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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
Palm Springs Fine Art Fair: Opening Preview Party
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
From February 17-19, 2012, an international roster of 50+ art galleries will gather to exhibit and sell more than 2,000 works of post-war and contemporary art. The preview party on February 16 offers the first opportunity to acquire the works of art for sale at the fair. One day pass to the fair for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday is $25, three day pass for all three days is $40, and three day pass and opening preview party admission is $100. Tickets are available online
Modernism Week Opening Night Reception
Arthur Elrod House (Palm Springs)
Modernism Week is an 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture in Palm Springs. For the opening night reception, guests will have a chance to visit the Arthur Elrod House, one of the most remarkable houses in America. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased online. The full list of Modernism Week events is available online.
Machine Project in Monterey Bay #3: Pitch Battles: A Multimedia Investigation into Musical Tunings
TAT Studio, CSU Monterey Bay (Monterey Bay)
A night of art and writing exploring an esoteric bit of musical ephemera and the controversy its generated. In overlapping performances, Colin Dickey, Nicole Antebi, and Chris Kallmyer will explore the difference between two rival pitches, 440 Hz and 432 Hz.
Conversation: Visions of India in California: Bringing South Asia to the Sunshine State
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
Independent scholar Edward L. Rothfarb discusses the mythology of India in California’s visual culture. This event is free. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-453-9184.
Screening: Yael Bartana & Dani Gal
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A screening in conjunction with the current exhibition Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972. Polish artist and Holocaust survivor Alina Szapocznikow often reflected on the ephemeral condition of human life in her work. This program presents the work of two contemporary filmmakers who provide context to her experiences. All Hammer public programs are free.
Discussion: Perspectives: Made with Words
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)
Join emerging artists Jamilah Abdul-Sabur, Nina Preisendorfer, and Brian Zimmerman in a discussion about their own practices as they relate to John Baldessari’s work, in particular his work with language. This program falls on a free Third Thursday; tour the exhibition for free from 5–7pm. This program is free for Members, UC Students and Faculty, $10 for non-members with Museum admission, and $5 for students with Museum admission.
Lecture: Bauhaus Reconsidered
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
For this lecture Niklas Maak, a critic and editor at the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and author of Le Corbusier: The Architect on the Beach, reconsiders Bauhaus culture, viewing it as an approach rather than style, with relevance for today. This event is free but reservations are recommended.
Live Read of Reservoir Dogs
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
In conjunction with the Film Independent series at LACMA, this installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read features an African-American cast reading Quentin Tarantino’s Resevoir Dogs. This event is standby only. A standby line will form at 6 pm.
Los Angeles Free Music Society in Conversation
The Box (Chinatown)
For this event members of the Los Angeles Free Music Society will participate in an open platform for discussion, inquiry, and debate. LAFMS participants include Ace Farren Ford, Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Carl Stone, and Vetza.
Dirty Looks: Female Trouble
Human Resources (Chinatown)
A selection of works that explore and explode normative roles of femininity and gender. Featuring film and video by Steven Arnold, Rick Castro, Vaginal Davis, Zackary Drucker, Matthias Müller, Narcissister, Patti Podesta, and Conrad Ventur. With Rick Castro, Zackary Drucker, and Narcissister in attendance. $8 suggested donation.
Third Thursday Film Screenings
Center for the Arts Eagle Rock (Eagle Rock)
Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Alexa Gerrity will screen a selection of her video work and will curate a screening of films that have inspired her practice. With works by Jaroslav Kucera, Lucrecia Martel, Chantal Akerman, Peter Weir, Roman Polanski, and Maya Deren. This event is free.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
Judy Chicago: Deflowered
Nye + Brown (Culver City)
Presenting Judy Chicago’s abstract work from the early California years, the exhibition will consist of drawings, paintings and sculpture made between 1961-1973. In addition the gallery has commissioned the artist to present a new pyrotechnics performance, The De-Flowering of Nye + Brown, which will take place at 7:30 pm on this night.
Modernism Show Preview Reception
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
Get a preview of the works that will be available for sale at the Modernism Show from February 18-February 20. Tickets to the reception are $75 in advance or $85 at the door. Price of admission includes valet parking, wine and hors d’ouevre, and free admission to the entire three day show. Weekend admission to the Modernism Show is $15.
