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Engagement Party Art Talks: Shannon Jackson
MOCA Grand Ave (Downtown)
For the first of three
Engagement Party Art Talks on performance and social practice, Shannon Jackson, director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley, will discuss the theater and the visual art gallery as different venues of display that are simultaneously in the process of redefining each other. Surveying contemporary performance and event–based artworks, Jackson investigates how vocabularies for understanding motion and stasis, action and object, social engagement and social detachment differ depending on the inherited conventions of different sites.

UCLA Department of Art MFA Exhibition #2
New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by UCLA MFA students Veronique d’Entremont, Roxy Farhat, Masood Kamandy, and Kim Ye. On view through April 13, 2012.

Elizabeth Peyton
Regen Projects II (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of new works by Elizabeth Peyton. This show, Peyton’s sixth with the gallery, will feature paintings, works on paper, and prints. On view through May 12, 2012.

Red Bull Curates: The Road to Basel
LAB Art (West Hollywood)
This event is part of a nationwide initiative to recognize emerging talent in the art world. Red Bull Curates Los Angeles will include work by more than twenty local artists including Benjamin Alejandro, CANTSTOPGOODBOY, Codak, Bryan Snyder, Destroy All Design, and Ernesto Yerena Montejano and will also feature live entertainment and a panel of celebrity judges. Three artists from the event will win a Red Bull Curates showcase during Art Basel season.

Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life
LACE (Hollywood)
Artist talk and opening reception for this career-spanning collection of works by architectural photographer Pedro E. Guerrero. Photographs of Modern Life highlights Guerrero’s twenty year working relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright and features never before seen archival photos. On view through April 25, 2012.

Suddenly Summer Somewhere
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
This dance theater piece is set to live recordings of the Rat Pack and blends choreography and comedy. Admission is free and a happy hour featuring wine, music, and art will precede the performance.

Mike Kelley Lecture
LBCC Art Gallery (Long Beach)
Lecture on the late artist Mike Kelley by Los Angeles-based curator and writer Noëllie Roussel, who obtained her Ph.D. with a dissertation on Kelley’s work. This event is in conjunction with the exhibit Candor: In Honor of Mike Kelley, a collection of work by Kelley’s former students on view at the LBCC Art Gallery through April 6.

Girls, Girls, Girls.
Joanne Artman Gallery (Laguna Beach)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by Belgian-born artist Anja Van Herele. Girls, Girls, Girls features large-scale portrait paintings of women who are part reality and part fantasy. On view through May 31, 2012.

Sevenfold and As Removed
UAG/ROOM Gallery (Irvine)
Opening reception for UC Irvine’s eighth annual juried undergraduate exhibition, Sevenfold, and the annual undergraduate solo project, As Removed. Using various visual media, UCI’s student artists explore and question topics such as global politics, popular culture, and art historical movements. On view through April 20, 2012.


Taj Forer: Stone By Stone
LEADAPRON (West Hollywood)
Opening day of an installation of photographs and found objects by artist Taj Forer. This collection emphasizes Forer’s exploration of the materials that compose the natural world. On view through May 19, 2012.

Towards Comfo-Veg
SCI-Arc Gallery (Downtown)
SCI-Arc presents Towards Comfo-Veg, a large scale, site-specific installation designed for the gallery by architect and artist Peter Cook and partner Gavin Robotham of the London-based CRAB Studio. Towards Comfo-Veg introduces an almost completely light-tight, multimedia experiential space welcoming visitors through a single point of entry and leading them towards hints of a dreamlike world.

Reading: Eileen Myles and Chris Kraus
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Poet, critic, and novelist Eileen Myles will read from Snowflake, her most recent collection of work that explores technology’s distortion of time and space. Novelist and cultural critic Chris Kraus will read from her new book, Summer of Hate.


George Condo
PRISM (West Hollywood)
The first extensive exhibition of George Condo’s work in Los Angeles–featuring a selection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that span Condo’s career. PRISM also worked with JF Chen to curate a selection of furnishings from their collection to accent the exhibition.

