Each Week, ForYourArt Brings You the Best Opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT Art in Los Angeles.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
Downtown Art Walk
Various Location (Downtown)
Taking place on the second Thursday of each month, the Downtown Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour of the many art spaces in Downtown Los Angeles – commercial art galleries, museums, and nonprofit arts venues. This month, the Art Walk will feature ART, a neon sculpture by James McDemas that will be in the lobby of the 1930 Art Deco Style Banks-Huntley building.
Art Talk with Rupert Garcia
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
In conjunction with Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981, join Rupert Garcia for a discussion of his work. Free with museum admission.
Snap to Grid: the UN-Juried Exhibit
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (Downtown)
For this un-juried “open call” exhibition, artists upload images that are printed and hung by the gallery. The hundreds of works are displayed in a grid like installation where every work submitted is exhibited. The usual (less than democratic) selection process where only the precious few are chosen is turned on its head in this curatorial anarchy where everyone gets to participate and the viewer is literally left to be the judge.
Race, Place, and Black L.A.
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Scholars Robin D. G. Kelley (USC/UCLA), Jacqueline Stewart (Northwestern University), and Daniel Widener (UCSD) discuss black artists in Southern California through history, and the role of geography, migration, and economics in creating the potent mix that produced the black arts movement. Moderated by Now Dig This! curator Kellie Jones. All Hammer public programs are free.
In Conversation with Eames Words Co-Curators
A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Miracle Mile)
Typographer Andrew Byrom sits down with Deborah Sussman, principal of Sussman/Prejza, to discuss her career and their recent collaboration curating and designing A+D Museum’s current exhibition Eames Words. Admission costs $15 for individual tickets, $7 Student with a valid ID, and A+D Members get in free. Tickets are available online.
Spotlight on Aki Kaurismäki: La Vie de Bohème and Drifting Clouds
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA Series, the museum will spotlight Finnish writer-director Aki Kaurismäki with two of his films: La Vie de Bohème at 7:30pm and Drifting Clouds at 9:20pm. The screening costs $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors, and students with valid ID, $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members. Tickets are available online.
Immaterials and Proposals
Human Resources (Chinatown)
X-TRA presents a night of artworks that exist only in written, immaterial form. Some of the readings include Edward Kienholz’s Concept Tableau, Ant Farm’s Dolphin Embassy, Leslie Dick’s Rules For Dreaming, and Chris Burden’s The Moon Piece.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
Screening of Short Films by artist Richard Newton
Humanities Collective, UC Irvine (Irvine)
An evening of short films by artist Richard Newton in conjunction with Laguna Art Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971. The screening is free.
Hans Haveron: Black Diamond and Smog City: Grey Skies-Black Lungs
C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice)
A solo show of new works by artist Hans Haveron. In Gallery II there is a new series by Smog City. Opening reception will feature sets by DJ Busrider and DJ Mr. Numberonederful, plus live painting by Max Neutra. On view through January 7, 2012.
Museum of Public Fiction (Highland Park)
The last act in Public Fiction’s Gold Rush / Manifest Destiny series. In this final installment artist David Hendren will take over the whole space to mark the conclusion of an ambitious journey West.
Quim Tarrida: “If You Blink, You’ll Miss It”
Toy Art Gallery (Hollywood)
This is the multi-disciplinary artist’s first US exhibition and will be on view through December 30, 2011.
Harvest: 3,000 Years (Ethiopia, 1976)
UCLA Billy Wilder Theater (Westwood)
A part of UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Pacific Standard Time film series, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema, celebrates L.A.-based African American and African filmmakers who met at UCLA from the 1960s to 1980s and forged an alternative Black Cinema practice. Harvest: 3,000 Years (Ethiopia, 1976) is director Haile Gerima’s first feature work to be set in Africa and employs visions of his native Ethiopia to construct a post-colonial allegory of class exploitation. Tickets cost $10 and may be purchased online.
Chelsea Dean: Salvaging Exposures
R&R Gallery (Downtown)
Be part of an art show. $25 hand-printed/painted piece of art. A larger piece will be unveiled as each print comes down.
