PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012

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

THURSDAY, JULY 5

Made in L.A. Music: Chuck P
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
The second of the Made in L.A. 2012 Music series will feature a set by KCRW DJ Chuck P in the Hammer’s courtyard. This free event will include extended gallery hours, a cash bar, and free museum admission. 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.

A Conversation With Sandow Birk
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
7pm
Los Angeles-based artist Sandow Birk will discuss his process and work during this free lecture. The event will conclude with a question and answer with the artist and a reception featuring complimentary beverages. Guests can also attend the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk which takes place at nearby galleries from 6-9pm.

Quest
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
7pm
This free event will feature artists from the Uppur Bunk Collaborative Art Space orchestrating an experimental performance that considers the social nature of the so-called art world. Attendees will wander through an interactive art experience that involves “schmoozing and boozing” one’s way to the art world’s upper echelons by gathering drink tokens, bracelets, and laminated badges that allow access to hidden areas within the gallery. Quest will be preceded by a wine happy hour at 5pm.

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Curious Creatures from Mexican Popular Arts
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
12-5pm
The Fowler’s new exhibit will explore how Mexican animal figures are crafted by drawing on the country’s family and regional traditions. Ranging from familiar wildlife and domesticated species to more whimsical animals, the forty included works highlight how varying artistic styles bring animals to life. On view through November 28, 2012.

Fiona Connor: Lobbies on Wilshire Publishing House
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11-5pm
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.

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. Also, be sure to check out Made in L.A. 2012 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Galleries while at Barnsdall.

SATURDAY, JULY 7

Tami Demaree, Dewey Ambrosino, and John Totthenham
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
5pm
Opening reception for three solo shows featuring works by Dewey Ambrosino, Tami Demaree, and John Tottenham. The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, collages, sculptures, and installation. Each artist will occupy their own gallery space. On view through August 11, 2012.

Dan McCarthy: Dear Science
Gallery 1988 (Mid-City West)
7pm
Opening reception of Dear Science, a solo show of new works by artist Dan McCarthy. The exhibition will feature screen prints, paintings, and drawings depicting images of nature. On view through July 28, 2012.

Ruby Neri: Sculpture
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for Sculpture, an exhibition of new works by Ruby Neri. Neri’s figurative, hand-sculpted objects are made from plaster, steel, and clay and marked with paint and glazes. On view through August 18, 2012.

Fractured Fairy Tales
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring modern takes on classic fairy tales. Curated by Sandra Equihua and Drake Brodahl, Fractured Fairy Tales will feature animations and paintings by more than 32 artists including Roque Ballesteros, Brigette Barriger, Joey Chou, Sandra Equihua, and Joel Trussel. On view through August 11, 2012.

Turbulence
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
5pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works that explore what happens when streams converge. Turbulence will feature paintings by Angela Baker, Sara Bright, Stephan Fritsh, Masaru Kurose, Erin Lawlor, Julia Schwartz, Marie Thibeault, and Catherine Tirr. On view through August 4, 2012.

Colin Christian: Hello, Pretty, Pretty and Risk: Old Habits Die Hard
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
7pm
Opening reception for two shows at Corey Helford Gallery. Colin Christian’s Hello, Pretty, Pretty will pay tribute to the Black Queen of Sogo, a character from the 1968 cult film Barbarella, through twelve fiberglass sculptures. Risk’s Old Habits Die Hard will feature a series of paintings exemplifying the graffiti artist’s signature lettering style. Both shows on view through August 8, 2012.

We Can Pretend: Three Artists’ Takes on Hollywood Genre Film
JAUS (West LA)
7:30pm
Opening reception for an an exhibition and film screening featuring works by visual artists Kurt Forman, Julie Orser, and Judy Ross. Curated by Carrie Paterson, We Can Pretend explores the psychological environments that emerge from film genres including horror, mystery, drama, and thriller. On view through August 19, 2012.

In Discussion: Sharon Lockhart and Britt Salveson
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
4pm
LA-based photographer and filmmaker Sharon Lockhart and curator Britt Salveson will discuss the exhibition Sharon Lockhart/Noa Eshkol, Lockhart’s multimedia exploration of the work of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noa Eshkol currently on view at LACMA. RSVP for this free event at andrea@artiscontemporary.org.

Pablo Rasgado: Fragmental and L’idée Fixe: John Divola, Sayre Gomez, Joe Goode
Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid-Wilshire)
6pm
Opening reception for two exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary. Pablo Rasgado’s Fragmental consists of 145 fragments of a wall that Rasgado found in Brooklyn in 2009. The pieces will be rearranged in four different ways during the show’s run. L’idée Fixe will feature works by John Divola, Sayre Gomez, and Joe Goode that examine the window as an object of internal and the external expression. Both shows on view through August 4, 2012.

