curated & organized by Darin Klein

3-Pack Jack: Book Launch

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Free admission
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90007

"For those of us who missed the live performances, we can now have it all! Get it! Take it! It's good stuff!" – Annie Sprinkle, author of Post-Porn Modernist

3-PACK of performances by original JACKs at 5pm
John Cantwell | Martin Matamoros | Jonny McGovern

CLOSING PARTY for current ONE Archives exhibitions
Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects | Watchqueen

Join us at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives for an afternoon book launch event and courtyard soirée. Hottt off the press, 3-PACK JACK is a titillating three-book set anthologizing a recent queer performance series curated and hosted by Steven Reigns. Delight in performance photos by Matt Baume alongside the monologues, scripts, and transcriptions from each event. A 3-Pack Jack set will be donated to ONE Archives as a continuum of the history of gay publications in their holdings.


The (W)hole Story
Noel Alumit | R. Daniel Foster | Gavy Kessler | Christopher Lung | Ian MacKinnon | Martin Matamoros

Cum As You Are
John Cantwell | Ben Cuevas | Keith Hunter | Pip Lilly | Ian MacKinnon | Brenden Shucart | Rich Yap

Torrie Gregor | Ian MacKinnon | Jonny McGovern | Wes Would 

Book design and production
Christopher Kardambikis | Darin Klein | Steven Reigns 

ONE Archives
David Frantz and staff

REGULAR EDITION OF 220: Full-color three-book set; bound with a fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement.

DELUXE EDITION OF 30: Full-color three-book set; bound with a hand-sewn, sparkly jockstrap elastic band; one fold-out poster of a vintage jockstrap advertisement; one signed and numbered 11x13" three-color Risograph artist print based on Christopher Lung's original performance from The (W)hole Story.

The Yes Men Are Revolting - Sneak Preview Screening

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Free admission
The Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

"Entertaining mix of agitpop, pranksterism and autobiography." – Variety

"The third chapter in The Yes Men franchise manages to personalize its subjects' quest, easily making it the best of the series to date." – Indiewire

"The comic brilliance is hard to resist." – Brooklyn Rail

Image courtesy of The Yes Men

With the environment on the brink of collapse and when corporate forces have bought and sold democracy, how can individuals and small groups effect real change? Through anxiety-inducing impersonations, The Yes Men make hilarious attempts to undermine the powers that be. Behind-the-pranks access to the duo's personal lives gives their third feature-length documentary a human touch that balances out their (sometimes failed) super-hero personas. (2014, Dirs. A. Bichlebaum, M. Bonanno, L. Nix, 91 min.)

Post-screening Q&A with the directors The Yes Men, Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno, and Laura Nix.

Mix and mingle with the cast and crew after the Q&A at a cash bar reception in the Hammer Courtyard. Special appearances by Ojibwe comedian Tito Ybarra who plays Chief Four Feathers in the film and Sean Devlin, direct action trainer and thought stylist at the Yes Men's Yes Lab for Creative Activism.

Sister Spit: The Next Generation

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Free admission
The Annex at the Hammer Museum

From scrappy beginnings in 1994, Sister Spit tours have since gathered a rotating roster of critically acclaimed participants. Courageous, hilarious, outspoken – these fierce feminists offer multifaceted approaches to passionate stage presentations. Tonight, writer and activist Virgie Tovar hosts author and zinemaker Myriam Gurba, writer and educator Kate Schatz, and drag artist Mica Sigourney. Our special LA guests are writers Francesca Lia Block (the Weetzie Bat series) and Nikki Darling and artist Zackary Drucker. Check out the participants’ publications at the merch table and enjoy refreshments from the cash bar! Organized by Michelle Tea.

Charles Atlas: Revenge of the New Puritan

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Charles Atlas,
Hail the New Puritan, 1986.
16mm transferred to video, 85min.

With collaborators including Marina Abramović, Leigh Bowery, Michael Clark, Merce Cunningham, Antony & The Johnsons, and Yvonne Rainer, Charles Atlas has fused experimental filmmaking with dance, choreography, queer identity, NYC nightlife in the 1990s and so much more. The multi-venue Atlas in LA festival kicks off at the Hammer where media-dance pioneer Charles Atlas himself takes the stage to discuss and contextualize his vast and impactful body of work. Organized by Paul Pescador.

Dirty Looks Roadshow

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Roaming queer experimental film series and online publishing platform Dirty Looks NYC touches down in L.A. and takes to the stage for an evening of radical, critically engaged entertainment. This multimedia performance showcase extravaganza features contemporary queer luminaries Dynasty Handbag, Narcissister, Colin Self and Chris E. Vargas.

