ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.


UCLA Department of Art MFA Exhibition #4
New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
Opening reception for a group show by UCLA MFA students William Kaminski, Becky Kolsrud, Marina Pinsky, and David Zuttermeister. This exhibition will include multimedia installations and paintings. On view through May 11.

David Villafaña
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
As part of the Fowler Out Loud music series, singer-songwriter and ethnomusicology student David Villafaña will pay tribute to the Mexican ranchera genre with a performance of songs by composers such as Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Cuco Sanchez.

show&tell: the art of pop culture
Zimmer Children’s Museum (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a new exhibition featuring the work of more than 40 artists. show&tell will include paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages based on the themes of advertising, products, comic books, cultural ideas, and other concepts reflecting pop culture. A special opening for families and children will be held on Sunday, May 6. Through June 8, 2012.

Etsy Craft Night: Victorian Embroideries
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
Crafter Mark Montano will lead a demonstration in making hand-stitched images. Montano will teach basic embroidery stitching and have a range of black & white images for participants to choose from. All supplies will be furnished, and attendees can keep the embroidery hoops and floss. This event costs $7 and is free for CAFAM members.

Later Abstractions
Cinefamily (Mid City)
Presented by the LA Filmforum and Cinefamily, Numbers, Patterns, and Shapes: Later Abstractions of the 1960s and 1970s, will feature more than ten abstract films by directors including John and James Whitney, Larry Cuba, Pat O’Neill, Michael Scroggins, and Adam Beckett. Cuba, Hock, O’Neill, and Scroggins will appear in person. Tickets are $12 and available online.

Creative Cultivation: dublab’s 2012 Fundraiser Dinner
C Project (Hollywood)
Benefit dinner for Los Angeles art and music collective dublab. This event will feature musical performances from dublab members and friends including Anenon, Carlos Niño, Julia Holter, and Cut Chemist. Starry Kitchen and bread&wine will provide dinner and The Virgil will host a “pop-up mixology station” featuring signature cocktails and Lagunitas Beer, DRY Soda, Le Grande Courtage Champagne, and select wines. Tickets are $100 and available online.

The Sea and the Cloud
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
For the second Engagement Party Art Talk, MOCA has invited The Public School to present two discussions about isolation, monitoring, and habitability against a backdrop of dissolving social institutions, familial structures, employment, and more. James Merle Thomas will present Tektite Revisited—his research into NASA’s short-lived program—covering aquanauts, anechoic chambers, and the problems of modern living. Benjamin Bratton will speak about the “cloud” and planetary scale computation, with its effects on territory, law, and place. This free event will also feature a discussion moderated by artist Sean Dockray.

Autumn Lights Night
Farmers & Merchant Bank (Downtown)
This fundraising event for the annual exhibition Autumn Lights LA will feature light installations, neon and black light art, photography, projections and other light-based creations by a variety of artists. VIP admission is $50 and includes early admission at 7pm, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, a photo booth, entertainment, and art for sale. General admission is $10 and begins at 9pm.

We Said a 40 Foot Tree
Machine Projects (Echo Park)
We Said a 40 Foot Tree is a two minute puppet show performed for 1- 2 people at a time. Machine Project calls the show, “perfect for on your way to or from dinner, as a destination for an evening stroll, or as a tiny pre-party to your big night out.” The performance will be repeated ongoingly from 8-10pm and repeated as audience members drop in. Appropriate for all ages. No dogs/pets allowed.

Felix Goes to Hollywood
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Human Resources presents the U.S. premier of a lecture and performance piece UIQ: A Space Oddity. Basing their work on French intellectualist Félix Guattari’s script for the science fiction movie UN AMOUR d’UIQ, Paris-based filmmakers Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson consider how the development of this text now appears amid a resurgence of interest in science fiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s with films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET, and Bladerunner.

God Daughter
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
God Daughter is a multi-media performance by LA-based trio WIFE. This three part show uses choreography, projected images, and music to tell a story of female relationships and  metamorphosis. The evening features a happy hour with music and wine at 5pm. The free performance begins at 7pm.


Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale Preview Gala
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
Preview party for a show and art sale featuring over 65 exhibitors of 20th century furniture, decorative, and fine art from across the United States and Europe. This event will benefit children’s arts education program P.S. Arts and will feature cocktails, wine, food, music, and an opportunity for early-buying. Tickets are $150 and available online.  This show will open to the public on Saturday, May 5 through Sunday, May 6. Tickets are $15 at the door.

20th Annual National Open Show
Korean Cultural Center (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for this exhibition of modern and contemporary art, juried by Douglas Fogle, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs & Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum; Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Max Presneill, Curator at the Torrance Art Museum.

Machine Project (Echo Park)
Artist Emily Lacy brings sound and distortion to the final days of the Machine Project Transdimensional Hallway in her new piece Corpor. Entering and exiting is encouraged in this three-day performance examining presence, absence, and the business of daily life. From the roots of the word “corporate”, a mythology is explored around the body and its relationship to business and commerce as a whole. Lacy will use the shape of the hallway to distribute music dynamically. Daily through Sunday, May 6.

Los Angeles Music Video Festival
Downtown Independent Theater (Downtown)
LAMVF is a film festival for music videos, complete with categories of competition, a roster of professional judges, prizes, panels, keynote speakers, workshops, screenings and live musical performances. Music video director Eric Wareheim (Flying Lotus, Depeche Mode, Major Lazer), will give a keynote speech at 9pm. The festival continues on Saturday, May 5.

Carnival of Insecurities
RAID Projects (Downtown)
Los Angeles-based artist collective MUC presents a new performance and installation exploring the mass appeal of the carnival. Filled with twists on classic carnival entertainment, Carnival of Insecurities examines life’s expectations and the anxiety arising from them.

First Friday Featuring Amy Stewart
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
This monthly event features a lecture from entomologist Amy Stewart, who will discuss “our sinister side of our relationship with the insect world.” The event includes free tours of the museum. Entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter AA Bondy and Father John Misty, the new project from former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman.

Slake No. 4 Launch Party
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
Party celebrating the release of the fourth issue of Los Angeles literary magazine Slake. This event will feature live music, an art show featuring Slake No. 4 artists including Anne McCaddon, Brenna Youngblood, Kevin Zacher, Ted Soqui, Anne Fishbein, Allen Tombello, and Ginny Cook. There will also be a dance performance, food for purchase, and free beer and pie. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and available online.

Tim Forcum: Cultivation of Randomness
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
Opening reception for an exhibition of abstract paintings and works on paper by LA-based artist Tim Forcum. The work in the exhibition is a culmination of Forcum’s years spent developing his own language of abstraction which utilizes line, negative space, and swaths of color to create depth and relationship. On view through May 27, 2012.

Frozen Music/Pink Noise
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening day of the performance piece Frozen Music/Pink Noise, which combines hypnosis, performance art, and movement. The goal is to interrogate interior states of being through movement and vocalizations, which reveal to the audience a “negative space of an invisible architecture.” The title Frozen Music refers to Goethe’s quote “Ich nenne Architektur gefrorene Musik,” which suggests architecture is frozen music. Put on by performance collective, UBIKETAL, the performance will continue on Saturday, May 5.

Tomorrow Today
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring work by current art and design students at Pasadena City College. Student work ranges from conceptual projects to traditional crafts, reflecting the generational perspectives and personal idiosyncrasies of this community of student artists. Art writer, curator, and artist Christopher Miles will jury this free exhibition. On view through May 20, 2012.

She’s Not There
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
Opening night of the three day event She’s Not There including performances by Jim Brown, D’Ette Nogle, and the Calder Quartet. The collection will also feature works and performances by Anthony Burdin, Aurie Ramirez, Charles Ray, Mark Grotjahn, Eli Langer, Corey Fogel, Lauren King, Scoli Acosta, D’Ette Nogle, Frances Stark, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Ann Faison, Dave Muller, and the Dick Slessig Combo. She’s Not There continues May 5-6.


Artist Talk: Kim MacConnel & Nancy Monk
Rosamund Felsen Gallery and Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
This free event will features lectures from artists Kim MacConnel and Nancy Monk, both of whom currently have exhibitions at Bergamot Station’s Rosamund Felsen and Craig Krull Galleries, respectively. Coffee and donuts will be served.

