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THURSDAY, APRIL 5
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.
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
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.
Elizabeth Peyton, David Bowie, 2012, Oil on aluminum veneered panel
14 x 11 1/4 inches (35.6 x 28.6 cm)
Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles © Elizabeth Peyton