Dynasty Handbag is the performance-arty-leotardation-comedy-psychic-meltdown-voiceover-stretchpants/antipants-lezbiananationalarmy vehicle of Jibz Cameron, from NYC. Covered by mask and merkin, Narcissister plays with the limits of masquerade, performance art, and activism as she uncovers her body and its potential to animate objecthood. Her performances refigure narcissism through radical acts of self-love, which, in turn, reveal and conceal the racializing and eroticizing effects of our commodity-driven culture. Colin Self is a composer, choreographer, and vocalist living on Earth, working across disciplines to develop new modes of communication through energy and sound. Chris E. Vargas is a video maker, interdisciplinary artist, and founder of MOTHA - Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art.

Dirty Looks NYC was launched in January 2011 as a roaming series, mounting events at Participant Inc, White Columns, Artists Space, The Kitchen and The Museum of Modern Art. Past Roadshows have exhibited at venues including the Hammer, Human Resources, Los Angeles FilmForum at the Egyptian and MOCA in Los Angeles; Artist Television Access, SFMOMA and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; UC Berkeley; Grand Detour in Portland, OR; and Yale University among others. Dirty Looks NYC expanded in 2014 as an online publishing platform for original commissions and visual ephemera. Curated by Bradford Nordeen, Dirty Looks NYC founder.

Untitled, Expanded

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Untitled, Expanded continues the discourse about power, gender, desire, repression, diversity, art, society, culture, and identity begun four years ago with Jim Hodges’ collaborative film project, Untitled. While Untitled juxtaposed archival footage, mainstream network news broadcasts, artists’ documentation, and popular TV, film, and music for a reflection on the personal and the political, Untitled, Expanded presents features, documentaries, and short films that explore related themes by filmmakers past and present from all over the world. Films selected by Jim Hodges.

Homeboy, Dino Dinco, 57 min (2011)
Kuhani, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, 7 min (2014)

Sticks and Stones: Bambi Lake, Silas Howard, 16 min (2013)
A Place of Rage, Pratibha Parmar, 52 min (1991)
Anthem, Marlon Riggs, 8:18 min (1991)
DHPG Mon Amour, Carl M. George, 13 min (1988) 

Memorial Tribute, Derek Jarman, 2:03 min (1993)
Yesterday, Darrel Roodt, 96 min (2004) 

Fear of Disclosure, Phil Zwickler and David Wojnarowicz, 5:30 min (1989) 
How to Survive a Plague, David France, 109 min (2012)

5 Broken Cameras, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, 94 min (2011)

September 11, Ken Loach, 10:57 min (2002)
Young and Gay in Putin’s Russia, Vice News, 31 min (2014)
The Stag, Ian Rashid, 9 min (2002)
Un chant d’amour, Jean Genet, 26 min (1950)

Salvation Army, Abdellah Taïa, 84 min (2013)
The Next Life, Derek Jarman, 3:28 min (1993)

More! More! More!
An evening with Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond and Taylor Mac

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Free admission
Hammer Museum Courtyard

"Joey Arias is a demigod of the demimonde." -Time Out New York

“[Justin Vivian Bond is] a bar of gold in the new depression” -The New Yorker

“Fabulousness can come in many forms, and Taylor Mac seems intent on assuming every one of them.” -The New York Times

In celebration of the Hammer exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take, grit meets glamour in a cabaret of boisterous rock-n-roll, intimate storytelling and beguiling siren songs delivered by three individual performers who will expand and explode your perception of both gender and theater. Counted amongst New York City’s most beloved performers and remarkable for their generosity of spirit, Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, and Taylor Mac have all garnered critical acclaim as masterful, unexpected and ever-evolving investigators of the magical potential of the stage. Musical direction and piano: Matt Ray. Drums: David Berger. Bass: Danton Boller. Curated by Jim Hodges.

Image credits L-R: Heath McBride,, Drew Geraci

Shield and Spear - West Coast Premiere

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

What does democracy mean in South Africa 20 years after Apartheid? Some of the country's most prominent artists, musicians, design collectives and journalists examine hate crimes against the LGBT community, death threats for a political satirist, identity, race, creativity and more in this emotionally gripping and beautifully filmed documentary. Post-screening Q&A with director Petter Ringbom, producer Alysa Nahmias and executive producer Marquise Stillwell.

Very special post-screening musical performance by Siyabonga Mthembu and Zelizwe Mthembu of The Brother Moves On, a South African performance art ensemble from Johannesburg, Gauteng who are featured in the film Shield and Spear.

