Each Week, ForYourArt Brings You the Best Opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT Art in Los Angeles. Join ForYourArt’s Weekly Email to Get Our Sampling of Picks for the Week.
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
Cleve Gray: The Connecticut Paintings
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for an exhibition by painter Cleve Gray. The Connecticut Paintings includes 15 works from 1963, the year that marked Gray’s venture into color-based gestural expressionism. This is the inaugural show at Diane Rosenstein Fine Art.
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Tango jazz fusion group Afrotango performs as part of Fowler Out Loud. This free concert series features live performances, open galleries, and light refreshments in the Fowler museum courtyard on Thursday evenings.
Crosstown Rivals: Films from UCLA and USC in the 1960s
UCLA’s James Bridges Theater (Westwood)
This screening event features student films by UCLA and USC alumni including George Lucas, Penelope Spheeris, Paul Golding, Robert Abel, and David Lebrun, who will appear in person at this event. Crosstown Rivals explores the social and political motivations behind the early works of these filmmakers. Crosstown Rivals repeats at USC on April 19, 2012.
Lecture: The Outer Limits: Marginal Illustrations in Gothic Manuscripts
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Lucy Freeman Sandler, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History at New York University, will discuss the images found drawn in the margins of gothic manuscripts. While these marginal images have often been treated as aberrations of the spirituality of the 13th and 14th centuries, Sandler considers them characteristic of the medieval world view. This lecture is in conjunction with the exhibition Gothic Grandeur: Manuscript Illumination, 1200-1350.
In a Forest of Petrified People
The York (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a collection of sculptural installations by Mark Fite and Jason Hadley. Constructed of metal, wood, wax, and plaster, these lifelike figures play against the gallery’s brick and mortar interior. Curated by Culture Reference, this event will include a specialty cocktail and a set by DJ Israel Vines.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe and Isa Melsheimer: Vermilion Sands and Other Stories from the Neon West
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two exhibitions. The first is a collection of new works by multimedia artist Mickalene Thomas. Origin of the Universe examines landscapes, interiors, and the female body through painting, photography, and installation. On view through August 19, 2012. Also opening at SMMoA is a collection of new works by artist Isa Melsheimer. This exhibit explores Hollywood’s cinematic heyday and its motion picture icons, citing influences including David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Billy Wilder’s Sunset Boulevard. On view through July 7, 2012.
Reading: Steve Abee
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Local author and teacher Steve Abee will appear at Skylight Books to read, discuss, and sign his new novel Johnny Future, an LA-based drug narrative for the 21st Century.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
Art Talk: Mickalene Thomas
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
Artist Mickalene Thomas will discuss her recently opened exhibition, Origin of the Universe, with Franklin Sirmans, Department Head of Contemporary Art at LACMA. The conversation will be moderated by Origin of the Universe curator Lisa Melandri and will focus on the contemporary and historical influences that inspire Thomas’ work.
Ben Rivera, Frank Ryan
gallery km east (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artists Frank Ryan and Ben Rivera. This show will feature solo work by both artists as well as pieces created in collaboration. Ryan’s contributions include oil paintings on linen and board, while Rivera’s works range from sculptures incorporating found objects and charcoaled paper to digital prints mounted on aluminum. On view through May 26, 2012.
Ronald Santos: New Drawings
gallery km west (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for this solo show by Los Angeles-based artist Ronald Santos. The exhibition will feature works formed with colored pen on paper, ranging in size from 14 by 17 inches to 40 by 50 inches. Each piece is constructed from thousands of repeated straight lines, often in dense parallel formation with select moments of tense overlap. On view through May 26, 2012.
Farrah Karapetian: Representation3
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
Opening reception for Farrah Karapetian’s first comprehensive exhibition. This collection features four multi-disciplinary projects that explore contemporary forms of media and their effects on our perceptions of material reality. On view through May 26, 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.
Hugo Crosthwaite: Tijuanerias
Luis De Jesus (Culver City)
Opening reception for Hugo Crosthwaite’s presentation of 100 ink and wash drawings as well as an installation environment comprised of an 80 foot circumferential mural presenting large-scale works in charcoal, graphite and ink on archival rag board. Crosthwaite’s work explores the lore of Tijuana and describes the city as a place of fetishes, cartoons, comics and graffiti alongside a threatening rationality governed by money and political interest. On view through May 26, 2012.
Shay Bredimus: Kotomi: Female Personifications of the Sister Cities of Los Angeles
Koplin Del Rio (Culver City)
Opening reception for this solo show by Los Angeles-based figurative painter and tattoo artist Shay Bredimus. In Kotomi, Bredimus casts female personifications of the 25 Sister Cities of Los Angeles as his subjects in a series of large and small portrait paintings. This event will also feature drawings by the tattoo artists of Long Beach’s Outer Limits, the oldest operating tattoo shop in the United States. On view through May 12, 2012.