The Knotwork Workshop: Let’s Make a Hammock
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Cause for Creativity: The Knotwork Workshop: Let’s Make a Hammock, a public program to create a giant, six-sided rope hammock in the center of Bergamot Station Arts Center’s People Park. Participants will learn firsthand the art and engineering of knots from SMMoA’s director of education Asuka Hisa, Knowhow Shop’s Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice, and structural engineer Josef Taylor. This event is open to all ages and $10 to participate.

Veronika Kellndorfer: Abstract Neighbors
Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Veronika Kellndorfer, whose technique of binding silkscreened photographic images onto large glass panels work to bridge the gap between photography, architecture, painting, and installation. On view through June 16, 2012.

Pasadena Art Alliance Art Auction
California Club (Downtown)
Pasadena Art Alliance presents its sixteenth biennial art auction, ARTrageous. The event will feature contemporary art and sculpture donated by more than 100 southern California artists. The evening will honor Jay Belloli, retired director of Gallery Programs at the Armory for the Arts. For ticket information, email

Dancing in Wonderland: Alice Rahon’s Orion, The Great Man of the Sky
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
For this event, theater group Laboratorio de la Máscara along with the choreographer from the South Indian dance group Shaktala, travel to Los Angeles to perform Orion, The Great Man of the Sky–an interpretation of artist Alice Rahon’s original work Ballet d’Orion. Inspired by a trip to India, the ballet was never performed during Rahno’s lifetime. This event repeats on Sunday, May 6 and is presented in conjunction with the final weekend of In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.

ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Disastro will feature the work of students enrolled in the course Maximalism: Managing the Apocalypse taught by Holly Tempo in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art & Design.  The work in the exhibition, which ranges from painting to sculpture to performance, represents young artists’ response to the idea of disaster.  Artists in the show include Berklee Comstock, Nicole Dodson, Jillian Frederick, Sam Greenfeld, Katherine Hooper, Ji Sun Kim, Michelle Lange, Carlos Ochoa, Jose Guadalupe Sanchez III, and Sebastian Maximillian Tovar.  The exhibition will be a one-night event with a reception.

My Little Pony Project
Toy Art Gallery (Fairfax)
Opening reception for a collection featuring one of a kind My Little Pony toys designed by artists including 64 Colors, Ana Bagayan, Angry Woebots, Eimi, HIME+YOU, Indie, Jillian Kate, J*RYU, Julie West, Kano, Kukula, Madoka Kinoshita, Martin Hsu, and Mark Mothersbaugh. The customized ponies will be available for sale during the run of the exhibition. On view through May 26, 2012.

Random Acts of Time
Orange County Contemporary Center for Art (Santa Ana)
Opening reception for a group show that explores our relationship to the concept of time, its fleeting nature and impact, and the often uncontrollable events that shape our lives. Random Acts of Time includes paintings, photography, video and installation pieces. On view through June 16, 2012.


Beyond Baroque Art Auction
Beyond Baroque (Venice)
Beyond Baroque will host an auction with works by 25 artists including Ed Ruscha, George Herms, Robbie Conal, and actor Viggo Mortensen. Proceeds will benefit the gallery’s new Beyond Music program dedicated to exposing new music that blurs the lines between sound, poetry, and art. The evening will feature live music by saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.

ArtWorks 2012 Benefit Event for the Alcott Center
G2 Gallery (Venice)
This annual artWorks event includes a viewing of an Ansel Adams exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks, live music, a silent auction, and an art show featuring works by clients of the Alcott Center, which provides assistance to people with severe mental illness. Guests can bid on a variety of silent auction items and client artwork. All attendees will receive a gift and commemorative program. Tickets start at $150 and are available online.

Libros Schmibros Book Club
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Hammer’s monthly book club will discuss The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, selected as a prelude to the June opening of Made in L.A. 2012, the Hammer’s Los Angeles biennial. Fitzgerald’s stories focus on a hapless screenwriter who can’t catch a break. Fitzgerald wrote these stories on the side to pay his bills while working on the L.A. novel he’d never finish, The Last Tycoon.

