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KIM GORDON — SHE BITES HER TENDER MIND

Inhabiting the four rooms of the IMMA’s Courtyard Galleries, Kim Gordon’s exhibition SHE BITES HER TENDER MIND presents new and unseen work—including paintings, drawings, sculptures from the Noise Painting, From the Boyfriend, and Airbnb series—and an immersive video projection.

KIM GORDON—SHE BITES HER TENDER MIND

Through November 10.

Irish Museum of Modern Art

Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

See “No Retirement Plan: Kim Gordon and Carrie Brownstein in Conversation with Dorothée Perret.” PARIS LA 15 (2017).

Kim Gordon, from top: Proposal For a Dance, 2008–2010, DVD still, 12 minutes; Dead Machines, 2018, acrylic on canvas; Lay Down Thy Limbs 2, 2019, acrylic and medium on canvas; Black Glitter Circle, 2008, glitter; Mood, 2018, acrylic on canvas; Untitled (from the boyfriend series), 2015, acrylic, medium, and interference powder on denim skirt; Proposal For a Dance, 2008–2010, still. Images courtesy and © the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

TAYLOR MAC’S HIR

“Working catharsis is my art form, and one of the ways I do that is by the time-honored tradition of making something ridiculous…

“My job as a theater artist is to remind people of things they’ve forgotten about, or they’ve dismissed or buried, or other people have buried for them.” — Taylor Mac, PARIS LA*

Mac—an incandescent magpie of modern culture—is a champion of what he calls “authentic failure,” a process where the performer goes out on a limb and stays there:

“There’s something about getting up there, risking, falling flat on your ass, and then picking yourself up, that—when you’re watching it on a stage—is profound.”*

Mac the performer, in his transformative 24-Decade History of Popular Music shows, risks everything for six, twelve, twenty-four hours at a time. Mac the playwright concentrates his gender-queer socialism into two-hour projects and sends his actors out to walk the plank, where they thrive.

HIR—Mac’s 2014 play in its Los Angeles premiere at the Odyssey—is a wonderfully disturbing satire that imagines a long-abused family reaching its greatest potential by taking revenge on the abusive patriarch (Ron Bottitta), who was—according to his wife—another “mediocre straight white man who’s barely lifting a finger but thinks he’s lifting the world.”

Mom (Cynthia Kania)—who spends enriching weekends at the local museum with her daughter-turned-son Max (Puppett)—no longer cooks or cleans, so when soldier son Isaac (Zack Gearing) returns home from the Middle East, he walks into an exploded kitchen-sink drama of familial detritus.

“Hir”—pronounced “here”—is a pronoun that floats between “her” and “his.” HIR, the play, will be on the boards for only six more weeks. so get your tickets now.

HIR

Through March 17.

Odyssey Theatre Ensemble

2055 South Sepulveda Boulevard, West Los Angeles.

*See “A Time to Be Born: Taylor Mac in conversation with Barlo Perry, PARIS LA 15 (Spring 2017): 78–85.

From top: Cynthia Kania (left), Ron Bottitta, and Puppett in Hir; Kania, Puppett, and Zack Gearing; Kania; Gearing, Kania, and Puppett; Gearing, Bottitta, and Kania. Photographs by Enci Box.

CAROLINE SHAW — ANDREW NORMAN — NADIA SIROTA

“When I wrote Partita for 8 Voices, it was like if you had the little box of eight crayons for a long time, and then you suddenly have the box with 64, with the little pencil sharpener in the back, you kind of go all out.

“I like writing for string quartet because it’s not a wildly new palette, but there’s something constantly exciting about it. I don’t know why we make music, make art, or write… but [there’s] something about it—it’s like you just have to keep carving.” — Caroline ShawPARIS LA, 2017*

Join composer-musicians Caroline Shaw and Andrew Norman, the music ensemble Wild Up, and host (and viola player) Nadia Sirota for an “enhanced concert” featuring live performances of Shaw’s and Norman’s work, and free-wheeling conversations about their process.

This celebration of music creation is presented by CAP UCLA in downtown Los Angeles.

NADIA SIROTA—LIVING MUSIC LIVE!

with WILD UP

featuring CAROLINE SHAW

and ANDREW NORMAN

Saturday, January 12, at 8 pm.

Theatre at Ace Hotel

929 South Broadway, Los Angeles.

*“The Lilt and the Friction: Caroline Shaw in conversation with Anh Do and Eli Diner,” PARIS LA 15 (Spring 2017): 61–69.

From top:

Nadia Sirota, a Live Podcast Event with Wild Up featuring Andrew Norman and Caroline Shaw. Photograph by Shervin Lainez.

Andrew Norman. Photograph by Craig T. Matthew.

Caroline Shaw (left), Norman, and Sirota at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, January 12, 2019. Image courtesy CAP UCLA.

Shaw. Photograph by Kait Moreno.

LARRY BELL AND ARAM MOSHAYEDI

On the occasion of COMPLETE CUBES at Hauser & Wirth, Larry Bell will discuss his work with Hammer Museum curator and PARIS LA contributor Aram Moshayedi.

 

LARRY BELL IN CONVERSATION WITH ARAM MOSHAYEDI

Sunday, September 16, at 3 pm.

Hauser & Wirth, 901 East 3rd Street, downtown Los Angeles.

See “Metal Shop: Sohrab Mohebbi and Aram Moshayedi in conversation,” PARIS LA 15 (Spring 2017), 92–97.

Above: Larry Bell, Complete Cubes, installation view 2018. Photograph by Mario de Lopez. Image credit: Hauser & Wirth.

Below: Larry Bell in his Market Street studio in Venice, California, 1961. Image courtesy of Larry Bell, Marvin Silver and Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica. © Marvin Silver.

TAYLOR MAC AT TOWN HALL

In his first New York stage performance since his 24-hour show at St. Ann’s Warehouse a year ago, Taylor Mac brings HOLIDAY SAUCE to Town Hall.

“Christmas as calamity. Celebrating the holiday season in all of its dysfunction, Taylor Mac is joined by longtime collaborators designer Machine Dazzle, music director Matt Ray, and a band of eight to reframe the songs you love and the holidays you hate.”*

 

TAYLOR MAC—HOLIDAY SAUCE, Tuesday, December 12. Doors at 7:30.

TOWN HALL, 123 West 43rd Street, New York City.

thetownhall.org/event/taylor-mac

See “A Time to be Born—Taylor Mac in Conversation with Barlo Perry,” PARIS LA 15:

cap.ucla.edu/data/files/general/PARIS_LA_15_Taylor_Mac

Taylor Mac in California, 2017. Photograph by Little Fang.

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