PLAN ForYourArt January 12-18

Posted on: January 12th, 2012

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 12

Suzanne Lacy: Three Weeks in January Opening Press Conference
Deaton Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department (Downtown)
3:30-4:30pm
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joins Suzanne Lacy and guests to announce the beginning of Three Weeks in January before local and national media. Re-creating key aspects of an original 1977 artwork titled Three Weeks in May, Three Weeks in January focuses on where Los Angeles is now – forty years into the anti-rape movement – and how to end violence against women. On view through February 1, 2012. A list of events is available online.

Strange Notes and Nervous Breakdowns: Punk and Media Art, 1974-1981
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
7pm
Most scholarship on punk film and video has focused on works from New York and San Francisco, but Los Angeles was also home to a rich scene of such media. This screening includes a collection of rarely screened performances by punk bands of the 1970’s, performance art, and D.I.Y. documentary. This event is free but reservations are required to education@moca.org.

The Introduction of Photography as a Practice in Archaeological Documentation since the Late 19th Century
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
5:30pm
Ortwin Dally, Secretary-General of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI), discusses the role that photography and reproductions played in the science of archaeology, examining photography’s status in the field in the second half of the 19th century.

Damien Hirst: The Complete Spot Paintings 1986-2011
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
6-8pm
The exhibition will take place at once across all of Gagosian Gallery’s eleven worldwide locations beginning January 12. Included in the exhibition are more than 300 paintings from 1968-2011, most of which are being lent by private individuals and public institutions. On view through February 10, 2012.

American Optimism: Celebrating the L.A. Art Scene 1935-1980
Trigg Ison Fine Art (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
This exhibition examines the history and evolution of America through the work of West Coast artists articulating a visual history of Los Angeles from 1935-1980.  RSVP required to info@triggison.com. On view through February 29, 2012.

Visions and Horizons
Artspace Warehouse (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
Los Angeles artists Steven Michael O’Connor, Deborah Lynn Imas, Barbara Kolo, and Gill Miller present works of depth, endless horizons, and bold colors. On view through February 29, 2012.

Ed Fella Gallery Talk
See Line Gallery at Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
6-8:30
A gallery talk with artist, graphic designer, and influential typographer Ed Fella in conjunction with the group exhibition Ground Control. Gallery talk begins at 7:30.

Chiasmus: Zones of Political and Aesthetic Imagination and A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt)
UCIrvine University Art Gallery (Irvine)
6-9pm
The opening of two exhibitions. Chiasmus brings together eleven international artists working in diverse mediums and strategies. Koki Tanaka’s A Piano Played by Five Pianists at Once (First Attempt) continues Room Gallery’s Emerging Artist Series. Both on view through February 11, 2012.

Photo L.A. Opening Night Benefit Gala
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium (Miracle Mile)
6-9pm
Contemporary photography, video, and multimedia installations are shown side-by-side with well known works from the 19th and 20th centuries. Tickets to the opening night gala are $80 and can be purchased online. The Photo L.A. fair is open daily January 13-16. Tickets range from $15-$35 and can be purchased online.

Cassavetes’ Shadow: Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominee Discussion and Screening
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
The John Cassavetes Award is a distinction reserved for filmmakers who have delivered films on a budget of less than half a million dollars. As part of Film Independent at LACMA, the 2012 John Cassavetes Award nominees discuss how they managed to bring their dreams to the big screen. A screening of Cassavete’s Shadows will follow the discussion. $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.

Jon Rutzmoser: The Pleasure of the Piss: Arm Utterances
LACE (Hollywood)
7-9pm
This performance by Jon Rutzmoser combines feminine subjectivity, mass consumption, the 20th Century avant-garde, and public urination to investigate the overlap between the participatory, abject, hyper-sexualized, and vulnerable.

Griffith Park Evening Hike
Griffith Park
7pm
Hike through Griffith Park at 7pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Range: slow to strenuous. Leashed, well-mannered dogs welcome at the discretion of each leader. Meet at upper merry-go-round parking lot #2. Bring waiver card (or come early for paperwork), optional flashlight.

Stuart Rapeport: Critics, Collectors, Curators, and Grapefruit
Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
7-10pm
This Pacific Standard Time installation by Stuart Rapeport features life-sized wood cut portraits of art aficionados, collectors, and critics prominent in the 70’s and 80’s observing fruit pickers. Rapeport was active in the 70’s creating anti-elitist humorous works. On view through January 20, 2012.

