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THURSDAY, APRIL 19
Rene Ricard: Go Mae West, Young Man
8458 Melrose Place (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by New York-based artist Rene Ricard. Both a painter and a poet, Rene’s history in the New York art world dates back to Warhol’s Factory years. He is largely credited with discovering the iconic artist Jean Michel Basquiat. Exhibition on view through May 27, 2012.
Crosstown Rivals: Films from UCLA and USC in the 1960s
USC’s Ray Stark Family Theatre (Downtown)
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. Crosstown Rivals explores the social and political motivations behind the early works of these filmmakers, who experimented with styles including animation, collage, and documentary. The event includes screenings of Spheeris’ Synthesis and the student version of Lucas’ THX 1138.
ArtShare Los Angeles (Downtown)
This group show by painters Raul Guerrero, Anna Stump, and Tim Youd features large-scale depictions of the human form. In contrast to these works, each artist will also present small sketches. On view through June 8, 2012.
UCLA Department of Art MFA Exhibition #3
New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
Opening reception for UCLA MFA students Tejpal S. Ajji, Laeh Glenn, Mathiew Greenfield, Ragen Moss, and Sean Shim-Boyle. On view through April 27.
Resurrecting the English Country House
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Sir Simon Jenkins, Chair of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, discusses the circumstances, values, and opportunities for historic English country houses in the 21st century. This lecture will explore the importance of engaging visitors with the history of such houses and will discuss strategies on how to do so at sites including Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, and Kingston Lacy in Dorset.
Lecture: Frances Stark
Girvetz Hall, UCSB (Santa Barbara)
The University of California at Santa Barbara presents a lecture by LA-based artist Frances Stark, who will discuss her work and artistic practice.
Art Talk: Sarah C. Bancroft and Tony Berlant
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
Curator Sarah C. Bancroft and artist Tony Berlant will engage in a discussion of Diebenkorn’s artist practice, and his impact and legacy as a teacher and working artist in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. This free event begins at 6:30pm with a reception and tour of the gallery. The discussion begins at 8pm.
FRIDAY, APRIL 20
Transmission LA: AV Club
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Mike D of The Beastie Boys will curate this 17-day multi-disciplinary festival celebrating and presenting contemporary art, design, music, film, and food. Hosted by online interview magazine The Avant/Garde Diaries, Transmission LA: AV CLUB will feature work by artists including Peter Coffin, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Public Fiction, Sage Vaughn, and Tom Sachs and food by Roy Choi. This free event will also feature concerts, DJ sets, and a pop up restaurant. Open through May 6, 2012.
Kim MacConnel: Abracadabra
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by artist Kim MacConnel. Abracadabra features works of brightly colored, high-gloss enamel on board. The exhibition is made up of large, multi-part pieces composed of small individual panels, grouped and aligned according to pattern and size. In addition, the exhibition will include a wide range of smaller paintings. On view through May 19, 2012.
Close Encounters of a Material Kind
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
A panel discussion featuring artists Katie Grinnan, Farrah Karapetian, Sohrab Mohebbi, and Alexandro Segade.
Book Release and Signing: Matthew Brannon: Hyenas Are…
The Mandrake (Culver City)
The Los Angeles book release party and signing for Jan Tumlir’s new book Matthew Brannon: Hyenas Are… Both the artist and the writer will be in attendance. The book will be available to purchase at The Mandrake for $35.
Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
This exhibition is presented in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the historical gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Tokyo, Japan, to Washington, D.C. Lessons of the Cherry Blossom features 16 prints from Norton Simon’s permanent collection, several of which have not been on view before, including three rare sets of uncut double prints by Utagawa Hiroshige. On view through September 3, 2012.
SATURDAY, APRIL 21
Laura Parnes: County Down and Lovett/Codagnone: Make Anarchy and Disorder Your Trademarks
LA><ART (Culver City)
The opening of two exhibitions at LA><ART. Laura Parnes’ County Down is a cross-platform, episodic, single channel video that explores an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community that coincides with a teenage girl’s invention of a designer drug. The collaborative duo Lovett/Codagnone’s (John Lovett and Alessandro Codagnon) Make Anarchy and Disorder Your Trademarks traces a trajectory from the use of self-reflexive strategies, to specifically addressing issues of collective identity and the absorption of underground tactics of resistance.
