OCTOBER 26, 2017

The 2017 Los Angeles Convening is next week, and it is almost sold out. Now’s the time to get your tickets!

This week we’re focusing on the evening and optional programs we’ll be offering throughout the Convening. Programs include events, performances, parties, and dinners organized by Common Field in collaboration with noted LA arts organizations, and presenting mainstays of the LA arts landscape — as well as off-site events featuring the work of members of our Los Angeles Common Field community.

We’re also proud to share the newest crop of Field Perspectives essays, this time from ARTS.BLACK, Contemporary Art Review, and DIRT — the last of whom will be presenting a live archiving station at the Convening.


In the final week of our Field Perspectives 2017 series, Common Field is excited to share three final works. Field Perspectives is a co-publishing initiative organized and supported by Common Field as a part of the Los Angeles 2017 Convening. It’s a collaboration between ARTS.BLACK, Art Practical, The Chart, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles, contemptorary, DIRT, Pelican Bomb, Temporary Art Review, and X-TRA. All nine essays are now online. We encourage you to read them as a primer for the upcoming Los Angeles Convening.

ARTS.BLACK (Detroit, New York) published Chloë Bass’ essay, Sorry not sorry. (Couples Counseling for Artists and Institutions: Step Two), an interweaving of personal experiences of apology, or the blank gaps of non-apology, mixed with quotes from famous institutional and professional apologies.

Contemporary Art Review (Carla) (Los Angeles) published Lindsay Preston Zappas essay, “The Languages of All-Women Exhibitions,” examining how the language we use in reference to all-women shows is not only problematic, but may be reinforcing our ingrained biases rather than liberating us from them.

DIRT (DC, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area) published "Dissecting the Archives: An Investigation in 7 Parts," a seven part investigation into the field of archiving by Georgie Payne, Martina Dodd, Ani Bradberry, Valerie Wiseman, Andy Johnson, Jordan Martin and Ikram Lakhdhar.




We’ll kick off the Common Field Convening with a party featuring Gabie Strong and Evan Walsh of KCHUNG, a freeform, volunteer run radio station in the Chinatown neighborhood of Los Angeles, and the unforgettable Dynasty Handbag. There’ll be food from local trucks and an open bar.

FRIDAY, 11/3

Friday features our Satellite Dinner project—Los Angeles edition (look for dinner assignments at registration!). Afterwards, there’ll be a Convening of the Spirits at the magnificent Velaslavasay Panorama, featuring performances and presentations by Dear Object (Jorden Biren & Ursula Brookbank), Musician Kelly Marie Martin and Magician Christopher Wonder. This event features drinks by SOTO Sake. Bar service is provided by bar-fund, an experimental, artist-run grant initiative.


Saturday features a two-part, multi-location closing party at Human Resources and Metabolic Studio. We’ll start at Human Resources in Chinatown with performances by Signe Pierce and Elliot Reed, cross the Los Angeles River together, and complete the evening at Metabolic Studio. There, we’ll enjoy a collective action seeding of a ‘common field’ under the full moon, cocktails, printmaking in the Reimagine Everything print studio, sounds from the Sonic Division and celebrating.

SUNDAY, 11/5

Sunday features programs organized by members of our community.



Explore programming offered by members of our LA Common Field community during the Convening.

On Thursday from 2 PM - 4 PM, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions will present a walkthrough of Juan Downey: Radiant Nature, while the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) will present "Engaging Scale: The Railroad Landscape as Analog Macroscope,” an ongoing exhibition open daily from 12-5 PM.

On Saturday at 5:30 PM, Clockshop will feature Virginia Grise & Aleshea Harris as part of their Reading by Moonrise series. Additionally, Fathomers, a creative research institute dedicated to producing inspiring sites and encounters, will present MYCO-COSMOS: An Evening of Music and Mushrooms in Space, from 6-9 PM.

On Sunday at 12-5 PM, Nowspace will be presenting work by Emily Marchand and Lena Wolek, their current artists in residence, while Gas, parked outside Nowspace, presents their current exhibit "Fuck the Patriarchy." Incendiary Traces will present their virtual battlespace project from 2-5 PM.