Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very Los Angeles art events this month, including the Maya Codex of Mexico at the Getty, Beatrice Wood, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and more.
October will have us looking back and forward simultaneously in Los Angeles, with historical shows alongside new bodies of work from contemporary artists. These start 1,000 years back with the Maya Codex of Mexico (Códice Maya de México) at the Getty, then jump to the 20th century with exhibitions devoted to the “Mama of Dada” Beatrice Wood at LA Louver, and a homage to the late transgressive performance artist Bob Flanagan at Kristina Kite. At Shulamit Nazarian, Trenton Doyle Hancock reveals the latest chapter of his ongoing, idiosyncratic saga, while new hand-crocheted sculptures by Luis Flores are on view at Craft Contemporary.
TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK: GOOD GRIEF, BAD GRIEF, SHULAMIT NAZARIAN, LOS ANGELES, SEPTEMBER 17– OCTOBER 29, 2022. COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND SHULAMIT NAZARIAN, LOS ANGELES. PHOTO: ED MUMFORD.
Trenton Doyle Hancock: Good Grief, Bad Grief
Pulling from autobiography, comic books, art history, religion, and other disparate sources of high and low culture, Trenton Doyle Hancock has been building an expansive universe over the past twenty-five years. Good Grief, Bad Grief features characters central to his mythology — Torpedo Boy, Hancock, and the malevolent Vegans. Engaging and enigmatic, Hancock’s layered works invite us to confront the tangled intersection of identity, race, and art.