By Pablo Nukaya-Petralia
Update: We have expanded our art and culture listing for the month of March with the following three new opportunities to exhibit and view art in Northeast Los Angeles.
Display your artwork
à bloc cafe on York Blvd. currently seeks local student artists who are interested in having their work featured in the cafe’s storefront. New artists will be featured each month. Interested students should reach out directly to à bloc via their Instagram about being featured.
Performance and exhibition
Bob Baker Marionette Theater on York Blvd. will celebrate World Puppet Day March 21, with a livestreamed event over Zoom. The renowned Bob Baker performers will mark the occasion with a musical variety show featuring their trademark puppets, with “tickets” going for $10 at the link
On a general note, indoor museums throughout L.A. County will be allowed to reopen starting March 15, following the county’s exit from the most-restrictive purple tier of pandemic precautions into the red tier. Indoor museums may reopen at 25% capacity, with mask and social distancing measures in effect.
There’s also still time this month to take part in the following art and culture events:
The Arroyo Arts Collective currently seeks artists, photographers and poets for an exhibition entitled Fools For Hope, about finding hope and creativity in trying times. According to the call, “Artists are encouraged to address (but are not limited to) the following issues in their work: ecological, health or social concerns, personal growth, family, and community involvement.”
Artists have until April 2 to submit their proposal. (Note: This is an extension from the original deadline of Mar. 19.) The exhibition will take place in May. Details are here. There is no entry fee, but artists who are chosen to participate must be or become a current member of the Arroyo Arts Collective; the membership fee is $25. Selected artists will receive payment for their work.
From now until March 27, Highland Park art gallery ODD ARK•LA is presenting an exhibition of L.A.-based artist Zach Storm, both online and by appointment. Entitled Somewhere Out There, the show highlights Storm’s vibrant abstract paintings that mix a flat color field style with thick, globby stripes of oil paint. Despite their lack of clear subject matter, each painting suggests the appearance of an environment. Per the gallery’s website: “Landscapes evolve and take form pulling the viewer in. There are hints at vegetation and rock formations, while Storm purposely avoids and denotes anything that might represent civilization.”
An exhibition of works by artist Ana Serrano will be on view online and in-person at Bermudez Projects in Cypress Park, March 13 through April 24. Serrano was the subject of a feature in the Boulevard Sentinel in August 2019, when her installation “Homegrown” was acquired for the permanent collection of the L.A. County Museum of Art. People interested in visiting the gallery should contact the gallery via their form to set up an in-person visit.
The Autry is offering virtual exhibits in March and beyond. On view from now until Nov. 15 is When I Remember I See Red: American Indian Art and Activism in California, an expansive chronicle of the art of contemporary Native Californian artists. With works ranging from painting, sculpture, photography, metalwork and more, the show offers a profound examination of the past, present and future of Native Americans in California.
Another exhibit currently on view culls scrapbooks, photos, posters and other source entitled What’s Her Story: Women in the Archives, culls scrapbooks, photos, poster and other sources to highlight the role of women in collections and archives. In the process, the show tells the story of history itself in Southern California.
March 13 is York Blvd. Cruise Night, hosted by L.A. Cruise Nights Car Shows. From Avenues 51 to 57, you can check out lowriders, classic cars and more — masks and social distancing required. The event is free for all and for all ages.
On March 18, Oxy Arts will host, via Zoom, an environmental activist panel, featuring five activists from four countries to discuss connections and collaborations between feminist-led environmental movements. The event is free and registration can be found at the event page.
Meanwhile, Care Report, an ongoing exhibition by artist Carolina Caycedo will remain on view through March, viewable in its entirety from York Boulevard. The exhibit explores feminist-led environmental movements worldwide, including works in collage, sculpture and textile. The exhibit can be seen 24/7, but is best experienced after dark when the interior lighting illuminates the works inside.
CFAER continues to offer remote courses with a capped number of participants:
Pocket Poetics, a three-day workshop for all ages, teaches basic bookbinding techniques to create a book that participants can fill with their original poetry. The workshop, capped at 10 participants, runs from March 17 to 19. The cost, $35, includes materials delivered to the student.
There are still spots available for Intro to Acrylic, an eight-week course on the basics of painting with acrylic. The course, limited to 12 students ages 16 and up, runs from Mar. 18 to May 5. (Note: This is a week later than the original course schedule of Mar. 11 to Apr. 29). The cost, $200, includes materials which are delivered to the student.