Events Posted Nov 17, 2017

MACK at Arcana

Next Saturday (11/25) please join us, along with MACK (@mack_books) for the opening of a special exhibition of books, prints and special editions, spanning the history of eminent the London-based publishing house. Among our guests will be Michael Mack, Torbjørn Rødland, Fumi Ishino, Thomas Demand, Mark Ruwedel, and Anthony Hernandez. And hopefully you. Saturday, November 25th, 4:00-6:00 pm. See you then! The weeks ahead will be filled with book signings, discussions, and special events related to Mack’s prestigious publishing program.

 

 

Events Posted Nov 01, 2017

UPCOMING EVENTS AT ARCANA AUTUMN 2017!

Sunday, November 12th, 3:00 to 5:00 PM
EMILY SPIVACK:  WORN IN NEW YORK 68 SARTORIAL MEMOIRS OF THE CITY
Book Signing and Discussion with Emily Spivack & special guests
Catherine Opie, Mel Shimkovitz, and Alicia Van Couvering

Saturday, November 25th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM 
MACK BOOKS EXTRAVAGANZA @ ARCANA
Opening Reception with publisher Michael Mack and guests to launch a special month-long exhibition and sale of books, editions, and prints detailing the history of the vital British photographic publishing house. Watch this space for programming updates!

Sunday December 3rd, 4:00 to 6:00 PM 
ALEC SOTH DISCUSSION + BOOK SIGNING
FOR THE MACK BOOKS EDITION OF  SLEEPING BY THE MISSISSIPPI


Saturday, December 9th
MEGA  PHOTOBOOK  SIGNING SATURDAY!

3:00 to 5:00 PM 
ED + DEANNA TEMPLETON:  CONTEMPORARY SUBURBIUM

MIKE SLACK: THE TRANSVERSE PATH 

TIM CARPENTER: LOCAL OBJECTS

5:00 to 7:00 PM  
SAM CONTIS DISCUSSION + BOOK SIGNING
FOR THE MACK BOOKS PUBLICATION OF DEEP SPRINGS
More photographers to be added -- stay tuned

Saturday, December 16th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM
THE JAPANESE PHOTO BOOK  +  VIEWS OF JAPAN
Book Signing and Discussion with authors Gloria Katz, Willard Huyck,
and Manfred Heiting

 

Events Posted Oct 31, 2017

Book Signing & DIscussion, Sunday 11/12, 3:00 - 5:00 > EMILY SPIVACK: WORN IN NEW YORK

PLEASE JOIN US SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 12th 3:00 - 5:00 PM
FOR A BOOK SIGNING AND PANEL DISCUSSION FOR

WORN IN NEW YORK:
68 SARTORIAL MEMOIRS OF THE CITY
WITH AUTHOR EMILY SPIVACK

AND CONTRIBUTORS MEL SHIMKOVITZ, 
ALICIA VAN COUVERING, AND SPECIAL GUESTS TBA!

"The boots a passenger had on when his plane landed on the Hudson River, the tank top Andy Warhol’s assistant wore to one of their nightclub outings together, the jacket a taxi driver put on to feel safe as he worked the night shift..."

These and over sixty other clothing-inspired narratives make up Worn in New York - the latest volume from New York Times bestselling author Emily Spivack. In these first-person accounts, contributors in and out of the public eye share surprising, personal, wild, poignant, and funny stories behind a piece of clothing that reminds them of a significant moment of their New York lives. Worn in New York offers a contemporary cultural history of the city - its changing identity, temper, and tone, and its irrepressible vitality - by paying tribute to these well-loved clothes and the people who wore them.

Included are contributions from Adam Horovitz, Amy Heckerling, Andre Royo, Anna Sui, Aubrey Plaza, Catherine Opie, Coco Rocha, Dick Cavett, Eileen Myles, Fab 5 Freddy, Gay Talese, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, J.D. Samson, Jenji Kohan, Jenna Lyons, Kyp Malone, Lena Dunham, Pee Wee Kirkland, Thelma Golden, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, and many, many more.