Afghan Kite Flying for Families
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This lecture and demo on Afghan fighter kites will feature international kite expert Basir Beria, who worked as the “kite master” for the film The Kite Runner. Beria will share his knowledge of the art of Afghan kite flying while families make and decorate their own kites. This free event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Woman.

Closing Day: In Wonderland
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
11am – 8pm
The final day of LACMA’s In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968 and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on the feminist movement. Artists include Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo, along with lesser known and newly discovered practitioners.

Daniel Aksten: Support, Edge, Variation and Ardeshir Tabrizi: Paintings & Notes
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for two shows. Paintings & Notes will feature works by Iranian-born artist Ardeshir Tabrizi, whose paintings on Mylar and paper, juxtaposed with his journal-like notes, explore his search for a personal truth. Support, Edge, Variation features LA-based artist Daniel Aksten’s series of grid and striped paintings.  Both shows on view through June 10, 2012.

Lecture: Lessons from the Avante-Garde
Cero Space (Lincoln Heights)
In the late 1920s, influenced by their collaborations with architects like Le Corbusier and artists like Braque and Miro, French jewelry designers Jean Fouquet, Raymond Templier, Gerard Sandoz and Jean Despres brought a modern aesthetic to this most traditional of arts. Working not only in gold and diamonds but also in steel, enamel, hematite and rock crystal, their work sought to capture the essence of form and the dynamics of function – and in doing so, captured the essence of the Art Deco era, as well. Join jewelry historian Lisa Schoening in a lecture exploring of the work of these French avante-garde jewelers.  Tickets are $10 at the door and include light refreshments.

Chuck Feesago: Retention and D. Jean Hester: A Rope Let Down From Heaven
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Opening reception for two new shows. Chuck Feesago’s Retention features paintings incorporating overlaying patterns of dots, mutilated text, and string to address the influx of information, its shift in meaning, and the possibilities for understanding and misunderstanding. D. Jean Hester’s A Rope Let Down From Heaven is inspired by a dead eucalyptus tree in the courtyard of the gallery. Hester’s year-long project is in four parts and coincides with the seasons. Both shows on view through June 3, 2012.


Children of the Plumed Serpent: Constructing Elite Status
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This free, two-part lecture, held in conjunction with the exhibition Children of the Plumed Serpent, will explore the construction of elite status in Mesoamerica. “The Power of Dress in Mesoamerica,” a talk by Occidental College’s Lisa Sousa, will examine the ways noble men and women used clothing to embody status and qualities of leadership. “Royal Palaces in Ancient and Colonial Oaxaca,” a talk from UCLA’s Kevin Terraciano, will focus on royal residences in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.


May Day! A Group Reading
The Standard (West Hollywood)
Presented by the Standard and Artillery Magazine, this free event will feature reading by comedy writer Michael Serrato, fiction writer, Tony Valenzuela, novelist Cheryl Klein and May Day! curator and poet Steven Reigns. The free event begins with a wine reception at 7pm. Readings begin at 8pm.

Sheryl WuDunn in Conversation with Lisa Napoli
Skirball Center (Brentwood)
Business executive and Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Sheryl WuDunn will discuss the empowerment of women as a crucial means of development around the world. Together with her husband, journalist Nicholas D. Kristof, WuDunn put forth this idea in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the bestselling book upon which the Skirball’s current exhibition Women Hold Up Half the Sky is based. The discussion will be moderated by KCRW’s Lisa Napoli. A Q&A and signing follow the program.


Reading: The Collected Writing of Joe Brainard
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Eight local literary fixtures will read from 20th century visual artist Joe Brainard’s writings, celebrating the release of the new anthology The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. Readers will include Bernard Cooper, Amy Gerstler,  Lewis MacAdams, Lisa Pearson, Aram Saroyan, Ara Shirinyan, Michael Silverblatt, and Benjamin Weissman.

ALOUD Featuring Terry Tempest Williams
Central Library (Downtown)
The Central Library’s ongoing ALOUD lecture series presents author, conservationist and activist Terry Tempest Williams author of When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice. The discussion will be moderated by ALOUD curator Louise Steinman, Curator. Reservations are recommended for this free event.

Still from 7362 (1967) by Pat O’Neill