ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, MAY 31
Liz Glynn: gold after gold
Redling Fine Art (Hollywood)
Bring a piece of gold (jewelry, coinage, dental fillings) to Redling Fine Art from May 31-June 16 where one of their representatives will photograph, measure and weigh the piece. The price for your surrogate will be set at 125% the days trading value of gold plus a small fee. Then Liz Glynn will make a paper trash replica of your jewelry, and it will then be memorialized in Bronze and plated in 24 karat gold. Finally, your surrogate will arrive at your door in 4 – 6 weeks.
Thomas Duncan Gallery (Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Sean Kennedy. The show will feature a series of wall pieces consisting of synthetic suede stretched over panels and several works in which objects are placed on top of framed, clear acrylic glass panes that hang overhead. On view through July 7, 2012.
Native Strategies Launch Party
LACE hosts the launch party for the second issue of Native Strategies, a performance journal of Los Angeles. This event will feature new performances by Emily Beattie, Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly, and a video piece by Jillian Stein. $12 admission also pays for a copy of Native Strategies Issue 2.
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
Michael Wilkinson: No History
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by painter Michael Wilkinson. No History will feature a series of twelve red abstract paintings featuring images of the May 1968 Paris riots, which began with student protests and progressed to a general workers’ strike, in addition to a series of etched mirrors entitled Dresden. On view through July 7, 2012.
CalArts MFA Graduate Exhibition
LA Mart (Downtown)
Opening reception for the Graduate Exhibition by the CalArts MFA class of 2012. The show will feature works by thirty-five MFA students from the programs in Art, Photography & Media, and Art & Technology. This exhibition is organized by Catherine Taft. On view through June 23, 2012.
Adam D. Miller: Rise of the Minotaur and Noah Doely: The Expanse of a Fact
Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid-Wilshire)
Opening reception for two shows. Adam D. Miller’s Rise of the Minotaur will feature paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures which portray humans or animals in states of aggressive or violent behavior. Noah Doely’s The Expanse of a Fact will feature a series of ambrotype and tintype photographs generated with photographic tools and methods from the mid-19th century. Both shows on view through June 30, 2012.
Gallery 1988 (Mid City)
The opening reception of new works by Brad Klausen and Marq Spusta. On view through June 23, 2012.
Hot Paint: Group Exhibition
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
Opening reception for Hot Paint, a group exhibition of painted works by artists Heather Brown, Amy Feldman, Emily Noelle Lambert, Molly Larkey, Allison Miller, and Mary Addison Hackett. Ranging from the abstract to the representational, Hot Paint presents small to medium-sized canvases that touch on current themes in the practice at large. On view through July 1, 2012.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Bernard Chadwick: Synesthesia
Gallery km (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition exploring the physicality of sound and vision. Synestesia will feature abstract screen-projections of color and light matched with sound recordings, colored painting-sculpture hybrids, and wall pieces formed from newsprint and ink. Chadwick’s work aims to dissect elements of sound and how it shapes environments and social structures. On view through July 7, 2012.
Made In L.A. 2012: : Public Opening
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening of the Hammer Museum and LA><ART’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of Los Angeles-based artists. Made in L.A. will present the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. The majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the array of practices found in Los Angeles. Spread throughout the Hammer Museum, LA><ART, and the LA Municipal Gallery at the Barnsdall Art Park, Made in L.A. 2012 will feature figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.
Alika Cooper: Women/works On Paper
TenOverSix (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo show by Alika Cooper featuring work portraying iconic women who have/had a controlled play with the power of sensuality and popular culture. The portraits are based on film stills and photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick , Farrah Fawcett, and Grace Jones. This show is curated by Yaoska Davila. On view through July 7, 2012.
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
Panelists Kristina Newhouse (Curator, UAM/CSULB), writer Peter Frank, and artists Mara DeLuca, Daniel Cummings, and Eben Goff will explore the question and legacy of “abstraction” in painting and sculpture. The panel’s title refers to Hillaire Hiler’s 1945 book, “Why Abstact?” – a discussion on the theory behind abstract painting. This discussion is free and open to the public.