Radio Break – Presented by USC Roski School of Fine Art’s MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere Program, class of 2012
Radio Break is an exhibition on the air, presenting twelve artworks in locations throughout Los Angeles conveyed through low-power radio transmissions during two weeks and live events held on two consecutive weekends. 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 22 from 2-9pm at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd., which will have a listening station through the April 27.
n+1 Magazine in LA Party
Paper Chase Press (Hollywood)
n+1, a New York-based magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly, celebrates its 13th issue with a party welcoming writers Chad Harbach, Jon-Jon Goulian, and Rebecca Solnit. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Farid Kia: Naked
The Gallery on Market Street (Venice)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of paintings by Venice-based artist Farid Kia. Naked features large scale oil on canvas portraits that explore the psychological states and the emotions beneath the subject’s facial expression. On view through May 11, 2012.
18th Street Arts Center Benefit Dinner
18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
This benefit event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a raffle, artist studio tours and a conversation between art critic and author Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and contemporary artist Larry Bell. A special lifetime artistic achievement award will be given to 18th Street’s co-founder, Susanna Bixby Dakin for her work as an artist, arts advocate, and philanthropist. Tickets range between $250 and $2,300 and are available online.
Jules Engel: Kinetic Energy
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for this retrospective show celebrating the work of Jules Engel, the Founding Director of CalArts’ Abstract Animation Department. Kinetic Energy will feature lithographs, paintings, original drawings, gouaches, and sketches for Disney’s Fantasia and work Engel created for UPA, Format Films, and Focus Films. On view through June 29, 2012.
Let Your Body In
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by contemporary queer artists alongside artworks and objects from the collections at ONE Archives. Participating artists include EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Maya Bookbinder, Laurel Frank, Aimee Goguen, Kim Kelly, and Lee Relvas. The exhibition explores creative approaches to activating the body and playful ways of engaging with queer histories and culture. On view through July 1, 2012.
Los Angeles Art Association (West Hollywood)
The Los Angeles Art Association’s annual “gem” show features the sale of more than 200 affordably-priced original artworks by emerging artists. Past shows have included works by Alexandra Grant, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, and Frank Gehry. Admission is $100 ($120 at-door) for the VIP Preview from 6-7pm and $25 for General Admission. Tickets are available online.
Contemporary Art Conversations #12
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Mid-Wilshire)
This event features a conversation between art critics Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank, artist/critic John O’Brien, and art historian/curator Betty Ann Brown. The group will discuss the exhibitions In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States at LACMA, L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Unnatural at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then, and Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe.
Ann McCoy: Ovum Philosophorum, The Egg of the Philosophers
Bleicher Gallery (Mid Wilshire)
Opening reception for an exhibit of masterworks by artist Ann McCoy. Ovum Philosophorum features many of McCoy’s large scale drawing, many of which are influenced by alchemical theory and Jungian analysis. On view through May 20, 2012.
Alex Schaefer: Irrational Exuberance
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of works by LA-based artist Alex Schaefer, whose paintings explore the themes of excess, criminality, and the current financial crisis. Schaefer recently did a series of plein air works in which he painted flames on the sides of various Chase Banks throughout Los Angeles. Irrational Exuberance is on view through May 26, 2012.
JB Jurve (Chinatown)
Opening reception for this group show featuring the work of Los Angeles based artists Alice Könitz, Annette Weisser, Cal Crawford, Matthew Grover, Nora Shields, Peter Wu, Rochele Gomez, and Zack Stadel. On view through May 17, 2012.
Coagula Curatorial Gallery Launch
Coagula Curatorial (Chinatown)
Mat Gleason, the founder and publisher of Los Angeles’ Coagula Art Journal, marks the 20th anniversary of this periodical with the launch of Coagula Curatorial. This new gallery will open with two shows: Coney Island of the Mind, a solo show of works by Tim Youd, and Beuys in the Basement, an exhibition of Michael Montfort’s photographs of artist Josef Beuys. Both shows will be on view through June 3, 3012.
Maloney Fine Art (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by sculptor Zadik Zadikian. Zadikian’s work spans three decades and is known for its minimalist form and historical references. On view through May 26, 2012.
Carroll Dunham: A Drawing Survey
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for a thirty-year survey of works by New York-based artist Carroll Dunham. Comprised of almost 400 works on paper executed between 1982 and 2012, this exhibition serves as the most comprehensive evaluation of Dunham’s drawing practice to date. On view through May 26, 2012.
Brice Bischoff: Bronson Caves and Thomas Wrede: Real Landscapes
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
An opening reception for two exhibitions at the Kopeikin Gallery. The first is Brice Bischoff’s collection of photographs documenting Los Angeles’ Bronson Caves. Located in LA’s Griffith Park, these man-made caves are a longstanding filming location for motion pictures and television shows. The second event is a reception and book signing for a collection of works by German photographer Thomas Wrede, whose landscape portraits include artificial details that create optical illusions. Both shows on view through May 26, 2012.
