ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, MAY 10
Crescent City: A Hyperopera
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
The Industry presents the world premiere of Crescent City, a “hyperopera” by composer Anne LeBaron, librettist Douglas Kearney, and director Yuval Sharon. The site-specific production, which audiences will experience in 360-degrees, is set in a mythical cityscape with abstract sets by six LA-based installation artists. Performances through May 27, 2012. Ticket are $25-$100 and available online.
Ghettogloss Presents: Twilight at the Club
The Clubhouse in Griffith Park (Los Feliz)
Twilight at the Club, happening in the clubhouse at Griffith Park’s golf course, will feature video projections, access to the driving range, food, drinks, a DJ and live music from bands including Blonde Summer. This free event will happen every Thursday evening for a month. Attendees must be in the park by 10pm to ensure admittance.
The York (Highland Park)
Opening reception for Culture Reference’s monthly art event. Bazooka Joe! features works on paper by artists Jason Brown, Mike Jasorka, Tara D. Milch, Connor Mooney, and Tyler Stafford, all of whose works demonstrate the new direction of comics and graphic novels. The event will feature a signature cocktail and a live DJ set.
Downtown Art Walk
Spring St. & Main St. between 2nd St. & 9th St. (Downtown)
This free, self-guided monthly event includes nearly fifty of downtown Los Angeles’ art galleries opening their doors to the public. This month’s Art Walk will feature ArtBattles, a live painting competition at ExchangeLA that includes artists Dave Zaboski, Gregory Siff, Concep, and Miranda Maxwel. Many galleries feature live DJ sets and refreshments.
Reading: Cathy Park Hong
The Hammer (Westwood)
The Hammer’s reading series presents Cathy Park Hong, author of Translating Mo’um and Dance Dance Revolution. Her poems have been published in the Paris Review, McSweeney’s, Harvard Review, and other journals. A book signing will follow the reading.
FILM and Film
The Getty (Brentwood)
Artist Tacita Dean will discuss FILM, her installation at the Tate Modern in London. This work is an 11-minute, silent 35 mm film that is projected onto a 43 foot-tall white monolith. Dean will also discuss the analogue filmmaking techniques used to create FILM, a work that would not have been possible in digital format. Reservations recommended for this free event.
FRIDAY, MAY 11
PRISM (West Hollywood)
An exhibition of new work by Barry McGee. In his second exhibition at the gallery, McGee integrates his visual language, with its geometric compositions, color fields, and recurring characters into a site-responsive installation. On view through June 30, 2012.
National Public Garden Day at The Getty Villa
The Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades)
The Getty Villa joins the annual celebration of National Public Gardens Day. This free event will feature a tour of the villa’s herb garden and a “Toga Tour” with Getty grounds supervisor Michael DeHart, who will discuss the ancient Roman uses of the plants and flowers throughout the site’s various gardens.
Aaron Young: No Fucking Way
The Company (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of paintings where artist Aaron Young appropriates symbols associated with American freedom (motorcycles, muscle cars, and the Flag) and its underbelly (barricades, barbed wire, and xenophobia). No Fucking Way features six new paintings depicting Internet and magazine sourced portraits of tabloid regulars Casey Anthony, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Knox, Jessica Simpson, Heidi Montag, and the skating rivals Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. On view through June 23, 2012.
Frozen Music/Pink Noise
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening day of the performance piece Frozen Music/Pink Noise, which combines hypnosis and performance art. 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 piece will continue on Saturday, May 12.
Rebel Dabble Babble
The Box LA (Downtown)
Opening reception for Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy’s original films Rebel Dabble Babble, which are based on the possible scenarios that occurred between Nick Ray, Natalie Wood, Sal Mineo, James Dean, and Dennis Hopper during the time the time they spent in Bungalow number two at the Chateau Marmont while rehearsing and filming Rebel Without a Cause. Conceived by James Franco, this show coincides with the opening of the group show Rebel. On view through July 7, 2012.
Meet the Artist: Crescent City
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
Presented by LACE, this reception will feature a meet and greet with artists Mason Cooley, Brianna Gorton, Katie Grinnan , Alice Könitz, Jeff Kopp, and Olga Koumoundouros, all of whom have been commissioned to create a new sculptural work for the experimental “hyperopera” Crescent City. Each artist will present their installation during a tour through the performance space.
