PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

Posted on: June 20th, 2012

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Liz Glynn: No Second Troy Catalogue Launch
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
6-9pm
Curated by Ciara Ennis at Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College earlier this year, Liz Glynn: No Second Troy explored the discovery and legacy of Priam’s Treasure, the importation of people and goods across the same border, the resulting contemporary cultural artifacts, and the hybridized identity that ensued. Featuring images from Glynn’s videos, installations, and sculptural works, the catalogue also includes an interview between Machine Project Executive Director Mark Allen and Glynn, in addition to essays by Dean of the School of Art at Cal Arts Thomas Lawson and Director/Curator at Pitzer Art Galleries Ciara Ennis.

Beauty is Embarrassing
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
The Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Beauty is Embarrassing, a new documentary chronicling Los Angeles-based designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician Wayne White, one of the artists behind the television show Pee Wee’s Playhouse. The film features interviews with Matt Groening, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Paul Reubens, Gary Panter, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, and more. A Q&A will follow the screening. Tickets are $13 and available online.

Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
8pm
The second installment of LACMA’s concert series Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop will feature performances by Medusa, Dumbfoundead, and Gizzle. Hosted by hip hop artist and co-curator MURS, Through the Mic explores contemporary Los Angeles hip hop, with an emphasis on the diversity of LA-based artists. Tickets for this event are $15 and available online.

David Benjamin Sherry
Ooga Booga (Chinatown)
6pm
Photographer David Benjamin Sherry will sign his new book of images, Quantum Light, at Ooga Booga. In the book, Sherry continues to work with the vivid colors that permeate his practice. Quantum Light contains a preface with a conversation between Sherry and Collier Schorr.

Ashley Hunt: Notes on the Emptying of a City
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
Ashley Hunt’s solo performance Notes on the Emptying of a City is based on Hurricane Katrina and the questions of race, visibility, and speech that the natural disaster continues to reveal. Hunt will narrate his experiences of working with social justice activists in New Orleans while presenting images of the city interspersed with video of citizens’ testimony. Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this event will conclude with a discussion with the audience.

Studio Tour at the American Cement Building
American Cement Building (MacArthur Park)
7pm
As part of the LA Design Festival, The Architect’s Newspaper‘s West Coast Editor Sam Lubell has organized a tour of the studios that populate the American Cement Building. Participating studios include DRDS, Kelly Architects, Platform for Architecture + Research, Stayner Architects, Studio Bonner, Synthesis Design + Architecture, WROAD, and VA Design. Tours will be self-guided.

AIGA LA 2012 Fellow Award & Visionary Award Celebration
Royal/T (Culver City)
7pm
Presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Design Festival, this event will celebrate the newly established Visionary Award along with AIGA Los Angeles 2012 Fellow Award
recipients, Agustin Garza, David Mayes, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. Tickets are $50-$100.

Lecture: Tile, Texture, and Color in the Kitchen and Beyond
Walker Zanger (West Hollywood)
7pm
As part of the Los Angeles Design Festival, Dwell on Design will present a panel discussion on textures and materials in the kitchen and beyond. Panelists include architect Bruce Bolander, Dwell’s Deputy Editor Jaime Gillin, VP of Business Development at William-Sonoma Katherine Rice, and Walker Zanger’s VP of Design & Marketing Jared Becker.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

Friday Night Wine Tasting
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
5:30pm
This wine tasting event, happening every Friday evening throughout the summer, 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.

Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
10am
Opening day of a three day expo featuring lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Ticket prices vary; email celebrate@foryourart.com for your chance to win tickets or purchase tickets online.

Liza Ryan: Rare Bloom
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
7-9pm
An exhibition of works by mixed media artist Liza Ryan.  On view through September 1, 2012.

Scott Benzel
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
Inspired by a photo essay from a 1967 issue of Esquire Magazine, this performance will feature two reel-to-reel tape loops stretched between dancers costumed as the faux Maoist rebel that Sharon Tate portrayed in the magazine. The looping tapes will play an electronic composition while live musicians play both a predetermined score and improvised reactions. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012.