Alex Prager: Compulsion
M+B Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by contemporary artist Alex Prager. Compulsion will feature a selection of color photographs and Prager’s new short film, La Petite Mort, which will be presented with accompanying film stills. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in Los Angeles, New York, and London. On view through May 12, 2012.

Luis Gispert: All Oyster, No Pearl
OHWOW (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for this solo exhibition by Luis Gispert. All Oyster, No Pearl explores the artist’s creative process through work that combines elements of photography and sculpture. This exhibition includes a series of silver gelatin prints mounted onto customized boxes and staged composites pairing modern furniture with cheap items. On view through May 12, 2012.

Urban Exposure
Fabien Castanier (Studio City)
This exhibition will feature new works from British collage artist Charlie Anderson and French-born, Los Angeles-based photographer Guillaume Zuili. Urban Exposure presents interpretations of urban Los Angeles through the eyes of international artists. On view through May 6, 2012.

Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder Explosion Event
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Opening reception for Sky Ladder, the first West Coast solo exhibition from New York–based artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who is known for his gunpowder drawings, installations, and explosion events. Sky Ladder features new works commissioned by MOCA, including three gunpowder drawings. Cai will present his site-specific work, Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for MOCA, which includes the ignition of 40,000 firework rockets. The explosion will occur on the exterior wall of the museum at 7:30pm; guests are asked to arrive by 6:45pm. Sky Ladder is on view through July 30, 2012.

Play it as it Lays: Picturing California
Edgar Varela (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring photographs of California. Play it as it Lays presents sombre images of people seeking connection and focus, as well as landscapes that illuminate a certain psychological haze. This Month of Photography Los Angeles event, curated by Audrey Landreth, is on view through April 22, 2012.

Elizabeth Neel: Routes and Pressures and Dasha Shishkin: S INT N HO
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by painter and sculptress Elizabeth Neel, whose incorporates found objects, flat images and handmade elements into her work. Also an opening reception for new works by Dasha Shishkin, whose exhibition features clusters of colorful drawings on mylar. Both exhibitions on view through May 12, 2012.

Marius Bercea: Concrete Gardens
Francois Ghebaly (Culver City)
Romanian artist Marius Bercea explores the fall of the Communist bloc and the rise of Western capitalism in his native country after 1989 through this series of paintings. Concrete Gardens expresses the history of a part of the world as it struggles to find its place in a new geo-political landscape. On view through May 26, 2012. 

The Getty Research Institute: Recent Print Acquisitions
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
The Getty Research Institute will showcase recent print acquisitions with an exhibition that spans four centuries and includes works by Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Jean Cousin, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, Paul Klee, and more. On view through September 2, 2012.

Firelei Báez: Not Even Unalterable Limitations
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for New York-based artist Firelei Báez’s first West Coast solo show. Báez’s paintings are influenced and inspired by sources including Islamic and European miniature painting, anthropology, and science fiction. On view through May 5, 2012.

Next Words
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
This literary event features readings by students graduating from the 2012 CalArts MFA Writing Program. Featured speakers include Chelsea Trescott, Lan Pham, Nancy Romero, Nijala Mumin, Seth Blake, and Tracy Jeanne Rosenthal.

Shamrock Edelweiss Seaweed
Ambach & Rice (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for this solo exhibition of new works by Jeffry Mitchell. Shamrock Edelweiss Seaweed features a collection of outsized ceramic installations partially inspired by American cartoonists such as George Herriman, R. Crumb and Charles Schulz. On view through May 12, 2012.

Fracture: Daido Moriyama
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day of an exhibition of works by Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, who first came to prominence in the mid-1960s with his gritty depictions of Japanese urban life. His photographic approach often incorporates high contrast, graininess, and tilted vantages to convey the fragmentary nature of modern realities. Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. On view through July 31, 2012. At 4pm, there will be an artist talk at Art Catalogues with Edward Robinson, LACMA associate curator of photography.

Leonor Antunes
Marc Foxx (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a collection of work by Portuguese sculptor Leonor Antunes. The installations in this exhibition will be continuously assembled, moved, rearranged and scrapped. On view through May 12, 2012.

