MU­SE­UMS

Los Angeles Times - - THE GUIDE -

Re­views by Christo­pher Knight (C.K.). Compiled

by Grace Kri­lanovich.

Open­ings

Noah Pu­ri­foy: Junk Dada An ex­hi­bi­tion of works by the Los An­ge­les- and Joshua Tree-based artist (1917-2004), whose in­flu­ence on Post­war Amer­i­can Art is just be­gin­ning to be fully un­der­stood. Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art, 5905 Wil­shire Blvd., L.A. Mon.-Tue., Thu. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; opens to­day. Ends Sept. 27. (323) 8576010.

Crit­ics’ Choices

Chris Bur­den: Ode to San­tos Du­mont In the 1970s, Bur­den’s rad­i­cal per­for­mance art courted dan­ger and grap­pled with vi­o­lence. The artist’s re­mark­able fi­nal sculp­ture per­forms a sly and el­e­gant re­ver­sal. It res­cues to­day’s most con­tro­ver­sial weapon of war — a drone — and spir­its it away from dark and shad­owy realms of death and de­struc­tion (C.K.). Los An­ge­les County Mu­seum of Art, 5905 Wil­shire Blvd., L.A. Mon.-Tue., Thu. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; ends June 21. (323) 857-6010.

Wil­liam Pope.L.: Trin­ket The in­stal­la­tion is tech­ni­cally com­plex but vis­ually straight­for­ward. It stages a va­ri­ety of mech­a­nisms that ma­nip­u­late imagery. Once seen, they’re un­for­get­table. The egal­i­tar­ian prom­ise of the Amer­i­can flag’s sym­bol­ism is eas­ily ac­knowl­edged, but what makes the sculp­ture great is its lay­ered depth (C.K.). Gef­fen Con­tem­po­rary at MOCA, 152 N. Cen­tral Ave., L.A. Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; ends June 28. (213) 626-6222.

Kahlil Joseph “m.A.A.d.” is15 min­utes of vis­ual verse con­densed from more than seven hours of video footage. Joseph burrows in­side the rhythms of a place to de­scribe it with am­pli­tude and ten­der­ness. The con­cen­trated re­sult is a mes­mer­iz­ing hip-hop tonepoem, heart­felt and deeply mov­ing (C.K.). Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Mon. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Thu. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; ends Aug. 16. (213) 621-2766.

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