Emily Spivack is a Brooklyn-based artist, writer, and editor who writes a recurring column for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.

Come to Arcana on Sunday, November 12th between 3:00 and 5:00 PM to celebrate the publication of Worn In New York, and enjoy a conversation with the author and contributors including producer Alicia Van Couvering and writer + artist Mel Shimkovitz! If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy, please click here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted Oct 06, 2017

Book Signing + Exhibition > Hunted & Gathered" with Senon Williams AND Culver City Arts District Art Walk!

Los Angeles native Senon Williams is a lifelong artist and musician. A founding member of the always-engaging Dengue Fever, Williams’ visual work finds space in the natural, exposing outstanding and devastating stages of human evolution. “To provoke thought, a question works better than answers. I enjoy to start a story I resolve in different ways depending on my mood". With imagery ranging from stark silhouettes to lush landscapes and human forms staged in undetermined acts of hope, his pairing of words and imagery form a poignant visualization of the inherent human struggle both ancient and contemporary. 

Williams' first book, "Hunted & Gathered" was painstakingly produced by Hamilton Press. The press was established in 1990 by master printmaker Ed Hamilton and artist Ed Ruscha to encourage artists to produce art in a peaceful, unhurried atmosphere. Steeped in traditional book making in a modern age, each publication itself is a fine object created by an esteemed team. Designed by Lorraine Wild and Marina Mills Kitchen of Green Dragon Office with color separations by Echelon Color, Santa Monica and printed by Dr.Cantz’sche Druckerei Median GmbH in Ostfildern, Germany, the first edition consists of seven hundred hardbound copies along with a deluxe edition of limited to fifty copies containing an original work on paper by the artist. Both editions will be available at the event and are available pre-order now. 

Come to Arcana on Saturday October 7th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to celebrate the publication "Hunted & Gathered", view an exhibition of Senon Williams' artwork, and partake in the afternoon's Culver City Arts District Art Walk! If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy of either - or both - of the editions, please click here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

Events Posted Jun 19, 2017

Book signing + discussion > Echoes of Bhutan - Saturday, 6/24, 4-6

SATURDAY JUNE 24th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

ECHOES OF BHUTAN

BOOK SIGNING AND DISCUSSION

WITH AUTHORS BARRY AND BARBARA SHAFFER

 

Echoes of Bhutan is the first fine art publication from Los Angeles-based photographer Barry Shaffer. Compiled during Mr. Shaffer's visits to Bhutan in 2001, 2014, and 2015 as a private citizen, a photographer for the Tribal Trust Foundation, and at the invitation of Bhutan’s government and travel Industry, the stunning photographs are accompanied by written contributions from Dr. Robert Thurman, Bhutan’s Queen Mother, Bhutan’s Fourth King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, Honorable Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, National Geographic editor Costas Christ, and Samten Wangchuk. The book has been selected to receive its Asian release at the “Mountain Echoes International Literary Festival" in Thimphu, Bhutan in August 2017. All proceeds from the sales of Echoes of Bhutan will benefit Bhutan’s Tarayana Foundation.

 

Please join us Saturday, June 24th between 4:00 and 6:00 PM to welcome Echoes of Bhutan authors Barry and Barbara Shaffer.

If you cannot attend and would like to purchase a signed copy, please click here or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

 

Events Posted Jun 13, 2017

Book Signing, Panel, + Performance! > DAN HICKS: I SCARE MYSELF - A MEMOIR

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 18th, 4:00 to 6:00 PM

DAN HICKS: I SCARE MYSELF - A MEMOIR

Book Signing, Panel Discussion, and Performance

with editor Kristine McKenna,

Hot Licks guitarist Paul Robinson,

Van Dyke Parks, Maria Muldaur, and Jim Kweskin!

 

Please join us on Sunday, June 18th for a special event to celebrate the publication of the late, great Dan Hicks' autobiography I Scare Myself. Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of “The Summer of Love”, Dan’s editor and close collaborator Kristine McKenna will be signing copies of the book and moderating a panel discussion about Dan’s life and music featuring Van Dyke Parks, Maria Muldaur, Jim Kweskin, and Hot Licks guitarist Paul Robinson. There will also be a short musical performance by the participants following the discussion. 

