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THURSDAY, MAY 17
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.
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.
Drawing (Los Angeles) courtesy of Another Year in Los Angeles