ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Deborah Grant and Jacob Yanes
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two new exhibitions. Deborah Grant’s The Provenance and Crowning of King William will feature paintings, drawings, and collages inspired by the life and art of William H. Johnson. Jacob Yanes’ Philomela will feature a sculptural installation based on the story of Philomela, Tereus, and Procne as told by Ovid in the Metamorphoses. Both exhibitions on view through May 26, 2012.
Art Lecture: Allen Ruppersberg
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Free lecture by conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg, whose work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books. Ruppersberg is recognized as an early practitioner of installation art, having produced such works as Al’s Cafe, Al’s Grand Hotel, and The Novel That Writes Itself. Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 80 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group exhibitions. Ruppersberg lives in L.A. and New York.
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
The Orange County Museum of Art presents a free screening of “Change,” the first episode of the sixth season of Art in the Twentieth-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. This episode features OCMA permanent collection artist Catherine Opie.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Kenny Burrell and Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Jazz at LACMA kicks off its twenty-first season with guitarist Kenny Burrell and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited. The concert marks the premiere of the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited (LAJOU), which features jazz musicians from around Los Angeles. This free concert will include a tribute to Duke Ellington in honor of his birthday on April 29.
Cy Twombly: The Last Paintings
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for a tribute exhibit to the late artist Cy Twombly. This show includes Twombly’s last paintings and one hundred of his photographs, ranging from early studio impressions from the 1950s to a group of landscape subjects taken in St Barths last year. On view through June 9, 2012.
L&M Arts (Venice)
Opening reception for a career-spanning collection of works by Alexander Calder. The exhibition will bring together over 40 indoor and outdoor pieces, including mobiles, stabiles, and gouaches that span from 1938 to 1975. Some of these works have never before been seen by the public. On view through June 16, 2012.
LA Bloom: A New Season
To commemorate the centennial of the cherry trees gifted to the United States from Japan, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is will celebrate its first annual Spring Festival: LA Bloom. This nine-day celebration will transform the JACCC Plaza into an ecoartspace and showcase traditions, contemporary art, culture, performances and community activities. The event will begin with an Opening Night Performance: Mare Nubium on Friday, April 27 and will end with Family Day on Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $25-$125 and available online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win tickets.
Slideluck Potshow Los Angeles VI
The Los Angeles edition of this internationally held photo slideshow event will feature a potluck dinner, cocktails, music, and a 3D photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. $10 suggested donation at the door.
Valerie Snobeck: They Seem Removed
Thomas Duncan Gallery (Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by New York-based installation artist Valerie Snobeck. On view through May 26, 2012.
The Art of Cooking
Royal/T (Culver City)
Opening reception for a new food-and art-themed exhibit The Art of Cooking, which showcases artists who make use of food in their work. This collection includes drawings, paintings, digital prints, and clothing. This event will feature a DJ and performances by Scott and Tyson Reeder, and Charles Irvin. On view through August 1, 2012.
Newport Beach Film Festival
Opening day of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which features 400 films from 50 countries. The festival begins with the screening of Jewtopia, which features an ensemble cast including Rita Wilson and Jon Lovitz. In addition to screenings, the festival will feature parties and lectures with various filmmakers. Through May 3, 2012. Ticket available online.
The Ace Hotel (Palm Springs)
This family crafting event will feature artist-led interactive workshops in underwater photography, succulent planting, henna tattoos, leatherworking, and more. Instructors will lead a variety of fitness classes including skateboarding, relay races, and ping pong. This weekend-long event also includes dancing, BBQ, and storytelling. Through Sunday, April 29. For reservations, call 760-325-9900.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
Welcome to the Freak Show
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring new works by artists Apricot Mantle, Jon McNair, Zach Schoenbaum, and Jessica Ward. Welcome to the Freak Show includes paintings, drawings, and illustrations depicting dark, fantastical, and otherwordly subject matter. On view through June 2, 2012.
Victor Man: The White Shadow of His Talent
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings and object arrangements by Victor Man. The White Shadow of His Talent features non-linear scenarios based on the nine fictional texts that form the book If Mind Were All There Was. On view through May 26, 2012.
