Whether it’s the Getty, MOCA, LACMA, or a slew of galleries, Los Angeles isn’t short of art spaces. But in the 1950s, places to view modern art in L.A. were scarce. Today’s screening of the 2008 documentary The Cool School shows the beginning of the modern-art scene in L.A. and the artists who launched it, beginning with the opening of the Ferus Gallery, a contemporary art space, in 1957. Some of the artists featured in the film include Ed Kienholz, Sonia Gechtoff, John Baldessari, Larry Bell, and Dennis Hopper. As it is the summer of Paul McCarthy, Nitehawk will also be screening McCarthy’s The Black and White Tapes (1970–75) along with Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen’s Complaints Choir of Tokyo, which is a part of Moving Image Contemporary Art Video Fair.

Sat., June 22, 11:15 a.m.; Sun., June 23, 11:15 a.m., 2013