ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
FRIDAY, MAY 4
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 (Downtown)
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 musuem. 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.
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.
Outpensky Sky, Tim Forcum, 2012, oil on canvas. Courtesy of WEEKEND.