Los Angeles’ CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial is happening from July 16 - August 14
Presented by the City of Los Angeles department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) every two years, the CURRENT: LA Public Art Biennial initiative features temporary art projects, public programs and ancillary events activating all 15 Council District in the City of Los Angeles. Each CURRENT:LA presentation will focus on a public issue that affects LA, utilizing a strategic set of relevant public spaces to present contemporary public art as a means to generate civic discourse around a global issue.
The first CURRENT: LA exhibition will address the relevant and timely topic of water! CURRENT: LA Water will feature temporary public art and public programs presented at 15 outdoor sites from July 16 – August 14.
River LA is proud to serve the critical role as Location Manager for the 2016 Current: LA Water Public Art Biennial. As Location Manager, River LA helped with the technical production and permitting for all of the 15 sites.
Below we have selected a few of the more Riverly pieces that you can check out in the upcoming week. Don’t miss out, get out to support the city’s first public art biennial!
Tea Ceremony - Rirkrit Tiravanija
Saturday, July 16, 3–4 p.m.
Sunday, July 17, 2–3 p.m.
Join Nakada Sokei, sensei, and practitioners from Urasenke Tankokai Los Angeles as they perform chado (“the way of tea”). Just as the water from many sources feed the LA River, this practice is sourced from the many streams of Zen Buddhism. Produced by Lauren W. Deutsch, Pacific Rim Arts (urasenkela.org / pacificrimarts.org), in collaboration with CURRENT artist Rirkrit Tiravanija.
UnderLA—Projection/Performance - Refik Anadol & Peggy Weil
Historic 1st Street Bridge
Saturday and Sunday, July 16 and 17, 8:30–11:30 p.m. // Saturday and Sunday, August 13 and 14, 8:30pm - 11:30pm
CURRENT artists Refik Anadol & Peggy Weil perform UnderLA, a site-specific projection created for the 1st Street Bridge with scientific data generated from LA’s aquifers, the layers of porous rock capable of holding and transmitting water (#underlawater/underlawater.com).
Exquisite Corpse Screening - Kerry Tribe
Sunnynook River Park
Daily, 8 p.m.
CURRENT artist Kerry Tribe’s 51-minute film screens outdoors daily. Pre-screening talks held on Fridays at 7 p.m. featuring experts from the Theodore Payne Foundation.
Field Offices - Mel Chin
Thursday–Sunday, 5:30 p.m.–sunset
Visit the-tie-that-binds.org for a schedule of special programs and events presented by CURRENT artist Mel Chin.