This past Monday was the opening night for Family‘s latest running exhibit which honors LA musician John Wiese‘s 100th 7-inch release, Exhausted Spectral Incantation. Family, a smallish art book store on Fairfax, dedicated the gallery space in the back of the store to display all 100 7-inches released by Wiese over the past 13 years, and is selling a nice little hard-cover companion to the show with essays by Brian Roettinger and San McKinlay and photos of all 100 records.
Curating a retrospective of performance art must be a fairly daunting task. For one, how do you capture and express the spirit of something that is distinctly ephemeral and often strongly tethered to the zeitgeist of a specific period? Well, LACE tackled the issue in a couple ways for Los Angeles Goes Live, Performance Art in Southern California 1970-1983.