UCLA Department of Art Lecture: Jeff Wall
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
A lecture by artist Jeff Wall, who is best known for his large-scale cibachrome photographs. His work has been the subject of major international retrospectives. All Hammer public programs are free.

Art Ch@t: MEX/LA: “Mexican” Modernism(s) in Los Angeles 1930-1985
Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)
7:30-9pm
Join MEX/LA associate curator Jesse Lerner and Rita Gonzalez in a conversation about photography and film themes from the exhibition. Free admission to the museum and event.

Music Show
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
8pm
A music show featuring Larking Grimm, Arrington de Dionyso, Erin Durant, and Ezra Buchla. Admission is $8.

No. 5: Two Artists With Three Names
The York (Highland Park)
8-11pm
Works by Elizabeth Ava Gordon and Jibade-Khalil Huffman. A specialty cocktail to celebrate and music provided by Israel Vines.

Get Lucky Diner
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
The first Friday the 13th of 2012 falls at the end of this week. Take precaution with some protective rituals designed by Sara Wookey and Becca Lofchie. Lucky music provided by Lizzie Wade. This event is free.

Paddle8 Art Los Angeles Contemporary Online Preview
Online
Paddle8 will host online sales for Art Los Angeles Contemporary from January 12 through February 9, beginning with a preview one week prior to the opening of the fair. To participate, register online.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 13

Obstacleism: Paintings by Farr Ligvani
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
10am-6pm
Born in Tehran and educated in California, Farr Ligvani practices abstraction in the pursuit of balance between Eastern and Western worlds as well as between simplicity and complexity in modern society. On view through February 26, 2012.

Rosa Loy: Convocation
Michael Kohn Gallery (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
An exhibition of paintings by German artist Rosa Loy. Working within an art movement in contemporary German painting referred to as the New Leipzig School, Loy’s aesthetic relates to the post-reunification climate of modern Germany. On view through February 25, 2012.

NY/LA: Adam Berg: Endangered Spaces and Georgi Tushev: Strange Attractor
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
6-8pm
NY/LA is a new, annual program initiative that connects emerging contemporary artists on the East and West coasts, and will debut with two exhibitions on view through February 25, 2012. Adam Berg’s Endangered Spaces (LA) is a video, sculpture, and photo installation that explores the relationship between man-made environments and displaced wildlife. Georgi Tushev’s Strange Attractor (NY) presents a series of paintings and works on paper that investigate the effects of oil paint exposed to extreme magnetic fields.

Ramiro Diaz-Granados/Amorphis: Go Figure
SCI-Arc Gallery (Downtown)
7-9pm
An exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based architect Ramiro Diaz-Granados of Amorphis. The works in the show seek to shift the role of the figure from a metaphorical device to a subliminal one. An artist discussion of the exhibition will take place February 10, 7-9pm. On view through February 26, 2012.

Secret Restaurant
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
7pm
A secret restaurant with guest chef Peter Harkawik and a performance by Dawn Kasper and Karen Adelman. The restaurant will serve a special dinner based on a one-on-one consultation with Harkawik. Each guest will discuss their needs and receive an appropriately matched meal for $20. RSVP to shhh@publicfiction.org. Dinner from 7-9pm. Performance at 9pm.

Off Center Festival
Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Costa Mesa)
7:30pm
This nine day celebration of theatre, dance, and music begins January 13 with a variety show, Chautauqua, and a music performance by Lord Huron. See a full list of events and purchase tickets online.

Jeanine Olesen: The Shore is Still in the Sea
Commonwealth & Council (Korea Town)
8-10pm
A performance and exhibition of new work by New York-based artist Jeanine Oleson that integrates stones collected from Arctic climes. The elements of the stones reconfigure through Oleson’s multi-media approach into image scrolls, photographs, cyanotypes, sculpture, and performance. On view through January 28, 2012.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

Gallery Course: California Design
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
9am
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the special exhibition that features hundreds of objects, including furniture, ceramics, costumes, textiles, and more. An introduction and refreshments are followed by a private gallery tour before the galleries open to the public. $35 general admission; $30 LACMA members. Tickets available online.