Pop tART Gallery (Korea Town)
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time and “Beefcakes and Boundaries: The Art of Bruce Bellas,” the gallery hosts this night of drawing with 2 male models doing 25 minute poses. Full cash bar. Tickets are $25. Call or e-mail to register: 323-314-7779, email@example.com.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
Drawing from Antiquity: Sketching with Pen, Ink, and Wash
The Getty Villa (Malibu)
This workshop focuses on strategies for translating a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional work. From sketches of sculptures in the galleries, participants create a pen and ink wash in the studio. Supplies are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. Sign-up begins 15 minutes before the start of the program at the Tour Meeting Place.
CRAFTlab: End of Year Books
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Mid-Wilshire)
Assemble a special book to hold photos, small mementos, and memories of the year. A variety of papers and simple book making techniques will be available. $5 per participant (includes museum admission).
Los Angeles in the 19th Century: The Images of Carleton Watkins
L.A. Public Library (Downtown)
Preeminent 19th century landscape photographer Carleton E. Watkins produced some of the earliest and most resonant images of Los Angeles ever made. In celebration of the publication of Carleton Watkins: The Complete Mammoth Photographs, author Weston Naef and contributor Jennifer Watts present an illustrated discussion of Watkins’ working method and imagery. This event is free.
Ben Huang and Virginia Dan: A Project for Disastrous Success
Morono Kiang Gallery (Downtown)
In their first collaboration together, Ben Huang and Virginia Dan present a performance piece that will explore cause-and-effect and the processes of observation and reaction. Huang and Dan have used fabric remnants, dollar store finds, and discarded objects in the construction of costumes that act as the catalyst for the interaction of six performers. Each performer uses movement and noise to cause an equal or opposite reaction of a fellow performer.
Friend #00 at The Bad Cave
Bronson Caves at Griffith Park (Los Feliz)
A performance by artist J. Patrick Walsh III, which will begin at 4pm and go until the sun sets. This performance continues the search for Friend #00’s reflection from the manmade echoless chamber to the man made echo chamber the Bronson Cave, which appeared as the “bat cave” in the classic television show “Batman.” At this location, a series of communication devices will be installed such as sonar and sculpture along with spoken texts that will attempt to echo back at Friend #00. Following the performance is the Action Bureau’s Holiday Party at 10pm at 4219 Whiteside St., 90063.
Stone on Stone Illustrated Lecture and Book Signing by Hicks Stone
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Mid-Wilshire)
Hicks Stone, son of Edward Durrell Stone and author of the new book Edward Durell Stone: A Son’s Untold Story of a Legendary Architect, will discuss his father, one of the more controversial figures of 20th-century architecture, and address a body of his work that has been largely neglected, if not outright misunderstood. The event is free but seating is limited and guests will be accommodated on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Michael Blasi: Soundsystem
Alias Books East (Atwater)
ShoeboxLA presents this exhibition that explores the relationship between audio and visual, the concrete and abstract, where hard wiring and electric pulses meet soft metaphor and symbolic form.
James Hayward: Satori
Richard Telles Fine Art (West Hollywood)
In conjunction with Pacific Standard Time, Richard Telles Fine Art presents a selection of paintings and drawings by Los Angeles artist James Hayward that span from 1972 to 1979.
Miya Ando: The Color of Light and Susan Metzer: The Fifth Element, New Paintings
Lora Schlesinger Gallery (Santa Monica)
In the main gallery, a new series of metal works by New York artist Miya Ando. The new body of work is created using a unique hand-dyed method new to the artist. Each plate is hand dipped into a bath of water and dye, resulting in a watercolor effect that is permanently absorbed by the material. In the East Gallery, an exhibition of Susan Metzer’s etheral landscape paintings. Both exhibitions on view through January 14, 2012.
Angel City Eats
Gallery KM (Santa Monica)
A multi-media installation created as a collaboration between father and daughter Jackson and Sienna De Govia. The exhibition focuses on two obsessions in the city of Los Angeles – celebrity, and food – and explores them through two fantasy visions of Los Angeles as it has been represented in the popular lexicon: that of the 1950’s television show “Dragnet”, and that of contemporary reality TV as exemplified by Kim Kardashian. During the opening reception, audience members will be encouraged to consume several of the edible sculptures.
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825 (West Hollywood)
LAAA’s signature survey exhibition of the best emerging contemporary art, juried by Charlie Manzo of Gagosian Gallery, New York, NY. On view through January 6, 2012.
Feral House/Process Media Third Annual Winter Solstice Celebration
La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Feliz)
Special annual presentation of books and authors from Adam Parfrey’s imprint, featuring Tony Millionaire.
