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SATURDAY, MAY 19
Venice Artwalk & Auctions
Locations Vary (Venice)
Venice’s annual Artwalk event will feature more the work of more than 400 artists, who will show their works at the galleries throughout Venice. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a silent auction, architecture tours, studio tours and family friendly activities. Ticket for the architecture tour are $125 and available online.
2012 Student Culminating Exhibition
Venice Arts Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of works by over 400 student participants in Venice Arts’ Art Mentoring workshops. This free event will showcase the best students films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from the 2011–12 workshops. On view through June 22, 2012.
Saturdays Off the 405
Getty Center (Brentwood)
This free music event at the Getty Center will feature LA band Dum Dum Girls. DJ Neil Schield, owner of Origami Vinyl will spin. Attendees can view the exhibition Herb Ritts: LA Style, during and after the performances.
Jon Rafman: Mirror Sites
M+B (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for Mirror Sites, a two-part exhibition of new work by photographer Jon Rafman. Rafman’s work demonstrates how images created digitally can be transformed to exist in physical space. On view through June 23, 2012.
Lawrence Weiner: Around & Around High & Low
Regen Projects (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Around & Around High & Low will include new works in language and works on paper. This exhibition will mark the end of Regen Project’s West Hollywood location and the move to a new space in Hollywood in September 2012. On view through June 23, 2012.
Building Collections of African American Art: Los Angeles Perspectives
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This panel discussion will feature Los Angeles collectors of African American art including Aryn Drake-Lee and Jesse Williams, who will discuss their experiences with Dr. Halima Taha, an African American art expert, consultant, and author of the best-selling book Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas. Dr. Taha will moderate the conversation and offer his own opinions on opportunities for building African American art collections.
Narcissism, the Real, the Fake and the Anti-Digital Impulse
Cirrus Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group show exploring the “anti-digital impulse” and its relationship to the desire and nostalgia for the “authentic” and the “real.” The multidisciplinary exhibit features the work of artists including Brice Bischoff, Anoka Faruqee, Zach Kleyn, Seth Lower, Nikhil Murthy, Karina Nimmerfall, Javier Proenza, and Biddy Tran. On view through July 7, 2012.
Melissa Cooke: Surfaced and Michelle Muldrow: The Experience of Landscape
Koplin del Rio (Culver City)
Opening reception for two new shows. Melissa Cooke’s Surfaced features works composed of powdered graphite on paper that explore the themes of beauty, fantasy, violence, vulnerability, and identity. Michelle Muldrow’s The Experience of Landscape features Muldrow’s landscape-style paintings of big box stores. Both shows on view through June 16, 2012.
Brian Porray: Darkhorse
Western Project (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Brian Porray. Darkhorse features large-scale paintings and collages influenced by Porray’s two decades in Las Vegas, and specifically, the Vegas Strip’s pyramid shaped Luxor Hotel. On view through June 23, 2012.
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new paintings by artist Will Fowler. The show will feature a new series of large paintings, as well as a selection of smaller canvases and works on paper. On view through June 30, 2012.
Michiel Ceulers: How to Kill Your Wife’s Lover When You Were Raised with Tradition?
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection by Belgian artist Michiel Ceulers. This exhibition features a series of deconstructed paintings. On view through June 30, 2012.
Deanna Thompson & H.C. Westermann
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two shows at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Deanna Thompson’s show will consist of new large scale paintings continuing her Homestead series. HC Westermann’s show includes sculpture and works on paper from the 1970s. On view through July 7, 2012.
Debra Scacco: Birds of Passage
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
Opening reception for the debut US solo show by London-based artist Debra Scacco. Birds of Passage is a multidisciplinary collection featuring ink on paper pieces, large scale installations, and watercolors all based on the topic of home. On view through June 23, 2012.
Alex Israel: As It LAys
Hensen Soundstage (Hollywood)
MOCA presents artist Alex Israel’s first solo project in Los Angeles. As It LAys is an installation anchored by a series of thirty televisual portraits of iconic and influential Los Angelenos including Vidal Sassoon, Marilyn Manson, and Rick Rubin. Admission to this free event is currently full. To add your name to the waiting list, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bug Fair 2012: Year of the Fly
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
9:30am – 5pm
The Natural History Museum hosts the 26th annual Bug Fair, the biggest bug festival in North America. This family friendly event will feature presentations, bug chefs, bug performers, and more than 60 exhibitors. The NHM’s Entomology Curator Dr. Brian Brown will be on hand to present his research on flies, the theme insect of this year’s Bug Fair.
Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki: Thunderstruck
Sam Lee Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition that features new works by Japanese-born, Los Angeles-based artists and brothers Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki. Thunderstruck features a selection of paintings and sculptures by Joe and four mixed media sculptures by Macha. Both artists use common materials including medium-density fiberboard, raw canvas, plastic, and paper to create pieces that explore materiality, trompe-l’oeil, color and personal histories. On view through June 30, 2012.
Geoff Tuck: To the Lighthouse
JP Jurve (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Los Angeles-based video artist Geoff Tuck, in addition to a group of artists including David Bell, John Burtle, Young Chung, and Adam Feldmeth. On view through June 19, 2012.
Sabina Lee Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection comprised of books, images, and recordings borrowed from the Los Angeles Public Library. Ex Libris will feature projects by artists including Travis Diehl, Becca Mann, Summer Mann, Sharon Mizota, and more. On view through June 9, 2012.
Avi Roth: Interpretations
Roth Gallery (Pasadena)
Opening reception for Interpretations, in which artist Avi Roth manipulates coffee in compositions that exemplify pattern, texture, light and shadow via a medium he calls Coffeegraph®. This event will feature a silent auction to benefit the International Child Art Foundation. On view through June 19, 2012.
Screening & Panel Discussion: The Rememberers: Art and Memory
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Video artist Joe Santarromana’s recent project The Rememberers: Art & Memory is a series of short video portraits that explore creativity through biography, storytelling and process. This screening of the first four films in this series will feature Louis Jacinto, John David O’Brien, Lisa Adams and William Roper. Art historian Betty Ann Brown will host a discussion about video art after the screening.
The Wild Hunt: Part II
Contemporary Arts Center (Irvine)
Opening reception for the second installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibition from MFA students at The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. This multidisciplinary show features work by artists Flora Kao, Scott Klinger, Lauren Merage, and Aaron Valenzuela. On view through June 1, 2012.
Jon Rafman: Mirror Sites, courtesy of M+B