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


Brad Elterman: Factory 77
Kana Manglapus (Venice)
Opening reception for Factory 77, a collection of candid celebrity photos by Brad Elterman. Factory 77 will feature several never before printed images of Cherie Currie of The Runaways, Olivia Newton John and John Travolta, and other personalities of the 1970s and 80s. On view through September 10, 2012.

Bernard Chadwick: Synesthesia
gallery km (Santa Monica)
Synesthesia is a multi-media exhibition by artist Bernard Chadwick. During this event, three musicians will improvise while Chadwick manipulates the space of the room by constructing unplanned structures. These installations will change the acoustics and the way in which the musicians relate to one another. On view through July 7, 2012.

Hammer Bash!
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The first of the Made in L.A. Music series will feature live sets by Jason Bentley, host of KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, and KCRW DJ Jeremy Sole. This free event will feature a performance by Made in L.A. 2012 artist Scott Benzel in addition to extended gallery hours. Presented by the The Hammer and KCRW, the Made in L.A. Music series will take place at the Hammer every Thursday evening through August 9, 2012.

Nancy Lorenz
Duke & Duke (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by contemporary artist Nancy Lorenz. Lorenz’s Eastern-influenced work includes screens, paintings, and designs and often incorporate materials including mother-of-pearl, gold and silver leaf, lacquer, and copper. On view through September 21, 2012.

Book Launch: Photography Changes Everything
ARTBOOK @ Paper Chase (Hollywood)
This launch event for the book Photography Changes Everythingwill feature a conversation between curators and authors Marvin Heiferman, Lois Banner, Leo Braudy, and Charlotte Cotton. The panelists will explore photography’s role in shaping our public, private, rational, and fantastic lives. A reception and book signing will follow. RSVP required to for this free event.

Gina Osterloh: Group Dynamics and Improper Light and Steve Roden: Shells, Bells. Steps and Silence
LACE (Hollywood)
Opening reception for two shows at LACE. Group Dynamics and Improper Light is a large-scale installation by artist Gina Osterloh that will explore what determines a group within a social context. Shells, Bells, Steps and Silence is a video installation and film survey by artist Steve Roden that will incorporate three research projects conducted by the artist during the past year. Both shows on view through September 16, 2012.

L.A. Unified: Teaching Strategies/ Admissions & Omissions
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
The fourth night of the L.A. Unified symposium will feature six faculty members from LA area art schools engaging in two discussions on the state of the art academy. In Teaching Strategies, Jessica Bronson, Andrea Fraser, Katie Grinnan, Mitchell Kane, and Martin Kersels will discuss topics related to art school. In Admissions & Omissions, beginning at 8pm,  Ken Ehrlich, Ashley Hunt, and Shirley Tse will consider the current state of the art school. This free event will be moderated by Made in L.A. 2012 artist Fiona Connor.

Moveable Feasts: Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe
The Dresden (Los Feliz)
The Los Angeles Nomadic Division (LAND) continues its ongoing dinner series Moveable Feasts with an evening featuring Los Angeles-based multimedia artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe. Freeman and Lowe construct collaborative, site-specific installations that recreate familiar settings. Tickets for this event are $175 and include a three-course dinner, wine, and an artist-designed object.

Book Launch: Matt Keegan
Ooga Booga (Chinatown)
Artist Matt Keegan will launch his new publication of artist editions and texts, titled = =. This book features essays, interviews, and editioned works and includes contributions from artists including Liz Deschenes, Nikolas Gambaroff, James Richards, Kay Rosen, and Erika Vogt. The publication’s title refers to html programming and the project’s future life as a computer file.

Art Talk: Robert Barry
MOCA (Downtown)
Artist Robert Barry will discuss his work featured in MOCA’s current exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974. The discussion will focus on Barry’s time spent in California. This event is free and open to the public.

Artists and Survivors: Lost and Found in LA
Central Library (Downtown)
Presented as part of the Central Library’s ongoing ALOUD lecture series, this free event will feature authors Janet Fitch and Dana Spiotta in conversation with LA Times staff writer Carolyn Kellogg. Both authors most recent novels explore the consequences of being an artist in Los Angeles.

Gerhard Richter Painting
Orange County Museum of Art (Laguna Beach)
This screening event will feature the film Gerhard Richter Painting, which explores the artist’s process as documented while he was working on a series of large abstract paintings over six months in the summer of 2009. The screening will happen on the museum’s patio. Guests are welcome to bring blankets. Food will be available for purchase.


Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles
110 & 112 E. 22nd St. (San Pedro)
Day one of the grand opening celebration of Crafted, the nation’s largest indoor year-round craft marketplace featuring handmade crafts from over 500 vendors. The day’s events will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, live music, demonstrations, and a variety food trucks. The celebration continues on Saturday with pony rides, and a performance by The Lonely Wild with the Silverlake Contemporary Ballet. Sunday will feature a craft beer tasting. 