Billy Al Bengston: (patience)
Katherine Cone Gallery (Culver City)
On view through January 1, 2012.
Graduate Open Studios
UCLA Graduate Studios (Culver City)
UCLA’s Department of Art presents the fall/winter edition of their ongoing graduate open studios, featuring the work of Tejpal S. Ajji, Lilly Aldriedge, Theodora Allen, Jonathan Apgar, Leon Benn, Lucas Blalock, A’alia Marilyn Brown, Sarah Cromarty, Veronique d’Entremont, Sarah Dougherty, Marten Elder, Timo Fahler, Roxy Farhat, Brennan Gerard, Laeh Glenn, Mathiew Greenfield, EJ Hill, Jane Hugentober, Janna Ireland, Masood Kamandy, William Kaminski, Shoshi Kanokohata, Michael Kelly, Ryan Kelly, Devin Kenny, Becky Kolsrud, Hans Kuzmich, Owen Kydd, Dylan Mira, Gerardo Monterrubio, Erin Morrison, Ragen Moss, Marina Pinsky, Sean Raspet, Kathleen Ryan, Sean Shim-Boyle, Katherine Sinnott, Emily Sudd, Christine Wang, David Whitaker, Kim Ye, and David Zuttermeister.
Zackary Drucker and Amos Mac: Distance is where the heart is, home is where you hang your heart
Luis De Jesus (Culver City)
Los Angeles-based artist Zackary Drucker, in collaboration with New York-based photographer Amos Mac, presents a new series of photographs. Infusing elements of photography, video, text and performance, Drucker’s work is rooted in cultivating and investigating under-recognized aspects of transgender history, locating herself in that history, and communicating her contemporary experience of gender and sexuality. The exhibition will include a performance by Zackary Drucker (date and time to be announced).
John Divola: The Vandalism Series, 1973-1975
LAXART (Culver City)
A solo exhibition of work by John Divola encompassing a selection of works from the artist’s rarely shown Vandalism Series. The photographs are of Divola’s explorations of abandoned houses manipulated through various acts of vandalism. On view through January 21, 2012.
“Empty Set Los Angeles”: Performances by Elizabeth Cline, Conrad Freiburg, Morgan Paros, Zach Taylor, Aaron Williams and others
Carter & Citizen (Culver City)
The Empty Set provides a space for performance where perception of loss and nothingness intersects with sculpture and music via “The Pod of Absense,” a seven-sided structure built by Conrad Freiburg. Musicians and artists will interpret the void in music and sound created by this sculpture and play their piece within it. Previous Empty Sets have taken place in Chicago at The Hyde Park Art Center and in Albuquerque, New Mexico at Casa Anderwell.
L.A. Print: Edition 2
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
The second annual showcase of Los Angeles printmakers, dealers, galleries, and nonprofits focusing on trends in printmaking and publishing. Presentations and artist talks will take place throughout the day, and a variety of affordable prints will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
An exhibition of work by artist Tom Knechtel. On view through January 28, 2012.
Todd Carpenter: Specifically Ambiguous
LAUNCH (Miracle Mile)
The closing reception for this exhibition of new paintings by Todd Carpenter that reflect his appreciation of black and white photography with its perceptual subtleties of light.
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA Series, the museum will screen director Raj Kapoor’s Awaara. Kapoor commands the screen as the film’s title character, a charming vagrant unaware of his high-class roots. It marks the first appearance of Kapoor’s iconic tramp alter ego—a sly street urchin who stands in for India’s downtrodden—and boasts a twelve-minute surrealist dream sequence of staggering proportions. $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors (62+), and students with valid ID, $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members. Tickets are available online.
AMOCA’s Second Saturday Lecture Series: Millard Sheets
American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona)
Dr. Adam Arenson lectures on the life, work, and influence of painter Millard Sheets. Free with museum admission.
Aesthetics of Deficit and Artist Bailout
Human Resources LA (Chinatown)
The Woodybury University Department of Art History Fall 2011 symposium will examine the effects of the current economic climate on contemporary art production, as well as the way in which the financial and aesthetic have become an interchangeable process, merging into a single, seamless metaphor. Following the symposium panel, the Woodbury University History of Performance Art class will host a special Artist Bailout public meal and performance from 6:30-9:30pm. Artist Bailout is a community driven means to fund the arts during the current economic crisis, bringing together artists and patrons for a dinner that is part performance, part fundraiser and culminates in the awarding of two micro-grants to two arts organizations.