Buff Monster: Legend of the Pink Cherry
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles street artist Buff Monster. This exhibition has two components, the good vs. evil tale “Legend of the Pink Cherry” and the Garbage Pail Kids inspired ”The Melty Misfits.” On view through May 5, 2012.
Kenny Scharf: Hodgepodge
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Kenny Scharf. Hodgepodge is inspired by television and consumer culture and will feature paintings, sculptures, installations, and a customized Cadillac, as well as Finism, an opening night performance by artist and longtime Scharf collaborator Ann Magnuson. On view through May 19, 2012.
Charlene Liu: Everywhere Close To Me
Taylor De Cordoba (Culver City)
Opening reception for a new collection of works on paper and panel by collage artist Charlene Liu. Liu uses an acrylic airbrush, a pastel color palette and handmade paper to construct her complex, feminine works. On view through May 19, 2012.
Jason Salavon: Tragedy of the Commons and Stephanie Washburn: Twice Told
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by new media artist Jason Salavon. To produce Tragedy of the Commons, Salavon recorded one week’s worth of programming on television stations HBO, CNN, and ESPN. He composes the millions of resulting screen shots into blocks, stripes, and pixels of color. Concurrently, the gallery also presents Twice Told, a solo exhibition by artist Stephanie Washburn which featuring photographs and a video projection. Both shows on view through May 29, 2012.
18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
The 18th Street Arts Center’s ArtNight event will feature an opening reception for Visions from the New California, an exhibition of works from around the state sponsored by the Alliance of Artists Communities. ArtNight will also include open studios by local and international artists, art installations, live Brazilian percussion from Batuclada, and a talk by Artist in Residence Michiko Yao in conversation with 18th Street’s Director of Residency Programs Pilar Tompkins Rivas.
Silverlake Art, Craft & Vintage
1511 Micheltorena Street (Silverlake)
This monthly market features vintage and new books, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and more. Food trucks will be on site and the event will also feature free ping pong.
Food Forward’s Spring Melt
This party and fundraising event will feature a silent auction, music, dancing, comedy, crafts, and refreshments including gourmet grilled cheeses, salads by Clementine, beer by New Belgium Brewery, and wines by Jordan Winery. Sponsored by KCRW, Spring Melt benefits Food Forward, an organization that addresses food issues and works to reconnect communities to the natural food system. Tickets are $75 and available online.
My Barbarian: Post-Living Ante-Action Theater
Using humor and allusion, My Barbarian’s ongoing interdisciplinary performance project explores counterculture theatrical forms and translates them into subversive music-theater. Collaborating with a team of local artists including Zackary Drucker, Charles Gaines, Kathleen Kim, and Giles Miller, My Barbarian will stage Post-Paradise, Aren’t You Sorry Now?, a new production that explores historical and contemporary social issues through songs, games, and acting. Tickets are $20 and available online. Also on Sunday, April 15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for you chance to win tickets.
PanOPLY: 6 LA Artists
Gallery 533 (Downtown)
This group exhibition will feature the work of contemporary Los Angeles artists Max Gleason, Kate Davis Caldwell, Jenny Hager, Ivan Deavy, Julio Panisello, and Billy Kheel. PanOPLY will showcase paintings, drawings and sculptures that explore themes of self, behaviors, and environments. On view by appointment only through April 30, 2012.
Pop-Hop Books & Curio (Highland Park)
LA-based literary series Next Words presents an evening of readings by the 2012 Graduating class of the MFA Writing Program at CalArts. Artists include Byron Campbell, Ebony Williams, Gina Caciolo, and Jill Foster.
Justin Cole: Tocqueville Photograms and Suite Sixteen
Pepin Moore (Chinatown)
Opening reception for two collections of new photographic works by Los Angeles-based multi-disciplinary artist Justin Cole. Tocqueville Photograms depicts photocopied pages from Alexis de Tocqueville’s study of American society and culture, De la démocratie en Amérique. Suite Sixteen features 16 photographs of still scenes around an affluent all-girls school in Lenox, Massachusetts. On view through May 19, 2012.
Gallery Opening: The Institute For Figuring
Institute for Figuring (Chinatown)
Opening day of the new Institute For Figuring, a gallery that will function as a space for ongoing exhibitions and as a “play tank” for developing new kinds of participatory programming about science, mathematics and engineering. Opening day exhibits include installations on physics, antigravity and hyperbolic imagery.
Timothy Nolan: Drift
The Studio for Southern California History (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Timothy Nolan, who explores illusions of three-dimensional space through the use of pattern, line, and shape in two dimensional wall work and floor installations. A concurrent show by Nolan entitled Restack will be on display at the CB1 Gallery through April 29.