Subliminal Projects (Echo Park)
Opening reception for this solo exhibition of new works by British artist Stanley Donwood. Lost Angeles is a commentary on the flawed future of society and features an 18-foot apocalyptic panorama of the L.A. being destroyed by fire, flood, and meteor storm. On view through May 26, 2012.
Make It Out
chime & co. (Silverlake)
This group show will feature works by artists including Oona Gardner, Mike Erickson, Dana Maiden, Tanya Rubback, Riah Buchanan, Nikki Lewis, Sofia Cordova, and more. On view through May 19, 2012.
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Tomma Abts, Richard Artschwager, Robert Barry, James Bishop, Daniel Buren, N. Dash, Brad Eberhard, Bart Exposito, Mary Heilmann, Mangelos, R. H. Quaytman, Analia Saban. Robert Therrien. On view through June 9, 2012.
Human Resources (Chinatown)
This event will feature musical performances by Pharoahs, LA Vampires, High Places, Suzanne Kraft and a DJ set by White Car. Admission is $5 at the door.
Matthew Marks Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by figurative sculptor Charles Ray. Sleeping woman depicts a woman sleeping on a bench, and Young man is a sculpture of a standing naked man. They are both made from solid stainless steel and weigh approximately 6,000 lbs and 1,500 lbs, respectively. On view through June 23, 2012.
Robert Overby: Paintings & Drawings from the 1970′s
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
This exhibition brings together paintings and drawings from the 1970s that articulate Overby’s interest in appropriated imagery, the figure and the underlying structure of painting. Overby constructed images by borrowing fragments of advertising, pornography, book cover illustrations, and various other popular ephemera.
Bill Jensen and Lutz Braun
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two new exhibitions, Bill Jensen’s Recent Works and Lutz Braun’s Der Tod ist eine Geisteskrankheit. Both shows on view through June 2, 2012.
PLANEfurniture: types + prototypes
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for an exhibition of contemporary furniture that advances the gallery’s focus on 20th and 21st century architects and designers. The exhibition also represents the debut of PLANEfurniture, a collection of modern furniture created by designer and collector Michael Boyd and inspired by modern furniture designers including Gerrit Rietveld, Rudolph Schindler, Jean Prouvé, and Donald Judd. On view through June 16, 2012.
Raymond Pettibon: Prints
Leslie Sacks Contemporary (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring Raymond Pettibon’s graphic, comic-book style drawings as they translate into the print medium. Pettibon is known for his images of surfers, trains, and noir figures, which he pairs with quotes from classic Western literature and his own writing. The work comments on aspect of American culture including philosophy, politics, and punk music. On view through June 9, 2012.
KJ Schumacher: Cherokee Park
Aran Cravey Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for Cherokee Park, a collection of new paintings by artist KJ Schumacher. This is partially inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series. On view through June 3, 2012.
On the Horizon: New Generation British Painters
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
Reception for this group show curated by Alexandra Ray and Catherine Loewe. On the Horizon showcases three figurative painters currently living and working in London: Robert Fry, Adam Dix, and Hugh Mendes. This event is in conjunction with Britweek, which celebrates British artists in California. On view through May 12, 2012.
The Wild Hunt: Part I MFA Thesis Exhibition
Irvine University Art Galleries (Irvine)
Opening reception for The Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ first installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibitions. The two-part series features individual projects culminating from three years of formal and theoretical study at the university. Featured artists include Nick Aguayo, James Anderson, Sarah Beadle, Maya Gurantz, and Paul Pescador. The event will feature a screening of Pescador’s film 3 at 5pm. On view through May 11, 2012.
High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree)
Assist in the demolition of the 24 foot tall wooden structure installation Yucca Crater, located in Joshua Tree’s High Desert Test Sites. The demolition begins at 9am and volunteers are welcome to take pieces of the installation home to use as scrap and firewood. RSVP to email@example.com.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
Jonathan Lethem Discusses the Talking Heads
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem will discuss and sign his entry into the 33 1/3 pocket-sized book series, in which an author writes about one album by one band. Lethem’s book is on Fear of Music, the third album by the Talking Heads, a group Lethem puts on par with Fritz Lang, Edgar Allen Poe, Patti Smith, and David Foster Wallace.
