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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 Everything will 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 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.


LA><ART 2012 Garden Party
The Home of Karyn Lovegrove
Tickets are now available for the LA><ART 2012 Garden Party, which will happen 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.

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