Arkidecture + Design: Connect with Eames
A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Miracle Mile)
10am-1pm
An educational workshop in which children will create their very own Eames designs including a custom ‘Eames House of Cards’ and a miniature paper chair. A tour of the Eames Office exhibition and its interactive component will also be given. $10 per child or free for A+D members. Tickets are available online.

Chris Burden: Metropolis II
BCAM at LACMA (Miracle Mile)
11am-8pm
Metropolis II is a complex kinetic sculpture by Chris Burden, modeled after a fast paced, frenetic modern city. Check the LACMA website for times when the sculpture will be in action. January 14, 2012-Ongoing.

Lea Petmezas: Riding Shotgun, Raul de la Torre: Deep Cuts, and David O. Johnson: Goods & Goods & Goods
LAUNCH (Miracle Mile)
6-10pm
The opening of three exhibitions. Lea Petzmezas is inspired by shapes and forms of nature in the tradition of plein-air painting. Raul de la Torre mixes media to explore responses to material on various surfaces. David O. Johnson’s installation negotiates light, space, and material in the large venue. On view through February 4, 2012.

Made in L.A.: The Birth of a Modern Art Capital, Part 3: Process and Perception
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
10:30am-12:30pm
This 3-part course explores how artists in postwar Los Angeles developed radical new art forms, responded to the urban landscape, and laid the foundations for a West Coast modern art capital. Course fee $15 per session. Open to 40 participants. Tickets are available online.

Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
3pm & 7pm
This film series presents depictions of working artists. At 3pm, view Jean Cocteau’s Blood of the Poet and Testament of Orpheus. At 7pm, view The Moderns, Alan Rudolph’s homage to 1920s Paris in which real-life personalities—Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway—interact with fictional characters. Free but reservations are required here.

Feminist Art Workers
Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery (Westwood)
11am-12pm
Lecture by Cheri Gaulke and Laurel Klick, original members of Feminist Art Workers, a collaborative performance group. This event is free.

Lunar New Year Festival
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
11am-5pm
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon with a full day of stage performances, crafts, hands-on activities, and more. Food and drink available from several food trucks. This event is free.

Family Festival: Pop-Up Stories
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
2-3pm
Carol Barton, a book artist, curator, and teacher, leads this workshop in which children and their families produce their own pop-up cards and pages.The workshop is free and limited to 20 students per session, ages 8–13. Online registration is required.

Paper Theatre: A Craftlab Workshop
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Mid-Wilshire)
1:30-3:30pm
Join artist and puppeteer Leslie K. Gray to explore Kamishibai, an ancient type of Japanese storytelling using picture cards. You’ll create a fascinating world of characters created with magazine cuttings and cardboard. Finally, perform your special stories with the group. $5 or free for CAFAM members.

Two Titans of Printmaking: June Wayne and Leonard Edmondson
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
5-7pm
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition presents the work of two printmakers, June Wayne and Leonard Edmondson, who created bodies of lithographs and etchings respectively and influenced generations of printmakers through their work and their teaching. On view through February 17, 2012.

Eclectic Saturdays: George Herms and Sarah Cain
Orange County Museum of Art (Orange County)
2-4pm
A lively discussion featuring artists from Two Schools of Cool and an eclectic array of outside scholars. Free with museum admission.

Punk Rock Museum
Ghettogloss (Chinatown)
3-11pm
Ghettogloss recreates the punk rock experience of the 70’s and 80’s with art, paraphernalia, and music. Events are planned for the entire year beginning on January 14 with a guided tour by Los Angeles underground historian Tequila Mockingbird, a video installation by Video Louis, punk vendors, and a performance by The Gears, Mary Housecoat Project, Landfill, Mary Jean, and Hari Kari starting at 5pm. Admission to the performance is $10.

Jonas Lipps: Works on Paper
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
6-8pm
For his first Los Angeles exhibition, Berlin-based artist Jonas Lipps presents recent works on paper. Lipps most often makes works on paper alluding to genres ranging from landscape to still life. In small format, he uses watercolors and found imagery. On view through March 3, 2012.

Jeff Gambill: Slap
Sam Lee Gallery (Chinatown)
6-8pm
A solo exhibition of eight circular paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Jeff Gambill. Gambill focuses on his childhood memories as points of departure for this series of new paintings. On view through February 18, 2012.