 

Dan Hicks didn’t have his heart set on a career in music. It all just sort of happened to him. It didn’t hurt, of course, that he was in the right place at the right time - San Francisco, 1966 - and had a front-row seat for the birth and death of the counterculture.

 

Among other things, I Scare Myself is a classic story of the sixties. More importantly, though, it’s a story of musical genius. By the time “The Summer of Love” limped to a close in the fall of ’67, Dan Hicks had quit The Charlatans - the pioneering psych-rock band with whom he played the drums - and turned to jazz; the music he’d secretly loved all along, as he began building his own band.

 

“I just started taking ingredients I liked and putting them together to see what came out,” he writes. What came out was an amazing blend of complex time signatures, unusual instrumentation, and intricate vocal harmonies that took him to the top of the seventies rock world as well as a downward spiral of drink and drug abuse.

 

Dan details it all with wit and candor in I Scare Myself Emerging from a long wilderness, he eventually returned to recording and performing, making a number of acclaimed albums, including Beatin’ The Heat, a set of duets with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, Rickie Lee Jones, and more. Along the way, his music continued to subtly permeate the culture, turning up everywhere from The Sopranos to commercials for Levi’s and Bic.

 

Though he passed away in early 2016, Dan’s music, and the stories he tells here, remain as fresh and irresistible as ever. Combining those stories with dozens of rare photographs and a detailed discography by esteemed writer and critic Kristine McKenna, I Scare Myself takes readers on a journey behind the music, and into the life and mind of the fantastic artist who created it.

 

If you cannot attend but would like to purchase a copy of I Scare Myself signed by Kristine McKenna please click here or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

 

Events Posted Jun 08, 2017

Book signing + Exhibition > Queer Threads - Saturday, 6/10, 4-6 !

QUEER THREADS: CRAFTING IDENTITY AND COMMUNITY

BY JOHN CHAICH + TODD OLDHAM - LOS ANGELES BOOK LAUNCH
SATURDAY, JUNE 10th 4:00 - 6:00 PM

 

Join us Saturday, June 10th  for a book signing and exhibition with John Chaich as part of the Design Field Day at Helms! We'll be showing work from Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community and enjoying treats from our own Culver City community -  a special cocktail from Bar & Garden and the ice cream stylings of CoolHaus!


The exhibition, running through June 24th, will feature work by five Los Angeles-based artists. On view will be fiber and textile work by Diedrick Brackens, Ben Cuevas, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Maria E. Pineres, and Nathan Vincent. Spanning video to soft sculpture and wall-work, the pieces on view range from  life-sized knit and crochet urinals to a stop-motion animation based on needle-point scenes from RuPaul's "Supermodel" video.

Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community spotlights an international, inter-generational, inter-sectional mix of thirty artists who are remixing fiber craft traditions such as crochet, embroidery, quilting, and sewing while reconsidering the binaries of art and craft, masculine and feminine, and gay and straight.

Designed by Todd Oldham and edited by John Chaich, Queer Threads features full-color spreads of each artist's work, intimate details of selections and artist studios, and an introductory essay by Mr. Chaich, who curated the exhibition of the same name that inspired the book.

To further examine how queerness informs their work in fiber and textiles, the artists are interviewed by makers and thinkers from the worlds of dance, design, fashion, media, music, museums, scholarship, and more - many of whom are members of the LGBTQ community themselves and otherwise passionate allies. Queer Threads is not just an exploration of fiber art and crafts, but also a celebration of the creativity, diversity, and vibrancy of contemporary queer culture.
 

If you are unable to attend but would like a copy of Queer Threads signed by author and editor John Chaich,  please place your order on our website here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

The exhibition will be on display through June 24th. 

 

The Helms-wide "Design Field Day: This Modern Life" will be running all day Saturday. There are dozens of panels, specials, workshops, demonstrations, tastings throughout the Helms "campus" from 12 to 6. Here's a link to the schedule, including a panel lead by KCRW's Frances Anderton. Attendees can enter the "This Modern LIie" sweepstakes to win chairs from Vitra, lamps from Louis Poulson,  a gift certificate from Arcana, and more!

