ForYourArt selects the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.


MOCA (Downtown)
This collaborative performance by LA Dance Project and ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied features Millepied dancing with ballerina Amanda Wells to a soundtrack that includes narration by Mark Bradford. The performance takes place in the galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue where The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol is now on view. This free performance will last approximately 30 minutes.

Simone Forti Performance
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Los Feliz)
Performance artist Simone Forti’s News Animation Improvisations method encompasses the translation of the imagery and language of newspaper reports and newscasts into improvised movement compositions. Listening to and reading the news throughout the past months, Forti has produced a series of writings and drawings that she will translate into this collaborative improvisational performance. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012.

Made in L.A. Music
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The third of the Made in L.A. Music series will feature live sets by KCRW’s Chris Douridas and LA-based electro duo Poolside in the Hammer’s courtyard. This free event will feature 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.

Film Screening: Psychohydrography and Tectonics
McCormick Screening Room at UC Irvine (Irvine)
This screening, presented in conjunction with the Laguna Art Museum’s current Peter Bo Rappmund exhibition ex·pose, will feature Bo Rappmund’s films Psychohydrography and Tectonics. The event will be preceded by a reception at 6:30pm and a question and answer discussion with the artist will follow the screenings.


Liza Ryan: Rare Bloom
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Liza Ryan. Ryan’s photographs, videos and mixed media works explore themes including the American South, psychology, feminism, and nature. On view through September 1, 2012.

World’s Worst Words
LA><ART (Culver City)
In conjunction with their current “takeover” of LA><ART as part of Made in L.A. 2012, artist group Slanguage presents an evening of experimental music, spoken word, poetry, readings, and performances. Slanguage includes teenagers, street artists, and established mid – to late career artists, the majority of whom live and work in the greater Los Angeles area.

The Sun Below the Ceiling
THIS Los Angeles (Highland Park)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Jon Rajkovich. The Sun Below the Ceiling will feature a series of abstract sculptures fabricated from materials including bendable plywood, steel, plastic, and found objects. On view through August 17, 2012.

J Patrick Walsh 3 and Natalie Labriola: Embassy After Dark
5028 York Blvd. (Eagle Rock)
Opening reception for a show of new work by J Patrick Walsh 3 and Natalie Labriola. Embassy After Dark will be based primarily on a “burn book” from the American Embassy in Belgrade, made between the years of 1989-1991. The book, contained by the artists via an anonymous source, contains government-issued ID photographs of Yugoslavians applying for Tourist Visas to visit the United States, with notes and jokes scrawled over their photographs, applications, and official government notices. On view through August 18 2012.

Fusion Friday
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
This free event will feature a performance by Minyo Station, food and drinks in the museum’s courtyard, DJ sets by Jeremy Loudenback and Arshia Haq, and Chinese string and bamboo instrument lessons in the galleries. Admission is $15.

From Dusk ‘til Drawn: 24-Hour Drawing Rally
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
This 24 hour drawing event will feature local artists including Phillip Argent, Jane Callister, Penelope Gottlieb, and Keith Puccinelli as well as students, community leaders, and others doing live drawings at the museum. Attendees can watch the artists at any point during the day-long event. Admission is $5 at the door. Work from the rally will be auctioned at SBCAF on Sunday, July 22.


James Fee: Buoyancy and Rose-Lynn Fisher: Yonder
Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two shows. Buoyancy will feature a series of photographs exploring artist James Fee’s identification of boats, water, islands, and bridges as visual metaphors. Yonder will feature a series of aerial photographs by artist Rose-Lynn Fisher. Both shows on view through September 1, 2012.

Live & Dine LA
Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows (Santa Monica)
4:30pm (VIP), 5:30pm (General)
This dining event, thrown in conjunction with the release of Angeleno magazine’s annual restaurant issue, will feature food and drinks by local chefs and restaurants including Cooks County, Fig, and Blue Cow. Proceeds benefit P.S. ARTS, a non-profit dedicated to improving children’s lives through arts education. Tickets are $95-$150 and available online.

Bring a Friend
Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring the works of fifteen artists chosen by the staff at Lois Lambert. Each artist was supplied with eight 9 x 9 inch Masonite panels, four to be used by them and four to be used by a friend. Participating artists include Nicole Gordon, David Jang, and Bill Myers. On view through September 2, 2012.

18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
This event at the 18th Street Arts Center will feature an opening reception for Michelle Dizon’s video installation Perpetual Peace, in addition to open studios by local and international artists, art installations, a DJ set by Eamon Ore Giron and an artists’ marketplace. ArtNight will also include an artist talk by Curator in Residence Bill Kelley Jr. in conversation with 18th Street’s Director of Residency Programs Pilar Tompkins Rivas at 6pm.

Drinking in the Greek Manner: A Brief History of the Symposium 
The Getty Villa (Malibu)
This talk and wine tasting at the Getty Villa will feature historian and Oxford Professor Oswyn Murray, an expert on ancient Greek drinking customs, discussing the origins of the symposium and the effects it has had on modern parties. A wine tasting with appetizers in the Villa’s Outer Peristyle will follow. Tickets are $60.

