Fall rolls into the Downtown this month with a host of new creative works, and celebrations for those who prowl the night in search of innocent souls to damn into the darkness. There will also be Halloween parties.
The Latino Art Museum prefers a bit of daylight, however, and opens two shows, “Faces of Hope and Mind Games” from Ricardo Aguilar, and the group show, “Portraits Retratos,” featuring work from Peruvian artists in the museum’s permanent collection Mati Russo, Juan Carlos Boxler, Victor Ruiz de Somocurcio, Luis Portilla, Manuel Vasquez, Milagros Zuniga, Marlene de la Cruz, Adrianna Anselmo de Oliveira, Akira Chinen, Eduardo Deza, Javier Arriola, Julio Gomez Natalia Bacal, and Maryla Hinostroza.
Metro Gallery embraces the October season by treating us to more eye candy from one of our favorite local artists, RT Pece – who’s decided to get interactive this time around and seeks our assistance in “Name Some Paintings.” Featuring his signature Dr. Seuss on LSD creatures (our description – but still not a name), these untitled images are certain to elicit some creative (and hopefully PG-13) responses. Also, the winners get a free glass of wine! The losers also get a free glass of wine. The wine is free.
The School of Arts and Enterprise (SAE) carves out a gang of ghoulish goods in “Horror,” a collection of work from over 50 of the school’s digital and visual arts majors, grades 6-12. This ought to enhance their college admissions interviews.
Gallery 57 Underground goes way more than six feet under in “Ancestral Recall,” a group show of oddities and devilry that has arrived, according to them, “just in time for the Apocalypse.” Yay! Yay? Curated by Manny Sifuentes and featuring work by Grimm Beatz, Angie Shen, Alex Diedyesterday, Jason LaMotte, Adam Bellhouse, and Michelle Garduno, this festering fiesta promises to snatch you into the seamy dark side via “the splattered mania of six sovereign beasts.” Yes, basically just another day at the office.
The Alley Gallery knows what to do with you once you fall into that dark side in “Fangoria,” a blood-curdling bash billed as “the ultimate horror art show.” Stifle your screams as Joded lures you through a lair of gruesome mural installations and other horrific arts, and be sure to wear your most demonic duds – Cosplay is welcome and there are prizes for best costume, including the coveted “most disgusting.” Keywords: “vegetable. soup.”
The California Design Firm joins the shriek-fest with “It's in Our Blood,” an epic showcase sure to tantalize your wicked pleasure with artwork by Bokiso, Crodas, Deadman, Jorge Meza, and Pete Lomas, live art by Reibot, and live music by Come Culo, Colored Houses, Joshua Bloom, King Mala, and NKriot – who’ll weave together your perfect pagan-party soundtrack.
Progress Gallery continues Professor Conchi Sanford’s “50/50, FIFTY/FIFTY: the Creative Magic of Collaboration,” an exhibition exploring transformation through collaborations between educators and creators via their multisensory, collaborative works of installation, performance, and visual art.
-by Stacy Davies