Dreams of the Floating Life: Kabuki Dramas
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
In commemoration of the centennial gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Japan to the United States, and in conjunction with the exhibition Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints, the Norton Simon Museum presents Dreams of the Floating Life: Kabuki Dramas. Nakamura Gankyō of the U.S. Kabuki Ken Kyu Kai will perform two Edo-period Kabuki dance dramas: Onatsu kyoran and Echigo Jishi.This event is free with museum admission. Stickers for ensured seating will be distributed starting at 6pm.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
The Institute For Figuring Launch Party
The Institute For Figuring (Chinatown)
The Institute for Figuring, a new space focused on science, mathematical and engineering-based art, celebrates its recent opening with a launch party featuring science experiments and champagne.
Christina Forrer: Moving In
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Christina Forrer. Moving In is the inaugural show in the gallery’s new exhibition series Tif’s Desk. On view through June 1, 2012.
Tactical Play Exchange
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an installation piece by Robert Gero and Michael Rees. Tactical Play Exchange features sculptures, digital animations, photographs, and architectural interventions that together create a networked installation, thus forming a “ground of play’ within the gallery. On view through June 2, 2012.
Joshua Levine: Monumental
The Studio for Southern California History (Chinatown)
Opening reception for Joshua Levine’s Monumental, which features 12 sculptures that explore the concepts of cloning, genetics, and synthetic biology. Each piece is presented on a base modeled after a U.S. National Monument. This show is presented by ShoeboxLA, a program that gives Los Angeles artists an opportunity to do one-day, site-specific exhibitions outside the traditional gallery setting.
Liz Magic Laser: The Digital Face
Various Small Fires (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of work by video and performance artist Liz Magic Laser. Laser will present video works from her recent performances I Feel Your Pain, Flight, and The Digital Face in addition to a series of new collages that explore the relationship between the performers, audience, and camera. On view through June 16, 2012.
David O’Brien: My Pet Doppelgänger
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection featuring Los Angeles-based artist David O’Brien’s large-scale photo collages. These works, composed of tens of thousands of photographs, explore the notion that every individual has doppelgängers that exist online in the form of profiles, account settings, personal preferences, posts, and photo streams. On view through June 16, 2012.
Ikon Ltd. (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Damien Hirst. This show includes several of Hirst’s spin paintings, butterfly paintings, and works from the Last Supper and Spot series. On view through July 28, 2012.
Erick Oh: His Chamber and Lucinda Luvaas: Flash Points
Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two collections by Erick Oh & Lucinda Luvaas. Oh uses a visual language that includes fish, hearts, clocks, and simplified figures to translate feelings of emptiness and separation. Luvaas’ mixed media relief works, a cross between painting, printmaking, sculpture, and photography, capture moments of urban life. On view through July 15, 2012.
Beacon Arts Building (Inglewood)
Opening reception for a group show that explores drawing as a genre. Lineamanta will feature work by artists including China Adams, Steven Bankhead, Fay Ray, GeoVanna Gonzales, Kate Harding, Doug Harvey, Flora Kao, Jed Lind, and Nuttaphol Ma. On view through June 24, 2012.
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by French graffiti artists Tilt, Rero, Speedy Graphito, Nasty, and JonOne. French Invasion will feature silkscreens, installations, paintings, and sculpture, and the event will include JonOne, Speedy Graphito, and Tilt spraying a collaborative mural from 4-7pm. On view through June 24, 2012.
John Baldessari: Double Bill (Part 2)
Margo Leavin Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a new series where John Baldessari pairs the work of two other artists (such as Giovanni di Paolo with David Hockney, or Fernand Léger with Max Ernst) on a single canvas and then overlays his own hand-painted color additions. Only one of the two artistic “collaborators” are identified on each canvas, thus challenging the viewer to identify the missing artist and allowing them to draw their own conclusions regarding the image’s authorship. On view through June 30, 2012.
Strangers on a Train
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)
Cinespia kicks off it’s tenth season of film screenings at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery with Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. This 1951 movie tells the story of strangers plotting murder. Guests are welcome to bring blankets and picnic supplies. DJ Carlos Nino will spin before and after the screening. Tickets are $10 and available online.
In Conversation: Michael Boyd with Michael Webb
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Design writer and critic Michael Webb will lead a conversation with designer Michael Boyd about the inspiration and logic behind PLANEfurniture, currently on view at Edward Cella Art + Architecture. This program is free and open to the public. To reserve seating, call (323) 525-0053.
Emily Counts: Past Present Future: Connect
Garboushian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for an exhibition of mixed media sculptures by Portland-based artist Emily Counts. This show examines past, present and future technology with respect to a time when new inventions and scientific ideas were perceived as magic or a product of the occult. On view through June 16, 2012.
John McAllister: Duskbright Bellows
Richard Telles Fine Arts (Mid-City West)
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings by artist John McAllister. Duskbright Bellows features works composed from vibrant colors. On view through June 16, 2012.
