ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
Project Mah Jongg
Skirball Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of a new exhibition that explores the ancient Chinese activity of Mah Jongg, a game of chance and skill similar to gin rummy. The show will feature vintage photography and historical objects including tiles and score cards, in addition to contemporary mah jongg–inspired works by artists including Isaac Mizrahi and Maira Kalman. On view through September 2, 2012.
Art Lecture: Adrian Sax
Hammer Museum (Westood)
Free lecture by ceramicist Adrian Sax, whose work has been exhibited worldwide at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, the Taiwan Museum of Art, and the Getty. Sax is a Professor and area head of Ceramics in the UCLA Department of Art.
The Joy of Quiet: Desperate to Unplug
Fowler Museum (Westood)
New York Times writer Pico Iyer will discuss his recent feature article in which he extolled the virtues of peace and quiet and society’s increasing inability to unplug from technology. The discussion will be moderated by KCRW’s Lisa Napoli. Tickets are $20 and available online.
Rona Yefman and Davida Nemeroff: Shellfish
Annie Wharton Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a new show by Israeli photographer Rona Yefman and video artist Davida Nemeroff. Shellfish explores the meaning of the word and continues the artists’ photographic dialogue. On view through June 29, 2012.
Earthly Paradise: Displaced Realities
Art Merge Lab (West Hollywood)
Art Merge Lab, the debut pop up gallery from LA-based art group Art Merge, will feature the work of Korean contemporary artist Yeonju Sung. Early Paradise: Displaced Realities will feature 15 of Sung’s large-scale photographs of transformed vegetables and fruit. On view through July 13, 2012.
Robert Schwan and Morgan Grace Kibby: Unexpected Consequences
Here is Elsewhere Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by collage artist Robert Schwan and video artist Morgan Grace Kibby. On view through July 15, 2012.
Linda King: New Paintings and David French: Retro Active
d.e.n. contemporary (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for two shows at d.e.n. contemporary. The first is a new collection of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Linda King. Also opening is Retro Active, an exhibition of sculptures by David French. On view through June 29, 2012.
Drawing (Los Angeles)
Another Year in Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
Another Year in LA presents the third in a series of three exhibitions focusing on a specific art activity. Drawing (Los Angeles) will feature work by five artists that address the act and nature of drawing. Artists are Jackie Freedman, John Knuth, Stas Orlovski, Christopher Russell, and Alisa Yang. On view through July 27, 2012.
Lecture: Poet and Author Peter Levitt
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
Author Peter Levitt will discuss poetry, painting, and their ties in the work of artist
Richard Diebenkorn. The event is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, for which Levitt authored the show’s catalog.
American Friends of the Israel Museum Bergamot Gallery Tour
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
AFIM presents an evening of artist talks, receptions, and socializing at Shoshana Wayne Gallery and dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station. Tickets are $10-$20 and available online.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
Kon Trubkovich: Leap Second
OHWOW (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for the Los Angeles debut of Russian-born artist Kon Trubkovich. Leap Second features paintings, oil on linen, works on paper, and a sound piece. The collection also includes a series of large-scale portraits of the artist’s mother. On view through June 23, 2012.
Minimalism: Not Strictly Formal
Michael Kohn Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show featuring art within a Minimalist framework. Not Strictly Formal will feature works by artists including Dan Flavin, Joe Goode, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, John McCracken, John McLaughlin, and Cy Twombly. On view through June 30, 2012.
Pick Up the Mic
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
ForYourArt presents an evening of feminist and gender queer hip hop music and film. Pick Up the Mic will feature local members of the underground ‘homohop’/feminist musician community as they explore homophobia in the music industry. The event will feature a screening of Alex Hinton’s Pick Up the Mic, a musical performance by Cihuatle Ce, and a set by DJ B Girl. This event is timed to coincide with LACMA’s current hip hop music series Through the Mic.
Marc Foxx Gallery (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a collection of works by German photographer Annette Kelm. Instrumentalist Mateo Tannatt will play in Marc Foxx’s West Gallery during this event. On view through June 23, 2012.
Carnival of Insecurities: Performance Night #2, “The Midway Show”
RAID Projects (Downtown)
Los Angeles-based artist collective MUC presents “The Midway Show,” the second night of performances in the Carnival of Insecurities, an installation exploring the mass appeal of the carnival. Filled with twists on carnival entertainment, Carnival of Insecurities examines life’s expectations and the anxiety arising from them.