Go Tell It On The Mountain
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
6-9pm
A group show inspired by and organized around themes found in James Baldwin’s 1953 Go Tell It On the Mountain, a novel that explores the dual role of the Christian church in the lives of African-Americans. On view through February 18, 2012.

The Snail and The Razor by Jesse Reding Fleming
The Company (Chinatown)
7-9pm
The screening of a short video by Jesse Reding Fleming. The Snail and The Razor depicts a slowly moving snail approaching an erect razor blade and passing over it without harm. On view through January 18, 2012.

Emilie Halpern: Jamais Vu
Pepin Moore Gallery (Chinatown)
7-9pm
An exhibition of new photographs and sculptures by Emilie Halpern. In her new body of work, the artist continues her exploration of obscure physical realities that are always present but rarely thought of. On view through February 18, 2012.

Mario Cutajar: Civil War
JB Jurve (Chinatown)
7-10pm
This exhibition takes its name from a graffito left on a wall behind a torched car set on fire during a 2011 protest in Rome against financial institutions. This theme is expanded in a photomural-size enlargement assembled from 176 letter-size inkjet prints taped together. On view through February 11, 2012.

How I Learned To Draw: Memory, Documentation, Interference, Distortion
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
An autobiographical performance by Barry Markowitz in which he recounts how he learned to draw. A second performance will take place January 15 at 2pm at LACE.

TAG You’re It!
Royal/T (Culver City)
4-8pm
An exhibition tailored for the young viewer by curator Amber Noland. Focusing on things that kids might want to see, the show provides the next generation of art enthusiasts and collectors with an intimate connection to experiencing art with works by Will Cotton, Yoshitomo Nara, and more. RSVP to meghan@wagstaffworldwide.com by January 12. On view through March 25, 2012.

Kenny Harris: China
Koplin Del Rio (Culver City)
5:30-8pm
First solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles painter Kenny Harris. Known for an impasto palette and refined light, Harris’ newest series chronicles a month spent in the Fall of 2009 in Istanbul, Turkey. On view through February 18, 2012

Conversation: Robert Rauschenberg: 5 Decades of Printmaking
Leslie Sacks Contemporary (Santa Monica)
4-6pm
A conversation about the prints and multiples of Robert Rauschenberg, in conjunction with the exhibition 5 Decades of Printmaking. Space is limited; RSVP to 323-857-6558 or pdc@lacma.org.

Robert Kingston: New Work and Benjamin Britton: Prevailing Conditions
Ruth Bachofner Gallery (Santa Monica)
4-6pm
The opening of two exhibitions. Robert Kingston slowly creates his paintings by building on and modifying motifs applied in previous layers. Benjamin Britton’s work consists of oil paintings, acrylic, watercolor, gouache paintings, and pencil drawings. He is interested in how painting veils and reveals what can be seen. On view through February 25, 2012.

Just Occupy: Christopher Felver and Ted Soqui
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica)
5-7pm
An exhibition documenting the Occupy movement featuring photojournalists Ted Soqui and Christopher Felver. Soqui’s iconic photograph of the female protester with the 99% bandana and knit cap was chosen by artist Shepard Fairey for the cover of TIME magazine’s person of the year issue. On view through February 28, 2012.

Peter Voulkos in L.A.: Time Capsule
Frank Lloyd Gallery (Santa Monica)
5-7pm
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition presents a selection of works made by Peter Voulkos from 1954-1958. Voulkos was an influential L.A. artist best known for his work in ceramics. He was also a painter, bronze sculptor, and teacher. On view through February 11, 2012.

Paperland
ADC Contemporary (Santa Monica)
5:30-9:30pm
A group exhibition that explores and manipulates the materiality of paper itself. This exhibition includes paper cut works, objects, installations, and mixed media based on paper.

John Divola: Notes on the Observer
Gallery Luisotti (Santa Monica)
6-8pm
Highlighted by the first presentation of Divola’s large-scale Gigapan images, the exhibition will also display works from the artist’s As Far as I Could Get series, as well as a selection of work from a series not previously exhibited, Subject Observations. On view through March 10, 2012.

Scott Short: The Excluded Middle
Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica)
6-8pm
Expanding upon a precise and laborious art making technique, Scott Short’s new paintings continue to investigate the dialectics of representation and the relationship between the mechanical and hand-made. On view through March 3, 2012.

