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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.