Karl Haendel: Oral Sadism and the Vegetarian Personality
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening reception for this collection of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Karl Haendel. Drawing from his large archive of slides, Haendel will present 11-12 projected shows that examine various themes within this collection of images. On view through April 28, 2012.
Blood Sugar Sex Magik
The Company (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of works including video and photograph by artists Jen Denike, Amie Dicke, Robert Mapplethorpe, Dane Mitchell, and Carlos Sandoval De Leon. On view through May 5, 2012.
Flowers For Pauline
MAK Center for Art & Architecture at The Schindler House (West Hollywood)
This day-long event, a tribute to The Schindler House’s designer and original resident Rudolph Schindler and his wife Pauline, will feature demonstrations of Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement. Los Angeles Sogetsu teacher Haruko Takeichi will lead the design and construction of a bamboo sculpture in the House’s front garden. Additionally, an exhibition of Ikebana installations by local practitioners will be staged throughout the House. Ikebana demonstration tickets are $20 and general admission tickets are $7. Call 323-651-1510 for reservations. Flowers for Pauline continues April 15 through April 21, 2012.
Various Locations (Various Times)
Radio Break is an on air exhibition presenting art in locations throughout Los Angeles. These works will be conveyed through low-power radio transmissions and live events. Radio Break connects participants with the ambient sounds of the city, inviting them to tune in to its history, noise, narratives, and music. A way-finding map and interactive website accompany the exhibition and provide details about the projects and their locations. Radio Break continues on Sunday, April 15 and April 22-23.
Central Avenue: A Community Album
2515 S. Central Avenue at Adams Boulevard (South Central)
Opening reception for this neighborhood organized photography exhibition depicting historic and contemporary images of Central Avenue from the perspectives of those who live and work there. Central Avenue surveys an area synonymous with the African American golden age in Los Angeles, blight in the post-war decades, and the 1992 LA Riots. The event will feature refreshments and music by A Place Called Home youth center jazz quintet. On view through April 21, 2012.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts 10th Anniversary Gala & Auction
Gala and Auction for the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts, which benefits young African-American artists. The foundation’s annual William H. Johnson prize awards $25,000 to an early-career African-American artist. The gala’s live and silent auctions will feature works by Edgar Arceneaux, John Bankston, James Gobel, Deborah Grant, and Todd Gray. Tickets are $150 and available online until April 8.
Reading: Eben Weiss
Orange 20 Bikes (Wilshire Center)
Author Even Weiss, otherwise known as the blogger BikeSnobNYC, will discuss and sign his latest book The Enlightened Cyclist, the latest in Weiss’ popular Bike Snob series.
CicLAvia temporarily removes cars from L.A. streets, making it safe for people to walk, skate, play and ride a bike. There are activities along the route. Directions are available online.
Artist Talk: Tender You
RAID Projects (Lincoln Heights)
RAID Projects director Jason Ramos hosts a conversation between artists Josh Atlas and Michelle Carla Handel, whose work comprises RAID’s current exhibition Tender You, a collection of figurative sculptures and drawings. Curator Carrie McILwain will also speak about the exhibition, which focuses on the abstraction of personal lust through tactile, playful objects. This is Tender You’s closing day.
Film Screening: Brilliant Soil
Atwater Crossing Screening Space (Atwater Village)
Screening of the documentary Brilliant Soil, which tells the story of a indigenous artisan from the Mexican state of Michoacan. This event will feature a Q&A session with the filmmakers and a lead-free pottery exhibition and sale. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.
MONDAY, APRIL 16
Film Screening: Ararat
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Hammer presents Ararat, a film based loosely on the Siege of Van during the Armenian Genocide. While exploring the human impact of that specific historical event, the film also examines the nature of truth and its representation through art. This award-winning film stars Charles Aznavour, Christopher Plummer, and David Alpay. Presented in conjunction with Hammer Conversations: Atom Egoyan & Serj Tankian.
TUESDAY, APRIL 17
Film Screening: Screamers
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The documentary film Screamers chronicles Grammy Award-winning rock band System of a Down’s efforts to persuade both the British and U.S. governments to recognize the Armenian Genocide. The film explores why genocides repeat and features interviews with Pulitzer Prize–winning activist Samantha Power; survivors from Turkey, Rwanda, and Darfur; FBI whistleblowers, and Hrant Dink, who was assassinated in Turkey after appearing in the film. This event is in conjunction with an April 22 discussion featuring the System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and filmmaker Atom Egoyan.
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Word-Jamming is a communal art making event featuring crafts and games including Scrabble and bingo. This free event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women. Tours of this show will be available throughout the evening. The evening also includes music and light refreshments.
My Barbarian, Post-Living-Ante-Action Theater, Madrid 2010. Photo by Becky Snodgrass courtesy of REDCAT