Their Hammer gig marks the US debut of The Brother Moves On, whose A New Myth was counted among the 50 best albums of 2013 alongside Daft Punk, Tyler the Creator, Boards of Canada, Earl Sweatshirt and The National on

Darin Klein & Friends Present:
Mux Demux

May 31 & June 1, 2014
Free Admission
Commonwealth & Council

Bill Basquin / Rachel Beetz / Lyndsay Bloom / Tanya Brodsky / Artemisa Clark / Kate Clark / Lucas Coffin / Shana Dimasse / Angie Jennings / Kara Joslyn / Aitor Lajarin / Dominic Paul Miller / Joshua Miller / Erika Ostrander / Ava Porter / Julian Rogers / Matt Savitsky / Nichole Speciale

Joshua Miller
Love and Boredom 2, 2013
Oil on Canvas
36 x 48 inches

Opening night performances by Rachel Beetz and Artemisa Clark, plus release party for a collaboratively produced zine by the participating artists, also entitled Mux Demux.

Darin Klein & Friends touch down at Commonwealth & Council with Mux Demux, a weekend-long exhibition of work by University of California San Diego Visual Arts graduate students. The exhibition encompasses painting, performance, film/video, sculpture, and more, with content spanning the personal to the political, the representational to the abstract. Klein was invited by Amy Adler, Professor of Visual Art at UCSD, to organize a show of graduate students enrolled in her recent Working Critique course. Selections for the exhibition were made during studio visits and ensuing conversations between Klein and the artists.

The title of the exhibition and its accompanying publication was thoughtfully proposed by participating artist Julian Rogers. "Multiplexers," he explained, "are devices that send multiple input signals to a single line. They are called Mux for short. Demux is the opposite, a single channel into many." This technical term poetically and aptly describes Commonwealth & Council as channeling 18 artists from UCSD into Los Angeles and the potential to channel one exhibition out to many viewers.

Aesthetics, concepts, techniques and theories developed during the span of the Working Critique course are manifested in much of the work on view in Mux Demux. It is no doubt that the participating artists were fortified by regular group critiques, studio facilities with a communal atmosphere, and one-on-one sessions with Adler. Some recent pieces that predate the course are also on view, showing strong paths towards work that would yet be executed.

Amy Adler and Darin Klein have been working together since 2007. Their work with emerging artists has resulted in numerous collaborative publications; group exhibitions and public engagement initiatives at ForYourArt, Hammer Museum, Human Resources, LACE, and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles; and a series of residencies and related programming at Amy Adler's Echo Park studio.

Medora - West Coast Premiere

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Cash bar and shooting hoops in the courtyard after the screening

Coach Gilbert Timeout
Photo by Peter Leix

Medora is the story of a dwindling Indiana town and its resilient high-school basketball team - a real-life, modern-day Hoosiers. Stanley Tucci, Executive Producer along with Steve Buscemi, says, "This film is vital. It shows how America has cannibalized itself." And although it is a raw and personal look at young people dealing with difficult situations, there are wonderful moments of humor and uplift sewn in. The factories and farms of Medora have closed, the rural community population has dwindled, and the high school faces consolidation. This film captures the Medora Hornets’ stories on and off the court as they seek to avoid another winless season. A deeply personal look at small-town life, a thrilling underdog basketball story, and an inspiring tale of a community refusing to give up hope despite brutal odds. (2013, 82min. Dir. Andrew Cohn and Davy Rothbart)

Post-screening Q&A with the directors and special guests.

Andrew Cohn (Director/Editor/Producer) is a screenwriter and filmmaker living in Brooklyn. He is the creator and co-producer of the off-Broadway play FOUND: People Find Stuff. Now It’s a Show. In 2009, Cohn wrote and directed the documentary-short Dynamic Tom, which was featured on McSweeney’s Wholphin No. 12 DVD of short films. His short film Chile Road is due out next year. Davy Rothbart (Director/Producer) is the creator and editor of FOUND Magazine, author of My Heart is an Idiot, a book of personal essays, and The Lone Surfer of Montana, Kansas, a collection of stories, and a frequent contributor to public radio’s This American Life. Rothbart’s work also appears in GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Grantland. He's directed two documentaries about the punk rock band Rise Against, videos for Dan Savage's It Gets Better Project, and two other documentaries now in post-production. In 2010, the film Easier With Practice, adapted from one of his GQ articles, and starring Brian Geraghty (Flight, The Hurt Locker) as Davy, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.


PABLO - West Coast Premiere

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Pablo Ferro

Pablo Ferro has won over 70 international awards and his titles and montage sequences have appeared in 12 Academy Award-winning films. Blending animation, design and documentary footage, PABLO tracks the rise of a poor Cuban immigrant to the heights of the Madison Avenue commercial industry, his presence in the New York counterculture of the 1960s, and the emergence of one of the most celebrated designers of movie history. Narrated by Jeff Bridges and featuring appearances by Ferro’s illustrious friends and collaborators (including Angelica Huston, Stan Lee, Jon Voigt), this film celebrates the magic of creative spirit. (2012, 90min. Dir. Richard Goldgewicht)

Post-screening Q&A with Ferro, the filmmakers and special guests. Cash bar reception.