Math Bass
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
8pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this performance will bring a chorus of collaborators together for a performance that meditates on bodies absorbed in stillness. Performers will act out different phases of physical and emotional transformation. Free tickets are required for admission to this event and are available upon arrival.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

Flashback to Now
Edgar Varela Fine Arts (Downtown)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles-based muralist Eloy Torrez and photographs by LA-based urban landscape photographer Juliane Backmann. On view through July 21, 2012.

Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
10am
This three day design expo will feature lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Tickets are available online.

Harry Callahan: Abstracted Nature
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for a  a series of gelatin silver prints by artist Harry Callahan. On view through August 18, 2012.

Formwandler
Richard Telles Fine Art (Mid-City)
5pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Los Angeles-based artists Lucas Blalock, Sarah Conaway, Dan Finsel, Laeh Glenn, Caroline Thomas, and Tyler Vlahovich. Formwandler will feature sculptures, photographs, and paintings. On view through August 4, 2012.

Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective
Social and Public Art Resource Center (Venice)
1-6pm
The Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective will celebrate the inauguration of their new space and arts residency at the Social and Public Art Resource Center with this day long celebration. The show will feature work by the group’s current members Kay Brown, Nguyen Li, Poli Marichal, Don Newton, Victor Rosas, and Marianne Sadowski.

Takehito Koganezawa: Paint it Black, and Erase
Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Berlin-based Takehito Koganezawa will conduct a live video performance during this opening reception. With a camera positioned directly over his work surface, he will “spin” his drawings to project overlaying image streams on the gallery wall. The resulting images and other works by Koganezawa will be on view through September 1, 2012.

Gay Summer Rick: Series in Sand and Sky
BG Gallery (Santa Monica)
6:30pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Malibu-based artist Gay Summer Rick. Series in Sand and Sky features Rick’s new series of paintings inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway. On view through July 22, 2012.

Super Tetricide
Home Room (Silverlake)
7pm
Opening reception for Super Tetricide, an immersive exhibition incorporating video games and interactive media. The show will feature independently designed video games as well as video game-related objects. On view through August 11, 2012.

Group Performance
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Group performance featuring artists Dylan Doren, Geoff Geis, Michael Nhat, K to the I???, Orbless, and Paper Slang. There will be a $5 cover at the door.

Knowledges
Mount Wilson Observatory (Mount Wilson)
10am-12am
This day-long event and group show at the Mount Wilson Observatory will feature the work of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists including Dani Tull, Norman Klein, and Louisa Van Leer.  Pieces will explore ideas embodied by the observatory including astronomy, scientific discovery, space exploration, optics, recorded observation, and cosmology. The two day event will feature lectures, film screenings, music performances, and more.

The Washington School
Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts (Beverly Hills)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by the Washington Color School painters. This exhibition will include 14 paintings by artists Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, and Howard Mehring, the original artists included in Gerald Nordland’s 1965 exhibition “The Washington Color Painters.” On view through August 25, 2012.

Simulacrum
Gallery 825 (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for Simulacrum, an multi-disciplinary group show exploring the concepts of superficial likenesses and images in contemporary culture. Simulacrum will be juried by Bennett Roberts of Roberts & Tilton. Artists include Brian Mallman, Peta Orbach, and Valerie Wilcox, each of whom will also be featured in solo exhibitions in the gallery space. On view through July 20, 2012.

Amanda Ross-Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman
MOCA Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
11am-6pm
Opening day of a new collection by Los Angeles-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho. Created specifically for the MOCA Pacific Design Center, Teeny Tiny Woman explores Ross-Ho’s ongoing engagement with translation, scale, and authentic and performed gestures through large-scale paintings, fabricated objects, textiles, and photographs within a custom architectural environment. On view through September 23, 2012.