Helen K. Garber: Encaustic Noir
dnj Gallery (Santa Monica)
7-9pm
For this exhibition Garber recycles imagery from an earlier photographic body, using a layered, textured technique to create completely new work. Garber uses an encaustic process to adhere her vintage negatives, printed on handmade papers, to reclaimed and salvaged wood scraps found locally. On view through February 25, 2012.

Drawn
Margo Leavin Gallery (West Hollywood)
4-6pm
A group exhibition of works on paper by John Baldessari, Lee Bontecou, Roy Dowell, Roni Horn, William Leavitt, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Sandeep Mukherjee, Claes Oldenburg, Tony Oursler, Allen Ruppersberg, Alan Saret, Alexis Smith, David Smith, Jeffrey Vallance, and Terry Winters. On view through March 10, 2012.

Farrah Karapetian: Accessory to Protest
LEADAPRON (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
The opening reception for Accessory to Protest. Farrah Karapetian’s photograms and constructed negatives represent the Eight Items of “Necessary Clothing and Accessories” listed in a pamphlet instructing novice protesters in the mechanics of civilian unrest. On view through February 1, 2012.

Flavio Garciandi: No Man Is A Brush
Couturier Gallery (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
Contemporary Cuban painter Flavio Garciandia exhibits thirteen abstract paintings on aluminum and canvas. On view through February 25, 2012.

Brian O’Connell: Ways and Means
Redling Fine Art (Hollywood)
7-9pm
Brian O’Connell’s new online archive Ways and Means coincides with the opening of his solo exhibition at Redling Fine Art.  O’Connell’s practice relies on his own adaptation of outside processes and an idiosyncratic development of materials and procedures. On view through March 3, 2012.

Industry Town: The Avant-Garde and Hollywood
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
5-7pm
As part of Cinefamily’s Pacific Standard Time “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 to 1980,” this screening includes short films that play explicitly with the commercial film industry (Hollywood and beyond), parodying and often willfully mutating its staid structures. $10, $6 for students/seniors, or free for members. Tickets are available online.

Peter Halasz: Love Songs & Incantations
R.B. Stevenson Gallery (La Jolla)
5-8pm
An exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist Peter Halasz, who is originally from San Diego. On view through February 18, 2012.

Robert Minervini: On the Nature of Things
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
6-9pm
A solo show of paintings by San Francisco-based artist Robert Minervini. Minervini subverts nature, constructing or destroying architectural sites and alluding to the making of a utopian and/or dystopian environment. On view through February 18, 2012.

Max Neutra: Mutations
C.A.V.E. Gallery (Venice)
6-10:30pm
An exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Max Neutra, who works in the gonzo style. Opening will feature live painting by Eatcho and sets by DJ KidGusto & DJ BusRider.

Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945-1975 Book Signing and Lecture
American Museum of Ceramic Art (Pomona)
6-9pm
Signing of Common Ground: Ceramics in Southern California 1945 – 1975 book and show catalogue by the book’s essayists as well as a lecture panel by the contributors. This event is free with museum admission.

Once Emerging, Now Emerging: The Visitation
Cirrus Gallery (Downtown)
7-10pm
For its third Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Cirrus Gallery explores the literal and abstract relationships of artists and the art community. Artists include: Vito Acconci, Lynda Benglis, Minami Haynes, Michael Haight, Yunhee Min, Patrick Meagher, Paul Sharits, Quint Stevenson, Actual Size Los Angeles, Peter Demos, Ted Gahl, Justin Gainan, and Terje Nicolaisen. On view through March 5, 2012.

John Van Hamersveld: T.V. Life
DRKRM (Downtown)
7-10pm
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition presents the photographs, posters, and graphic work of John Van Hamersveld, who is best known for his legendary poster for the 1964 film The Endless Summer and for his Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Grateful Dead album covers. This show’s emphasis is photography. On view through February 11, 2012.

Fragile Measures
Art Is Shit Editions (Downtown)
8-10pm
New work by Los Angeles-based artists James Dean and Rebecca Manson. This exhibition highlights the artists’ different approach to creating work that is both delicate and ephemeral, yet emits a weighted and omniscient presence. On view through January 29, 2012.

