September 2009

Culture(d)—September 2009

edited by MAYER RUS

Douglas Aitken's film migration regen projects


After the annual late-summer drought, art-starved gallery goers are smacking their lips in anticipation of an exhibition of new works by Douglas Aitken at Regen Projects (Sept. 12–Oct. 17). The show encompasses a series of text-based light boxes, as well as the West Coast premiere of the film Migration, depicting the movements of animals as they pass through empty hotel rooms—mesmerizing, spooky stuff. The film will be projected nightly onto the gallery’s courtyard facade on Santa Monica Boulevard. 633 N. Almont Dr., Los Angeles, 310-276-5424.

ruven alfanador bil besos book rizzoli


Strike up the Gypsy guitar. Photographer Ruven Afanador pays homage to the musical traditions of Andalusia in his new book, Mil Besos (Rizzoli), a compendium of images of the women of flamenco. The severe drama of the Spanish musical genre comes to life in seductive pictures bathed in Afanador’s high-contrast chiaro and scuro. $75.

William Emmerson's furniture design at Ralph Pucci international


Furniture impresario Ralph Pucci has built his business with a discerning eye for new talent. His roster of design stars, however, has always displayed a decided East Coast bias—until now. To spice up his heady brew of European and American design with much needed West Coast flavor, Pucci recently added a collection of seating, tables, screens and mirrors by L.A.–based designer William Emmerson. The star of the show is the pod-like Spheroid Chair. Think The Jetsons meets the Great Gazoo (i.e., the fabulous green alien from The Flintstones). Ralph Pucci International L.A., 8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, 310-360-9707.

Selections from The Museum of Latin American Art auction, long beach


The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach has mounted a show of 120 works in various media set to go under the gavel at its annual benefit gala on October 17. The auction includes pieces by masters such as (from left) Mexican painter Rufino Tamayo and Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín. You can even bring home a piece of Marxist Mexicana by renowned social-realist muralist David Siqueiros. ¡Viva la revolución! 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, 562-437-1689.

Louis Vuitton’s Los Angeles City Guide 2010


Tourists and natives alike can set their style compasses by Louis Vuitton’s Los Angeles City Guide 2010, a chic compendium of all things brilliant and beautiful in our home. Available Oct. 15. $34. 295 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills 310-859-0457.