ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, APRIL 26
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.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
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.
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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 28
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.
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.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
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.
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.
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.
Allen Ruppersberg courtesy of the Hammer Museum; Cy Twombly courtesy of The Guardian; Crinkly with a Red Disc, c. 1973 © Calder Foundation, New York/ArtistsRightsSociety (ARS), New York; LA Bloom Opening Performance,Mare Nubium courtesy of JAPCC; Amy Yao for JF&Son coutesy of Paddle 8; Charles Ray, Sleeping woman, 2012 courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery; LA Vampires courtesy of downtownatdawn; Arthur R Kelly home courtesy of Curbed Los Angeles; Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader cover detail courtesy of East of Borneo; and Julie Mehretu, Black City, 2007, Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.