This week, we’re getting literary at Hauser & Wirth, checking noirish LAPD photos, hitting a pet-themed pop-up, attending a hidden art show and following the characters of a play about Edgar Allan Poe through the Victorian homes at Heritage Square.
Hauser & Wirth, 901 East 3rd St. (Art District), the space for large contemporary art works, is hosting a different art form — the printed word — from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., July 20-21.
The gallery is hosting the Little Literary Fair, or LITLIT, a book fair celebrating independent booksellers, book publishers and book makers from Los Angeles.
“LITLIT brings together the eclectic contemporary in publishing, creating a unique opportunity for independent publishers to offer a range of books, while sharing their missions with Angelenos of all stripes,” the gallery’s website said.
Programming throughout the weekend will include interviews and panel discussions with publishers, authors, artists and community organizers.
The Art of the Archive
House of Lucie at ROW DTLA, 777 S Alameda St., is hosting “The Art of the Archive,” featuring images from the LA Police Department’s archives.
The exhibition features photographs taken by LAPD officers, as evidence, between 1925 and the 1970s.
“The drama of circumstance has imbued these black-and-white images with layers of meaning, heartbreak, and even humor the officer-photographers likely did not intend,” the gallery’s website said.
“The old-style furnishings, clothing styles and automobiles tell us this is of another time; but ironically the violence many of the images relate, after-the-fact, make these people from another era — victims and investigators alike — seem human and real, their noirish surroundings an accident of history. Rarely is the presence of a photographer as witness felt so strongly as in these images.”
The free exhibition is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and runs through Aug. 11.
Pet Pop, a pop-up for pet lovers, has set up shop in the Art District at 2020 East 7th St.
This pop-up features pet-themed rooms, including the 101 Dalmatians Room and a room featuring a giant hamster wheel. There’s also a dog bowl ball pit and a room with a pack of balloon dogs on a group stroll.
Adult tickets are $34 and youth tickets are $20. They can be purchased through https://petpop.me
The pop-up is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The pop-up is closed Tuesdays.
An official closing date has not been set, but as of this writing, the website was taking ticket orders through Aug. 11.
This next one made this column based on three words — speakeasy art show.
“Bright,” described as a non-traditional group art show featuring acclaimed artists from around the world, will be hosted in a space hidden behind the shoe rack of a downtown cobbler, 584 Mateo St.
Each evening is a performance of light, music, animation and interaction, boasting a full bar and food trucks.
The exhibition will feature the work of visual and performance artists such as Mambo, Marcel Van Luit, Danny Casale, Alex Costa and Cocovan.
It is the appearance of Cocovan that will capture my money. She is working on a project that invites everyone to write a collective love letter to the world. The artist has now gathered entries from more than 20,000 people from 132 countries. At 450 meters long, the work is described as the longest love letter in the world.
It’s open to all ages. Tickets start at $12 and can be purchased through Eventbrite or through hellobrightworld.com. The gallery will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
“Bright” will be open through Aug. 3.
The Assassination of Edgar Allan Poe
Downtown Repertory Theater will perform “The Assassination of Edgar Allan Poe” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Heritage Square Museum, 3800 Homer Street.
“Explore the strange and tragic life of Edgar Allan Poe as it unfolds in and around the Victorian mansions of Heritage Square,” downtownrep.com says. “Choose which characters and storylines to follow as you disappear into the tortured existence and mysterious death of literature’s Master of the Macabre.”
There will also be performances on Aug. 2 and Aug. 4 and the weekend of Aug. 16-18.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through Eventbrite.