Curated Itinerary: Political Programs

ForYourArt Curates Focused Itineraries for You Around Particular Themes And Interests.

This week, we’ve pulled Los Angeles exhibitions, programs, and events that have politics as their subject. What are you interested in? Tell us! Email with ideas.


West Is More
The Upstairs at the Market Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for a multi-disciplinary collection of works that play with the perception of the West as having an advantage over other parts of the world. Featuring musical performances Carmina Escobar, Kio Griffith, and sound artist David Eng. On view through April 3, 2012.

Buying Votes
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
As candidates with Super PACs overwhelm their rivals, this forum looks for an alternative to money-driven elections and explores ways for candidates and issues to be presented fairly and openly. Panelists include Lawrence Lessig, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a professor of Law at Harvard Law School.


Near Here with Paul Druecke
Habeus Lounge Space
Looking at Paul Druecke’s novel work with historic plaques, HABEAS LOUNGE and MKE<->LAX will engage with ideas of civic participation, public space, public practice, and representations of history. Seating capacity is limited, so please RSVP by March 16 to

Gala Porras-Kim: Whistln and Language Transfiguration
Commonwealth and Council (Koreatown)
Opening reception for Colombian-born, LA-based artist Gala Porras-KimWaLT is an interdisciplinary project involving the translation of a minority language, Zapotec, and the political and linguistic implications of the language’s deterioration. On view through April 7, 2012.


Nato Thompson
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Nato Thompson, chief curator at Creative Time in New York and author of the forthcoming Seeing Power: Art and Activism in the Age of Cultural Production, discusses how to find one’s voice and make change in a world flooded with information and images. From cooperative housing to anarchist infoshops to alternative art venues, Thompson shows that many of today’s most innovative spaces operate as sites of dramatic personal transformation.