This Week in A.I.R. / June 24 - 26

June 22, 2010

Needlepoint Therapy

Thursday, June 24, 2 - 3:30 PM

Led by West Los Angeles based psycho-analyst and needlepointing enthusiast, Dr. Ellen Medway, a small group of people will convene privately for 90 minute sessions of therapy over an eight-week period. While the group pursues self-exploration, discovery and psychological enrichment, they will also be engaging with craft and art history as they needlepoint images based on paintings from the museum’s permanent collection. Dr. Medway chose a selection of works that she has deemed conducive, relevant and pertinent to the therapeutic process. Images of these paintings have been made into needlepoint patterns and each participant will work on this pattern from the collection throughout the sessions.

These sessions are now full, however, take home Therapy + Needlepointing kits will be available in the Hammer bookstore July 1st.

Micro-concerts in the Little William Theater

Saturday, June 26, 1 - 4 PM

This week the Little William Theater will host puppetry performances by Yelena Zhelezov.

Yelena Zhelezov is a Belarusian-Israeli artist based in Los Angeles. Her work is intermediary, and as such takes form of installation, objects, texts, film, and puppetry performance. Yelena’s materials are evidentiary of the world, often sourced in architecture, science, art history, or her yard. She uses strategies of research, classification and improvisation in her practice, and holds an MFA in Puppetry and Integrated Media from CalArts.

Yelena will be performing a short 1 minute and 30 second puppet show devoted to monumental sculpture, and one very short 30 second puppet show that considers unusual units of measurement.