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Lecture and Exhibition Walk-Through: Performance Art in Southern California
Pomona College/Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
A discussion on performance art in Southern California by the Getty Research Institute’s Glenn Phillips, Co-Director of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and Co-Curator of It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973. The discussion will take place at Smith Campus Center 208 in Pomona College. An exhibition walk-through and reception will follow at Pomona College Museum of Art.
The Perfect Exposure Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
This annual exhibition presents the work of upcoming and established photographers in a variety of mediums and themes. Aesthetics includes Pulitzer, World Press Photo, and Robert Capa award winners, as well as fine art and upcoming photographers from around the world. On view through March 17, 2012.
Etsy Craft Night: Personalized Journals Led by Lisa Engelbrecht
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
Create a personalized journal with Lisa Engelbrecht, author of Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. Lisa will begin by creating a nameplate for you in her distinctive lettering style. Then, you’ll customize a journal. $5 or free for CAFAM Members
America Martin: Exuberance
Joanne Artman Gallery (Laguna Beach)
An exhibition of works by Columbian-American artist America Martin. Martin works in various media but favors depicting the human form, and her works reflect influences of Cubism, Fauvism, and Minimalism. On view through March 31, 2012.
Christine Marie: Multiplying Spectacles
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
Based on the history of mirrors, Christine Marie’s large-scale projected shadow theater performance is accompanied by a live score, incorporating video effects and 3D stereoscopic shadow work. A pre-performance happy hour will start at 6:30. This event is free.
UCLA Department of Art Lecture: Mari Eastman
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A lecture by artist Mari Eastman, whose paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions locally and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles and has been a frequent visiting lecturer on painting and drawing in the UCLA Department of Art. All Hammer public programs are free.
Spotlight on Lars von Trier: Zentropa and Medea
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7pm and 9:25pm
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA series, a screening of two films by Lars von Trier. At 7pm see Zentropa, a thriller based in postwar Germany. In Medea, which will screen at 9:25pm, von Trier transforms the Greek myth of a woman scorned by her lover into an atmospheric and intimate epic. $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 for Medea only. Tickets are available online.
CamLab: You Are an I
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
For the second of three MOCA Engagement Parties, Camlab takes its cue from the tradition of the teach-in, providing a fabric infrastructure for receptive bodies to listen, learn, and speak to each other. Check out a full listing of workshops being offered here, and check out ForYourArt’s recap of their last Engagement Party, Dubious Equalities. This event is free and no reservations are required.
Early Morning Opera: Abacus
Award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan and his company Early Morning Opera employ the latest in high-tech wizardry to explore the power of multimedia persuasion. Abacus is a visually immersive production that introduces Paul Abacus, who is given a platform to expound on his theories. Also showing February 3 and February 4 at 8:30pm. Tickets are available online.
Night Comedy 2: Leaving the Dream
Night Gallery (Downtown)
A one-night-only comedy show featuring professional comedians Nick Flanagan, Nathan Fielder, and friends. The MC for the night is Los Angeles artist Mark Rodriguez, who has outfitted the gallery with a fake brick wall in the tradition of 80’s stand up comedy. BYOB.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Pop-Up Painting Exhibition
Fabien Fryns Fine Art (West Hollywood)
A group painting show presented by Sonny Ruscha Bjornson and Laura Grover, with works by Kimberly Brooks, Andrew Foster, Rives Granade, Sydney Littenberg, Sean P. McGaughey, and Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski. On view through February 18, 2012.
Suzanne Adelman: Hide the Evidence
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
An exhibition of photographic works by Los Angeles based artist Suzanne Adelman. For this show Adelman explores the physiological experience of vision and perception through a series of images that expound on the nature of seeing. On view through February 26, 2012.
Matthew Bone: Paradise Lost, Soey Milk: Malus Sieversii, Bonni Reid: Cartes De Visite, and Christine Wu: Shhh…
La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Feliz)
The opening of four exhibitions, with paintings by Matthew Bone, oil on paper works by Soey Milk, drawings and paintings based on photographs by Bonni Reid, and oil and panel paintings by Christine Wu. On view through February 26, 2012.
Oldman Conversation/The Contender
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA series, a conversation with actor Gary Oldman followed by a screening of The Contender, a political thriller starring Oldman. $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. Tickets are available online.
Night Gallery (Downtown)
A party to celebrate musician R. Kelly’s influential stylistic and aesthetic ways with hosts Laura Owens, Edgar Bryan, Parker Davis, and Amy Yao. BYOB.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Unusual Suspects: Paintings and Photographs by Holly Roberts
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
This exhibition explores new approaches and expression in photography through the work of Holly Roberts. By combining painting and collage in her finished pieces, Roberts challenges perceptions of the photographic medium. On view through May 6, 2012.
Chinese New Year Festival 2012
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Pasadena)
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at The Huntington. This two-day event taking place February 4 and February 5 will include dragon dancers, martial arts demonstrations, mask-changing performances, folk music, brush painting demonstrations, and more. All events are included with general admission.
Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66
Meet at Big Bang Coffee Shop (Downtown)
Esotouric’s “Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles” tours each explore themes of industry, infrastructure, architecture, and the built environment. This third installment focuses on the built environment along the Mother Road with an emphasis on old and historic alignments of Route 66 as well as signage. Tickets are $58 and can be purchased online.
Ming Wong: Making Chinatown
For his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong creates a series of videos and scenic backdrops that center around the making of Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown. Filmed on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Making Chinatown transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance, and identity. On view through April 1, 2012.
Faraway, So Close: Photographs of Los Angeles in the ’80s
Morono Kiang Gallery (Downtown)
A group exhibition of photographs taken in Los Angeles between 1980 and 1989. With works by Sara Jane Boyers, Edward Colver, Willie Middlebrook, Ann Summa, May Sun, Mark Vallen, and Richard Wyatt. On view through March 31, 2012.
Hard Love and Lullabies and Nightmares
The Hive Gallery & Studios (Downtown)
The opening of two exhibitions. Hard Love is a Valentine-themed group show, and Lullabies and Nightmares features the work of 16 children’s illustrators who expose the light and dark sides of childhood. $8 at the door. On view through February 25, 2012.
Wet Art 2012
Rittenhouse Building (Santa Cruz)
Thirty-six wetsuits from local surfers were paired with thirty-six top artists to create a show for community viewing and auction to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and youth organizations of Santa Cruz. Gallery showings will take place February 4, February 5, February 11, and February 12 from 11am-5pm. $5 admission. Auctions and VIP party on February 18. Tickets and information available online.
…and Europe will be stunned: The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMIP): Yael Bartana Conference
UC Irvine University Art Gallery (Irvine)
A one-day conference for which artist Yael Bartana, along with her collaborators on the JRMIP, have been invited to speak in tandem with the exhibition …and Europe will be stunned. Bartana’s video trilogy aesthetically references propaganda films of the 1930s, which, when presented as a gallery installation, collectively deconstruct a group of ideological positions that contributed to the founding of Israel. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Putting It On The Wall
California African American Museum of Art (Leimert Park)
A workshop and roundtable discussion with muralists Elliot Pinkney, Mark Steven Greenfield, Joseph Sims, Ulysses Jenkins, Noni Olabisi, and Ian White. Mural workshop led by Elliot Pinkney will take place from 12-2pm followed by discussion from 2-4pm about the importance of the mural movement. This event is free.
Wearable Trunk Show
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Mid-Wilshire)
Five nationally known craft artists will exhibit their wearable art and jewelry at this two-day trunk show and sale. Featured artists include Biba Shutz, Valerie Hector, David Forlano, Randall Darwall, and Chris Triola. 10% of all proceeds will benefit CAFAM’s exhibitions and education programs. This event is free and will also take place on February 5 from 12-5pm.
Film Screening: The Cool School
Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara)
In anticipation of the February 11 opening of Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California 1951-1969, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will screen this documentary that tells the story of how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch. A discussion with the director and artists follows the screening. Tickets are available online.
Junior Tamarind Lithography Workshop
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Join artist and educator Corrie Siegel as she recreates the spirit of the renowned Tamarind Lithography Workshop that was established in Los Angeles in 1960. During this two-day workshop, teens learn basic printmaking techniques and create a portfolio of original prints.The course is free but space is limited. Register online.
Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios (Santa Monica)
A one-night sale of paintings, works on paper, and photography to benefit therapeutic art programs for at-risk youth. This year’s recipient is LA’s BEST, an after school enrichment program. The event includes raffle prizes, DJ Anne Litt, food, and a hosted bar. Tickets are $65 at the door.
Jonathan Bickart: Towering Moments
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica)
The premiere exhibition of Los Angeles artist Jonathan Bickart. The exhibition captures a moment in the artist/muse relationship, exhibiting the creation of surrealistic icons of gesture through human form. Bickart’s works employ many materials, such as polychromed terracotta, steel, concrete, hydrocal, brass, and well as found objects.
Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975
West Hollywood Library (West Hollywood)
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition will document the importance of poster art for developing and promoting the ideas and ideals of democracy in California during the turbulent decade from 1965-1975. On view through April 28, 2012 with various related events.
Into The Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society Benefit Preview Screening
The Yost Theatre (Santa Ana)
An advance screening of Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society. This film looks at the Cacophony Society, a network of guerrilla artists, dada pranksters, and various eccentrics pursuing “experiences beyond the mainstream.” Advance tickets are $9.99 and can be purchased online. After the screening, head to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana for the opening reception of The Cacophony Society Zone Show, a retrospective look at this underground collective. On view through April 15, 2012.
Portraits By The Students and Teachers of Art Division
Harris & Ruble Art (Hollywood)
An exhibition showcasing recent work produced by the students and teachers of Art Division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting under-served young artists. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to future programming at Art Division. On view through February 25, 2012.
Kristen Morgin: Snow White In Evening Wear and Other Works
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
An exhibition of work by sculptor Kristen Morgin. The majority of Morgin’s work is made out of unfired clay and hand painted. On view through March 10, 2012.
Art Auction 2012
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
Laguna Art Museum’s annual art auction with works by over 100 California artists to be sold during a live auction as well as a silent auction. This event features food, drinks, performances, and an after party. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $125 for members and $150 for non-members.
Post Pacific Standard Time: Three Artists in Los Angeles from the 1980s
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery (Riverside)
This exhibition picks up where the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions end with work by three artists – Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, and Erika Suderburg – who graduated just before or in the 1980s and then began their art careers. Together, they present divergent approaches in art making that includes painting, sculpture, and video. On view through March 24, 2012.
New Work by Terra McPherson, Deedee Cheriel, Lindsey Way, and Aiko
Merry Karnowsky Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
An exhibition of work by four artists who have unique styles and mediums but share a parallel lyrical motif. On view through March 3, 2012.
Daniel Joseph Martinez: I want to go to Detroit: Cheerleaders Cheer
LA><ART (Culver City)
An exhibition of photographs by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Joseph Martinez. This exhibition will encompass the debut of two bodies of work that Martinez produced in the late 1970s. These two series document the artist’s investigations of bodybuilding and beauty pageant culture in Southern California during this critical period in the region’s history. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public billboard project on La Cienega Blvd. between Washington Blvd. and Venice. On view through March 3, 2012.
Rudi Gernreich Fashion Show
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles (Westwood)
A presentation of designs by groundbreaking fashion designer Rudi Gernreich. A formal fashion show will display Gernreich designs from the sixties and seventies while the Institute celebrates the closing of DEPOSITO – an exhibition featuring a selection of works from Galleria de Deposito. RSVP required to email@example.com or 646-620-8289.
A Musical Conversation with La Santa Cecilia + Paper Fashion with Patssi Valdez
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This Pacific Standard Time event features Grammy-nominated band La Santa Cecilia. The band draws inspiration from a hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music. After an interview, La Santa Cecilia will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs. During the post-concert reception, Asco icon Patssi Valdez will lead a workshop inspired by Asco’s 1970’s-era public appearances as self-made fashionistas in paper gowns and hats. $10 for Fowler/GRAMMY Museum members and students; $15 general. Call 213-765-6803 to reserve your tickets.
Drill Baby Drill
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
An exhibition of new work by LA-based artist Michael Kalish and Paris-based artist Eric Liot. Through the reworking and repurposing of materials, Kalish and Liot cut, rivet, and screw together layers of found objects. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. On view through March 4, 2012.
Outsiders Observe Los Angeles
Los Angeles Filmforum at the Echo Park Film Center (Echo Park)
This program will show films that look at Los Angeles by artists who were visitors to Los Angeles. What truths about the city are these non-Angelenos able to see, and how do they express them? Featuring two longer works by the late Robert Nelson and by David Lamelas, as well as some short works. $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5
L.A. Zine Week
From February 5 to February 11, L.A. Zine Fest encourages bookstores, galleries, independent artists, and writing groups to organize zine, small press, or DIY-related events. Check out the schedule of planned events online.
Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972 and Intimate Immensity: The Susan and Larry Marx Collection
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Two exhibitions open at the Hammer Museum on February 5. Sculpture Undone is the first museum survey in the United States devoted to Polish artist Alina Szapcozinkow. The show includes approximately 60 sculptures, 50 works on paper, and a group of photographic works. At 2pm, scholar Grisalda Pollock will present a free lecture on the work of Alina Szapocznikow. This exhibition is on view through April 29, 2012. Intimate Immensity highlights a selection of works from Susan and Larry Marx’s large gift of postwar art. The collection includes works by seminal abstract expressionist and conceptual artists as well as newer artists. On view through May 6, 2012.