Adult Drawing Class: A Challenge for Creative Expression: Stylization and Appropriation
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Join artist José Antonio Aguirre as he investigates how artists in the Museum’s collections have expressed their creative visions. In this class participants select works of art from the exhibit Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California to create a piece that is rendered as an opposite. All levels of experience are welcome. Each class is $20 ($16 for members). Online registration required.
Active Cultures: East of Western: Development of the Art Scene in Pasadena and Splendid China: Building Life with Intelligence
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
Two lectures as part of the Active Cultures series at the Pacific Asian Museum. First, artist Richard Jackson shares some of his personal experiences of the growing art scene in Pasadena in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Then, Andrew Liang, Principle of Studio 0.10, USC School of Architecture Associate Professor, and director of the Asia Architecture and Urbanism Study Abroad Program, presents a view of the environments being created in the urbanization of China. Free for members and $10 for the general public.
Los Angeles Free Music Society Performances
The Box (Chinatown)
A night of ensemble music performances by LAFMS members Points of Friction, Tim Alexander + Damian Bisciglia + Joseph Hammer, Albert Ortega, Joe & Joe, Joseph Hammer + Joe Potts, and (Wild) Don Lewis.
Critical Mass Performance Group Presents An Alcestis Project
Getty Villa (Malibu)
The latest work in progress by this experimental theater ensemble explores the ancient myth of the faithful wife who descends to the realm of the dead. Tickets $7. With shows through February 19, 2012.
Native Thinghood Art Show
The Cube (Downtown)
A group exhibition featuring young Los Angeles-based artists working in illustration, video, installation, performance, and photo-based projects. At 10:30pm KNXWLEDGE will put on a live performance followed by DJ sets by Stones Throw’s Tim Nable, Native Thinghood’s Henoch Moore, and OM’MAS KEITH of SA-RA. Minimum $3 donation at the door.
A Car Ride Is A Musical Score
Night Gallery (Downtown)
A car ride in the streets of Los Angeles by artist David Balula serves as a timeline and structure for a musical score in two acts. Presented in conjunction with François Ghebaly Gallery.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
Claremont/Pomona/Riverside Focus Weekend
Join Pacific Standard Time museums in Claremont, Pomona, and Riverside as they celebrate Pacific Standard Time with two days of exhibitions, special activities, and free events. Participating museums include: American Museum of Ceramic Art, Palm Springs Art Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, and Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery. Check individual museums for events and prices. Be sure to check out Alissa Walker’s Guide to Claremont, Pomona, and Riverside Pacific Standard Time Focus Weekend.
A Morning of Artist Talks Featuring Lita Albuquerque and Tim Ebner
Craig Krull Gallery & Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
At 10am, join Lita Albuquerque for a walkthrough of her exhibition at Craig Krull Gallery. At 10:30pm, Tim Ebner will lead a walkthrough of his exhibition at Rosamund Felsen Gallery. Space is limited. RSVP at 310-828-6410 or email@example.com.
Sugimoto Sadamitsu: Sigaraki and Iga
Frank Lloyd Gallery (Santa Monica)
An exhibition of ceramic work by Japanese master Sugimoto Sadamitsu comprised of sixteen masterworks in the Shigaraki and Iga tradition of high-fired stoneware made for the Tea Ceremony. On view through March 17, 2012.
Jorge Sarsale: Mar de Fondo
ADC Contemporary Art Gallery (Santa Monica)
An exhibition of work by Argentinian artist Jorge Sarsale. The work refers to the common destiny between Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, both territories of immigration and emigration. On view through March 25, 2012.
Cody Lusby: Building a Brick
Design Matters (Santa Monica)
A solo exhibition of new work by Cody Lusby. Design Matters challenged Lusby to create a body of work that relates to architecture and the process of building. On view through March 14, 2012.
Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (Santa Monica)
This Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery presents the work of Los Angeles based artist Simone Gad. A painter and assemblage/collage artist, Gad rose to prominence in the Los Angeles art scene in the 1970’s. On view through February 25, 2012.
Machine Project (Echo Park)
An experimental music performance by babies. Motion tracking software converts the performers’ movements into sound. This event is free.