Poetry Hike With Eileen Myles
Ed Davis Park (Santa Clarita)
Machine Project, along with the CalArts Poetry Collective, will host a day hike with poet Eileen Myles. This hike departs at 2:45pm from the first parking lot inside the entrance gate to Ed Davis Park in Santa Clarita and will last approximately two hours round trip. Myles will read from her new collection of poetry, entitled Snowflake, when the group reaches the top of the hill.

Black Saturday
Renegade Art Gallery (Palm Springs)
Opening night of a group show featuring work by artists including Darren Pearson, Nathan Geare, Kurtis Rykovich, Cyrstofer, Luke Schutte, Milenna C. Saraiva, and Khalid Hussein.


Artist Talk: Natalie Bookchin
LACE (Hollywood)
Natalie Bookchin will discuss her installation, Now he’s out in public and everyone can see, currently on view at LACE. This new work is an 18-channel video installation that weaves together found fragments from online video diaries in which vloggers recount a series of media scandals involving African American men. Bookchin will be joined by Dr. Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies at Pitzer College.

Ikebana Demonstration
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Presented in conjunction with Moving Forward: Live After the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Fowler presents a demonstration of the Japanese art of floral arrangement by members of the Ohara School of Ikebana.

Art Talk: Jeffrey Deitch and Cai Guo-Qiang
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch will take part in a conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang, who will discuss his use of gunpowder as a medium and his recently opened MOCA exhibition Sky Ladder.


Sharon Lockhart: Double Tide
REDCAT (Downtown)
Screening of artist/filmmaker Sharon Lockhart’s latest film Double Tide, which unfolds on the coastal landscape of Seal Cove, Maine in two uninterrupted takes. This work captures the rare phenomenon of “double tide”—when low tide occurs twice during daylight hours, once at dawn and once at dusk. Tickets are $10 and available online.

Poetry in Wonderland: Jen Hofer and Dolores Dorantes
LACMA (Mid-Wilshire)
Jen Hofer, faculty member at CalArts and Otis College and noted poet, translator, and bookmaker will read from the work of contemporary and twentieth-century Mexican poets writing in relation to surrealist art. Hofer will be joined by Mexican poet Dolores Dorantes. The reading will take place in the galleries of In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. Seating is limited. Tickets are available at LACMA’s ticket office one hour before the event.


Barter Event: A Tribute to Ed Kienholz’s Watercolors
Barney’s Beanery (West Hollywood)
Originally presented at Eugenia Butler Gallery in 1969, the Barter Show consisted of a series of watercolor washes on 12 x 16 inch paper, which Kienholz bartered for the sums, objects, or experiences painted on them. For this tribute, a group of contemporary artists have been commissioned to create works, following Kienholz’s guidelines, to be bartered at this event at Barney’s Beanery. Space is limited. RSVP to All works to be bartered will be on view at Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler through April 7, 2012.

Indian Film Festival Opening Night Gala
ArcLight Hollywood (Hollywood)
This opening night celebration of the 10th annual Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles will feature the world premiere of the film Chittagong. This Festival’s five day celebration of Indian film and culture will include screenings of hundreds of movies in addition to lectures and a family day on April 14. Through April 15, 2012. Opening night gala tickets are $75 and available online.

Drawn to Blue: The History of Artists’ Blue Paper
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Roy Perkinson, artist and conservator emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, will discuss the birth of blue paper in the 15th century. This lecture will explore why artists from the Renaissance through the 19th century prized this remarkable paper. Learn about how they used it and why it fulfilled a particular role as an artist’s material.


Reading: Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin
Skirball Cultural Center (Brentwood)
Author Emil Draitser will read and discuss his latest memoir, Shush! Growing Up Jewish Under Stalin. The book describes life in mid-twentieth-century Russia and covers Draitser’s realization that, even years after immigrating to America from the Soviet Ukraine, he lowered his voice every time he said the word “Jewish.” A book signing and Q&A will follow the reading. Tickets are $8 and available online.


Ignition of Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder drawing Odyssey, Houston, October 6, 2010, photo by I-Hua Lee, courtesy Cai Studio