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


Beyond Baroque Art Auction
Beyond Baroque (Venice)
Beyond Baroque will host an auction with works by 25 artists including Ed Ruscha, George Herms, Robbie Conal, and actor Viggo Mortensen. Proceeds will benefit the gallery’s new Beyond Music program dedicated to exposing new music that blurs the lines between sound, poetry, and art. The evening will feature live music by saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.

ArtWorks 2012 Benefit Event for the Alcott Center
G2 Gallery (Venice)
This annual artWorks event includes a viewing of an Ansel Adams exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks, live music, a silent auction, and an art show featuring works by clients of the Alcott Center, which provides assistance to people with severe mental illness. Guests can bid on a variety of silent auction items and client artwork. All attendees will receive a gift and commemorative program. Tickets start at $150 and are available online.

Libros Schmibros Book Club
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Hammer’s monthly book club will discuss The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, selected as a prelude to the June opening of Made in L.A. 2012, the Hammer’s Los Angeles biennial. Fitzgerald’s stories focus on a hapless screenwriter who can’t catch a break. Fitzgerald wrote these stories on the side to pay his bills while working on the L.A. novel he’d never finish, The Last Tycoon.

Afghan Kite Flying for Families
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This lecture and demo on Afghan fighter kites will feature international kite expert Basir Beria, who worked as the “kite master” for the film The Kite Runner. Beria will share his knowledge of the art of Afghan kite flying while families make and decorate their own kites. This free event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Woman.

Closing Day: In Wonderland
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
11am – 8pm
The final day of LACMA’s In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968 and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on the feminist movement. Artists include Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo, along with lesser known and newly discovered practitioners.

Daniel Aksten: Support, Edge, Variation and Ardeshir Tabrizi: Paintings & Notes
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for two shows. Paintings & Notes will feature works by Iranian-born artist Ardeshir Tabrizi, whose paintings on Mylar and paper, juxtaposed with his journal-like notes, explore his search for a personal truth. Support, Edge, Variation features LA-based artist Daniel Aksten’s series of grid and striped paintings.  Both shows on view through June 10, 2012.

Lecture: Lessons from the Avante-Garde
Cero Space (Lincoln Heights)
In the late 1920s, influenced by their collaborations with architects like Le Corbusier and artists like Braque and Miro, French jewelry designers Jean Fouquet, Raymond Templier, Gerard Sandoz and Jean Despres brought a modern aesthetic to this most traditional of arts. Working not only in gold and diamonds but also in steel, enamel, hematite and rock crystal, their work sought to capture the essence of form and the dynamics of function – and in doing so, captured the essence of the Art Deco era, as well. Join jewelry historian Lisa Schoening in a lecture exploring of the work of these French avante-garde jewelers.  Tickets are $10 at the door and include light refreshments.

Chuck Feesago: Retention and D. Jean Hester: A Rope Let Down From Heaven
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Opening reception for two new shows. Chuck Feesago’s Retention features paintings incorporating overlaying patterns of dots, mutilated text, and string to address the influx of information, its shift in meaning, and the possibilities for understanding and misunderstanding. D. Jean Hester’s A Rope Let Down From Heaven is inspired by a dead eucalyptus tree in the courtyard of the gallery. Hester’s year-long project is in four parts and coincides with the seasons. Both shows on view through June 3, 2012.

Composite (VRB), Daniel Aksten, 2010, Composite finishes on metal. Courtesy of CB1 Gallery.