Asher Penn: The Banana Question
Young Art (Chinatown)
A painter, photographer, publisher and writer, New York-based artist Asher Penn reveals his process through an output of serialized, repetitive imagery. His driving interest in framing and re-framing has generated a lexicon of reoccurring symbols and themes and a traceable lineage of production. The Banana Question comprises a collaboration, 3 sculptures, 13 photographs, and 10 hand drawn artist books.
Bon Voyage Holiday Group Exhibition
To celebrate WPA’s move from their Bernard Street Space in mid-December, the gallery presents a special two-day exhibition and holiday party featuring work by all the members of WPA: Bart Exposito, Andrew Hahn, David Hughes, Charles Irvin, Pamela Jorden, Michael Minelli, Rachael Neubauer, John Pearson, Terri Phillips, Fil Rüting, Amy Sarkisian, Henry Taylor, Ryan Tomcho, Tyler Vlahovich. DJ sets throughout the evening as well as special hourly calendar raffle and discounts Saturday evening.
Second Story: New Editions
Pepin Moore Gallery (Chinatown)
New additions to Pepin Moore’s artist multiples program featuring editioned work by Skip Arnold, Phil Chang, Liz Glynn, Emilie Halpern, Jed Lind, and Amir Nikravan.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
In Studio: Fred Eversley
Fred Eversley Studio (Venice)
A behind-the-scenes opportunity with artists featured in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time exhibitions open their studios and share insights on their work, inspiration, and process. This iteration will feature Fred Eversley. Course fee $25 per studio visit. Information and directions provided following registration. Tickets available online.
Artisanal L.A. Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
With more than 50 local artisanal vendors to sample and shop. $5 admission includes demos and workshops from the Institute of Domestic Technology, organic spirit, craft beer, and local wine tasting, and a coffee sampling hosted by the Market on Holly.
Screening: Pasadena Art Museum Voices
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
Key artists, board members and curators associated with the Pasadena Art Museum were interviewed by guest curator Jay Belloli and museum staff; snippets are aired in the exhibition, get the bigger story when the full-length interviews are shown on the big screen. Free with museum admission.
The Popular Art Auction
Bergamont Station (Santa Monica)
A preview reception for a liquidation sale of illustration, commercial art, original french lithograph posters, fine art prints and posters, pinups, and sports art. The auction will also featur original works and prints by Olivia De Berardinis, Richard Duardo, Jim Evans, and Ronnie Cutrone as well as posters by Keith Haring, Robert Williams, Jasper Johns, and more.
Artist as Printmakers – Salon
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
From Edgar Degas to Ed Ruscha, artists have used the print not just as a vehicle for reproduction but also as a means of expression. In this third and final salon of the season, consider the distinct types of images and concepts portrayed by joining message and medium in the following artworks: Edgar Degas’s Woman Drying Herself after the Bath, 1876–77; Sam Francis’s An 8 Set from the Pasadena Box, 1965; and Ed Ruscha’s Anchovy, 1969. The program is free with admission and limited to 20 participants. Sign up at the Information Desk no later than 15 minutes prior to the session.
Orange County Museum of Art (Orange County)
Experience OCMA’s exhibitions in a whole new way. Share your ideas and interpretation about the works on view. Educators will be in the galleries to engage in informal conversation and to answer visitor questions.
Music of a Generation
The Autry Museum (Griffith Park)
Last of a three-part series that explores the emerging musical identity of Los Angeles from 1945 to 1965. Learn how the music of that era—from Indigenous beats to folk songs to mainstream record hits—influenced a generation of artists that gave the city its indelible image. Featuring Hermanos Herrera and local musicians and dancers. Free with museum admission.
Stephen Prina and Steve Roden at Art Catalogues
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Artists Stephen Prina and Steve Roden join independent curator and writer Laura Fried to discuss the artists’ recently published books as well as music, painting, and the potential, process, and principles of translation. The program will begin with a special piano performance by Stephen Prina. The event is free and will take place at Art Catalogues Bookstore, Ahmanson Building, Level 1.