Jorge Mendez Blake: Poems and Monuments
1301PE (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception a solo show by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake. Ranging from sculptures and drawings to wall paintings, and inspired by works of literature and poetry, Méndez Blake’s work draws connections between word and object, giving physical form to the written word. On view through July 14, 2012.
Hester Street Fair
Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue (Hollywood)
This free, day-long event will feature a selection of bite-sized dishes by various Los Angeles restaurants, chefs and food trucks. The Street Fair will also feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendor and a craft beer garden and live music.
It’s An Origami Moment: Snowflake Sponge Module Workshop
Institute for Figuring (Downtown)
This origami workshop will contribute to the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a large-scale origami project composed of 49,000 business cards. The completed sponge will be displayed at USC this fall.
Made in LA 2012: Public Opening
LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
This free event is presented in conjunction with Los Angeles biennial Made in LA. Made in LA will present the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. The majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the array of practices found in Los Angeles. Spread throughout three venues, Made in LA will feature figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.
Amy Park: California Experimental Architecture and Phillip Toledano: A New Kind of Beauty
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Amy Park’s California Experimental Architecture will feature a series of watercolors based on the work of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Phillip Toledano’s A New Kind of Beauty will feature a series of sculptures of lifelike sculptures that explore the idea of modern beauty. Both shows on view through July 7, 2012.
Michael Kindred Knight: Wayward and Chris Lipomi and Jason Sherry
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Wayward, a solo exhibition by Michael Kindred Knight, features small abstract paintings. A group show by Chris Lipomi and Jason Sherry will feature works on paper, collages, and assemblages that critique history and contemporary society. Both shows on view through July 14, 2012.
Anna Betbeze: Wormholes
Francois Ghebaly (Culver City)
Opening day of Wormholes, the first Los Angeles solo show from New York-based artist Anna Betbeze. The show explores scale, color, and material in four new works that utilize the gallery’s architectural features. On view through July 7, 2012.
Nano Rubio: Vectors and David Eddington: Ontology
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Nano Rubio’s Vectors will feature new works by the LA-based painter. David Eddington’s Ontology will feature new works by the British painter. Both shows on on view through June 30, 2012.
Slanguage: This Is a Takeover!
LA><ART (Culver City)
Opening reception for Slanguage: This is a Takeover!, a function of Los Angeles biennial Made In LA 2012. This Is a Takeover! will feature art activations including a public billboard project, a mural on LA><ART’s facade, and an interactive installation documenting ten years of the collective’s projects. Slanguage will also host public programs, events, and performances that will give audiences access to its process of artistic creation.
Gustavo Godoy: Vacant Mounds and Markers and Jill Magid: Failed States
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Los Angeles-based artist Gustavo Godoy will present Vacant Mounds and Markers, a series of ground level sculptures that examine spiritual spaces and secular objects. These concrete pieces are reminiscent of ancient altars, minimalist sculptures, futuristic architecture, and urban demolition sites. Failed States is an exploration of coincidence and poetics amid the barriers and bureaucracy of governmental power by artist Jill Magid. Both shows on view through July 7, 2012.
This Is Your Library
Central Library (Downtown)
This event will feature Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it, and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles. Speakers will include actor Cheech Marin, Taschen’s “Sexy Book” editor Dian Hanson, National Book Award-nominated poet & UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen, and founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst. There will also be live music, a full bar, and food. Tickets are $15.
Siren Studios (Hollywood)
This event will feature live art experiences, music, hosted cocktails and over 200 affordable works of art available for purchase. The proceeds from GETART 5 benefit Project Angel Food, an organization which assists men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.
Pop Up Library: The Collectors
Monte Vista Projects (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a group show that explores the impulse to investigate experiences through physical objects. Curated by Danielle Sommer, The Collectors will feature photographs and literary publications. On view through July 1, 2012.
Your Own Best Secret Place
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening reception for Your Own Best Secret Place, an exhibition of new and recent work by art students from Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School. Organized by artist and teacher Mark Roeder, the exhibition will feature a collaborative installation process which will culminate in this event. On view through June 9, 2012.