Richard Goldgewicht (Director) has directed live action, animation, documentary and narrative films. With a strong interest on international themes, Goldgewicht's editorial and musical background have generated an eclectic mix of films from his award winning short Blue Rondo (2000), inspired by Dave Brubeck’s experimental Jazz track "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and his comical portrayal of the Middle-Eastern conflict in Tel Aviv (2004), to his feature debut Pablo (Rotterdam Film Festival Premiere, 2012). Jeremy Goldscheider (Producer) is a creative producer with experience in creating reality tv content for BBC America, MTV, Animal Planet, Baby First TV, and NBC/Universal. Other experience includes directing and producing music videos and short format documentaries for dozens of artists that include Shaggy, Blink 182 and Eagle Eye Cherry.



Friday, August 16, 2013
Free admission
Hammer Museum Courtyard

No Age, Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross w/ Kramer

Untitled, collaboratively designed posters (details), 2013
Mixed media, various printing processes
Dimensions Variable

A courtyard soiree featuring the best in local experimental punk from No Age, the barely amplified feel-good vibes of Sun Foot, and the ramshackle psych-folk of Devin Gary & Ross with special guest Kramer. Uniting varied tonight’s line-up of players is their commitment to innovation in the visual arts with direct relation to music. Peruse or purchase their limited edition, collaboratively designed posters on our terrace among Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson’s public furniture sculptures. Cash bar and snacks from Ammo at the Hammer.

LA-based artists Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson installed public sculpture custom furnishings commissioned by the Hammer on the Museum’s Lindbrook Terrace in late 2012. These unconventional and enchanting chairs, tables, ottomans and sofas incorporating used furniture, found wood and colorful fabrics are on view indefinitely and available for the use of visitors. Johanson is also a member of Sun Foot and the founder of Awesome Vistas record label.

Sun Foot are a Portland, OR/Los Angeles 3-piece who play low volume tunes through small amps and a drum set that consists of a hand drum, cymbal, pan lids, and electronic drum pad, all three singing, playing random cheap electronic keyboards maybe, and switching of instruments probably. Good to listen to if you are interested in the sun and tired of negativity. Sun Foot  are Ron Burns (Smog, Hot Spit Dancers, Swell), Chris Johanson (solo painting show this summer at MOCA Pacific Design Center, The Deep Throats, Tina Age 13), and Brian Mumford (Dragging an Ox through Water, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Deep Fried Boogie Band, Jewelry Rash).

New York City’s Devin Gary & Ross is the musical project of cartoon animator Devin Flynn, photographer and sign painter Ross Goldstein, and comics artist/designer Gary Panter (the Emmy Award-winning art director for Pee-Wee's Playhouse). They are joined for tonight’s performance by bassist and producer Kramer of Bongwater and Shimmy Disc fame, who has collaborated with countless legends of music and film and has played a major part in the trajectory of indie rock.

No Age is the duo of Dean Spunt and Randy Randall; they are on a constant journey to explore the furthest reaches of sound. They set out with one particular rule in mind: To write songs that we would be psyched to listen to. On a first listen, discovering each new dose of their alchemy is exhilarating—they produce perfectly crafted songs, underpinned by infectious melodies and ear-piercing cacophony. This swirling mix of unstoppable momentum is catapulted into the stratosphere by sweeping bursts of symphonic growls. Their power is enunciated through their ability to take their core of catchy song-writing and expand its emotional influence through tone, structure and noise. Everything in Between, their third album and follow-up to 2008’s Nouns has now arrived.

The pair has now shifted far beyond their LA skate-punk origins, accentuating their development in each and every creak and crack on Everything in Between. The record represents a bold step in their creative evolution, it documents their lives and their artistic progression more prominently welded into a permanent union. From the huge parts to the quiet sound-escapes, Everything in Between is more intentional and composed, constructing an honestly raw and captivatingly detailed record.

Dean and Randy emerged from former band Wives in 2005, to become No Age, worldwide glowing talismans for the DIY art-punk scene in LA, now famously known as having its epicenter at The Smell, a clubhouse where art-life/music-life welded and inspired a creative movement and attitude which has fertilized a purple patch of like-minded punkers and artists around the globe. Since the release of Weirdo Rippers, their 2007 debut album (FatCat Records), through Nouns, the band’s 2008 follow-up on Sub Pop, and beyond, No Age has earned enthusiastic notice from an incredibly wide array of sources; from Pitchfork to The New Yorker (“Let It Rip,” Nov. 19, 2007), and found themselves unlikely Grammy nominees (for Best Recording Packaging in 2008). No Age have risen from sweaty basement shows and art galleries to having their songs blast off the walls of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), to performing at unconventional spaces both close to home and abroad.


