Childs, Kathryn Robson, and Rhianon Jones, moderated by Evan Moffitt.

For over thirty-five years, the gay porn shop Circus of Books served as an epicenter for LGBT life and culture in Los Angeles. Unbeknownst to many in the community it served, the store was cultivated and cared for by its owners, Karen and Barry Mason—a straight couple with three children. The documentary CIRCUS OF BOOKS is an intimate portrait of the Masons and their journey to become one of the biggest distributors of hardcore gay porn in the United States. Their story unfolds through the lens of their daughter, filmmaker and artist, Rachel Mason.

RACHEL MASON’S CIRCUS OF BOOKS—A VIRTUAL CONVERSATION MODERATED BY EVAN MOFFITT

Sunday, May 24.

4 pm on the West Coast; 7 pm East Coast.

The West Hollywood outpost of Circus had a brief resurrection in the Spring of 2020.

From top: Circus of Books, West Hollywood facade; Karen Mason taking stock; Circus of Books poster; Rachel Mason in 2019 at the Tribeca Film Festival presentation of Circus of Books; the Silver Lake location at Sunset Junction. Images courtesy and © the filmmaker and Netflix.

HALF GALLERY — UNDER GLASS

UNDER GLASS—a group show of new work at Half Gallery to be viewed from the street—is closing this weekend.

Participating artists include Ginny Casey, Ethan Cook, Daniel Heidkamp, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Michael Kagan, Tanya Merrill, Anna Park, Richard Prince, Umar Rashid, Rene Ricard, Tom Sachs, Peter Schyuff, Pauline Shaw, and Chloe Wise.

UNDER GLASS

Through May 23.

Half Gallery

235 East 4th Street, New York City.

Under Glass, Half Gallery, April 23, 2020–May 23, 2020, from top: Chloe Wise, Your body knows better, 2020, oil on canvas; Anna Park, It’s Good For You, 2020, charcoal on paper mounted on canvas; Under Glass installation view; Ginny Casey, Sole Hole, 2020, oil on canvas; Ewa JuszkiewiczUntitled (after Adolf Ulrik Wertmüller), 2019, oil on canvas; Under Glass installation view; Pauline ShawUntitled (plaid 2), 2020, felted hand-dyed wool, silk and vegetable fiber, cotton scrim mounted on wood frame; Under Glass exterior view; Rene RicardAsleep…, 2010–2012, oil stick and acrylic on canvas, framed. Images courtesy and © the artists and Half Gallery.

LUCHITA HURTADO —JUST DOWN THE STREET

If I have a voice at all, I’m going to use it… to complain [laughter]. Because it’s the only way that you get anything done. — Luchita Hurtado*

The exhibition LUCHITA HURTADO—JUST DOWN THE STREET is now open in Zürich. The show brings together the artist’s drawings and paintings on paper from the 1960s.

LUCHITA HURTADO—JUST DOWN THE STREET

Through July 31.

Hauser & Wirth

Limmatstrasse 270, Zürich.

*Hurtado and Hans Ulrich Obrist in conversation at LACMA, February 2020.

Luchita Hurtado, from top: Untitled, 1965, acrylic on paper; Just Down the Street, 1965, oil on paper; Portrait, 1965 / 1968, oil on paper; Luchita Hurtado—Just Down the Street, May 11, 2020–July 31, 2020, installation view; Untitled, circa 1957 / 1968, oil and conte on paper; Untitled, 1968, oil and graphite on paper. Artwork photographs by Jeff McLane. Images courtesy and © 2020 the artist and Hauser & Wirth.