By María Margarita López
Yes. The 4th of July Block Party at Grand Park is an option for the weekend. There's also a plethora of artistic destinations nearby. Here are some art events worth seeing-- and these are free.
600 State Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037
Mark Steven Greenfield "Dale" (1975)
"Lookin’ Back In Front Of Me: Selected Works of Mark Steven Greenfield 1974-2014"
Extended through July 5, 2015
At CAAM, the 40-year retrospective of Greenfield’s work winds down. It's the last weekend to travel through a universe that began as the Cosmos series, which fed Greenfield's Afrofuturistic works, which in turn fed his Crensahw’s Consciousness series and so on. His pieces provoke deeper scrutiny of gang culture, spirituality and family history. Many of his works including Doo Dahz, and particularly the Blackatcha series with its minstrel eye charts, force us to look stereotypes in the face. This exhibit closes over July 4th holiday weekend.
Section from "Flash Tag"
Through August 2, 2015
During your visit to CAAM, four other exhibits beckon including "Flash Tag." In March the museum invited inter-generational teams of well-respected graffiti artists, divided them into four groups and gave them a week to create mural masterpieces. They used brushes as opposed to aerosol paint cans while CAAM patrons watched. Those completed pieces are now on display.
The Chicano Collection - La Colección Chicana
Through July 11, 2015
Ten years ago at Plaza de La Raza, Cheech Marin released a limited edition portfolio, a series of works from his own “The Chicano Collection.” The 115 archival fine art print sets included 26 giclées by the late master printmaker, Richard S. Duardo of Modern Multiples, and original linocut-print portraits of the artists by Artemio Rodriguez of La Mano Press. The collection went on a national tour that continues today, as produced by Melissa Richardson Banks, and helped Chicano Art be recognized as a school of American art. You can see the prints, which now grace the collections of major institutions from the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., back home where it all began.
Hoy Space: Joel Garcia “Tatewari”
Through August 1, 2015
Tatewari means “transformed by fire” and refers to the transformation this L.A. based artist underwent after he was shot. With time to reflect during his recovery, Joel “rage.one” Garcia learned graphic design. This exhibition shows much more emerged from that gunfire. He melds the old and the new; the native and the urban; the ritual and the radical. His art is informed being raised in the Maravilla projects, the repatriation of his grandmother to Mexico in the late 1920s, and his native Lakota and Huichol roots. “It’s kind of like you get the two nations that are most spiritually connected and then you’re thrown into the neighborhood,” Garcia said at a recent walk-through with the artist. He also wondered how to mix native practices with fine art printmaking, and came up with using cactus sap from nopales as a base for pigment. He experimented for two years in his kitchen until he found a formula that was stable enough to use for fine art prints. It used in several of these pieces.
Nao Bustamante: Soldadera
Through August 1, 2015
If the Soldaderas, female soldiers, had been outfitted with more protective clothing, would they have better survived the violence of the Mexican Revolution? Artist Nao Bustamante uses “speculative reenactment” to explore that very question in “Soldadera,” her West Coast debut solo show at the Vincent Price Art Museum. Historical photos and objects help flesh out the period’s attitudes toward women, and the centerpiece of the show is undoubtedly the collection of Kevlar® 2945 dresses created specifically for this exhibition. The exhibition also contains a major cinematic element, a film called “Soldadera” that imagines the section of Sergei Eisenstein’s unfinished film “!Que Viva México!”, which would have told the story of the Mexican Revolution from the point of view of female soldiers who fought and worked alongside the men. Not a single frame of film was ever shot. Bustamante even includes small elements of the last surviving soldier of the revolution, the 127 year-old Leandra Becerra Lumbreras, who just passed away in March. Essays on the exhibition are posted at KCET.
The admission to these exhibits is free. Check the websites for hours and parking charges that may apply.