Strange Love
Ground Floor Gallery (Downtown)
8-11pm
An artistic collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell and Katrina Bea. The artists express a textured and colorful conversation of what it means to live artfully in Los Angeles. The exhibition will include assemblage works, paintings, photography, film, and fashion. RSVP to rsvp@jeremycorbell.com.

Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music: Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972-2012
The Box (Downtown)
6-9pm
In its new space, this Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery presents nearly 40 years of the seminal L.A. art and music collective’s artwork, self-made musical instruments, recordings, ephemera, film/video, and installations, as well as a schedule of live performances and artist’s talks. View a list of artists and events online.

Amy Green: Grids, Stains, Stacks
Monte Vista (Highland Park)
7-10pm
An installation by Los Angeles artist Amy Green featuring a series of wall-mounted felt paintings and leaning sculptures that combine stained surfaces with grid-like patterns and construction lumber. The work offers interplay between sculpture and painting. On view through February 12, 2012.

Resurrected Histories: Voices from the Chicano Arts Collectives of Highland Park
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
7-10pm
An archival exhibition presenting paintings, graphic art, photographs, publications, and other memorabilia telling the story of the Highland Park Chicano arts collectives during the 1970′s. On view through February 5, 2012.

Dana Maiden: Margins and Rocks
RAID Projects (Lincoln Heights)
7-10pm
A solo exhibition of new work by Dana Maiden. Featuring large sculptures, a series of photographs, and a video installation, the exhibition locates the artist’s practice at an intersection between the physicality of sculpture and the disembodied perception of photographic space. On view through January 29, 2012.

Untitled (remodel)
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
Sound artists Yann Novak and Simon Whetham will reinterpret Carl Stone’s untitled 1980 performance at the Vanguard Gallery. This event is free.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

P.I.E.: Personal Immersive Environments
Machine Project (Echo Park)
10am-4pm
An afternoon of personal-diorama-making. No experience in design is required and the necessary materials will be provided, but participants are invited to bring materials they’d like to use. $75 for members and $100 for non-members. Tickets are available online.

Chinese Cultural Arts Celebration
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Pasadena)
10:30am-4:30pm
Explore the music, theater, and folk crafts of China in a day-long event. Artists and performers from China will present traditional puppet opera and demonstrate crafts such as inner-painted glass, paper cutting, and sugar sculpture. Dragon dancers and musicians will add to the spirit of celebration. General admission.

Dream a Little Dream: Artists in Film
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
12pm and 3pm
This film series presents depictions of working artists. At noon, view Peter Greenaway’s The Draughtsman’s Contract. At 3pm, view Derek Jarman’s Caravagio. The screenings are free but reservations are required.

Best Kept Secret Conversation with Experts Peter Frank and Cecile Whiting
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
1-3pm
Join art scholar, critic, and curator Peter Frank with Dr. Cecile Whiting, Chair and Professor of Art History as well as expert on pop and feminist art, as they discuss the exhibition Best Kept Secret: UCI and the Development of Contemporary Art in Southern California, 1964-1971. This event is free for museum members, and free for non-members with paid admission.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
California African American Museum (Downtown)
1-4pm
In celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., view film screenings of his speeches and experience performances on the main stage with an array of artists representing the diverse communities of Dr. King’s dream.  This event is free.

Book Launch: Salomón Huerta: Let Everything Else Burn
The Lounge at REDCAT (Downtown)
2-5pm
Let Everything Else Burn chronicles Salomón Huerta’s life through a collection of autobiographical texts, paired with well known artworks and archived images of his personal history and past. Unique to this artist book are a selection of never before published images of his artwork since 1990.

Roundtable Discussion - Civic Virtue: Working Together
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Feliz)
2pm
As part of Civic Virtue: The Impact of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery and the Watts Towers Arts Center, this discussion centers around Josine Ianco Starrels, curator and former director of the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in conversation with artists such as Betye Saar, Harry Gamboa Jr., Sarah Perry, Connie Jenkins, Don Bachardy, Ruth Weisberg, John Frame, and Kent Twitchell. This event is free.

El Tango Te Llama
Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)
2pm
A multimedia presentation on the history of tango and live performances of excerpts from the opera Maria de Buenos Aires. Tickets range from $25-$50.

