PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

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

THURSDAY, MAY 24

What We Talk About When We Talk About Food
Taylor de Cordoba (Culver City)
7:30pm
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food, the summer’s first installment of literary series Eating Our Words, will feature journalist Kevin West in discussion with architect and designer Alejandro Artigas. West will also curate an onsite food community that will focus on what it means to be part of a sustainable artistic and artisanal culture. Special guests including The Fox Pizza Bus, Let’s Be Frank, Handsome Coffee, Dry Soda, and The Institute of Domestic Technology will have food for tasting and purchase. Space is limited. RSVP to rsvp@taylordecordoba.com.

Art Talk: Sam Clayberger
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (Mid-City West)
3pm
Curator, collector, and art expert Molly Brown will lead a discussion with painter and animator Sam Clayberger and other animation industry figures. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Jules Engel: Kinetic Energy. Space is limited and reservation are required for this free event. RSVP to tobeymoss@earthlink.net.

Matt Sayles: Eternal Spring
Perfect Exposure Gallery (Downtown)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of photographs taken by photographer Matt Sayles during his travels in Guatemala. Typically a celebrity and portrait photographer, Sayles’s Eternal Spring captures the nature, people, and faith of Guatemala. On view through June 30, 2012.

Owl Fly South
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
6pm
This free music performance, part of the museum’s Fowler Out Loud concert series, will feature  Owl Fly South, a psychedelic rock and roll band comprised of two students from UCLA’s Ethnomusicology department.

Materializing the Immaterial
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
This event will feature a discussion between artist T. Kelly Mason, cemetarian Tyler Cassity, and UCLA art history professor George Baker on funerary objects and practices in early 21st-century Los Angeles and the relationship of these to private and collective ideas of memory, space, and the expression of desire. This free event is presented in conjunction with Mason’s light box installation project in the Hammer’s courtyard.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

Steel Life
Michael Benevento (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Wolfgang Breuer, Matthew Buckingham and Joachim Koester, Whitney Claflin, Martin Creed, Melvin Edwards, and Ida Ekblad. Steel Life is organized by Zak Kitnick. On view through July 28, 2012.

Rachel Foullon: Ruminant Recombinant
ltd Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
7pm
Closing reception for Ruminant Recombinant, a solo show by artist Rachel Foullon that features 35 layered and entangled sculptural “clusters,” composed of clothing, ropes, netting, and other objects.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.

Andrew Maxwell
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
Poet, author, DJ, and Google engineer Andrew Maxwell will read poems and other works during this free event. Maxwell will be joined by musicians Eliot Eidelman and Evan Backer, both of the Realization Orchestra.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

Made of Concrete
Actual Size (Chinatown)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring new work by Swiss artists Sami Benhadj and Tarik Hayward. The series of 16 by 20 inch black and white photographs was created during the artists’ year-long residency in the Swiss Alps during which they used cranes and forklifts to construct large-scale still life arrangements with objects from the area surrounding their warehouse. On view through June 30, 2012.

Amir Nikravan: Gemini
Pepin Moore (Chinatown)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by LA-based artist Amir Nikravan. Gemini features works in which three dimensional constructions are presented as two dimensional paintings. On view through June 30, 2012.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.

Nite-Write
Dockweiler Beach (Playa del Rey)
6pm
This free event, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, will feature interactive, multimedia art including live black-light painting and story sharing.

Sandrine Kern
Thomas Paul Fine Art (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings by artist Sandrine Kern. Kern’s landscape paintings are suggestive of real places without being entirely literal.

Allison Schulnik: Salty Air
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Allison Schulnik. Salty Air will feature textured canvases, ceramics, and works on paper influenced by such nautical stories as The Little Mermaid. On view through July 7, 2012.

Reading: Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
6pm
This free event will feature readings from artists Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti. Antin will read from her recent memoir Conversations with Stalin and Forti will read poetry selections from Handbook in Motion, Oh, Tongue, her upcoming book The Bear in the Mirror, and new unpublished material. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Karl Haendel: Informal Family Blackmail
Susanne Vielmetter (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an installation of new drawings, a book, and a film by artist Karl Haendel. Informal Family Blackmail explores the themes of insecurity, doubt, regret, and family relationships. On view through June 28, 2012.

Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins, and Aakash Nihalani
Carmichael Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works on paper from the series SMILE-ISMS by Yue Minjun and sculpture by Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani. On view through June 30, 2012. RSVP to rsvp@carmichaelgallery.com.

Kathleen Henderson: Notes on a Gathering Crowd
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Berkeley-based artist Kathleen Henderson. Notes on a Gathering Crowd features almost 40 oil stick drawings on paper. These works explore social and political issues through comedic satire. On view through June 30, 2012.

Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
1pm
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department,  Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
11am-6pm
Opening day of a new exhibition that will focus on the emergence of land art in the 1960s and highlight the early years of artistic experimentations in this realm. The retrospective will conclude in the mid-1970s, before land art became a fully institutionalized category. On view through August 20, 2012.

Listening Party with Andrea Bowers, Alexandra Grant, and Brian Kennon
Location provided with ticket purchase
4pm
This listening party, benefitting the Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound, will feature a dinner and music by well known and emerging artists. The event will be hosted by Pae White and Tom Marble at their Northeast Los Angeles home. Seating is limited. The $125 ticket includes dinner and drinks.

Pat Pickett: Tree Drawings
Artbook @ Paper Chase (Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Pat Pickett. To create the the Tree Drawings series, Pickett attached a pen to the end of a tree branch and positioned a drawing surface below. Each drawing is a record of branch movements brought on by wind gusts. On view through June 17, 2012.

Seth Weiner: Folded Suburban Prerequisite
120 North Santa Fe Avenue (Downtown)
7pm
Closing reception for a new site specific work by Seth Weiner exploring the spatial and social consequences of folding a Catherine Beecher floor plan from 1841 into the confines of the gallery. The project is part of the SIX & SIX series curated by Jack Heard and Ryan McGuffin.

Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
1pm
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department, Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
7pm
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.

MONDAY, MAY 28

Target Free Holiday Monday
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
12pm-8pm
Admission to LACMA will be free for attendees of all ages on Memorial Day The museum will host bilingual tours, programs, and live music by George Kahn’s Jazz and Blues Revue on the plaza at 12:30pm.

Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
1pm
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department,  Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.

TUESDAY, MAY 29

Yoga for Artists
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
12-1pm
Enjoy a creativity-focused yoga session taught by Tiffany Russo.  Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga for Artists will be free for a limited time.

Screening: The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
1pm
LACMA’s afternoon classic film screening series will feature and double billing of 1933’s The Invisible Man and 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein. General admission tickets are $2.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

Lecture: Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
Mark Shiel, a professor in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London, will discuss the allurie of Los Angeles during this free lecture. Shiel’s new book, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles, depicts the cinematic image of the city and reveals how its identity has been reflected and manipulated by its physical geography. A book signing will follow the program.

Last Remaining Seats: Paper Moon
Los Angeles Theatre (Downtown)
8pm
The 26th season of this classic film and entertainment series will begin with this screening of the 1973 film Paper Moon, which will be introduced by director Peter Bogdanovich. Tickets are $20 and available online. The season’s lineup also includes Tootsie, The Big Sleep, Robin Hood, and The Wizard of Oz. Through June 30.

Image:
Karl Haendel, Scheme, 2011, Pencil on paper, 81″ x 103″ Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter