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THURSDAY, JANUARY 26
Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival
Continuing through the 29th, this Festival celebrates Los Angeles’ postwar history of performance art through a contemporary lens, with a series of adaptations, re-inventions, and commissions that are inspired by the installation and performance artists working in Los Angeles between 1945 and 1980. Each night from 8pm-2am, Black Box will be the place to meet, drink, talk, and enjoy different surprise performances. Download the official guide here. Also, check out all of the Itineraries that ForYourArt has compiled to help you get the most out of the Festival.
Events this week include Cave Out (In Three Parts, All At Once) by Ojo at LACE on January 26, Storying Rape: A Cross-Disciplinary Conversation at the Top of City Hall with live feed online on January 27, Three Weeks in January: Candlelight Ceremony at LAPD on January 27, RE:COMPOSITION at SCI-Arc on January 27 and January 28, HR IN JAN by Dawn Kasper at Human Resources on January 27 and January 28, X with The Dead Kennedys and The Avengers at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on January 28, Welcome Inn Time Machine at Welcome Inn Eagle Rock on January 29, My Pussy Is Still in Los Angeles (I Only Live in Berlin) by Vaginal Davis at Southwestern Law School on January 29, and more!
Pacific Design Center Roundup
Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
Exhibition openings include Niki de Saint Phalle & the West Coast at Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery Here is Elsewhere Gallery, presenting works by the late artist Niki de Saint Phalle as well as contemporary artists who took inspiration from her. Other openings: Painting (Los Angeles) at Another Year in LA, Antonio Pio Saracino: Nature and Design at Industry, 10 Years L.A. at Foundation Kaus Australis at The Prospectus, Space/Adversity/Motion at D.E.N. Contemporary, Monica Nouwens: Martin Luther King Bullet Wound Boulevard and Jason Trucco: Exhibit A at Annie Wharton Los Angeles,and Lesley Moon: Framed For Life at See Line Gallery.
Peter Schlesinger: Sculpture and Photography
Duke & Duke Gallery (West Hollywood)
This exhibition references Peter Schlesinger’s past and his evolution from painter and photographer to his current work in ceramics. His ceramic sculptures demonstrate symmetry amongst voluptuous shapes, and his photography comes from the sixties and seventies London scene with friends David Hockney, Manolo Blahnik, Paloma Picasso, and Twiggy. On view through March 16, 2012.
The History of Bruce: The Extraordinary Life & Times of Bruce of L.A., 1948-1974
Stephen Cohen Gallery (Mid Wilshire)
This Pacific Standard Time participating gallery presents a comprehensive West Coast exhibition of famed physique photographer Bruce of Los Angeles, with works from the Collection of Los Angeles artist John Sonsini. The exhibition will include photographs never before exhibited along with ephemera from the 25-year long career of Bruce of Los Angeles. On view through March 17, 2012.
Art Talk with Paul Schimmel
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Join MOCA’s chief curator and exhibition curator Paul Schimmel for a walkthrough of Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974-1981. This event is free.
From Collectors’ Archives and Lena Herzog: Panoramas
Fahey/Klein Gallery (La Brea)
From Collectors’ Archives presents photographs culled from the collections of several prominent connoisseurs of photography, with works by Diane Arbus, Peter Beard, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Horst P. Horst, Helmut Newton, Irving Penn, Herb Ritts, and others. In the gallery’s small room, a selection of Lena Herzog’s panoramic images will be on display. On view through March 3, 2012.
Storytelling and Photography
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Playwright and actress Anna Deavere Smith joins artists Eileen Cowin and Carrie Mae Weems to discuss their works on view in the exhibition Narrative Interventions in Photography and explore how storytelling impacts their art making.
100 Years of Paramount Pictures: A New Leaf and She Done Him Wrong
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm and 9:25pm
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA series, the museum will celebrate the centenary of Paramount Pictures throughout the spring with screenings of animated shorts, trailers, and features from the studio’s library. On this night, the 1971 film A New Leaf starring Walter Matthau will screen at 7:30. At 9:25, see She Done Him Wrong, a 1933 film starring Mae West. One ticket pays for admission to both films. $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors, and students. $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members. $5 admission for She Done Him Wrong only. Tickets are available online.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 27
Hans Memling’s Portrait of a Man on Loan from The Frick Collection
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
A special installation of Hans Memling’s Portrait of a Man, on loan from The Frick Collection in New York. Painted during the peak of the Bruges–based artist’s portrait commissions, this painting is a prime example of Memling’s style and is a highlight of the Frick’s northern paintings collection. On view through April 30, 2012.
Mapping Auschwitz Flash Event
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (Miracle Mile)
On January 27, the day the United Nations declared as International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and its community partners will mark an area the same size around Los Angeles with a flash mob. Sign up on the map to participate.
Incollaboration: Cal Poly
A+D Architecture and Design Museum (Miracle Mile)
Join A+D and Cal Poly for a discussion with Jason Kelly Jason of Future Cities Lab. Future Cities Lab is an experimental design and research office based in San Francisco, California. Tickets: $10 Individual, $5 Students, A+D Members & Cal Poly SLO Students/Alumni free. Tickets are available online.
The Other Conquest
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
A special screening of The Other Conquest, a 2000 Mexican feature film about the aftermath of the Spanish conquest of Mexico in the 1520s, told from the perspective of the indigenous Aztec people. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Salvador Carrasco, the film’s protagonist Damián Delgado, and local scholars. This event is free and standby only. A standby line will form at 6:30.
Lou Reed: Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe, Static Noise: The Photographs of Rhona Bitner, and Split Moment
University Art Museum, California State University Long Beach (Long Beach)
The opening of three exhibitions. The world premiere audio installation of Metal Machine Trio: The Creation of the Universe is a “soundscape” that will allow museum visitors to hear a composition exactly as Lou Reed heard it while performing onstage. Lou Reed will speak at the Carpenter Center after the opening reception at 8pm – tickets to the talk are $45. Static Noise presents the photographs of New York-based Rhona Bitner, who is at work on a series of photos about the history of rock ‘n’ roll through the places that it was recorded and performed. Split Moment is a group show that examines the modes artists utilize to appropriate and engage performance. All shows on view through April 15, 2012.
Three Weeks in January Candlelight Ceremony
Deaton Auditorium, Los Angeles Police Department (Downtown)
Suzanne Lacy’s Three Weeks in January culminates with a candle-lighting ceremony and participatory performance at the site of Lacy’s Los Angeles Rape Map – a large map installed in downtown L.A. with daily markings of LAPD rape reports. Follow @meredithahudson for live tweets from the ceremony.
The Globe by Antonio Pio Saracino
Italian Cultural Institute (Westwood)
A painted wood site specific installation by Italian architect and designer Antonio Pio Saracino. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 26 to attend the opening. On view through May 1, 2012.
Initial Points: Anchors of America’s Grid
The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Culver City)
This exhibition looks at the historic surveying infrastructure of the USA, and how literal monuments of place have evolved into expressive cornerstones of space. At noon on January 28, Jesse Vogler and Louis Schalk from the Institute of Marking and Measuring will lead a field session and surveying workshop in association with the exhibit. Admission is free.
Alex Israel Mural Project Launch Party and Freeway Eyewear Pop-Up Shop
1212 Abbot Kinney Boulevard (Venice)
The Mural Project is a new annual public art commission program spearheaded by VARIOUS SMALL FIRES in partnership with the Sea•thos Foundation. The inaugural commission is a site-specific work by Los Angeles artist Alex Israel. The mural’s imagery presents an unbranded, deconstructed advertisement for the Southern California beach lifestyle. During the opening party, there will be a pop-up shop for Israel’s sunglasses line, Freeway Eyewear.
Human Resources (Chinatown)
A collaborative exhibition featuring works in various media by Karen Lofgren, Molly Larkey, Larissa Brantner James, Dylan Mira, Juliana Paciulli, and many more.
Concord (Cypress Park)
Play bingo and win a variety of prizes, including artwork by Tom Lawson, Ashley Hunt, Ellen Birrell, Tyler Oyer, Travis Diehl, Arjuna Neuman, Kean O’Brien, Andy Robert, and Francisco Janes, signed books by Maggie Nelson and Anthony McCann, a golden pass to Concord events, and more. Hosted by Chicken Leather with music by Josh Martin.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
On January 28 and January 29, participating museums in Southern California will open their doors and invite visitors in free of charge. A list of museums and further information is available online.
All About the El Capitan Theatre
El Capitan Theatre (Hollywood)
An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of America’s most successful single screen theatre. Current LAHTF and Hollywood Heritage Members: $5; General Public: $12. Tickets are available online.
Karen Liebowitz: Artist Talk and Discussion
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
The artist will discuss her current work, Skinning Leviathan, a 16 x 30 foot mural painted directly on the gallery wall at Rosamund Felsen. Liebowitz often begins with ancient religious texts and through study and a highly skilled painting technique invents new dramas and new myths in which women are the main protagonists.
Transform by Clinton Bopp
Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica)
A solo show of recent paintings and sculptures by New Zealand-born Los Angeles-based artist Clinton Bopp. On view through March 1, 2012.
The Birth of Noir: James M. Cain’s Southern California Nightmare
Depart at Big Bang Coffee Shop (Downtown)
This tour explores the Los Angeles of James M. Cain, who wrote The Postman Always Rings Twice, Mildred Pierce, and Double Indemnity. From Hollywood to Glendale and along old Route 66, the tour includes visits to places that influenced Cain’s vision. Tickets are $58 and can be purchased online.
Intro to Microcontrollers with Arduino and Shuffle Stagger Fail
Machine Project (Echo Park)
1-4pm and 8pm
From 1-4pm attend the first day of a four part class that will explore the basic concepts of microcontrollers using Arduino, an open-source microcontroller platform, perfect for anyone who wants to create interactive objects, installations, or instruments. Classes take place January 28, January 29, February 4, and February 5 from 1-4pm. $225 for members and $250 for non-members. Tickets and full details available online. At 8pm, join poet/performer/librettist Douglas Kearney for the release of his new chapbook, SkinMag.
Visions, Memory & A Machine: Optical Manipulations
As part of Cinefamily’s Pacific Standard Time “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 to 1980,” this screening explores the optical printer, which played a crucial role not only in the Hollywood special effects industry, but also in certain strains of experimental cinema. Filmmakers Beth Block and Pat O’Neill in person. $10, $6 for students/seniors, or free for members. Tickets are available online.
Hydrodynamica: Remember the Future
Hydrodynamica/Loft 9 Gallery & Space 4 Art (San Diego)
This Pacific Standard Time participating gallery presents an exhibition of original Bob Simmons planing hulls and related surfboards, objects, photographs, and film clips. Simmons’ application of aerodynamic principles and his early use of composite construction processes parallels California’s post-war modern design movement and was influential on the birth of modern surfing and skateboarding. On view through March 9, 2012.
Kristi Engle Gallery (Highland Park)
A 22-minute video and solo electric guitar live-performance by Jim Ovelmen. The music and images alter our everyday experiences of common things like trees and unmet people. Performances will take place at 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, and 8:30pm.
Time and Desire
Garboushian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
An exhibition of thirteen new oil and mixed media paintings, accompanied by a series of works on paper, by Los Angeles artist Jim Morphesis. On view through March 10, 2012.
Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
Acknowledging the ongoing “gay vs. queer” dialogue, this Pacific Standard Time exhibition comprises artists and artwork that resist the boundaries and representations of aggressive confrontational sexuality in favor of a broad range of ideas concerning the politics and aesthetics of marginalized bodies, cultures, and identities. With work by 15 local Los Angeles contemporary queer artists. On view through February 25, 2012.
Co-op 28 Gallery (Los Feliz)
Artists Adrienne Adar and Emily Silver investigate the curiosity of the spectacle. By using a variety of mediums including sculpture, sound, photography and drawing, each artist offers visions of the fantastical and absurd, both real and imaginary. On view through February 11, 2012.
Rich Jacobs: Look Into It – If You Know How and Group Show
New Image Art Gallery (West Hollywood)
For Look Into It – If You Know How, Rich Jacobs leads with the feelings associated with the creative process and presents almost 100 new pieces including works on wood, pencil drawings, renderings, and patterns. Coinciding with this exhibition will be a small group show, curated by Rich Jacobs. On view through February 18, 2012.
Diaries of an Evolution
Rebecca Molayem Gallery (West Hollywood)
An exhibition of new paintings by Lynden St. Victor and Rebecca Molayem. With steel sculpture by Leon Leigh.
Capital Offense: The End(s) of Capitalism
Beacon Arts (Inglewood)
An exhibition of artworks and writings that question, expose, and reflect upon various aspects of the current global economic crisis and neoliberal global capitalism. Featuring writing, video, sculpture, installation, performance, painting, photography, and posters by Andrea Fraser, Noam Chomsky, Martha Rosler, and many more. On view through March 11, 2012.
Stephanie Mercado: Land of Plenty
An exhibition of small gouache paintings on paper, dry point prints, and oil paintings by Los Angeles artist Stephanie Mercado. The work draws on the artist’s love of the Romantic aesthetic of Eighteenth century imagery, and combines historical depictions of opulence with contemporary issues.
Máximo González: Playful and Deconstructing Perestroika
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Mid-Wilshire)
The opening of two exhibitions. Playful presents a decade of Mexico City-based Argentinean artist Máximo González’s investigations into contemporary politics, popular culture, and the reutilization of material. Deconstructing Perestroika is the first major exhibition in the United States of hand-painted Soviet-era political posters that were inspired by a new government policy of transparency in the former Soviet Union. Both exhibitions are on view through May 6, 2012.
