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


Zac Monday
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A., 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.

Bike Night at the Hammer
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Hammer’s 4th annual Bike Night will feature bicycle-related crafts, a bike runway show, games, tune-ups, a film screening, ice cream, beer, wine, and other refreshments. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012and will include free admission to the biennial exhibition at the Hammer.

And Proud of It
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
As part of LGBT Heritage Month, Skylight Books will host And Proud of It: Gay and Lesbian Writers Who Inspired Us. This free event will feature Los Angeles writers reading the work of gay and lesbian authors who inspired them. Curated by Noel Alumit, this event will feature Hope Edelman, Leslie Schwartz, Frederick Smith, Lisa Yee, Imani Tolliver, Steven Reigns, and Raquel Gutierrez reading works by authors including Truman Capote and Octavia Butler.

Undergraduate Senior Exhibition: EMMEFFAY #5
UCLA New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
Opening reception for a collection featuring works by the UCLA Department of Art’s undergraduate senior class. The event will feature performances by Arielle Bluman, Sally Spitz, Trenton Szewczyk, and Lainey Racah. On view through June 16, 2012.

Cindy Derby: Edward’s House of String
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
LA-based artist Cindy Derby will put on a performance combining stop-motion animation, puppetry, and handcrafted scenic elements to create an existential narrative told through the perspective of Edward the Skeleton. This free event will be preceded by a happy hour reception at 5pm. Headgear for Tony, SBCAF’s current exhibition by the UCSB MFA class of 2012 will also be open for viewing.

MKL Pop (West Hollywood)
MKL Pop presents an evening of photography, sculpture, interactive works and a live performance. This event will also include food, cocktails, and music. Featured artists will include Javiera Estrada, Andrew Matusik, Cynthia Cortes, Lionel Deluy, Jack Gerlach, and Constanze Hey. Location provided with RSVP.

Laguna Art Museum Art Walk
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
This free monthly event at the Laguna Art Museum will feature a lecture by experimental painter Allison Schulnik. The museum’s current exhibition Abstract Classics will be on display, and the museum will also host a benefit book sale.

Performing Activism: Mediagenic Art from Three Weeks in May to the Occupy Movement
MOCA (Downtown)
Grant Kester, chair of the visual arts department at UC San Diego, will moderate a discussion between artists Suzanne Lacy and Janet Owen Driggs on the evolution of performative activist art over the past 35 years, particularly with regard to its relationship to the changing media landscape. This free discussion is the final event in MOCA’s Engagement Party Art Talks series.


Women without Men at the New Center for Psychoanalysis
The New Center for Psychoanalysis (West L.A.)
After screening Shirin Neshat’s 2009 work adapted from Shahmush Parsipur’s magical realist novel, mother and daughter psychoanalysts Sharzahd Siassi, Ph.D., and Guilan Siassi, Ph.D. will examine the film’s use of dream narrative and consider Neshat’s use of such symbolic exploration in terms of its capacity to reflect the affective truth of women in an oppressive patriarchy. This film chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953- a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when a U.S. led, British backed, coup d’etat brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister and reinstalled the Shah to power. 

Poetry in Spanish and English
Human Resources (Chinatown)
This free event will feature readings by authors Anthony McCann, Jen Hofer, and Dolores Dorantes.

Subliminal Projects (Echo Park)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new linocut work by Amphetamine Records founder Tom Hazelmyer and the release of a Melvins/Hammerhead split, picture-disc vinyl featuring art by Chris Mars, Camille Rose Garcia, HAZE-XXL, Junko Mizuno, and Shepard Fairey. Also on display will be work by Melvins’ in house artist Mackie, collage artist Math.i, and the art of Husker Du’s Grant Hart. On view through June 22. A post reception party will be held at The Echo. Tickets are $12 and available online.