Yearbook Signing Party
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
1pm
This free party will celebrate the newly released Hammer yearbook with food, drinks, and music. A Public Engagement project by Harrell Fletcher and Adam Moser, Yearbook is an artist book that captures a year at the museum through the vernacular of a high school yearbook. Participants in the project, including Hammer artists, public program participants, and staff will be on hand to autograph books, which will be on sale for $20.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

Levitated Mass Public Dedication
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
11am
LACMA CEO Michael Govan, LACMA board co-chair Terry Semel, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will lead a public dedication ceremony to officially open LACMA’s new permanent installation Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer. Attendees will be able to walk under this 340-ton boulder through a 456 foot long concrete slot that descends 15 feet  deep with the granite megalith suspended overhead. Free museum admission from June 24 to July 1, 2012 for residents in zip codes along the boulder transport route.

Knowledges
Mount Wilson Observatory (Mount Wilson)
10-12am
This day long event and group show at the Mount Wilson Observatory will feature the work of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists including Dani Tull, Norman Klein, and Louisa Van Leer.  Pieces will explore ideas embodied by the observatory including astronomy, scientific discovery, space exploration, optics, recorded observation, and cosmology. The two day event will feature lectures, film screenings, music performances, and more.

Lou Beach: Pictures & Stories and Jay Willis: Ring of Fire
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
2pm
Opening reception for two shows. Lou Beach’s Pictures & Stories will feature new and recent collages by the illustrator, author and artist. Jay Willis’ Ring of Fire will feature a welded steel sculpture on display in the gallery’s garden. Both shows on view through August 5, 2012.

Jack Goldstein x 10,000
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
11am-5pm
Opening day of a retrospective featuring the work of artist Jack Goldstein, a central figure in the Postmodern movement of the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition includes two immersive installations, 20 of Goldstein’s films produced from 1971 to 1983, 22 paintings, a selection of 18 records with listening stations, and selected writings. On view through September 9, 2012.

Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
10am
This three day design expo will feature lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Tickets are available online.

Math Bass
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
3pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this performance will bring a chorus of collaborators together for a performance that meditates on bodies absorbed in stillness. Performers will act out different phases of physical and emotional transformation. Free tickets are required for admission to this event and are available upon arrival.

Mashup: Downtown, Ramps, Victorians, Freeways and More
Locations Vary (Downtown)
9-5pm
This walking tour, presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Design Festival, will start downtown with ramps and passages, move into stairways through Angelino Heights and Echo Park, hit Elysian Park, and then head along freeway passages to the LA River. The walk will be roughly 12 miles total, with various points of exit along the route.

MONDAY, JUNE 25

47th Annual Gold Crown Award - Inaugural AxS 2012 Awards
Descanso Gardens at Boddy House (La Canada Flintridge)
5:30-8pm
Enjoy a private walk through of the Descanso Gardens and tour the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Then watch the award ceremony where President of Art Center College of Design Lorne Buchman and Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory Dr. Charles Elachi will be honored with the Inaugural 2012 AxS Awards–celebrating the allied importance of art and science–and Paul and Heather Haaga will be recognized for their outstanding philanthropy and community service with the 2012 Gold Crown Award. Tickets cost $125 and are available for purchase by emailing info@pasadenaartscouncil.org.

L.A. Unified: Open Drawing
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
7pm
L.A. Unified is an inter-institutional group exhibition of selected graduating BFA art students from Los Angeles area art schools and universities with art programs. Open Drawing is a weekly drawing club that offers free drawing supplies and artistic support to artists who want it. For more information please visit www.launified.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

Made in L.A. Tour
LAMAG (Los Feliz)
7pm
This free public tour of Made in L.A. 2012 at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park will be led by LAMAG educators and LA><ART docents.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Artist Anonymous Group Meeting
LA><ART (Culver City)
7pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012 and organized and moderated by Slanguage, this discussion forums for artists will create a space for creative practitioners to discuss some of the personal and professional issues currently facing contemporary artists. The discussion is open to artists only. RSVP for this free event at slanguageRSVP@laxart.org.

DJ, Drinks, and Artist Talks
Annie Wharton Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
7pm
This free event will feature artist talks from Davida Nemeroff and Rona Yefman, whose group show, Shellfish, will on display at Annie Wharton through June 29, 2012. The evening will also include drinks and music by DJ Daisy O’dell.

Image by Lucas Blalock courtesy of the artist.