Moving Pictures: Painting, Photography, Film
Echo Park Film Center (Echo Park)
This screening event, presented by the Los Angeles Filmforum, will feature works from artists including John Baldessari, Paul McCarthy, Sam Erenberg, Morgan Fisher, Gary Beydler, Lyn Gerry and Estelle Kirsh, and Renate Druks. The event focuses on exploring the two dimensional nature of film, photography, and painting. Ticket are $10 and available online.
Look Here, Upon This Picture
Cherry and Martin (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Alice Channer, Mari Eastman, Marc Hundley, and Amanda Ross-Ho. This multidisciplinary show will include paintings, drawings, and sculptures that focus on the notion of the artist as a receiver and transmitter of information. On view through June 30, 2012.
Mia Araujo: Into the Woods
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Mia Araujo. Into the Woods features seven new paintings and ten drawings influenced by the Miyazaki film Princess Mononoke, the writings of John Muir, Timothy Egan’s book The Big Burn, and the natural world. Guest artist Nouar will present a show entitled Confectionary Affections in the space’s upstairs gallery. On view through June 2, 2012.
SUNDAY, MAY 13
Family Jam: Music for Our Mothers – A Bluegrass Tribute
The Fowler (Westwood)
The Fowler celebrates mother’s day with a free family event featuring music by the Bluegrass Hoppers. Guests are encouraged to bring their own homemade instruments including spoons, washboards, and milk jugs. There will also be music and art-related workshops.
Noah Jashinski: Mixtape
Stag Hair Parlor (West Hollywood)
Reception for a solo show by Los Angeles-based black and white photographer Noah Jashinski. This free event will feature complimentary drinks and acoustic sets by The Henry Clay People and Manhattan Murder Mystery.
MONDAY, MAY 14
Lecture: What’s So California About California Design?
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Bill Stern, executive director of the Museum of California Design in Los Angeles, will discuss how local materials, war industries, and the burgeoning population conspired to make California a preeminent source of new products and new looks for the entire nation. Stern served as consulting curator on the exhibition California Design, 1930–1965: Living in a Modern Way, on view at LACMA through June 3.
Eclipse Quartet Concert
LACE presents a performance by the Eclipse Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to the music of twentieth century and present day composers. Members Sarah Thornblade and Sara Parkins, on violins; Alma Lisa Fernandez, on viola; and Maggie Parkins, on cello, will perform works by Ruth Crawford, Sean Heim, Roscoe Mitchell, and Ben Johnston. Tickets are $10 and available online.
TUESDAY, MAY 15
JF Chen (Hollywood)
Opening day of this exhibition of works inspired by the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause. Conceived by James Franco, Rebel features works by Douglas Gordon, Damon McCarthy, Aaron Young, Terry Richardson, and Ed Ruscha. On view through June 23, 2012.
Out in the Open: Conservation Challenges of Outdoor Public Art
Getty Center (Brentwood)
A panel of professionals responsible for the care of public art collections will discuss issues related to the management and conservation of outdoor artworks, including the physical environment, vandalism, funding, and public awareness. Reservations required for this free event.
Night Galery (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a group show featuring new works from Chris Hanke, Claire Kohne, Ari Marcantonio, and Max Schwartz. This multidisciplinary collection explores the concept of the need to belong. On view through May 31, 2012.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
LACE Annual Benefit Art Auction 2012
LACE’s annual benefit auction will feature more than 100 original works by artists including Carolyn Castaño, Zoe Crosher, Brad Eberhard, Ken Gonzalez-Day, Alexandra Grant, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Russell, and Anna Sew Hoy. Art will be selected by a group of 20 curators and will be on view at LACE from May 3-15. Auction tickets are $100 – $150 and available online.
How to Be Happy, Change the World and Embrace a New Way to be Human
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
LACMA presents the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, in conversation with Robert V. Taylor, author of the new book A New Way to Be Human. The focus of the discussion will be finding happiness and fulfillment, making the world a better place, and embracing a new, transformative way of feeling fully alive. The conversation will be moderated by Michael Govan, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director. Tickets available by first come, first served basis.
Are We All Paparazzi Now?
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Actor Adrian Grenier, International Center of Photography curator Carol Squiers, Us Weekly editor Carolyn Davis, and photographer Galo Ramirez will participate in a panel discussion which considers society’s conflicted feelings about paparazzi photographers and their art, the celebrities who may or may not be unwitting subjects, and our role as consumers of these images. The conversation will be moderated by Carla Hall, editorial writer, Los Angeles Times. Reservations recommended for this free event.
Pasadena Freeway Stills by Gary Beydler courtesy of Alternative Projections.