January 2012

Culture(d)—January 2012

edited by MAYER RUS


Remember the easy-breezy days when the Soviet Union was the bête noire of U.S. foreign policy and spy cinema? To mark the 20th anniversary of the superpower’s dissolution, the Craft and Folk Art Museum, along with L.A.-based Cold War archive the Wende Museum, is presenting Deconstructing Perestroika, an exhibition of handpainted posters inspired by Gorbachev’s transformative policies that puts a wicked spin on Soviet agitprop. Sorry, Comrade Lenin. Jan. 28–May 6.cafam.org.


L.A. nightlife czar Sam Nazarian is taking his show on the road, transforming Miami’s historic Ritz Plaza into the SLS South Beach. Opening in March, the hotel unites various brands of the SBE group under one Philippe Starck–designed roof: restaurants Bazaar and Katsuya and a beachside outpost of Hyde Lounge. Multidisciplinary warbler and lothario Lenny Kravitz is designing the penthouse suite and a crazy-sexy-cool poolside bungalow for adult fun in the Florida sun. slshotels.com.


When it comes to the sprawling Pacific Standard Time arts initiative, Al Pacino said it best in Godfather III: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” Now comes the 11-day Performance and Public Art Festival, organized by the Getty Research Institute and LAX Art. It includes new site-specific works, as well as contemporary reenactments of historic appearances. A Jan. 27 concert at the Geffen Contemporary features seminal punk-rock bands X, the Dead Kennedys and the Avengers. Jan. 19–29.pacificstandardtimefestival.org.

Posters for Posterity: AIDS-NO!, Aleksei Rezaev, 1991; courtesy of Wende Museum
Show-and-Tell: Myths of Rape, 1977, Leslie Labowitz