EAT | DRINK | DANCE | SLEEP | REPEAT
Sep
3
Sep 5

EAT | DRINK | DANCE | SLEEP | REPEAT

  • Ace Hotel Palm Springs

Two days in the desert doing you know what.

SATURDAY SEP 03 — SUNDAY SEP 04

VARIOUS LOCATIONS, PALM SPRINGS

Sometimes the time-honored, simple pleasure of wine gets lost in all the hype. Wine Not? leads an approachable, back to basics California wine tasting paired with a rotating all weekend line-up of Hit City U.S.A. DJs to help keep things truly copacetic.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3

NITE JEWEL (DJ SET), COLE MG (DJ SET), HIT CITY DJS + PALS

Swim Club Pool
11am to 5pm

(Free to hotel guests and Swim Club Members. Day passes available to outside guests for $30. All Ages)

The Amigo Room
10pm-2am

(Free, 21+)

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4

THE FELLAS, HIT CITY DJS + PALS

Swim Club Pool
11am to 5pm

(Free to hotel guests and Swim Club Members. Day passes available to outside guests for $30. All Ages)

The Amigo Room
10pm-2am

(Free, 21+)


BEFORE MIDNIGHT // OPENING
Aug
13
6:00 pm18:00

BEFORE MIDNIGHT // OPENING

  • KARMA

Before Midnight

Milton Avery
Forrest Bess
Victor Brauner
Mathew Cerletty
Ann Craven
Henri Rousseau
Rudolf Stingel


August 13–August 29, 2016
In the Louvre there is a work by a primitive painter, known or unknown I cannot say, but whose name will never be representative of an important period in the history of art. This painter is Lucas van den Leyden and in my opinion he makes the four or five centuries of painting that come after him inane and useless. The canvas I speak of is entitled "The Daughters of Lot," a biblical subject in the style of the period. Of course the Bible in the Middle Ages was not understood in the same way we understand it today, and this canvas is a curious example of the mystic deductions that can be derived from it. Its emotion, in any case, is visible even from a distance; it affects the mind with an almost thunderous visual harmony, intensely active throughout the painting, yet to be gathered from a single glance. Even before you can discern what is going on, you sense something tremendous happening in the painting, and the ear, one would say, is as moved by it as the eye. A drama of high intellectual importance seems massed there like a sudden gathering of clouds which the wind or some much more direct fatality has impelled together to measure their thunderbolts.

The sky of the picture, in fact, is black and swollen; but even before we can tell that the drama was born in the sky, was happening in the sky, the peculiar lighting of the canvas, the jumble of shapes, the impression the whole gives at a distance – everything betokens a kind of drama of nature for which I defy any painter of the Great Periods to give us an equivalent.

A tent is pitched at the sea's edge, in front of which Lot is sitting, wearing full armor and a handsome red beard, watching his daughters parade up and down as if he were a guest at a prostitutes' banquet.

And in fact they are strutting about, some as mothers of families, others as amazons, combing their hair and fencing, as if they had never had any other purpose than to charm their father, to be his plaything or his instrument. We are thus presented with the profoundly incestuous character of the old theme which the painter develops here in passionate images. Its profound sexuality is proof that the painter has understood his subject absolutely as a modern man, that is, as we ourselves would understand it: proof that its character of profound but poetic sexuality has escaped him no more than it has eluded us.

On the left of the picture, and a little to the rear, a black tower rises to prodigious heights, supported at its base by a whole system of rocks, plants, zigzagging roads marked with milestones and dotted here and there with houses. And by a happy effect of perspective, one of these roads at a certain point disengages itself from the maze through which it has been creeping, crosses a bridge, and at last receives a ray of that stormy light which brims over between the clouds and showers the region irregularly.

The sea in the background of the canvas is extremely high, at the same time extremely calm considering the fiery skein that is boiling up in one corner of the sky.