A Tribute to Mike Kelley
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
An exhibition dedicated to the work and legacy of Mike Kelley. The exhibition will encompass 23 of Kelley’s works as well as works by John Altoon, Cody Choi, Douglas Huebler, William Leavitt, Marnie Weber, and Johanna Went, donated to MOCA by Kelley. On view through April 2, 2012.
Works Sited: Aurélien Froment: Fourdrinier Machine Interlude
Los Angeles Public LIbrary (Downtown)
Fourdrinier Machine Interlude is a film consisting of one long tracking shot of a miniature Fourdrinier papermaking machine. For this exhibition, Aurélien Froment shares the paper version of the film in the form of a two-sided leporello, an accordion book, with the film’s narration transcribed to text and translated into Spanish and Japanese alongside the original English. On view through April 7, 2012.
Finds! The Unusual Object
Fellows of Contemporary Art (Downtown)
A group exhibition featuring artists who lift content from divergent sources and fuse them into different and new art objects. With works by Anna Simson and Chris Finley, Francesca Pastine, Holly Lane, Joyce Lightbody, Jeni Spota, Juan Martin del Campo Jr., Linda Stark, Marcia Binnendyk, and Mark Babcock. On view through April 21, 2012.
Ansel Adams: Los Angeles
This Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery presents rarely seen photographs by Ansel Adams that reveal the lost landscape and lifestyle of a prewar Los Angeles. On view through March 17, 2012.
Hammer Projects: Alex Hubbard
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The debut of New York-based artist Alex Hubbard’s newest video, Eat Your Friends. Presented alongside The Border, The Ship, this exhibition will highlight Hubbard’s complex videos that capture viewers with bold colors, performative gestures, and evolving compositions. On view through May 20, 2012.
Common Places: Printing, Embroidery, and the Art of Global Mapping
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This exhibition features three objects from LACMA’s permanent collection that transform printed works on paper into one-of-a-kind embroideries: a seventeenth-century valance, a cigarette silks quilt, and Alighiero Boetti’s Mappa. On view through May 13, 2012.
de Lab Palm Springs Modernism Week Field Trip
Join de Lab for a day of events surrounding the Modernism Show. Start with a tour of the Backyard Oasis show at the Palm Springs Art Museum, with an introduction by curator Daniell Cornell. Then enjoy poolside happy hour at the brand-new Saguaro hotel. Tickets for the tour are $15 and must be purchased in advance online.
The Hilton Brothers: Selected Works from Tyrants and Lederhosen
Karl Hutter Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
This exhibition features a selection of photographs by Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg (a.k.a the Hilton Brothers). The works are included in their recently published monograph Tyrants and Lederhosen, in which the artists collaborate to create a modern take on the photo travelogue. On view through April 7, 2012.
Sanya Kantarovsky: Blue Notebook No. 10
Marc Foxx (Mid-Wilshire)
A solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based Russian painter Sanya Kantarovsky. Kantarovsky’s paintings combine elements of illustration and design with more programmatic strategies linked to historical abstraction. On view through March 24, 2012.
GeoVanna Gonzalez & Patrick Haemmerlein
Co-op 28 Gallery (Los Feliz)
An exhibition of works by GeoVanna Gonzalez and Patrick Haemmerlein. Gonzalez’s work illustrates the dualities of life and death, growth and decay by using open space and complexities of lines in her drawings, paintings, and books. Haemmerlein explores themes of nature vs. industry and how they coexist. His images stem from photographs that juxtapose rural scenes with urban realities. On view through March 3, 2012.
Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe and Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (West Hollywood)
This Pacific Standard Time Participating Gallery presents the opening of two exhibitions. An Expansive Universe features a selection of Claire Falkenstein’s larger sculptural work and rarely-seen paintings. Now & Then presents paintings and works on paper by Ruth Weisberg, one of L.A.’s most celebrated figurative artists since her arrival in 1969. Weisberg will be in attendance at the reception. Both exhibitions on view through April 28, 2012.
Sam Falls: New Work
M+B Gallery (West Hollywood)
A two-part exhibition of painted photographs, works on paper, and sculptures by Sam Falls on view at both M+B Gallery and China Art Objects. The work in this show is involved with the artist’s interest in representing time. On view through March 31, 2012.