Friday Night Wine Tasting
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
This wine tasting event, happening every Friday evening throughout the month of June, will feature four small production wines from around the globe as selected by Silverlake Wine. A variety of food trucks will be on-site, and guests are welcome to bring picnic dinners. Tickets are $25 and available online. Made in L.A. 2012 at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall park will be open for viewing until 8pm.

Patricia Fernández: A Record of Succession
ltd los angeles (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Patricia Fernández featuring paintings made from repurposed fabrics and dyed linens with sewn buttons in addition to a grouping of wooden boxes. The installation is part of a larger group of works from A Record of Succession that can also be seen in Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum.

Extended Hours at the Getty Center
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
The Getty Center will stay open until 9pm in conjunction with the museum’s new summer hours. Current exhibitions include the recently opened Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages, which features paintings, books, stained glass and illuminated manuscripts. The Getty will offer extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings through September 22.


L.A. Artists’ Mini-Town Hall
JACCC Japan America Theatre (Downtown)
This day-long event, presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation, will feature panel discussions focusing on resources available to artists in Los Angeles. Local and national arts funders from organization including the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and United States Artists will discuss the current funding environment. Afternoon roundtable talks will allow artists to speak one on one with service providers. Tickets for this event are $10 and include a light lunch. 

L.A. in Focus
Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Central Library (Downtown)
Opening day of a show featuring photographs from the 1932 and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, culled from the Photo Collection of Los Angeles Public Library. Curated by author David Davis, L.A. in Focus will feature photographs of Olympic athletes including Babe Didrikson, Carl Lewis, Joan Benoit, Michael Jordan, and Mary Lou Retton.

Getty Center Family Festival
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
This free, daylong family festival, inspired by the Getty’s current exhibitions Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity, will feature activities including dancing, storytelling, photography lessons, and magazine cover design. Music will be provided by DJ Paul V.

Paul Pescador: Situating
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
A ten hour performance in which Paul Pescador alone will reenact moments from four previous events. He will re-stage each of them in chronological order using the previous performances as a basis. Situating will consist of an installation of objects and a four-part film. The same objects will appear both in the space and in the film, having been taken altered dramatically between mediums.

Joshua Petker: Adrift
LeBasse Projects (Culver City)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Petker featuring a series of conceptual paintings in which Petker explores the relationship between humans and the sea. On view through July 7, 2012.

Motion: The Art of Movement
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by more than twenty five artists including Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Cleon Peterson, COOP, Korin Faught, and Marco Mazzoni. Featuring paintings, digital renderings and more, the works in The Art of Movement each capture a different aspect of movement and motion. On view through June 30, 2012.

In Spite of Their Defeat
Greene Exhibitions (Culver City)
Opening reception for Greene Exhibitions’ inaugural group show In Spite of Their Defeat. Featuring works by artists Heimir Bjorgulfsson, Juliana Paciulli, William Ransom, and Amir Zaki, this collection of collages, videos, sculptures and photographs will explore the concepts of victory and defeat. On view through July 17, 2012.

Brian Sharp and Justin Beal
ACME (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two shows at ACME: abstract paintings by Los Angeles-based painter Brian Sharp and sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Justin Beal. Both exhibitions on view through July 7, 2012.

Hot White Flesh Ties
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring works by New York-based artists N. Dash, Catherine Czacki, Lukas Geronimas, Lauren Luloff, and Patricia Treib. Curated by Sarah Walzer, this show will feature works inspired by a page from painter Joan Snyder’s notebook. Hot White Flesh Ties will explore the importance of a female sensibility in relation to making objects. On view through July 14, 2012.

Wasted: The Great American Pastime
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show that explores the relationship between art and drugs and alcohol and the impact of these substances on American culture and counterculture. Curated by Dave MacDowell, Wasted will feature works by more than seventy artists. On view through June 30, 2012.

