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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.


Sean Shim-Boyle, Untitled, mixed media (suspended ceiling). Courtesy UCLA Department of Art.