Tom Gregg: New Paintings, Barbara Strasen: All Manner of Things, and Matt Jacobs: New Paintings
George Billis Gallery (Culver City)
The opening of three exhibitions with recent still life paintings by Tom Gregg, works in various media by Barbara Strasen, and recent botanical paintings by Matt Jacobs. All on view through March 24, 2012.
Seven Young Los Angeles Painters I Like
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
An exhibition of work by seven Los Angeles-based painters in their 30s, including recent graduates of UCLA, Otis, Claremont, and Cal State Long Beach. Featured artists include Jonathan Apgar, Sarah Awad, Rema Ghuloum, Christopher Kuhn, Anne McCaddon, Jacob Melchi, and Nano Rubio. On view through March 17, 2012.
Luis De Jesus Gallery (Culver City)
A performance in conjunction with the current exhibition Tilt-Shift LA: New Queer Perspectives on the Western Edge.
Samantha Fields: Be Careful What You Wish For: New Paintings and Works on Paper
Western Project (Culver City)
A new body of work by Los Angeles artist Samantha Fields. Fields usually begins by researching weather and landscape phenomena, taking hundreds of photographs in search of the perfect image to paint. In this most recent body of work the artist has culled from her archives of “failed” images, those where the camera did not pick up what she intended. On view through March 10, 2012.
Tam Van Tran: Adornment of Basic Space and Stanya Khan: A cave walks into a bar…
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Project (Culver City)
The opening of two exhibitions. Tam Van Tran’s solo show presents large wall works on paper as well as a group of clay sculptures and clay wall posters. Tran’s new body of work explores the language of painting. A cave walks into a bar… presents four new videos and a suite of black and white drawings by Stanya Khan. The exhibition leaves the world of the living for a subterranean world of objects and elements. Both on view through March 31, 2012.
Critters & People: and Things Of That Sort
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
An exhibition of new works in a variety of media by young Los Angeles artists Danielle Buerli, JAW Cooper, Jessica LL Dalva, Tom Haubrick, Sinae Park, and Bryce Takara. On view through March 10, 2012.
Jim Keville: Fetish Feel
An exhibition of sculpture by Jim Keville. For these works Keville drew inspiration from how he uses his hands while creating, and in doing so captured the many gestures that hands make. On view through March 24, 2012.
Judy Chicago: Los Angeles 1970’s
Jancar Gallery (Chinatown)
This exhibition will highlight the work of Judy Chicago during the 1970’s in Los Angeles. On view through March 17, 2012.
Jesse Michaels: Crime and War
Strangeways Academy (Chinatown)
An exhibition of paintings by Jesse Michaels. The exhibition takes the viewer through the process of civilization, representing humanity’s attempt to impose order upon natural forces by exploring crime and war. On view through March 18, 2012.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19
Screening: Pasadena Art Museum Voices
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
A screening of interviews by guest Curator Jay Belloli and the museum staff with key artists, board members, and curators associated with the Pasadena Art Museum. Interviewees include: Artists Larry Bell and Richard Jackson; Eudorah Moore, Pasadena Art Museum Board President, Curator of Design and founding member of the Art Alliance; Peggy Phelps, Pasadena Art Museum trustee and Art Alliance member; Tom Terbell, Pasadena Art Museum director, trustee and founding member of the Men’s Committee.
The Lady in Gold: Special Lecture and Book Signing
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Author Anne-Marie O’Connor speaks in conjunction with the publication of her new book, The Lady in Gold, a suspenseful story of the battle to recover a famous painting created in turn-of-the-century Vienna and stolen by the Nazis during World War II. This event is free but tickets are required. Tickets are available at 323-857-6010 or online.
Part 2 Artist Conversation with Helene Winer
Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
In conjunction with Part 2: Helene Winer at Pomona, this conversation features John Baldessari, William Leavitt, and Allen Ruppersberg discussing the cutting edge curatorial programs that Helene Winer presented at Pomona College.
Hotel Lautner Open House
Hotel Lautner (Palm Springs)
Join the owners and members of The John Lautner Foundation board of directors at the newly-renovated Hotel Lautner, formerly known as the Desert Hot Springs Motel. On the tour, you’ll learn about the property history and renovation along with information about the John Lautner Foundation. Choose to include dinner after the tour. Tickets are $25-$80 and can be purchased online. All proceeds benefit the John Lautner Foundation.
