Monday, January 27, 2014

Go To This Thursday: L.A. Art Book Fair

DOWNTOWN L.A. - Barnes and Noble may be dying, and Borders is long dead, but books are not dead, much less art books, or zines, or the independent publisher, and especially the independent bookstore owner, and proving this point that books are still alive and will never, ever die is the 2014 L.A. Art Book Fair.

Opening this Thursday at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in Downtown Los Angeles the L.A. Art Book Fair will feature, according to the press release, "a unique event for artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines presented by over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers."

If you love the arts, love the independent press, and love Los Angeles, then go to this on Thursday.

Expect to see, according to MOCA, "Featured projects include a Queer Zines Exhibition curated by Philip Aarons and AA Bronson, The Classroom series of talks and lectures curated by David Senior, K-CHUNG Radio with live coverage of - and broadcast from - the fair, and a number of special project rooms. In addition, MOCAtv and the LA Art Book Fair team up to bring you a series of curated screenings, panels, and performances by some of our favorite artists and performers, and the CABC comes, for the first time, to the west coast for a one-day conference."

Of course if you cannot make it Thursday to the opening the show runs at MOCA through Sunday.

Hopefully this will inspire you to support the arts, or perhaps have your very own zine or printing press. Or maybe just a little bit of both.

Other highlights of the weekend show include, We Want to Talk About Feminism, Laura Owens in conversation with Wendy Yao, FEAR, by Karl Haendel Belvedere, by David Hartt, Johan Kugelberg, Suppose and a Pair of Jeans, by Anna Sew Hoy, and XE(ROX) & PAPER + SCISSORS, among others.

There will also be a lot of people signing their books at this event, too.

Here is a complete list of events.

If you have been wondering, "how can I support the locals arts, and crazy zine makers, and all these indie bookstore owners," well, this is your answer, and so go to the L.A. Art Book Fair and help support part of what makes Southern California great.

Here is something really cool about all the L.A. Art Book Fair, it is free! So go!

Cannot make it Thursday for the opening, well you have until Sunday. 

The 2014 L.A. Art Book Fair.

Opening: Thursday, January 30, 6–9 pm
Friday, January 31, 11 am-5 pm
Saturday, February 1, 11 am–6 pm
Sunday, February 2, 12 pm–6 pm

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
152 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles 90012
Dial (213) 626-6222

Free free to take The Gold Line to the show.

The After Party!

What would a good show be without an after party, and there is quite an after party MOCA and Burger Records have planned.

The L.A. Art Book Fair will be presenting the L.A. Art Book Fair After Party at The Church on York on February 1. Over there and up there on York Boulevard will be performances by Colleen Green, La Luz, White Fang, and Wyatt Blair.

So go!

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