Music + Dance: L.A. II
ACB Warehouse Space (Mid-City)
7 and 9pm
American Contemporary Ballet, in collaboration with the Da Camera Society, presents an evening of live chamber music and original ballet. Featured instrumentalists will include Tereza Stanislav, Cheryl Norman Brick, and Robert Brophy. A catered reception will follow each performance. Tickets are $40.

M+B Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show inspired by architect and set designer Robert Mallet-Stevens’ 1926 lecture that highlighted how theater set design differs from cinema. Curated by Daniele Balice and Jay Ezra Nayssan, Synesthesia will feature an assemblage of furniture, art and objects in an environment that plays with the concepts of the personal and artificial. On view through August 31, 2012.

There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand
Gallery1988 (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works inspired by the television show Arrested Development. There’s Always Money in the Banana Stand will include paintings, prints, sculptures and plush dolls by more than 80 artists. On view through July 21, 2012.

L.A. Unified: Teaching School and Closing Reception
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
Presented in conjunction with L.A. Unified, a week long symposium exploring topics surrounding art school, Katie Bachler’s interactive classroom event Teaching School will consider the ways we communicate knowledge and ideas within a group. A closing reception beginning at 7pm will feature refreshments and performances. Both events are free and open to the public.

Friday Night Wine Tasting
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
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.

Michelle Dizon
LAMAG at Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Los Feliz)
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, Perpetual Peace is a live performance that accompanies a feature-length video about contemporary globalization in the Philippines. Images shot by Michelle Dizon in the Philippines will be accompanied by the artist’s narration and a live music score. This event is free and open to the public.

No*Mart: Stop Walmart in Chinatown
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Unionosity, Ooga Booga and Human Resources will present an evening of music featuring No Age, Tearist, LA Fog, and K-Chung along with DJs Nick Malkin and Jim Smith. This event will be in support of efforts to prevent Walmart from moving into Chinatown. Programming will also include speakers from the LA Labor and activist communities. $5 suggested donation at the door.


Forever Young: The Art of Music Photography
Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of photographs depicting musical artists including Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Bob Marley, and Kurt Cobain. Forever Young will feature works by photographers including Annie Leibovitz, Danny Clinch, John Cohen, Don Hunstein, Astrid Kirchherr, Herman Leonard, Gered Mankowitz, Mark Seliger, Kate Simon, and Alfred Wertheimer. On view through September 8, 2012.

Ricky Allman: I’ll Capitulate if You Succumb
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of paintings and drawings by artist Ricky Allman. Influenced by the geography of the Rocky Mountains, modernist architecture, and gestural abstraction, I’ll Capitulate if You Succumb explores themes of apocalypse, religious fundamentalism and technology. On view through August 11, 2012.

Joshua Petker and Howard Fox in Discussion
LeBasse Projects (Culver City)
This free event will feature a conversation between the gallery’s current solo exhibition artist Joshua Petker and Howard N. Fox, Emeritus Curator, (Curator of Contemporary Art, LACMA, 1985-2008). Petker and Fox will discuss Adrift, Petker’s exhibition of paintings currently on view at LeBasse, as well as the artists’ view of contemporary art in LA. Petker will also give a tour of the exhibition.

Josh Dorman: The Missing Pages of the Sea and David Bailin: “C” (Charcoal, Coffee, and ‘See’)
Koplin del Rio (Culver City)
Opening reception for two solo shows. Josh Dorman’s The Missing Pages of the Sea will feature a collection of collages depicting fantasy worlds. “C” (Charcoal, Coffee, and ‘See’) will feature David Bailin’s series of drawings made from charcoal and coffee. Dorman and Bailin will speak at 5pm. Both shows on view through July 21, 2012.

James Hayward, Mary Weatherford, Mark Hagen and Sam Falls
International Art Objects Galleries (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by author James Hayward, contemporary artist Mary Weatherford, conceptual artist Mark Hagen, and multimedia artist Sam Falls. On view through August 11, 2012.

Greatest Hits Party
Royal/T (Culver City)
Royal/T’s venue closing event will feature a gallery walkthrough and talk with curators of past Royal/T exhibitions including Warholian, All of This Is Melting Away, In Bed Together, and Party Animals. A party beginning at 9pm will include drinks, desserts, music, a pop up shop, and a midnight toast. RSVP required to

Too Old For Toys, Too Young For Boys
OHWOW (West Hollywood)
Opening reception of a group show featuring works by artists including Ronnie Bass, Debo Eilers, Jay Heikes, Josh Kline, Barney Kulok, Donald Moffett, and Aura Rosenberg. Curated by Alex Gartenfeld, Too Old For Toys, Too Young for Boys will examine the way modern tweens have influenced adults’ viewing habits. On view through September 1, 2012.