GSD: Skate Fate till Today
Bedwetter and Beyond: The Complete Bookworks of Christopher Russell

January 31 - February 3, 2013
Printed Matter's LA Art Book Fair
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Southern Californian Gary Scott Davis is the producer of intimate and innovative artist books today, and was one of the most influential figures in early underground skateboard culture and 'zine-making. Unleashed upon the skate-boarding world from 1981 to 1991, Skate Fate was the first and longest-running home-made, photo-copied skate ‘zine. Highlights of the exhibition include a complete set of Skate Fate ‘zines, small-run one-off titles, and ephemera related to Davis’ music projects Custom Floor and Carpet Floor. 

From his first "destroy-to-enjoy" Bedwetter titles to a variety of collaborative efforts and his elegant and enduring monographs, this exhibition is the first complete survey of Los Angeles-based artist Christopher Russell's bookworks. Intricate and unique one-of-a-kind artist books round out this exhibition, adding to the breadth of Russell’s ambitious and prolific output dating from the mid-1990s to the present.

Fetish Photography
Kevin Killian

October 27 - December 8, 2012
White Columns Bulletin Board Project Space
320 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014
Tue - Sat, 12–6 PM

Kevin Killian's first solo exhibition of photographs offers a glimpse into an ever-expanding index of his artist and writer contemporaries, highlighting his commitment to a grassroots social networking practice including actual, face-to-face interactions. Inviting a broad range of critical and aesthetic interpretations, the photographs fetishize both a coveted original artwork by Raymond Pettibon and the corporeal/intellectual properties of the subjects Killian poses with Pettibon's brush-stroked genitalia. The outcome "…suggests an alternative to the surveillance camera, while weakening the power of collaboration between disciplined subjects, sexed identities and systems of control."1 Also part of the The Bulletin Board installation is a handwritten and embellished poem by Killian—after which the installation is named—bridging his widely celebrated writing practice with this recent photography project and conveying ideas including "…hurt feelings + revenge + the impossibilities of the alphabet as a means of maintaining concord and order…"2 One of the original "New Narrative" writers, Killian has published three novels, a book of memoirs, and three books of stories. He is also the author of two collections of poetry and forty plays for the San Francisco Poets Theater. Recent and upcoming projects include The Visitor Owl, a hybrid film/live action performance staged at SFMOMA (with artist D-L Alvarez); Nude, a book of poems by Killian and artwork by Ugo Rondinone; and the limited edition artist book, Tagged: Variations on a Theme by Kevin Killian (all 2012).

1 Rob Halpern. From the introduction to Tagged: Variations on a Theme by Kevin Killian (2012. Gravity and Trajectory, San Diego).
2 Kevin Killian. In an email correspondence with Darin Klein (October 2012).


Zackary Drucker & Her Friends:
Films & Conversation

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
7:30pm – Cocktail hour
8:30pm – Showtime
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Zackary Drucker, Mother Flawless Sabrina, Holly Woodlawn

Stills from At least you know: you exist, 2011
Zackary Drucker with Flawless Sabrina
16mm on DVD, 16min

Made in L.A. 2012 artist Zackary Drucker hosts an evening of films and conversation examining the poetics and politics of conflated gender, performative documentation, and queer cinema of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

The Queen, starring Mother Flawless Sabrina (1968, dir. Frank Simon, 35mm, 68 min.) Broken Goddess, starring Holly Woodlawn (1973, dir. Dallas, 16mm on DVD, 20 min.) At least you know: you exist (2011, dir. Zackary Drucker with Flawless Sabrina, 16mm on DVD, 16 min.).

Pre-screening cocktail hour and post-screening audience Q&A with Zackary Drucker, Mother Flawless Sabrina, and Holly Woodlawn.

Dirty Looks: Long Distance Love Affairs

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
7pm cash bar
8pm screening
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Yale Film Study Center
212 York, Room 106
New Haven, CT 06511

Cecilia Dougherty / Deanna Erdmann / Rhys Ernst / Glen Fogel / Mariah Garnett / Jonesy / Dani Leventhal / Charles Ludlam / Narcissister / Luther Price / Michael Robinson

Still from Beauty Must Suffer, 2010
Digital video, color, sound
5:23 min

Dirty Looks is a New York-based roaming screening series, a salon of influences, and an open platform for inquiry, discussion and debate. Tonight's program is a love letter passionately proposing the curious coupling of East Coast and L.A. queer experimental filmmakers of yesterday and today. Expect obsession, permuted notions of sex, and violent whimsy. Curated by Bradford Nordeen and Darin Klein. A discussion with several of the filmmakers will follow the screening.