Tricky Poses and Taxing Conditions: Performance and Media
Spielberg Theater at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
As part of Los Angeles Filmforum’s Pacific Standard Time “Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles 1945 to 1980,” this program raises questions about the nature and purpose of performance, and also looks at how the camera, filmmaker, and projectionist perform their roles. $10, $6 for students/seniors, or free for Filmforum members. Tickets are available online.
Moveable Feasts: Andrea Bowers
Soho House (West Hollywood)
LAND’s intimate dinner series Moveable Feasts presents opportunities to engage with invited artists while partaking in selected menus from the city’s top chefs and restaurants. The second Moveable Feast honors Andrea Bowers, a Los Angeles-based multi-media artist and activist whose work makes political statements. The cost for the evening is $200 per person, which includes a three-course dinner with wine. Half of the ticket cost goes directly to support LAND’s programming and is fully tax-deductible. RSVP by February 17 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Target Free Holiday Mondays: President’s Day
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Visit LACMA for free admission on this day. Check out the exhibition California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way to see California’s unique style. Live music by Rhythm Child will be featured on the plaza at 12:30pm and 2:45pm. Please note that free admission does not include the specially ticketed exhibition In Wonderland.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Care and Identification of Photographs Workshop
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Pasadena)
This 4-day workshop is an introduction to the history, identification, and preservation of photographic materials. The workshop will run February 21-24 and is priced at $645-$870 depending on the package. Tickets are available online.
Being Validated by Gallery Owners & Collectors
California African American Museum (Downtown)
A discussion about how African American artists have been viewed by critics and collectors, and how the market place is progressing for African American artists and culturally-specific art. Participants will include Charlotte Sherman, Angela Witherspoon, Robert Holmes, Eric Hanks, Alden Kimbrough, and others. This event is free.
From Exile to Home: Los Angeles Literary Life 1945 to 1980
Los Angeles Public Library (Downtown)
For this Pacific Standard Time event, join literary nonfiction author Lawrence Weschler in conversation with Los Angeles Times Book Critic David Ulin as they discuss how the literature of Los Angeles has shifted from a literature of exile to one of place in the years since World War II. This event is free.
Community Printmaking Sessions with Holly Jerger
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
Whether you are a novice or expert printer, join other like-minded adults for printmaking sessions that offer space, basic supplies, and casual instruction. Materials for various relief printing processes, collograph, and monotype are on hand. A small etching press and letterpress are also available for use. Tuesdays through April 17, 2012. RSVP to 323-937-4230 x28 or email@example.com.
Lecture: Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Glenn Adamson, deputy head of research and head of graduate studies at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum discusses the V + A’s exhibition Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970–1990, the first in-depth survey of the subject. $20 general admission; $15 LACMA members; free for DADC members and students with ID. Tickets: 323 857-6528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Trouble in Paradise: Music and Los Angeles 1945-1975
The Grammy Museum (Downtown)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition explores thirty years of the pop music scene in Los Angeles and its related culture, politics, and popular art. The exhibit features iconic images, ephemera, music, and filmed interviews with key figures in the scene. On view through June 3, 2012.
Artist Talk: Harrell Fletcher and The Emergence of Art and Social Practice
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
An artist talk with Hammer Public Engagement artist Harrell Fletcher. Fletcher has worked on a variety of socially engaged, interdisciplinary projects for over a decade. His current project with collaborator Adam Moser will document a year at the Hammer in the vernacular of a high school yearbook. Until the end of March, when visitors come to the museum they may have their portraits taken at the Front Desk to be included in the Yearbook. Visitor photos will be posted on www.hammeryearbook.com. All Hammer public programs are free.
Roundtable Discussion moderated by Hunter Drohojowska-Philp with John Mason, Billy Al Bengston, and John Baldessari
Scripps College at Writers Boot Camp (Santa Monica)
A Pacific Standard Time roundtable discussion on the theme of unexpected connections and intersections in the LA art scene with moderator Hunter Drohojowska-Philp featuring artists John Baldessari, Billy Al Bengston, and John Mason. Located at the Writers Boot Camp at Bergamot Station. RSVP at 909-607-3397 or email@example.com.
Lita Albuquerque, 287 Steps Installation at Craig Krull Gallery, 2012