Art Project Los Angeles
Bonhams (West Hollywood)
This public art auction, benefitting AIDs Project Los Angeles, will feature works by Alexander Calder, Pablo Picasso, Kenny Scharf, Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, and more. The silent auction will begin at 10am. A live auction with provided refreshments will begin at 7pm.

Kings Road Park (West Hollywood)
Presented by SASSAS,  the sound. concert series returns for a third season with the premiere Los Angeles performance of Oakland-based duo myrmyr. Playing the violin and cello, the group creates a post-classical music inspired by folk elements of their common Eastern European ancestry.

Summer in the Street Exhibition
Maximillian Gallery at the Sunset Marquis (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Richard Duardo, Desire Obtain Cherish, Cyrcle, Dog Byte, DD$, Free Humanity, Septerhed, John Carr, Smear, DeeKay, Andy Appleton, Random Act, Gregos, and Emily Bradley. Summer in the Street will feature a rotating collection of street art.

Kite-Making with Basir Beria
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
International kite master and Afghan fighter kite specialist Basir Beria will share his knowledge of the art form during this family kite-making workshop. Completed kites will be flown on the UCLA campus. $25 fee includes materials.

Divorcio USA: A Night of Recent Work by Jacinto Astiazarán
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Human Resources presents Divorcio USA, an event featuring recent the work of Mexico City-based video artist Jacinto Astiazarán. Hosted by the curatorial collaborative Art For the Americas, this event will include the screening of two new videos exploring cultural relations between Mexico and the US, as well as refreshments and music by DJ Later Knight.

Haunted Geographies of L.A.
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This free lecture by UCLA’s Rob Sullivan will explore the ways in which ghosts haunt Los Angeles. The talk will focus on some of the city’s most notorious crimes including the kidnapping and murder of Marion Parker in 1927 by William Edward Hickman. This event is part of a three part lecture series exploring how history and geography can offer an understanding of current culture.

Roadkill Confidential
Son of Semele Theater (Silverlake)
This play, written by Sheila Callagan, tells the story of a New York artist who makes work out of roadkill. A discussion about taxidermy and roadkill with artists Lauren Kane, Jeanie M. and Drew Dominick will follow the performance. Shows run through July 8. Tickets are $20 and available online.

Constructing Fantasy: Sculpture from Los Angeles
Beacon Arts Building (Inglewood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of small to large-scale sculpture by Los Angeles artists. The exhibition explores images from childhood fairytales and features the work of artists including Catherine Fairbanks, Michelle Carla Handel, Jeffrey Hastings, Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor,
Larissa James, Winter Jenssen, and Eric Johnson. On view through August 5, 2012.

Roger Hiorns and Luisa Lambri
Marc Foxx (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two shows. Roger Hiorns’ exhibition will be featured in Marc Foxx’s main gallery. A selection of photographs by Luisa Lambri will be shown in the west gallery. Both shows on view through August 4, 2012. 

Chinatown Design Night
Various Locations (Chinatown)
This open gallery event will feature design and art in Chinatown’s West and Central plazas. Presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Design Festival, Design Night will feature extended hours at local galleries and shops and a lineup of art-related events. Participating venues include Coagula Curatorial, Sabina Lee Gallery, Jancar Jones, and Pepin Moore.


Lobbies on Wilshire Publishing House
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
For a two-week period during Made in L.A. 2012, artist Fiona Connor will activate her installation by organizing a workshop and publishing house to create an alternate catalogue for the exhibition. During this time, Connor will generate content by collecting documentation and reactions to the exhibition and events from invited guests and museum visitors. Articles will be printed using a photocopying machine installed in the lobby and distributed daily.


Anime Expo
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
Final day of a North America’s largest anime and manga celebration. Anime Expo will feature panel discussion with many of Japan’s most famous anime, manga and musical artists in addition to costume play, karaoke, video competitions, screenings, and gaming competitions. Tickets are $45 and available online.


Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring the drawings of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. Presented in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth, The Magic of Line will be the first museum exhibition to focus entirely on Klimt’s drawings. On view through September 23, 2012.


Mondo America
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
This day-long Fourth of July BBQ picnic and film series event will feature screenings of Americana, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Celebration, Red Dawn, and 1977’s Jabberwalk, the first of director Romano Vanderbes’ “This is America” film trilogy. Admission is $12.


LA><ART 2012 Garden Party
The Home of Karyn Lovegrove
Tickets are now available for the LA><ART 2012 Garden Party, which will take place at the home of Karyn Lovegrove on July 22, 2012. Presented by C Magazine and in collaboration with Various Small Fires, this benefit event will feature a performance by musician and visual artist Brendan Fowler. Tickets are $100.

A photo of Duran Duran from the exhibit, “Factory 77” Photo By Brad Elterman, courtesy of WWD