Darin Klein & Friends Present
Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge
January 28 – February 25, 2012

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles

2685 S La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-6000
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10am - 6pm, special program hours, and by appointment

Brandon Andrew, Zackary Drucker = A. L. Steiner, Deanna Erdmann, Matthew Greene, Abel Baker Gutierrez, Lia Halloran, Danny Jauregui, Matt Lipps, prvtdncr & bodega vendetta, Christopher Russell & Halle Tate, George Stoll, Suzanne Wright

Brandon Andrew
Keep Ya Head Up (In memory of my cousin Trevor), 2011
Glass tube, neon gas, electrical hardware, shelf
14 x 12 x 8 inches

“Tilt-shift" refers to the use of camera movements typically employed in creating a simulated environment or miniature scene. The term in this context is well suited to Los Angeles-based queer artists who do not shy away from exploring and exploiting the visibility of a specific timeframe and geographic location, skewing and adjusting concepts of queerness to illuminate individual ideals. Much of the art in Tilt-Shift LA has been created specifically for this exhibition, while key pieces from the past half-decade were sourced from the artists’ studios, and several very recent works not shown previously now reach the public. A series of free exhibition-related programs are presented within the gallery during the run of the exhibition.

Related Programs

Saturday, January 28, 6-9pm: Opening Reception
Celebrate the kickoff of Tilt-Shift LA with the post-religious gospel vocal stylings and powerhouse pianist skills of recent LA transplant Our Lady J. Come hear the unorthodox, uplifting, and soul-shaking sound she’s known for.

Sunday, February 12, 12-6pm: ‘Zine Fest 2012!
Peruse and purchase publications from local creators and purveyors: 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, Double Break Gallery and Shop, Glaciers of Nice, itch, JIMMY, Night Papers, prvtdncr & bodega vendetta, Public Fiction, Christopher Russell, spunk (1993-96), and more. Plus free reading material from The Miracle Bookmobile!

Saturday, February 18, 6-8pm: itch
Experience an intimate and intense dance performance by members of the itch community, whose interests and practices converge in a happenstance yet curiously fortuitous bricolage. itch is an evolving art project qua artist forum cum journal/‘zine published in LA.

Admission to all programs is free of charge

New Skin for the Old Ceremony

November 2012
Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal
Montréal, Québec, Canada

July 2012
Hollywood Theatre
Portland, OR

June 2012
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

May 2012
Wexner Center for the Arts
Columbus, OH

April 2012
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival

February 2012
Pappy & Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace
Pioneertown, CA

November 2011
Mar Del Plata International Film Festival 26
Mar Del Plata, Argentina

April 2011
54th San Francisco International Film Festival

April 2011
Museum of Modern Art, New York

December 2010
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

For booking inquiries, contact

Theo Angell / Peter Coffin / Weston Currie / Brent Green / Alex Da Corte / Christian Holstad / Sylvan Lanken & Lily Lanken / Lucky Dragons / Brett Milspaw / Kelly Sears / Tina Tyrell
Curated by Lorca Cohen & Darin Klein

Still from There is a War. Sylvan Lanken and Lily Lanken, 2010.

Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album New Skin for the Old Ceremony is re-imagined and interpreted by a stellar group of select artist filmmakers. 11 newly commissioned works interpret the album in its entirety through the medium of the moving picture. Varying in style and technique from song to song, this program highlights the craft of each artist as they complement and coalesce with the work of the legendary singer/songwriter.

HAHN-BIN: The Five Poisons

Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum
Thursday, March 17, 2011
7pm cash bar
8pm performance
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Photo: Workroom K.

Melding classical music masterfully with pop performance art, Young Concert Artists Prize-winning violinist HAHN-BIN displays captivating stage presence and virtuoso technical abilities. Drawing on a repertoire that includes John Cage, Chopin, Debussy, and Ravel, this program is divided into three chapters of compositions: Ignorance; Anger + Pride; Desire + Jealousy. With pianist John Blacklow.

TRANSylvania Mania!
Friday, October 29, 2010
Free admission
Hammer Museum Courtyard and Lindbrook Terrace

Trans and queer artists and allies invite you to a blowout Halloween bash. Hostess Darlin’ welcomes comic Ian Harvie, chanteuse Our Lady J, folksinger Phranc, rock trio Patty Schemel, Will Schwartz & Daniela Sea. View the latest issue of Original Plumbing magazine, and tour Hammer Projects artist Julian Hoeber's installation Demon Hill. Plus, Tranimal drag makeover workshop for attendees with before and after portraits by Austin Young. Costumes encouraged!