Laddie John Dill: Contained Radiance L.A.
Nye + Brown (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new and vintage works by Laddie John Dill, who was an integral figure in Southern California’s Light and Space movement in the 1960s. Contained Radiance LA will feature a large scale immersive light and sand installation in addition to a series of miniature light and sand pieces. On view through June 9, 2012.
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
The 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will feature two days of readings, panel discussions, author signings, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and lectures. This event is free. The Festival of Books continues on Sunday, April 22.
Rigo 23: Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program
Initiated by San Francisco-based artist Rigo 23, Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program is an exhibit based on the iconography and imagery of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The collection attempts to realize the possibilities of intercommunal and intergalactic dialogue through sculptures, tapestries, and painted murals that give shape and voice to the Zapatista community’s struggle for autonomy in the face of globalization. On view through June 17.
LA Freewalls Inside
LALA Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for LALA Gallery’s first exhibit, LA Freewalls Inside. This group show features contributions from over 30 local and international street artists including Shepard Fairey, AskewOne, SABER, Ron English, Swoon, and HOW & NOSM. The show will celebrate the work of artists who have contributed to the community-endorsed LA Freewalls Project that has brought murals and art to downtown Los Angeles.
Armory Center for the Arts Annual Benefit
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
This benefit gala will honor longstanding local art patrons Harvey and Ellen Knell. The evening will feature live art demonstrations, musical performances by local teens, food selections from 18 local restaurants, complimentary wine and cocktails, and beer from Pasadena’s Crafstmen Brewing Company. Tickets are $125 and available online.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22
Book Release: Electrical Banana
MOCA Family Store (Downtown)
LA release party for Electrical Banana, an examination of the international language of psychedelia that features experts including Heinz Edelmann of Yellow Submarine, Beatles artist Marijke Koger, Martin Sharp, and Dudley Edwards. This event, corresponding with next week’s release party in New York, will feature Koger in conversation with Norman Hathaway, a book signing, and a film screening.
Yom Hashoah Day of Commemoration
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (Mid-City West)
This day long Holocaust Remembrance Day event includes a memory walk with Holocaust survivors, children’s art activities, lectures and other artistic performances in the museum, outside of the museum, and in the Pan Pacific Amphitheater. A Ceremony of Commemoration will begin at 2pm and feature Keynote Speaker Professor Yehuda Bauer, world renowned Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Earth Day at LACMA
LACMA will celebrate Earth Day with a day of programs and activities designed for all ages, including artist-led workshops, bike-related films, tours of the collection for families and adults, storytelling, sketching from nature, and a guided walkthrough of the natural art on campus. General museum admission is required; free admission will be granted to those with a bike helmet or bike parking receipts, or those who have traveled by alternative transportation.
Alternative Projections Presents: Conceptual Art Films from Los Angeles
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
This event, part of the Los Angeles Filmforum’s ongoing Alternative Projections series, features conceptual films by artists including Thom Andersen, John Baldessari, Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Jack Goldstein, Grahame Weinbren, David Wilson, and other filmmakers known both for working in film and in other media. Morgan Fisher will appear in person. Reservations are recommended for this free event.
California Institute of the Arts MFA Open Studios
This free annual event features CalArts MFA graduate candidates in Art, Photography and Media, and Art and Technology opening their workspaces to the public. Attendees can meet with artists and preview works-in-progress. Each artist will be available to answer questions and discuss their practice.
MONDAY, APRIL 23
Art In the Twenty-First Century Benefit Premiere
Creative Artists Agency (Century City)
This Art21 fundraiser, features a screening of Change, the season six premiere of the series Art in the Twenty-First Century. This short film includes artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie. This free event will feature cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a discussion with Opie. A dinner with the artists will happen after the screening at Craft restaurant. Dinner tickets are $500 – $5,000 and available online.
TUESDAY, APRIL 24
New American Writing: Aimee Bender and Etgar Keret
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
This contemporary fiction and poetry reading series will feature novelist and USC creative writing instructor Aimee Bender and screenwriter and director Etgar Keret, whose film Jellyfish won the Palme ‘d Or for Best Debut Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. A book signing will follow the reading.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
Human Rights for Afghan Women
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Nushin Arbabzadah, author, journalist, analyst, translator, and research scholar at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women, and Brad Adams, the executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, will discuss Afghan women’s rights since 2001, when the international community intervened in the country. This event is presented in conjunction with The Fowler’s current exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women. The event will feature a reception with light refreshments in the Fowler’s courtyard starting at 6pm.
ARLA: Resonate! Receive!, performance detail, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, October 2011. Photo: Jean-Paul Leonard.