Jack Reilly: Paintings – The Basic Object
Bleicher Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition presents paintings by Jack Reilly, an artist known for blurring the lines between sculpture and painting, illusion and actuality. His exploration of Abstract Illusionism first brought him to prominence in the 1970s. On view through February 17, 2012.
John Seal: Fighting with Phantoms of Purple Prose
Workspace (Lincoln Heights)
An exhibition of new paintings and objects by John Seal. The works in this show use representations of flowers as a point of departure. On view through February 19, 2012.
Quirky Showbiz Satires
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
This group exhibition – named for a frequently appearing genre in curator Martine Syms’ Netflix account – imagines the extremities of an ideological frame. The works in the show recombine, reposition, and repurpose popular forms of contemporary America to explore the possibilities of commercial culture. On view through February 25, 2012.
Methods of Loki: Rick Baker, Joe Deutch, Roya Falahi, and Justin Waugh
Latned Atsär (Mid-City)
This exhibition features four works by four artists, each utilizing a different medium. Each of the artists, to varying degrees, has a compulsion to mettle in their materials, search their surroundings, or re-envision their identities.
SUNDAY, JANURARY 29
In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
North America represented a place free from European traditions for women Surrealists from the United States and Mexico, and European émigrés. This exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968, and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on the feminist movement. Iconic figures such as Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo are represented, along with lesser known or newly discovered practitioners. On view through May 6, 2012.
Thomas Demand and Alex McDowell at Art Catalogues
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Artist Thomas Demand and filmmaker Alex McDowell discuss models as tools and interpretations of worlds and what makes a surrounding not only convincing but also a reality. This event is free but seating is limited.
Laura Owens: Untitled
The Finley (Los Feliz)
A solo exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles artist Laura Owens. “The show is for looking only, no touching or buying.” You can view the show via the street-front window or by finding a friend who lives in the Los Feliz Villas apartment building. On view through April 8, 2012.
Resurrected Histories Conversation and Screening
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
In conjunction with the current exhibition Resurrected Histories: Voices From The Chicano Art Collectives of Highland Park, a discussion will take place with artists Barbara Carrasco, Richard Duardo, Dolores Guerrero, and John Valadez regarding the Highland Park arts collectives Concilio de Arte Popular, Corrazon Productions, and Mechicano Art Center. The Resurrected Histories documentary will debut during this event.
Bandwagon! (A Combine)
A musical evening featuring questionable uses of technology inspired by David Tudor’s Bandoneon! (a combine).May include accordions, saxophones, drums, live video projection and/or dancing Coke cans. This event is free.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 31
Discover the Arts in Los Angeles Press Conference
Walt Disney Concert Hall (Downtown)
Discover the Arts, the longest running and largest arts campaign in the City, offers discounts of up to 50% off on admissions, gift store items, and more at 50 cultural institutions across Los Angeles, and it runs this year through April 30, 2012. Discover the Arts will launch its three-month campaign with a press conference on January 31 with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and a performance by Ozomatli.
Some Favorite Writers: Edmund White
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A reading by New York-based author Edmund White. White teaches at Princeton and is the author of many novels, including A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room Is Empty, The Farewell Symphony, and Hotel de Dream. He also writes nonfiction, memoir, literary biographies, and essays. The reading will be followed by a discussion with author Mona Simpson. All Hammer public programs are free.
California Design Now
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
A discussion on the influence of modern California design on contemporary architecture. Panelists will consider the emergence of temporary architectural installations, the blurring of distinctions between art and architecture, and future directions for the field. $20 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free for DADC members and students with ID. For tickets call 323 857-6528 or email email@example.com.
American Friends of the Israel Museum West Coast Gala Dinner with Thomas Demand
Beverly Hills Hotel (Beverly Hills)
An annual ticketed event benefiting American Friends of the Israel Museum. This year’s guest speaker is artist Thomas Demand. Tickets must be purchased in advance and cost $750 per person or $150 for Young Professionals. Cocktails will begin at 6:30pm with dinner at 7:30pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-557-1061 if you would like to attend.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, Larry Rivers
IKON Ltd (Santa Monica)
An exhibition of unique and editioned prints by Andy Warhol, Sam Francis, and Larry Rivers. On view through March 17, 2012.
New American Writing: Samantha Hunt and Ben Marcus
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A reading by authors Samantha Hunt and Ben Marcus. Hunt is the author of The Seas and The Invention of Everything Else, a novel about inventor Nikola Tesla, and her work has appeared in various publications. Ben Marcus is an award winning writer and author of Notable American Women, The Age of Wire and String, and The Flame Alphabet. All Hammer public programs are free.