Vincent Sabella: Unsettled
Edgar Varela Fine Arts (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Vincent Sabella, curated by Shana Nys Dambrot. Culled from Sabella’s collections Bear on a Hot Tin Roof, A Hollywood Story, and Extermination, this exhibition of mixed media paintings demonstrates Sabella’s cinematic tendencies and his use of text as a narrative framework. On view through June 16, 2012.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Venice Artwalk & Auctions
Locations Vary (Venice)
Venice’s annual Artwalk event will feature the work of more than 400 artists, who will show their works at the galleries throughout Venice. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a silent auction, architecture tours, studio tours and family friendly activities. Tickets for the architecture tour are $125 and available online.
2012 Student Culminating Exhibition
Venice Arts Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of works by over 400 student participants in Venice Arts’ Art Mentoring workshops. This free event will showcase the best students films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from the 2011–12 workshops. On view through June 22, 2012.
Saturdays Off the 405
Getty Center (Brentwood)
This free music event at the Getty Center will feature LA band Dum Dum Girls. DJ Neil Schield, owner of Origami Vinyl will spin. Attendees can view the exhibition Herb Ritts: LA Style, during and after the performances.
Jon Rafman: Mirror Sites
M+B (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for Mirror Sites, a two-part exhibition of new work by photographer Jon Rafman. Rafman’s work demonstrates how images created digitally can be transformed to exist in physical space. On view through June 23, 2012.
Lawrence Weiner: Around & Around High & Low
Regen Projects (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Around & Around High & Low will include new works in language and works on paper. This exhibition will mark the end of Regen Project’s West Hollywood location and the move to a new space in Hollywood in September 2012. On view through June 23, 2012.
Building Collections of African American Art: Los Angeles Perspectives
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This panel discussion will feature Los Angeles collectors of African American art including Aryn Drake-Lee and Jesse Williams, who will discuss their experiences with Dr. Halima Taha, an African American art expert, consultant, and author of the best-selling book Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas. Dr. Taha will moderate the conversation and offer his own opinions on opportunities for building African American art collections.
Narcissism, the Real, the Fake and the Anti-Digital Impulse
Cirrus Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group show exploring the “anti-digital impulse” and its relationship to the desire and nostalgia for the “authentic” and the “real.” The multidisciplinary exhibit features the work of artists including Brice Bischoff, Anoka Faruqee, Zach Kleyn, Seth Lower, Nikhil Murthy, Karina Nimmerfall, Javier Proenza, and Biddy Tran. On view through July 7, 2012.
Melissa Cooke: Surfaced and Michelle Muldrow: The Experience of Landscape
Koplin del Rio (Culver City)
Opening reception for two new shows. Melissa Cooke’s Surfaced features works composed of powdered graphite on paper that explore the themes of beauty, fantasy, violence, vulnerability, and identity. Michelle Muldrow’s The Experience of Landscape features Muldrow’s landscape-style paintings of big box stores. Both shows on view through June 16, 2012.
Brian Porray: Darkhorse
Western Project (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Brian Porray. Darkhorse features large-scale paintings and collages influenced by Porray’s two decades in Las Vegas, and specifically, the Vegas Strip’s pyramid shaped Luxor Hotel. On view through June 23, 2012.
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new paintings by artist Will Fowler. The show will feature a new series of large paintings, as well as a selection of smaller canvases and works on paper. On view through June 30, 2012.
Michiel Ceulers: How to Kill Your Wife’s Lover When You Were Raised with Tradition?
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection by Belgian artist Michiel Ceulers. This exhibition features a series of deconstructed paintings. On view through June 30, 2012.
Deanna Thompson & H.C. Westermann
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two shows at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Deanna Thompson’s show will consist of new large scale paintings continuing her Homestead series. HC Westermann’s show includes sculpture and works on paper from the 1970s. On view through July 7, 2012.
Debra Scacco: Birds of Passage
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
Opening reception for the debut US solo show by London-based artist Debra Scacco. Birds of Passage is a multidisciplinary collection featuring ink on paper pieces, large scale installations, and watercolors all based on the topic of home. On view through June 23, 2012.
Alex Israel: As It Lays
Hensen Soundstage (Hollywood)
MOCA presents artist Alex Israel’s first solo project in Los Angeles. As It Lays is an installation anchored by a series of thirty televisual portraits of iconic and influential Los Angelenos including Vidal Sassoon, Marilyn Manson, and Rick Rubin. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to attend.
Bug Fair 2012: Year of the Fly
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
9:30am – 5pm
The Natural History Museum hosts the 26th annual Bug Fair, the biggest bug festival in North America. This family friendly event will feature presentations, bug chefs, bug performers, and more than 60 exhibitors. The NHM’s Entomology Curator Dr. Brian Brown will be on hand to present his research on flies, the theme insect of this year’s Bug Fair.
Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki: Thunderstruck
Sam Lee Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition that features new works by Japanese-born, Los Angeles-based artists and brothers Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki. Thunderstruck features a selection of paintings and sculptures by Joe and four mixed media sculptures by Macha. Both artists use common materials including medium-density fiberboard, raw canvas, plastic, and paper to create pieces that explore materiality, trompe-l’oeil, color and personal histories. On view through June 30, 2012.
Geoff Tuck: To the Lighthouse
JP Jurve (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Los Angeles-based video artist Geoff Tuck, in addition to a group of artists including David Bell, John Burtle, Young Chung, and Adam Feldmeth. On view through June 19, 2012.
Sabina Lee Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection comprised of books, images, and recordings borrowed from the Los Angeles Public Library. Ex Libris will feature projects by artists including Travis Diehl, Becca Mann, Summer Mann, Sharon Mizota, and more. On view through June 9, 2012.
Avi Roth: Interpretations
Roth Gallery (Pasadena)
Opening reception for Interpretations, in which artist Avi Roth manipulates coffee in compositions that exemplify pattern, texture, light and shadow via a medium he calls Coffeegraph®. This event will feature a silent auction to benefit the International Child Art Foundation. On view through June 19, 2012.
Screening & Panel Discussion: The Rememberers: Art and Memory
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Video artist Joe Santarromana’s recent project The Rememberers: Art & Memory is a series of short video portraits that explore creativity through biography, storytelling and process. This screening of the first four films in this series will feature Louis Jacinto, John David O’Brien, Lisa Adams and William Roper. Art historian Betty Ann Brown will host a discussion about video art after the screening.
The Wild Hunt: Part II
Contemporary Arts Center (Irvine)
Opening reception for the second installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibition from MFA students at The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. This multidisciplinary show features work by artists Flora Kao, Scott Klinger, Lauren Merage, and Aaron Valenzuela. On view through June 1, 2012.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
Discussion: Lawrence Weiner in Conversation with Michael Govan
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
LACMA presents museum Director Michael Govan in conversation with conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. The discussion will focus on contemporary aesthetics and values. Seating for this free event is available on a first come, first served basis.
Mack and Mack
Barbara Mendes Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection featuring Snow Mack’s narrative paintings and Kevin Mack’s digital sculptures and images. Snow and Kevin also created three collaborative paintings for this exhibit. This is the artist couple’s first two person gallery show together. On view through June 25, 2012.
Pop-Hop Books and Print Grand Opening
Pop-Hop Books and Print (Highland Park)
Grand opening celebration for book shop, print studio and salon Pop-Hop Books and Print. This day-long event will feature readings for children in the afternoon, readings for adults in the evening, and performances, refreshments, and music throughout the day.
Christmas at the Beach
Elephant (Glassell Park)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Hope. Christmas at the Beach will be available for viewing by appointment until June 9, 2012.
MONDAY, MAY 21
Discussion: Turquoise Mosaics
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico, this panel discussion will explore the significance of turquoise and its role in the Postclassic economy with respect to specific artworks featured in the exhibition. Scholars will discuss recent findings regarding the available sources of turquoise, the development of the trade routes, and the manufacturing technologies. Participants include Karl Taube, Frances Berdan, Sue Scott, Alyson Thibodeau, Adrián Velazquez, and Emiliano Melgar.
TUESDAY, MAY 22
The Body Adorned: To the Divine Through Beauty
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
The Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian Art presents Vidya Dehejia, professor of Indian and South Asian art at Columbia University. Author of the book The Body Adorned: Dissolving Boundaries between Sacred and Profane in India’s Art, Dehejia will discuss the relationship between art and poetry in Indian culture during this free event.
Discussion: Tech and Art
Presented by cafe, workspace, and creativity hub io/LA, this conversation will feature artists including Shepard Fairey, Jayne Vidheecharoen, Sean McDonald, Dick Whitney, and Sebastian Copeland discussing the intersection of technology and art. Space is limited. RSVP to email@example.com.
Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening day for Breaking and Entering, in which artist Arjuna Neuman will present a gallery installation in response to an original text conceived by Kestrel Burley that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. A series of performances devised from the same text will take place during the exhibit. Tickets are $10 and available online.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
Screening: He Has Seen War
Skirball Center (Brentwood)
He Has Seen War examines the challenges American servicemen encountered as they reintegrated into civilian society after World War II, including a number of the real people portrayed in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers and The Pacific. A Q&A with producer Kirk Saduski and director/producer Mark Herzog follows the screening.Tickets are $5.
Lecture: Endless Summer
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Artist and critic Peter Plagens reflects on summer and its connection to art. Reservations are recommended for this free event.
Deanna Thompson and H.C. Westermann, Courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran