Art Los Angeles Contemporary returns to Santa Monica’s Barker Hanger for its fifth edition, featuring an expanded international roster and a continued dedication to the L.A. art scene. As Fair Director Tim Fleming says, “ALAC makes January the moment for people in this city to engage with art, and for an international audience to support and engage with our cultural landscape.” This year among the 70 galleries showing visitors will encounter exhibitors from New York, Berlin, Paris and Rome, alongside top L.A. galleries.
1. When? Where? How?
Art Los Angeles Contemporary takes place Jan. 30–Feb.2, 2014, at Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar (3021 Airport Avenue). A converted airplane hangar located on the South side of the Santa Monica Airport, the site is an excellent venue for an art fair with 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and lofty, 40-foot ceilings. Tickets may be purchased on-site or online, here.
2. Why Visit?
Attracting a sophisticated crowd of curators, collectors and art patrons, Art Los Angeles Contemporary is a unique opportunity to see the best of contemporary art in L.A., alongside an intimate cross section of the global art market. Not only is the fair an indicator of L.A.’s role within the larger art world, it presents an exciting lineup of blue chip and emerging galleries alike, setting the standards for contemporary artists to watch and trends to look for in 2014.
3. A Series of Film Screenings
ALAC hosts an exciting lineup of film screenings, including the following:
“GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS”: A video program presented by Vanity Projects that explores the female psyche through 10 female video artists. Friday, Jan. 31st, 2pm.
“Stanya Kahn: Video works”: A screening of five videos by interdisciplinary artist Stanya Kahn will be presented by Susanne Vielmetter Gallery and Artadia. Artadia Executive Director Carolyn Ramo and the artist will be present to introduce to works. Saturday, Feb. 1st, 4pm.
“ON BECOMING”: This new film by Veronica Gonzalez-Peña has been described as a “modern fairytale” about a young man who must make important decisions that will determine his future. Sunday, Feb. 2nd, 3pm
4. ALAC Programming
In addition to film screenings, the fair will host on-site and satellite programming including talks, book signings, and performances. Find the full calendar of events, here. Highlights include:
“David Brooks: The Life of a Hyperobject – As Told Through a Short and Leaky History of Floods”: This performative lecture by David Brooks focuses on the “environmental conundrum.” Brooks is an accomplished New York artist who has created a body of engaging installations and land art including his acclaimed Desert Rooftops in Times Square in 2012. Friday, Jan. 31st, 4pm.
“Chris Johanson: Totalities”: The american artist: Artbook | D.A.P. will host American artist Chris Johanson as he presents two publications, a monograph from Phaidon and Totalities, which accompanied his 2008 installation at Deitch Projects in New York. Saturday, Feb. 1st, 1pm.
Free Manicures! Courtesy of Vanity Projects: In addition to their film screening, Vanity Projects will be offering complimentary manicures at an on-site nail salon. The project is directed by independent curator Rita de Alencar Pinto. Friday, Jan. 31, 11am–Sunday, Feb. 2nd.
5. The Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s L.A. Artist Initiative
Supporting emerging artists since 1996, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation presents its L.A. Artist Initiative grant at ALAC each year. The Foundation will announce eight grantees working in the Los Angeles area, who will receive funding, and financial support from through the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Past recipients include Emily Mast and Miljohn Ruperto, who are also included in the upcoming Whitney Biennial.