Reviews Knight by (C.K.) Christopherand L eah Ollmanby Grace (L.O.).Kril anovich. Compiled
Christian Marclay: The Clock A 24hourfilm and video television montage clipsof thousandsdepicting the of passageshire Blvd.,of time.L.A. Mon.-Tue.,LACMA, 5905 Thu. Wil- 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat.Sun. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Opens next Sun. Ends Sept. 7. (323) 857-6010. Japanese Paintings and Prints: Celebrating LACMA’s 50th Anniversary An exhibition commemorating the museum’s 50-year commitment to Japanese art. LACMA, 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 next Sun. Ends Sept. 20. (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. Ends today, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (213) 626-6222.
Noah Purifoy: Junk Dada Purifoy may be the least well-known pivotal American artist of the last 50 years. Working with a small circle of colleagues, he was instrumental in redefining an idea of black consciousness that had been established in 1920s New York during the Harlem Renaissance. Ten of his early assemblages are at the start of this muchanticipated retrospective exhibition (C.K.). LACMA, 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 Sept. 27. (323) 857-6010.
Kahlil Joseph “m.A.A.d.” is 15 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 hiphop tone-poem, 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) 6212766. Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing
Photography This is an illuminating and exciting exhibition, rare in its thoughtful balance of articulated theme, historical context and respect for the integrity of the individual artists. The work splays in diverse directions but stems from common impulses. Each artist honors the history of the medium by inventively subverting it. Reverent and irreverent in equal measure, they are redefining photography and ensuring its continual efflorescence (L.O.). The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A. Tue.-Fri. and Sun., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; ends Sept. 6. (310) 440-7300.