Hollywood Indie Night Market
Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue (Hollywood)
2-10pm
The Hester Street Fair presents the Hollywood Indie Night Market, a market and party that will feature more than 100 apparel, accessory, and lifestyle West coast designers and merchants. This free event will also food trucks, music, craft cocktails, and a biergarten.

Jay Chung & Q Takeki Maeda
REDCAT (Downtown)
6pm
Opening reception for the first major exhibition in the United States by Jay Chung and Q Takeki Maeda. The Berlin-based artists create sculptural, photographic, and video-based works that explore the systems that underlie processes and contexts of social exchange. On view through September 2, 2012.

TwentyWonder: A Carnival Of The Mind
Doll Factory (Downtown)
6pm
This annual “carnival of the mind” party and fundraising event will feature art, science, music, comedy, performances and a roller derby match between the LA Derby Dolls and the San Diego Derby Dolls. TwentyWonder benefits the The Down Syndrome Association Of Los Angeles. Tickets are $40-$150 and available online.

Phil Chang: Studio, Affect
Pepin Moore (Chinatown)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Phil Chang. Studio, Affect is the third in a series of shows that address the role of the studio in contemporary culture through prints depicting a variety of artist’s work spaces. On view through August 11, 2012.

SUNDAY, JULY 8

Family Jam: Mariachi Melodies
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
2pm
This free, family event will feature the songs of all-female mariachi band Las Colibrí. Guests will have the opportunity to make a musical instrument and play along with the band. This event is presented in conjunction with the Fowler’s current exhibition Curious Creatures from Mexican Popular Arts.

Lobbies on Wilshire Publishing House
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11-5pm
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.

Gustav Klimt: Drawing as the Guiding Principle
The Getty (Brentwood)
3pm
Marian Bisanz-Prakken, curator of drawings at the Albertina Museum, will discuss how Gustav Klimt developed the defining themes of his art, love, eros, life, and death, through his daily study of the human figure. This free event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line. Reservations recommended.

A Sunday Bore
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
1pm
This afternoon event will feature works by artists Bobbi Woods, Emily Steinfeld, Patrick Hill, and Jan Tumlir. Musical selections will be based on the themes of lethargy, idleness, and boredom for a lazy Sunday.

MONDAY, JULY 9

Cur-Ate
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
6:30pm
LACMA drinking and dining establishments Ray’s & Stark Bar, in conjunction with Maite Gomez-Rejón of ArtBites and LACMA, present a gallery discussion tracing the role of food in a historical and social context through art. This event will focus on the development of the Parisian Salon and French dining habits from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Executive chef Kris Morningstar will present a three-course meal of season dishes from France following the tour.

TUESDAY, JULY 10

Mash-Up: Collage from 1930 to the Present
L&M Arts (Venice)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by contemporary artists who incorporate collage into their works. Mash-Up will featuring pieces by artists including Paul McCarthy, Sterling Ruby, CK Wilde, and Romare Bearden. On view through August 31, 2012.

Ashley Hunt: Notes On an Emptying City
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, Notes on the Emptying of a City is based on Hurricane Katrina and the questions of race, visibility, and speech that the event continues to reveal. Alone on stage, Hunt will narrate his experiences of working with a delegation of social justice activists in New Orleans while presenting images of the city interspersed with video of citizens’ testimony.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 11

Don’t Be Sad: Happiness Through Beauty
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
This free event will feature a lecture on the proper methods of prettiness, pertness, and self-betterment. Presented by the Fontbron Academy’s Robert Fontenot and Micol Hebron, this event is part of Lectures for Better Living (Through Art), a series of six performative lectures that explore the life lessons that can be learned through art history.

Lobbies on Wilshire Publishing House
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11-5pm
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.

SAVE THE DATE

Venice Beach Biennial
Venice Boardwalk (Venice)
July 13-15, 2012
In conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, the Venice Beach Biennial (VBB) is an outdoor exhibition that will see somewhere between 30 and 40 participating artists setting up vending stands alongside the boardwalk’s usual vendors. The artists will present new bodies of work, displaying site-specific sculptures, and installations–presenting live performances and even collaborating with the boardwalk’s veteran artists. The VBB is organized by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick. Also check out Ghost Town, an exhibition fundraiser for the Venice Family Clinic at L & M Arts on Sunday, July 15; tickets start at $100 and are available online.

Image:

Pablo Rasgado, Fragmental, image courtesy of Steve Turner Contemporary Art