Craig Cowan: Divine Proportion
Couturier Gallery (Mid-City West)
Opening reception for an exhibition of nude images by the late Los Angeles-based photographer Craig Cowan. Divine Proportion will focus on Cowan’s approach to the male figure and his inclusion of the ancient rules of composition known as the Golden Section or Divine Proportion. This show will include drawings, photographs and more than 30 silver and platinum/palladium prints. On view through July 14, 2012.

Last Stop Expo Auction
C2 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Santa Monica Auctions will present its final live, outdoor modern and contemporary public art auction at Bergamot Station’s C2 auction space, which will soon be demolished as part of the Bergamot Light Rail Station project. The auction will feature works by artists including Andy Warhol, Ed Kienholz, David Hockney, Raymond Pettibon, and Pablo Picasso and will continue on Sunday, June 10.

Natural Fiction
Aran Cravey (Venice)
Opening reception for a group exhibition of photographs guest curated by Shelley De Soto of De Soto Gallery. Natural Fiction will feature works by artists Connie Samaras, Amelia Bauer, and Laura Plageman, all of whom depict landscapes in their photographs. On view through July 8, 2012.

Imagining Women
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by female artists including Pat Boyd, Lynda Brothers, Ruth De Nicola, Pat Gomez, Rebeca Guerrero, Heather Hoggan, Patricia Lazalde, Dorothy Magallon, Susanna Meiers, Poli Marichal, and Isabel Martinez. Curated by Raoul De la Sota, each piece in Imagining Women will feature the artist’s representation of themselves. On view through July 8, 2012.

Jeannie Simms: That Is the Impression We Receive
Commonwealth & Council (Wilshire Center)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring new videos and photographs by artist Jeannie Simms. That Is the Impression We Receive explores cross cultural encounters and collaborations with elementary school students from Nara, Japan and Provincetown, Massachusetts. On view through June 30, 2012.

Clarence Hinkle, Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight, ex·pose: peter bo rappmund
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
Opening reception for the Laguna Art Museum’s three summer exhibitions. Clarence Hinkle will feature a retrospective of works by the late painter. This collection will be presented in conjunction with Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight, a group in which Hinkle was a member. Ex·pose will feature works by Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Peter Bo Rappmund  All exhibitions on view through October 7, 2012.

Michelle Andrade: Self-Titled
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an exhibition by LA-based artist Michelle Andrade. Self-Titled will feature a series of brightly-colored ink on notebook and graph paper drawings which explore everyday moments experienced both externally and via internal monologue. On view through July 14, 2012.

Rita Project Open Art Studio
Sancho (Echo Park)
Opening reception for an ongoing open art studio by suicide prevention organization Rita Project. This summer residency by Kim Strouse and Dani Collins will offer interactive arts programming to nurture healing, assist with suicide prevention education, and raise public awareness of the importance of the arts to mental health. Daily activities and events will happen at the gallery space through July 1, 2012.

Evo Soria, Jr.
The Navarro Residence (Highland Park)
The Navarro Residence gallery series presents a collection of works by Chicago-based artist Evo Soria Jr. This event will mark Soria’s first showing in Los Angeles.

Home Is Where the Needle Marks
(Sub)Urban Home (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group exhibition that will explore the concept of home through various needle-point methods. Participating artists were asked to submit works that deal with the idea of how they interpret their own place of refuge. The show will feature stitch works including crochet, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, quilting, and applique.

Noah’s Ark: The L.A. Landing
Siglo Moderno (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Frederique Morrel. Noah’s Ark will feature a variety of life size sculptures covered with needlework. On view through August 31, 2012.


Lecture: The Four-Legged Muse: Horses in Painting
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Anne Woollett, a curator in the Department of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will deliver a lecture on horses as subjects in paintings. She will consider some of the ways in which artists were engaged by the form of the horse and discuss the horse as a vehicle for emotion. Reservations are recommended for this free event.