Portrait of Fade-Dra by Austin Young, 2010

Darlin’ is back for her fourth consecutive year as Hammer Halloween Hostess to bring you her special brand of theatrics, wit and stitch witchery. A regular performer at San Francisco ’s now-legendary Club Trannyshack in the mid-nineties, Darlin’ has also hosted numerous art and social events as an array of creepy, funny or otherworldly characters and creatures.
Los Angeles based transgender funnyman Ian Harvie has headlined clubs, colleges, and festivals all over the world. With equal parts candor and deadpan humor, Ian's distinctive matter-of-fact delivery and almost surreal anecdotes about the intricacies of his exceptional life are so full of humanity that they become universal.  Ian's observations about gender-specific societal codes, privilege, coming out twice, and of course, learning new bathroom etiquette, will have you peeing in your pants as well as wanting to check your neighbor's pants to see what's inside. Ian's not just a queer comedian - he's the world's first FTM transgendered comic - which, when put in context, make his anecdotes about his own phobia of public restrooms all the more side-splitting.  Ian's performance makes you think, makes you wonder, but most importantly, it makes you laugh.

Our Lady J is a singer/songwriter known for her visionary gospel stylings and powerhouse pianist skills. Along with the Train-To-Kill Gospel Choir, she has been touring internationally and delivering a new testament of post-religious gospel music to sold-out crowds in NYC, London and Berlin . Recently, OUT Magazine named her as one of the "Out 100," a list of the people who helped shape LGBT culture in 2008. On the album, "The Gospel Electric," Our Lady J blasts her classical and gospel roots into the future, fusing electro/pop with the unorthodox uplifting soul-shaking sound she's been known for.
Phranc has introduced herself as “the All-American Jewish Lesbian Folksinger”; as a visual artist she has adopted the moniker “The Cardboard Cobbler”. As a teenager she attended The Feminist Studio Workshop at The Woman’s Building in Los Angeles , California , where she focused on songwriting and silk-screening. In the late 1970’s she was a member of the bands Nervous Gender and Catholic Discipline in the L.A. punk rock scene. She has recorded for Rhino, Island, and Kill Rock Stars and toured internationally with many acclaimed and notorious artists. Both her music and visual work employ humor to raise consciousness, trigger response, and provoke discussion. She is currently preparing for a summer 2011 solo show of her visual work and a new musical release. 
Having taken LA by storm with a recent gig at Human Resources in Chinatown, Patty Schemel (Hole, Green Eyes), Will Schwartz (Imperial Teen, Hey Willpower!) and Daniela Sea (The Gr’ups, Cypher in the Snow, “Max” on the hit HBO television series, The L Word) are here to show you their licks. Each of them is an accomplished musician, and each has performed with legendary bands of cult status. Get them all together on stage as a team and they will rock your world!
On hand at the event will be Amos Mac, Editor in Chief of Original Plumbing - the premiere print magazine dedicated to trans male culture. Pick up a copy of OP #4, hottt off the press! Original Plumbing documents diversity within trans male lifestyles through photographic portraits and essays, personal narratives and interviews. OP feels that there is no single way to sum up what it means to be a trans man because everyone has different beliefs, life experiences and relationships to their own bodies. Original Plumbing is independently published and distributed out of San Francisco , CA .
Julian Hoeber and friends entertain, delight and amuse audiences with masked shenanigans, mysterious demonstrations and more in Demon Hill, his freestanding structure based on the architecture of “gravitational mystery spots.” Head upstairs to the Lindbrook terrace where Hoeber’s Hammer Project allows for a playful experience of space and narrative while opening questions of how psychology and ideology form meaning in art.
Mathu Andersen, Squeaky Blonde, Saskia Wilson-Brown,  Fade-DraJer Ber Jones, and Austin Young host and trans-form participants into TRANIMALS in the second installment of their ongoing series of Tranimal Drag Make-Up Workshops. This is definitely not your typical make-up session! Last year’s TRANIMAL event produced some of the most intriguing, otherworldly and colorful creatures LA has ever seen, and this year is sure to do the same. Before and after portraits by Austin Young. Presented by Ultra Fabulous Beyond Drag.

Flood Tide: Remixed
Thursday, September 23, 2010
7pm cash bar
8pm screenign/perfomance
Free admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Video Still from Flood Tide

A dreamlike, meditative journey down a river flowing both ways with the tides, Flood Tide follows real-life, handmade boat-sculptures and their crews as they drift past empty new condominiums, explore crumbling castles, swim in iridescent quarries, and are occasionally hindered by torrents of rain or groaning motors. Interpreting and responding to extended footage not in the narrative version, Dark Dark Dark perform live with the film onstage following their pre-screening musical set. (2010, 50 min. Dir. Todd Chandler, cinematographer Ava Berkofsky)

Darin Klein & Friends Present:
Original Plumbing #3 Release Party

Saturday, July 10, 2010
8:30pm reception
9:30pm films and performances
An OUTFEST/Platinum Party
REDCAT Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater

