When: Thu., March 19, 6-9 p.m. and Wednesdays-Sundays, 12-5 p.m. Continues through May 17 2015
Last year, the Los Angeles art scene enthusiastically welcomed The Mistake Room — a cultural institution devoted to facilitating “an international program of art and ideas” while empowering “the lives of practitioners of the imagination.” Those familiar with the mission of Artpace — a “laboratory of dreams” founded by the late artist and philanthropist Linda Pace — will likely see TMR director/chief curator Cesar Martinez as a natural fit for the SA institution’s revered International Artist-in-Residence program. As guest curator for the first IAIR exhibition of 2015, Martinez tapped London-based Colombian art star Oscar Murillo, theatrical Houstonite Autumn Knight and LA-based painter Henry Taylor. Dubbed by fans as a “21st-century Basquiat,” Murillo has been known to paint with a broomstick and scrawl words like “burrito” on his canvases, which have skyrocketed into six-figure territory in the recent past. An expected pick for Martinez, Murillo helped inaugurate TMR with a solo show that nodded to the site’s past life as a manufacturing facility. A trained drama therapist, Knight combines elements of performance, video and sculpture in multimedia projects that encourage discourse about emotional, racial and geographic boundaries. Honored in 2012 with a mid-career retrospective at MoMA PS1, Taylor has depicted prostitutes and drug dealers in his figurative yet folky paintings, but does not identify as an “outsider artist.” Artists' dialogue begins at 7pm.