Osvaldo Trujillo Artist Talk
CB1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
4pm
An artist talk with Osvaldo Trujillo as a part of his current exhibition, Someplace Else. Focusing at the extreme ends of both micro and macroscopic vantage points, Trujillo explores the fusion of nature and technology.

Transformations, Digestive and Otherwise
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
7pm
A secret restaurant by Kathryn Mccullough, Anna Bulbrook, and Heather Platt. This restaurant will serve a dinner in three courses, coupled with three performances by Butchy Fuego, Heather McIntosh, Kathryn Mccullough, Andrew Bulbrook, and Eric Byers. RSVP to shhh@publicfiction.org.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 17

Heather Cassils and Zackary Drucker: My Body As a Stage
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
7-9pm
Artists Heather Cassils and Zackary Drucker in conversation. Limited seating available. RSVP 310-838-6000 or gallery@luisdejesus.com.

Barbara T. Smith and Kim Jones in Conversation
LAXART (Culver City)
7:30pm
Barbara T. Smith and Kim Jones will discuss Los Angeles performance art and their own historic works in a conversation among colleagues. Smith was a participant in the feminist performance movement that evolved in L.A. in the early 1970s. Jones’ famous “Mudman” persona was a life-as-art project that brought echoes of an American experience in Vietnam to the streets of Los Angeles. This event is free.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

Downtown Culver City Third Wednesdays: Discover the Arts Happy Hour
Culver City
5-9pm
Art is the focus of this month’s Downtown Culver City Third Wednesday. Galleries will remain open throughout the evening, and you can create your own work of art on the boulevards in the Family Chalk Area. Drink specials and dining discounts will be offered by a variety of restaurants.

Affordable Art Fair Exclusive Benefit Reception
The Event Deck at L.A. Live (Downtown)
5-7pm
From January 18-22, the Affordable Art Fair presents contemporary art priced from $100 – $10,000, with half of the work under $5,000. The event opens January 18 with an Exclusive Benefit Reception. $100 per person or $175 for two. From January 19-22 the fair is open daily. Hours, information, and tickets are available online.

LA Art Show Opening Night Premiere Party
L.A. Convention Center (Downtown)
7-10pm
Join David Arquette and LA’s top collectors and benefactors in celebrating the opening of LA Art Show: Modern and Contemporary, LA Art Show: Historic and Traditional, and the IFPDA Print Fair. Opening Night Premiere tickets are $150 for friend level and $500 for patron level. From January 19-January 22 the fairs are open daily. Hours, information, and tickets are available online.

Gareth Long: Roman Copies and Copié Romans and Out-of-
Michael Benevento (Hollywood)
6-8pm
The opening of two exhibitions. Roman Copies and Copié Romans features two new lenticulars and a body of drawings by New York-based artist Gareth Long. Out-of-_______ is a group show featuring works by Chris Burden, David Gilbert, Zoe Leonard, James Turrell, David Wojnarowicz, and others. Both shows on view through February 25, 2012.

The Bodacious Buggerrilla: A Reprise Performance and Conversation
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
7pm
Members of the radical street theater group Bodacious Buggerrilla, which performed around Los Angeles in the 1960s, will reunite at the Getty to reprise their surreal and sarcastic style of political critique. The performance will contain content that may be offensive to some viewers. This event is free but reservations are required.

Superflex: Modern Times, Forever
1301PE (Miracle Mile)
7-9pm
A solo exhibition with Danish collective SUPERFLEX. The group has gained worldwide recognition for their diverse and complex projects. The focus of this exhibition is the fictional belief in our own invincibility. On view through March 3, 2012.

The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Rodarte Founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
Join Michael Govan as he talks with Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy. Hear how art history and literature have influenced their work. Rodarte’s sculptural creations are on display at LACMA through February 5, 2012. $15 museum members; $25 general admission. Free for Costume Council members and $15 for their guests . Tickets are available online.

Psychedelic Visions and Expanded Consciousness
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
8pm
As part of Cinefamily’s Pacific Standard Time “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 to 1980,” this screening presents hyperkinetic experimental film and animation in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Filmmakers Pat O’Neill, Peter Mays & Beth Block in person. $10, $6 for students/seniors, or free for members. Tickets available online.

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The Shore is Still in the Sea by Jeanine Oleson