It happens that when we are watching fireworks, the crackling nocturnal bombardment of shooting stars, sky rockets, and Roman candles may reveal to our eyes in its hallucinatory light certain details of landscape, wrought in relief against the night: trees, towers, mountains, houses, whose lighting and sudden apparition will always remain definitely linked in our minds with the idea of this noisy rending of the darkness. There is no better way of expressing this submission of the different elements of landscape to the fire revealed in the sky of this painting than by saying that even though they possess their own light, they remain in spite of everything related to this sudden fire as dim echoes, living points of reference born from it and placed where they are to permit it to exercise its full destructive force.

There is moreover something frighteningly energetic and troubling in the way the painter depicts this fire, like an element still active and in motion, yet with an immobilized expression. It matters little how this effect is obtained, it is real; it is enough to see the canvas to be convinced of it.

In any case, this fire, which no one will deny produces an impression of intelligence and malice, serves, by its very violence, as a counterbalance in the mind to the heavy material stability of the rest of the painting.

Between the sea and the sky, but towards the right, and on the same level in perspective as the Black Tower, projects a thin spit of land crowned by a monastery in ruins.

This spit of land, so close that it is visible from the shore where Lot's tent stands, reveals behind it an immense gulf in which an unprecedented naval disaster seems to have occurred. Vessels cut in two and not yet sunk lean upon the sea as upon crutches, strewing everywhere their uprooted masts and spars.

It would be difficult to say why the impression of disaster, which is created by the sight of only one or two ships in pieces, is so complete.

It seems as if the painter possessed certain secrets of linear harmony, certain means of making that harmony affect the brain directly, like a physical agent. In any case this impression of intelligence prevailing in external nature and especially in the manner of its representation is apparent in several other details of the canvas, witness for example the bridge as high as an eight-story house standing out against the sea, across which people are filing, one after another, like Ideas in Plato's cave.

It would be untrue to claim that the ideas which emerge from this picture are clear. They are however of a grandeur that painting which is merely painting, i.e., all painting for several centuries, has completely abandoned: we are not accustomed to it.

— excerpt from Antonin Artaud, "Metaphysics and the Mise en Scène"
in The Theater and Its Double, 1938

The three exhibitions Before SunriseBefore Sunset, and Before Midnight explore our continually transforming relationship to landscape. The works range from precisely-rendered picturesque scenes, to distorted surreal realms with far-out arrangements, to reductive abstract representations of nature.

John Baldessari + Ed Ruscha //  VIP Reception
Aug
11
7:00 pm19:00

John Baldessari + Ed Ruscha // VIP Reception

  • Soho House West Hollywood

JOHN BALDESSARI + ED RUSCHA // MIXOGRAFIA PRINTS

Sharón Zoldan presents several suites of masterful three-dimensional prints that utilize a relief technique (embossing and debossin) to create incredibly dynamic pieces.  Baldessari’s Crowds with Shape of Reason Missing (2012), with its cinematic stills and silly white blobs, Ruscha’s Rusty Signs (2014) appearing rusted and weathered by time, and his Petro Plots (2009) in a nod to the LA landscape are all made entirely from a single sheet of handmade paper.
Private Reception from 7-9 pm

TWO NITES IN A ROW // TOT OOO
Aug
10
10:00 pm22:00

TWO NITES IN A ROW // TOT OOO

  • Tenants of the Trees

It's the Jo Cool Viewing Party.  The party starts at 8 though the screening starts right at 9.

Or go tonight for Ben Lee's birthday spanks and span the distance.  

IN LA WE PLAY ALL DAY.

 

 

Ben Lee Ritchie Handler // Out of Order
Aug
9
10:00 pm22:00

Ben Lee Ritchie Handler // Out of Order

  • Tenants Of the Trees

The birthday beatings continue at Tenants of the Trees tonight in LA along with Amy Pham, Ana Calderon, Marc Baker, Brian Vidal and his majesty, Ben Lee Ritchie Handler.

DM for guestlist.

Artwork: Nancy Grossman: No Name, 1968

Advance Screening // War Dogs
Aug
4
8:00 pm20:00

Advance Screening // War Dogs

  • Lower East Side New York, NY
Special Advance Screening + After Party for War Dogs New York Location / Invitation Only DM for more information.  