Layers: A Loose Horizon
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Lisa Little and Emily White. A Loose Horizon will include a large-scale installation that explores the threshold between perception and logic. On view through October 14, 2012. Admission is $5, free for PMCA members.
Love Kills: New works by Sticky Shaw
AR4T (Laguna Beach)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Orange County artist Robert “Sticky” Shaw. Love Kills will feature mixed media collages inspired by rock and roll, particularly Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious. On view through June 23, 2012.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
LACMA member’s preview of a new exhibition by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Sharon Lockhart, who considers the legacy of Noa Eshkol, the Israeli dance composer, theorist, and textile artist who created a notation system capable of describing every perceptible movement of the body. Conceived as a two-person exhibition, Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkolpresents Eshkol’s achievements through a new five-channel film installation, a series of photographs, and a selection of Eshkol’s carpets, scores, and archival drawings. The exhibition was designed by Los Angeles-based architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena. On view through September 9, 2012.
LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
Presented in conjunction with Made in LA 2012, this performance will feature Zac Monday and his cast of characters presenting different scenarios around the gallery spaces. These performances call attention to architectural moments, emotional expectations, and the psychogeographic space of the museum. Performances will take place without set times, bringing an element of spontaneity and the unexpected to the event.
Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour
Meet at Flying Pigeon (Cypress Park)
Presented by de LaB, the 4th Annual Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour will feature a Sunday morning bike ride through LA’s neighborhoods, stopping at design studios along the way, and ending in Chinatown for a dim sum brunch.
Hea-Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg and Dong Hyun Chung
LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring artists Hea-Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg & Dong Hyun Chung. The exhibition will feature paintings and drawings which explore the ideas of 21st-century isolation, privacy, human relationships and alienation. This event will feature an artist’s talk at 4pm. On view through June 30, 2012.
Kids in the Courtyard: Games of Afghanistan
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This free children’s event will feature kite making, card games, egg fighting, and other games popular among Afghan youth. Students from UCLA’s Afghan Club will be on hand to teach these traditional activities. This event is presented in conjunction with the Fowler’s current exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women.
Big Family Day
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
This free family event will feature gallery tours, hands-on activities, entertainment, and more. Inspired by MOCA’s current exhibitions Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 and Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder, participants will create projects or perform actions that integrate thinking, planning, executing, and documenting. Performers include musicians Mexika and Carl Stone, and dancer Sarah Swenson.
MONDAY, JUNE 4
Damsels in Distress
Screening of Damsels in Distress, the first film in 13 years by director Walt Stillman. The film is look into the psyche of privileged American youth, this time focusing on a group of undergraduates at a leafy East Coast university that has only recently begun to accept female students. Tickets are $12 and available online.
TUESDAY, JUNE 5
Lecture: Thomas Mayne: Culture Now
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Culture Now Project, founded by Pritzker prize-winner and UCLA Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne, presents the results of the first major study of mid-size American cities as they struggle to recover from the current economic crisis. A book signing will follow this free event.
Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck’s Ecce Homo Altarpiece
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of the Getty’s new exhibition featuring ‘Ecce Homo,’ an altarpiece by Netherlandish Renaissance master painter Maerten van Heemskerck. This exhibition marks the piece’s first appearance outside of Europe. In the exhibition, visitors will be able to walk around the altarpiece and study both its interior and exterior scenes. Didactic displays, featuring x-rays and infrared images of the painting, will illuminate Heemskerck’s working method and reveal the recent technical findings. On view through January 13, 2013.
Alexander Calder: An Evening of Music and Film
L&M Arts (Venice)
Presented in conjunction with L&M’s current Alexander Calder exhibition, this free event will feature a screening of Herbert Matter’s 1950 film, Works of Calder. Pianist Richard Valitutto will perform this score live during the viewing.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6
Reading: Dylan Hicks
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
Songwriter, musician, and writer Dylan Hicks will read from his new novel Boarded Windows, a postmodern orphan story set to music. The book will include a free download of Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene, a soundtrack to the novel written and performed by the author. This event is free.
Johanna Breiding, A Point En Route to Itself Series, Digital C-Print, 2012 courtesy of the artist and Cal Arts