Manipulated Image: Memory and Identity
Arena 1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Manipulated Image presents an evening of multi-disciplinary art. This event, curated by Alysse Stepanian, will feature a sound installation by Philip Mantione, a video installation by Joe Merrell, performances by Mariel Carranza and Soyeon Jung, artist discussions, and a selection of African video art curated by Kisito Assangni. Suggested donation of $5 at the door.
Kelly Berg: Amazonia and Linda Alterwitz: In-Sight
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two exhibiotions at Frank Pictures Gallery. Amazonia is a collection of new works by artist Kelly Berg. These paintings are created from layers of acrylic and ink and serve as a reprise to her last show, Subterranean. Las Vegas-based multimedia artist Linda Alterwitz’s In-Sight features digitally manipulated and layered images that together create large-scale photographs. The show incorporates re-photographed PET scans (from hospital patients) into a contextualized landscape. Both shows on view through May 28, 2012.
56th Annual Art + Architecture Tour
LACMA’s 56th Annual Art + Architecture Tour will feature four Los Angeles homes notable for both their design and the various art collections they house. Docents will provide art and architecture tours of each residence. Homes are located in Trousdale Estates, Coldwater Canyon, Windsor Square, and Hancock Park. Tickets are $175 – $5,600 and available online.
Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
The Los Angeles Filmforum continues its film screening series Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 with Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture. This event will feature works by Robert Chatterton, Chick Strand, and Penelope Spheeris, who will appear in person. This free event is co-presented by Outfest. Reservations recommended.
East of Borneo Book Launch with Thom Andersen & Susan Morgan
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This event from online contemporary art magazine East of Borneo will feature a conversation between filmmaker Thom Andersen, writer/editor Susan Morgan and moderator Mark Owens. This event celebrates the launch of East of Borneo Books and the publication of its first title, Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader, edited and introduced by Morgan.
Dirges for Dead Malls
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This performance pays tribute to the increasingly irrelevant suburban mall space in an age of Big Box stores and economic angst. Claire Cronin and Stephen Van Dyck will pay tribute to dead, abandoned malls through a performance of 80′s pop hits redone as dirges, with a corresponding sound installation.
The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
11am – 6pm
Opening day of a new exhibition that explores the recent transformation of abstract painting into one of the most dynamic platforms in contemporary art, featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Mark Bradford, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder), Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Seth Price, Sterling Ruby, Josh Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool. On view through August 20, 2012.
38th Annual Spring Plant Sale
The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens (San Marino)
The Huntington’s 38th annual plant sale will feature thousands of items including roses, perennials, cacti. succulents, vegetable seedlings, fruit trees, herbs, and more. Admission to the event is free, and Library members can shop early at a preview sale on Saturday, April 28.
MONDAY, APRIL 30
Musical Performance: Lowenthal and Shpachenko
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Nadia Shpachenko will perform Debussy’s Petite Suite and Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Opus 56 for piano four-hands and solo piano pieces by Liszt and Debussy during this free concert event at LACMA’s Bing Theater.
TUESDAY, MAY 1
Reading: Alain Mabanckou
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
One of Africa’s major writers, Alain Mabanckou is the author of six volumes of poetry and nine novels. He received the Sub-Saharan African Literature Prize for Blue-White-Red, and the Prix Renaudot for Memoirs of a Porcupine. He currently teaches literature at UCLA. A book signing will follow the reading.
7th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts: Annie Leibovitz
Beverly Wilshire (Beverly Hills)
Photographer Annie Leibovitz, recipient of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2012 Distinguished Woman in the Arts award, will be honored during this luncheon. Hosted by The MOCA Projects Council, one of the museum’s major support organizations, the event will benefit MOCA’s education programming and will feature a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. Maria Shriver will present the award. Ticket are $300 – $1,000.
Film Screening: Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Anders Østergaard’s award-winning documentary is an inside look at the 2007 Myanmar uprising through the independent journalist group Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of thirty anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) who recorded the events on Handycams, smuggled the footage out of the country, and broadcasted it to the world via satellite. Tickets are $10 and available online.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 2
Helen Knode in Conversation with James Ellroy
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Novelist Helen Knode will discuss her new thriller Wildcat Play with her ex-husband, crime fiction writer James Ellroy, the author of books including The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential.
Deborah Grant. Installation View, Steve Turner Contemporary, April 2012.