John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)
An expansive survey of John Baldessari’s printmaking practice, including more than 100 works made between 1973 and 2010 in such diverse media as lithography, etching, photogravure, aquatint, photo intaglio, embossing, silkscreen, and more. On view through May 13, 2012.
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
Gather inspiration from MOCA’s current exhibitions with the Echo Park Film Center and artists Rick Bahto, Alee Peoples, and Cosmo Segurson. This workshop will take place on an imaginary film set, where participants will take photographs that highlight props and costumes, catch the cast and crew at work, or alter the image using photographic tricks such as glass and mirrors. This event is free.
Art Talk with Ilene Segalove
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Artist Ilene Segalove will discuss her work in conjunction with Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981. This event is free with museum admission.
Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Visions of Gold, the Fine Art of Gilding
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the fine art of gold gilding used to create the embellishments found in European manuscripts and panel paintings of the Gothic era.
Korean International Exchange Show
LA Artcore Brewery Annex
International Exchange shows provide a conduit of artistic development between the diverse communities of Los Angeles and the fellowship of artists abroad. In an exchange that sends 10 Los Angeles artists to display their work in Seoul, South Korea, LA Artcore will in turn receive and exhibit the artwork of nine visiting artists. On view through February 16. 2012.
Moshe Elimelech: Arrangements and Simon Rahimian
LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts (Downtown)
The opening of two exhibitions. Arrangements presents Moshe Elimelech’s painted-structures consisting of grids of cubed blocks. Also on view will be works on canvas by Simon Rahimian. Both exhibitions on view through through February 29, 2012.
The History of Cuban Photography: A Personal Perspective
Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)
A lecture on the history of Cuban Photography by MOLAA’s President and C.E.O. Stuart A. Ashman. The history of Cuban photography began in 1840, a few years after the invention of photography in France in 1836. The conversation will include historical events in Cuba and how they affected the development of the medium on the island. $10 or free for members and students.
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
Join Los Angeles artists Monica Majoli and Tom Knechtel with Carol S. Eliel, Curator of Modern Art at LACMA, as they discuss and respond to the artists and artwork in the L.A. RAW exhibition.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
This exhibition takes selected objects from the Getty Museum’s galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine the objects closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Opening February 7, and ongoing.
Night Gallery (Downtown)
An exhibition of works by Matthew Greene, Mark Hagen, and Bobbi Woods. Curated by Mark Verabioff. On view through February 16, 2012.
Music + Image
In the early 1980s, many artists were excited by the possibility of showing video art on television—a promise that was broken by commercialism. This selection of short videos highlights some of the era’s most compelling video art accompanied by music. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased online.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Culture Fix: John Valadez on the Chicano Art Movement Outside East L.A.
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Painter and muralist John Valadez examines the development of the Chicano art movement outside East L.A., focusing on Highland Park and Downtown Los Angeles. This event is free.
Corporate Power and Social Responsibility
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
With demonstrations against corporations erupting around the world, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Ellen Schultz will lead a discussion on corporate greed. Joining her is Vermont Law School professor Jennifer Taub, whose research focuses on corporate social responsibility, shareholders’ rights, and consumer protection. All Hammer public programs are free.
Book Launch: Laura Owens: Fruit and Nuts
Ooga Booga (Chinatown)
Celebrate the publication of a handmade artist book by Laura Owens, titled Fruits and Nuts. The book takes its name from an old 60’s conservative joke about California being full of “fruits” and “nuts,” and is constructed from pages of 60′s California newspapers as the backdrop to her illustrated alphabet of fruits and nuts. Refreshments provided.
Chouinard: An Overture
An evening of discussions and screenings dedicated to one of the great early forces in the emergence of Los Angeles as an international art center: the Chouinard Art Institute. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and can be purchased online.
SAVE THE DATE
Mary Weatherford: The Bakersfield Project
Todd Madigan Gallery at CSU (Bakersfield)
Thursday, February 9 at 6-8pm
An exhibition of new paintings by Mary Weatherford. Weatherford lives in Los Angeles but has been visiting Bakersfield since October. Recently, she has been living in Bakersfield full time to work on this exhibition, and the works in it come from her learning and understanding of this particular site. On view through March 9, 2012.