Lisa Adams: Paradise Notwithstanding and Osvaldo Trujillo: Someplace Else
CB1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Lisa Adams’ new paintings continue her exploration of two worlds, that of decay and that of possibility. The place that she conjures through this juxtaposition is one that comes to terms with the coexistence of the real and the ideal. There will be an artist talk on Sunday December 18, 2011, 3 – 5 p.m. followed by a book signing for her new monograph, Vicissitude of Circumstance. Osvaldo Trujillo’s new work showcases the artist’s study and creation of alternative realities. Focusing at the extreme ends of both micro and macroscopic vantage points, he explores the fusion of nature and technology. Both exhibitions on view through January 15, 2012.
_ _ ORNAM_NTS: keepsakes, relics, socks, magic
Balconi Coffee Company (Santa Monica)
A group show of artists’ non-traditional ornaments. All ornaments will be available cash-and-carry in time for the holiday gift seekers. Small sized ornaments will be priced at $30 and larger works at $50. On view through January 9, 2012.
Videos by Kara Walker
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
This program presents nine videos by Kara Walker, including three new works. Videos will be screened continuously from 11am-2pm and from 3pm-5pm. At 2pm there will be a Hammer Conversation with Kara Walker and Hilton Als. All Hammer public programs are free.
The Annihilation of Fish
UCLA Billy Wilder Theater (Westwood)
UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Pacific Standard Time film series, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema celebrates Los Angeles-based African American and African filmmakers who met at UCLA from the 1960s to 1980s and forged an alternative Black Cinema practice. In The Annihilation of Fish, director Charles Burnett performs a delightful directorial turn with this funny and tender study of outsiders and misfits finding love and happiness through a healthy dose of tolerance—but not the kind of tolerance that movies usually sell! In person: Charles Burnett. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
Modern Art in Los Angeles: Frank Gehry and the Los Angeles Art Scene
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
In the 1960s, artists and architects in Los Angeles shared ideas and inspiration and developed close friendships. This was particularly true of Frank Gehry, whose distinctive vision of architecture was, in part, shaped by his many exchanges with visual artists, primarily those in the Venice art scene. For this event, Frank Gehry will reunite with some collaborators and friends to reflect on their formative years in Los Angeles. Guests include Peter Alexander, Chuck Arnoldi, Tony Berlant, Billy Al Bengston, and Ed Moses. This event is sold out.
Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Saul Bass was the designer of iconic titles and posters for films by Alfred Hitchcock and Otto Preminger, among others; the creator of dynamic logos and advertising campaigns for clients such as Quaker Oats and United Airlines; and an Academy Award winning filmmaker. Pat Kirkham, co-author with Jennifer Bass of Saul Bass: A Life in Film and Design, explores the world of one of the 20th century’s most influential visual innovators. A book signing will follow the program. All Hammer public programs are free to the public.
CalArts President Steven D. Lavine welcomes Barcelona artist Frederic Amat—painter, sculptor, filmmaker, scene designer—for a talk on the convergence of influences in the Catalan artist’s wide-ranging practice and the dynamics of producing creative work across various media. Tickets are $10 general or $5 for students and are available online.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14
Emma Gray HQ (Santa Monica)
Emma Gray’s first pop up show DAYBREAK, an exhibition featuring seven Los Angeles based female artists: Allie Pohl, Lisa Tchakmakian, Kirsten Stoltmann, Bari Ziperstein, Cathy Akers, Eve Fowler and Jennifer Boysen. The opening event on December 14th is to celebrate Allie Pohl’s Ideal Woman: Necklace collaboration with Daybreak, a local Santa Monica based charity (part of OPCC) which helps rehabilitate homeless and mentally ill women with arts and crafts. A percentage of all sales will benefit Daybreak. Event will be held at the space of Michael and Joanne Levin in Santa Monica.
Compensation, Directed by Zeinabu Irene Davis
UCLA Billy Wilder Theater (Westwood)
UCLA Film and Television Archive’s Pacific Standard Time film series, L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema celebrates Los Angeles-based African American and African filmmakers who met at UCLA from the 1960s to 1980s and forged an alternative Black Cinema practice. Compensation depicts two Chicago love stories, set a century apart, a deaf woman and a hearing man face the specter of death. They also confront intraracial differences across lines of gender, class, education and ability. Through innovative use of sign language and title cards evoking the silent film era, Compensation is accessible to deaf and hearing audiences. Preceded by Dark Exodus, director Iverson White visualizes the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in sepia tones, capturing the atmosphere of early 20th century America. In person: Iverson White. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.