 

Events Posted Jun 01, 2017

Book signing, discussion, + MORE > Salad For President - Sunday, 6/4, 3-5

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL AFTERNOON OF:

NUDE FIGURE AND VEGETABLE LIFE DRAWING

ROSÉ SIPPING,

BOOK SIGNING,

CONVERSATION WITH JULIA SHERMAN + EVAN KLEIMAN

and, of course, SALAD

 

S A L A D   F O R   P R E S I D E N T

A COOKBOOK INSPIRED BY ARTISTS

BY JULIA SHERMAN

SUNDAY, JUNE 4TH, 3:00-5:00 PM

 

A salad is a composition. I am perfectly happy to see cars or clouds or salads as artworks. It’s what you do with them and how you contextualize them that matters.”—Laurie Anderson

 

The creator of the immensely popular Salad for President blog presents a visually rich collection of more than 75 salad recipes, with contributions and interviews by artists/creative professionals like William Wegman, Tauba Auerbach, Laurie Anderson, and Alice Waters. Sherman loves salad, and she encourages her readers to consider it an everyday indulgence that can include cocktails, soups, family style brunch dishes, and dinner-party entrées.

 

Salad—with its infinite possibilities—is a game of endless combinations, not stifling rules. And with that in mind, Salad for President offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes. Sherman visits sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. Utterly unique in its look into the worlds of food, art, and everyday practices, Salad for President is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at creativity

 

Please join us in collaboration with Aesop, June 4th between 3:00 and 5:00 PM for this extra special event as we celebrate the publication of Ms. Sherman's fantastic new Abrams book: Salad For President!

 

Q + A between Ms. Sherman and Evan Kleiman will begin around 3:30, concurrent with the nude figure and vegetable life drawing. Listen, sketch from life, snack on Sherman's Mexican Fruit Salad (recipe from the book!) and raise a glass! Bring your own art supplies or use the charcoal and newsprint that we will have.

 

If you are unable to attend but would like a signed copy, please place your order here, or call us at 310-458-1499.

 

Events Posted May 20, 2017

Tomorrow! > Book Launch for solid objectives: order, edge, aura, May 21st at Arcana!

LA Forum is proud to join with Arcana: Books on the Arts in hosting a publication launch for local design and architecture office SO-IL, who are presenting their first monograph, "solid objectives: order, edge, aura" 

Featuring a collection of built and unbuilt projects, texts, processes and experiments from the firm’s first eight years of work (2008-2016), the book proposes an architecture that requires interpretation. The publication is at once a visual and textual manifesto that introduces an attitude towards the design and realization of architecture in an interconnected environment. 

The event will feature SO-IL's Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu in discussion with Johnston Marklee's Mark Lee.
 

Events Posted May 10, 2017

Book Signing & Panel > Where Bartenders Drink -- May 16th, 6-8!


Join Adrienne Stillman, author of Where Bartenders Drink (published by Phaidon) for a conversation about LA's dynamic drinking scene, and what truly makes a great bar. Following the conversation, attendees can sip cocktails courtesey of Collectif 1806  mixed by Nathan Burdette and purchase a personalized copy of Stillman's new insider's guide to 700 of the world's best drinking destinations. Joined by Ms. Stillman will be a panel of the city's best bartenders and cocktail experts:
 

* Georgette Moger-Petraske, author of Regarding Cocktails

* Prairie Rose (Bit By a Fox blogger)

* Beau Du Bois of the Corner Door

* Alex Day of Proprietors LLC

* Trevor Easter of the Normandie Club/Walker Inn

 

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WHEN
May 16, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 
WHERE
‚ÄčArcana: Books on the Arts - 8675 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
 
COST
FREE with RSVP  - click here!

 
 
Can't make it but want a signed copy of Where Bartenders Drink or Regarding Cocktails?
Click here!
 

 

 

 

 

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