Art for Clare
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
The sixth annual Art for Clare fundraiser will feature art to view and purchase, a silent auction, live music, cocktails and food from Los Angeles eateries including Melisse, Kate Mantilini, Fonuts, and Global Cuisine. Over sixty pieces by local artists including Roland Reiss, Anthony Hopkins, and Ed Ruscha will be up for auction. Proceeds benefit the Clare Foundation, which provides addiction treatment for individuals and families in Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 and available online.

Last Stop Expo Auction
C2 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Santa Monica Auctions will present its final live, outdoor modern and contemporary public art auction at Bergamot Station’s C2 auction space, which will soon be demolished as part of the Bergamot Light Rail Station project. The auction will feature works by artists including Andy Warhol, Ed Kienholz, David Hockney, Raymond Pettibon, and Pablo Picasso.

Blast! [9] Garden Party
Private Residence (Malibu)
This event, benefitting SASSAS, will feature music from Sister Mantos and LA Trombone Collective plus DJs Black Panty Annie and Year of the Rat. The event will also include a silent auction with visual art works by Patricia Fernandez, Liz Larner, Karthik Pandian, and Jill Spector. Tickets are $30-$50 and include food and drinks.

Artist Walk Through: Daniel Aksten and Ardeshir Tabrizi
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Artists Daniel Aksten and Ardeshir Tabrizi will lead walk throughs of their exhibitions Support, Edge, Variation and Paintings & Notes in conjunction with the closing day of both shows. Each artist will discuss their work and process and answer questions. Champagne and refreshments will be provided.

Various Small Fires (Venice)
Christopher James and Nick Herman ( host the night in celebration of X-TRA’s new issue and the return of summer. Dedicated to the study of surfing and smoking, the night’s themes are pulled from the pages of their issue. Dr. Jeroen Molemaker (Associate Research Professor in Physical Oceanography at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA) explains how chaos theory is used to model waves and smoke for film animations. Grant W. Graves (Founder Precision Diving and Vice President of AIDA, the Worldwide Federation for breath-hold diving) conducts a breath-holding workshop. Christopher James will screen his new video about being out on the water.


Yoga for Artists
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Enjoy a creativity-focused yoga session taught by Tiffany Russo.  Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga for Artists will be free for a limited time.

Time Alters All: A Retrospective of an Emerging Artist
8618 Melrose Avenue (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for filmmaker and artist Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s inaugural solo exhibition Time Alters All: A Retrospective of an Emerging Artist, curated by Price Latimer Agah. This exhibition, hosted by Shane Guffogg, Julian Sands, Jason Schwartzman, Nona Summers, Tara Summers, and Gloria Vanderbilt, this exhibition will feature a series of oil on cardboard paintings. On view through June 22, 2012.

Discussion: On Restoring Modernism: The Purist and The Pragmatist
A+D Museum (Miracle Mile)
Designer and collector Michael Boyd will discuss the role of the homeowner as guardian, in regards to the the rehabilitation of modern domestic architecture. The lecture is presented in conjunction with Boyd’s exhibition PLANEfurniture: types + prototypes at Edward Cella Art + Architecture. A reception at Edward Cella will follow the discussion. Tickets are $10.

Simone Forti: News Animation Improvisations
LA><ART (Culver City)
Performance artist Simone Forti’s News Animation Improvisations method encompasses the translation of the imagery and language of newspaper reports and newscasts into improvised movement compositions. Listening to and reading the news throughout the past months, Forti has produced a series of writings and drawings that she will translate into this collaborative improvisational performance. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Discussion: Yoko Kanayama, Veronique d’ Entremont, and Elena Manferdini
Design Matters (West L.A.)
As part of its ongoing artist conversation series, Design Matters presents a conversation between Yoko Kanayama, Veronique d’ Entremont, and Elena Manferdini, all of whom are currently showing in the venue’s gallery space. The discussion will focus on each artist’s creative processes, from formulation to execution.

Joshua Petker, Untitled (Beached), 2012