Special Advance Screening + After Party for War Dogs

New York Location / Invitation Only
DM for more information.

 

What We Do Is Secret: Closing Party
Jul
30
8:00 pm20:00

What We Do Is Secret: Closing Party

  • Mama Gallery

Ren Hang
What We Do Is Secret

Closing Night 

MAMA Gallery is proud to present What We Do Is Secret, Beijing-based artist Ren Hang’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in Los Angeles. In the face of censorship and social restraints, Hang intuitively creates moments of uninhibited liberty through nude human sculpture. Considered one of the most provocative photographers today, Hang’s work can be considered overtly explicit, emotional, beautiful, funny, and grotesque, all at the same time. While Hang’s public demeanor understates any political significance in his work, Hang’s carefully directed images may suggest otherwise. Hang’s perspective of contemporary youth within China’s climate of economic, cultural and social upheaval serves as a strong case for freedom of expression under any circumstance. Perhaps inadvertently, Hang’s subject matter and seemingly simple technique have transcendent ramifications. His subjects project an irreverence that directly disrupts the restrictive realm of heteronormativity and presents alternate sexual and aesthetic realities. The title of Hang’s exhibition, What We Do Is Secret, references the music of punk band the Germs, which aligns with the provocative spirit of the artist’s images. Antagonism abounds in Hang’s work with a counterculture-fueled rebellion lying at its core.

MAMA Gallery is proud to present What We Do Is Secret, Beijing-based artist Ren Hang’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and his first in Los Angeles. In the face of censorship and social restraints, Hang intuitively creates moments of uninhibited liberty through nude human sculpture. Considered one of the most provocative photographers today, Hang’s work can be considered overtly explicit, emotional, beautiful, funny, and grotesque, all at the same time. While Hang’s public demeanor understates any political significance in his work, Hang’s carefully directed images may suggest otherwise. Hang’s perspective of contemporary youth within China’s climate of economic, cultural and social upheaval serves as a strong case for freedom of expression under any circumstance.

Perhaps inadvertently, Hang’s subject matter and seemingly simple technique have transcendent ramifications. His subjects project an irreverence that directly disrupts the restrictive realm of heteronormativity and presents alternate sexual and aesthetic realities. The title of Hang’s exhibition, What We Do Is Secret, references the music of punk band the Germs, which aligns with the provocative spirit of the artist’s images. Antagonism abounds in Hang’s work with a counterculture-fueled rebellion lying at its core.

The Keeper Opens
Jul
19
8:00 pm20:00

The Keeper Opens

  • New Museum

“The Keeper” is an exhibition dedicated to the act of preserving objects, artworks, and images, and to the passions that inspire this undertaking.
 

TUESDAY JULY 19, 2016
8–10 PM
   Opening Reception

On view July 20–September 25, 2016

 

HOW MANY VIRGINS? Coachella Sacrifice
Apr
15
Apr 17

HOW MANY VIRGINS? Coachella Sacrifice

  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club

It's a two and a half day long party.  We're taking over the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs during Coachella Weekend and invoking the power of the desert and the stars in a wild twisting, knob turning, DJ frenzy with hip jutting interventions and arm waving gesticulations.  Of course, semi consensual visual penetrations will leave our eyes lurching and souls calling for more.  

RSVP to join the cult and email direct if you'd like more information about booking a room for the weekend.  

Love,

Ava Berlin + Ben Lee Ritchie Handler

BD WEST LAUNCH
Mar
30
6:00 pm18:00

BD WEST LAUNCH

  • HOW MANY VIRGINS? Headquarters

View the newest collaborative collection between Wrapped LA and Taiping Carpets.  The collaboration will be launched at BD West at the LA Convention Center.  Enjoy the preview among friends with cocktails and hors d'oeurves.  Invitation only and RSVP is required for entry.

Guilty Pleasures
Mar
10
Mar 11

Guilty Pleasures

  • Ace Hotel

We listened as you sang in the shower this morning. We were there at your 8th grade dance when you were doing the Tootsie Roll. We saw you tapping your toes under the table at your cousin's wedding. We remember your first make out session in the back of your dad's car while the radio blasted. We are Guilty Pleasures and we are here to set you free. 

