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


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 HinkleModern Spirit and the Group of Eightex·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.

O.J. Simpson carries the Olympic torch before the start of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. 
Credit: Javier Mendoza