PLAN ForYourArt Today: L.A.

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.

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.


Three Weeks in May, Suzanne Lacy, 1977. Courtesy of Suzanne Lacy. Pictured, Katja Beisanz stamps a rape report on the map of Los Angeles
(Courtesy of Suzanne Lacy)