Zadok Ben-David in #ExpoRecommends: “Surface” Inspiration

ExpoRecommends

Inspired by our latest issue, “Surface” a few of the other Expo editors and I created a list of multi-genre recommendations. In addition to fiction, nonfiction, and podcast recommendations from the other editors, yours truly found a must-see art exhibition in Los Angeles:

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Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

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Recommended readings from yours truly.

Last week in the Expo Blog, I wrote the inaugural post to our latest series: Expo Recommends. In it, the editors of Exposition Review, myself included, tell you about some of our favorite readings.

Recommended Readings from Yours Truly

As a reader and a writer, these pieces inspired and moved me, and I hope they will do the same for you.

Move these recommended readings to the top of your reading lists, and, if you’re so inclined, let me know what you think. I’d love to you hear your thoughts and continue a dialogue.

Explore Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District with Exposition Review

Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Feeling the Los Angeles love.

As the Editor-in-Chief of the multi-genre literary journal, Exposition Review, I was lucky enough to transform my exploration of Downtown Los Angeles and the Arts District into a blog about our fair city. Whether you’re a local, a visitor, or in town for AWP or BinderCon, you’ll find more than one reason to walk in LA! Get the guide (complete with map) here.

Catch Hammer Museum’s Latest Round of Exhibitions Before They Close

Mark Bradford, "Lights and Tunnels," 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mark Bradford, “Lights and Tunnels,” 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

The summer is slipping away, and with it Hammer Museum‘s latest round of exhibitions: Mark Bradford’s “Scorched Earth,” and Hammer Projects by Mary Reid Kelley and Joseph Holtzman which close on September 20 (Bradford and Holtzman) and September 27 (Reid Kelley). The exhibitions bring issues of media, feminism, homosexuality, race, AIDS, and culture into focus.

Mark Bradford, "Untitled," 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

Mark Bradford, “Untitled” (detail), 2015. Mixed media on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

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What to Watch: Poldark Prepares Viewers for Downton Abbey Final Season

We’re all sad about the sixth and final season of “Downtown Abbey,” which will air in the US beginning January 3. Instead of waiting with bated breath for confirmation about rumors of a movie, dive into the next best PBS Masterpiece show, “Poldark.

Poldark Masterpiece TV Show

Find “Poldark” season 1 on PBS Masterpiece.

The series, which just wrapped its first season, acts something like a precursor to “Downton.” Set in Cornwall in 1793, the show begins with (episode 1 spoiler alert) Ross Poldark, a British soldier, a Redcoat, just returned home from the American Revolutionary war to find his father dead, his copper mine defunct, and his lover impregnated by his cousin.

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Christian Marclay’s “The Clock” at LACMA

Last week I had the pleasure of experiencing Christian Marclay‘s “The Clock” at LACMA. The masterpiece, a 24-hour video counts the day away, combining thousands of film clips containing clocks, timepieces, or references to time. What might sound quite dull is one of the most mesmerizing art instillations I’ve ever encountered. The video, which ticks along at real time, makes the viewer wholly aware of the time. But, by constantly drawing attention to time, its passing becomes meditative, almost nullifying the significance of a second, minute, or hour.

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Can’t Get Enough of Jen Stark

Lately, I just can’t seem to get enough of Jen Stark.

Jen Stark Gagosian Beverly Hills

I’m always a fan of wallpaper in a bathroom, but Jen Stark at Gagosian Beverly Hills is irresistible. Image courtesy Jen Stark.

For those of us in LA, we’re lucky enough to be able to spot Stark dripping into the bathroom at Gagosian Beverly Hills, now through September.

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