Evan Enderle and Charlotte Patterson spin an eclectic mix of bangers previously only acceptable behind closed doors for your sybaritic satisfaction.

You can dance now.

You are among friends.

TechnoRamen
Mar
6
6:30 pm18:30

TechnoRamen

  • Gansfeld Gallery

Live Analog Techno DJ Set + Ramen 

Pixelife (Throne of Blood) has enough knobs and buttons to make a music nerd squeal but his demeanor is anything but over-excited.  His laid-back style comes out through his music and he doesn't seem to break a sweat bringing beats to life.    

The space is an old loading dock in a Brooklyn factory that was converted into a gallery a few years ago.  We're bringing in floor to ceiling 360 projections, good food and lots of chairs.  

Your $30 ticket buys you a live performance, sit down Ramen dinner and drinks.  


WORD TO MOUTH
Feb
23
Feb 24

WORD TO MOUTH

  • HOW MANY VIRGINS? HEADQUARTERS

Vivian Ho + Ava Berlin present

A twenty-person sit down dinner among friends in a home in the Arts District, LA.  We serve family style and we encourage you to bring a bottle of wine to share. 

Dinner seating is promptly at 8:15.

LA Art Book Fair Afterparty
Feb
13
Feb 14

LA Art Book Fair Afterparty

  • Resident

PRINTED MATTER, HOW MANY VIRGINS? + BERSERKTOWN present

Honey Soundsystem (SF)
San Francisco's sticky'n'sweet disco boys

Zutzut x N*A*A*F*I (Mexico City)
The sound of Mexico's underground

Permaid (The Ocean Darling)
Photobooth + Spanking Booth

GURT (LA)
Vogue Dancers hanging from ceiling

DΔWN (New Orleans)
Pushing RnB into thee otherworlds

The Haxan Cloak DJ Set (London)
Kate Bush meets Grunt

Lazaros (Netherrealm)
Hex your Ex

Jock Club (Phoenix)
Ascetic House's lil house boi wonder

Cooper Saver [Far Away] (LA)
Everywhere you want to be

The Afterparty will feature 2 rooms of DJs, live performances, art installations, craft cocktails, a food truck and much more. 

$10/$18 Presale SOLD OUT
Walk ups only doors open at 6pm

21+

Word to Mouth
Feb
4
Feb 5

Word to Mouth

  • HOW MANY VIRGINS? Headquarters

Vivian Ho + Ava Berlin present

A twenty-person sit down dinner among friends in a home in the Arts District, LA.  The dinner menu will be created by chefs Amanda Lanza and Deborah Michail. We serve family style and we encourage you to bring a bottle of wine to share. 

Dinner seating is promptly at 8:15.

HOW MANY VIRGINS? Desert Sacrifice
Jan
15
Jan 17

HOW MANY VIRGINS? Desert Sacrifice

  • Ace Hotel & Swim Club

It's a two day long party.  We're taking over the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and invoking the power of the desert and the stars in a wild twisting, knob turning, DJ frenzy with hip jutting interventions and arm waving gesticulations.  Of course, semi consensual visual penetrations by Max Hooper will leave our eyes lurching and souls calling for more.  

RSVP below to join the cult and email direct if you'd like more information about booking a room for the weekend.  

Love,

Ava Berlin + Ben Lee Ritchie Handler

WOLVESMOUTH
Jan
13
Jan 14

WOLVESMOUTH

  • The Wolvesden

Sasha-Frere Jones, Ava Berlin + Sonos invite you

WOLVESMOUTH by Craig Thornton

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Los Feliz, 7:30 pm

Welcome.

We're making a playlist for dinner and want to know which songs you go to, without thinking. These songs could be your comfort music, the soundtrack for conquering your demons, or the sound of your dreams. Just pick five songs you listen to on a regular basis. When you enter your selections, please include both the song title and the performing artist.

Thank you.

Sasha, Ava, and Sonos