Darin Klein & Friends take REDCAT by storm to celebrate the third issue of San Francisco’s trans male quarterly, Original Plumbing. This showcase of talent from the trans, genderqueer and queer communities includes sizzling LA film premieres from Math Bass, Eden Batki & Daniela Sea, Zackary Drucker & Van Barnes, and Chris Vargas & Greg Youmans. Also in store are performances from activists/humorists Butchlalis de Panochtitlan, techno-pop art band Hi Fashion $9.99 and rapper Katastrophe. PLUS: be sure to check out The Miracle Bookmobile (free reading material – book donations welcome) and a pre-screening reception with photographer and OP editor Amos Mac, offering affordable original art and copies of Original Plumbing #3, hottt off the press!

Amos Mac
Luke, 2010
Color photograph

Original Plumbing is the premier quarterly print magazine dedicated to the sexuality and culture of FTM trans guys. Independently published and distributed out of San Francisco, CA., Original Plumbing documents diversity within trans male lifestyles through photographic portraits and essays, personal narratives and interviews. We feel that there is no single way to sum up what it means to be a trans man because we each have different beliefs, life experiences and relationships to our own bodies.

Brent Green: Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
7pm cocktail hour
8pm showtime
Free Admission
Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum

Brent Green’s debut feature-length film expands upon the themes and aesthetics of his short analog animations. Hope and despair often clash in Green’s fantastical, intimate productions. Filmed on an elaborate large-scale set with actors instead of drawings, this film reconstructs the true story of a man obsessed with curing his wife of a terminal illness. For the Hammer program, Green narrates the film live onstage accompanied by Brendan Canty of Fugazi on drums, John Swartz on cello and Donna K providing foley and percussion.

Darin Klein & Friends Present:
Suzanne Wright

March 27-April 24, 2010
Free Admission
Amy Adler's Echo Park Studio

Darin Klein & Friends return to Amy Adler’s Echo Park studio with artist Suzanne Wright. During her month-long residency, Suzanne will be using Amy’s studio as her own. Displaying sculptures and large-scale works on paper in various states of completion, Suzanne will grant visitors access to her creative process as she works on the drawing Cockpit as well as her two new sculpture series, Galactic Glory Hole and Eye of the Future.

Suzanne Wright
The Whole Future, 2008
Colored pencil on paper

Social engagement and political action have long been aspects of Suzanne’s life and work. Hosting community-driven get-togethers while educating and learning from friends and strangers remain integral parts of this ongoing project which temporarily re-purposes Amy’s studio to give other artists a platform for the expression of their own ideas. We invite you to attend our scheduled series of programs at the studio featuring artists and peers using vocabularies complementary to Suzanne’s.

Darin Klein & Friends Present:
Kate Barclay

February 20-March 13, 2010
Free Admission
Amy Adler's Echo Park Studio

Darin Klein & Friends return to Amy Adler’s Echo Park studio with recent work by Los Angeles based artist Kate Barclay. Kate will be exhibiting works that demonstrate both the beauty of chaos and the labor of lyricism. Collage, as a medium and as a concept, plays a vital role in Kate’s work. “I increase the size of the in between, stretching it, inflating it,” writes the artist in her catalog for Rawhang Teewang, a recent solo exhibition in Bangkok, Thailand. And, “I am focused on the moment of most potential in an object or a site, when there is a movement or a transition from one form to another.” The result of her observations is the documentation, prediction or fabrication of the outcomes to obvious and/or barely perceived movements.

Kate Barclay
Solid Things Go Liquid, 2009
Photos on paper

Hosting community-driven get-togethers and educating and learning from friends and strangers remain integral parts of this experiment. Temporarily re-purposing the studio of an already established artist to give emerging artists a platform for the expression of their own ideas, we invite you to attend our scheduled series of programs featuring artists and peers using vocabularies complementary to Kate’s.

Darin Klein & Friends Present:
Original Plumbing #2
Release Party

Saturday, July 10, 2010
Free Admission

Darin Klein & Friends touch down at workspace in Los Angeles to celebrate the release of the 2nd issue of San Francisco's trans male quarterly, Original Plumbing. The event features an exhibition of Amos Mac's photographs showing the diversity of the FTM community in size, age, body, surgery, and hormone use and non-use.

Amos Mac
Tuck, 2009
Color photograph

Plus: Jenn Kolmel and Kate Hoffman's Mustache Station; screenings by local video artists Zackary Drucker, Deanna Erdmann & Darin Klein, and Austin Young & Barry Pett; 16mm film installations by Rhys Ernst and Mariah Garnett; and Copies of Original Plumbing #2 available for purchase, hottt off the press!