The Crash of Ruin Fitfully Resounds
Luis De Jesus (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Nena Amsler, Jennifer Boysen, Kaucyila Brooke, Tony de los Reyes, Mara De Luca, Ken Gonzales-Day, Christopher Russell, and Analia Saban. The paintings and the photographs featured in the exhibition will explore the concept of the present-day loss of the idyllic. On view through August 25, 2012.

Light Matter
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
This performance by David Levine will deal with Levine’s 2010 discovery that his estranged father was involved in the destruction of Mark Rothko’s estate. Through legal documents, stolen slides, secretly recorded phone calls, video clips, lecture notes, and a series of coincidences, Levine will examine a personal legacy of Abstract Expressionism, using each iteration of Light Matter to illuminate a different aspect of one of the twentieth century’s most famous art-world debacles. Seating is limited. RSVP to

Deep Space
Francois Ghebaly Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Dan Bayles, Neil Beloufa, Darren Banks, Sayre Gomez, Shawn Greenlee, Joel Kyack, Anthony Lepore, Candice Lin, and Jory Rabinovitz. On view through August 18, 2012.

The Right Wrong
Greene Exhibitions (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Paul Cherwick, Amy Sarkisian, Jennifer Sullivan, and Eric Yahnker. On view through September 1, 2012.

Summer on 7th
Inner-City Arts (Downtown)
This evening event will feature food and drinks, live music and live painting by French artist Mambo. Taking place on the campus of Inner-City arts, Summer on 7th will also include an arts marketplace, stilt walkers, magicians, and an interactive photo booth. Tickets are $55 presale (available online) and $65 at the door. 21 and over only.

Bouquet and Little Wings
Pieter (Highland Park)
This event at Pieter will feature musical performances by Bouquet, Little Wings, and Tara Jane O’Neill.

Workshop: How To Transform Your Studio Practice, Using A Design Process
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This workshop, led by artists Clive and Miriam Dym, will instruct attendees on how to develop and utilize a formal design process to make things or to develop processes. Dym and Dym will introduce design and problem solving techniques and some of their systematic approaches. Admission is $10.

Perform Chinatown
Various Locations (Chinatown)
This one night only performance art gathering will feature more than 40 performers appearing at myriad Chinatown galleries. Perform Chinatown will include Karen Finley’s first Los Angeles performance in 14 years. Participating galleries include Actual Size Los Angeles, Coagula Curatorial, Pepin-Moore, Human Resources, and more.

Emilie Halpern: Haunted Bouquet, 2012
Pepin Moore (Chinatown)
Sunset – 10pm
This one night only installation by artist Emilie Halpern will be presented in conjunction with the 4th annual Perform Chinatown performance art festival. The gallery’s current exhibition, Phil Chang: Studio, Affect, will also be on display.

Spencer Douglass and Gustavo Herrera: WW
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by artists Gustavo Herrera and Spencer Douglass. WW will feature videos, sculptural installations, and performances that draw on the life of William Walker, a US lawyer who organized private military expeditions into Latin America with the intention of establishing English-speaking coloniesl. A performance of The Golden Circle will be presented at 8pm in conjunction with Perform Chinatown. On view through August 11, 2012.

_______A Romantic Measure
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Nick Erich, Sebastien
, Ej Hill,  Ian James, Calvin Lee, and more. The works in _______A Romantic Measure will explore the notion of romance, intimacy, and the loss involved therein. The event, presented in conjunction with Perform Chinatown, will include performances by Brandon Andrew and Aaron Wrinkle. On view through August 18, 2012.

LA Street Food Fest
Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
This day-long event will feature the best in Los Angeles street food and include local food trucks, carts, restaurants, chefs and more. The LA Street Food Fest will feature food and drinks from more than 100 vendors, free parking and various DJ sets throughout the day. Admission includes unlimited food and beverages. Tickets are $45 – $65 and available online.

Baker’s Dozen 4 and 80 Days: A Declaration of Customs
Torrance Art Museum (Torrance)
Opening reception for two shows. Baker’s Dozen will feature the work of 13 artists selected by 13 curators from establishments including the Laguna Art Museum, MOCA, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Redcat, and more. 80 Days: A Declaration of Customs will feature a hypothetical touring exhibition of one-night-only presentations – each in a different country, 12 in all, over 80 days. Both shows on view through September 1, 2012.


The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring works by photographers Katy Grannan and Charlie White. Grannan’s portrait series depicts adult subjects on the streets of the American West. White’s new work features an animation called A Life in B Tween and three new diptychs. The exhibition is curated by Britt Salvesen and includes 24 photographs and a three-channel video by Grannan and approximately 50 photographs, varied ephemera, and a video animation by White. On view through October 14, 2012. In 2010, artist Charlie White held a casting call at LA><ART for his public billboard project; click here to view a slideshow of the casting call.

800 E. 3rd St. (Downtown)
This free day-long festival in the Downtown Arts District will feature artisan craft vendors, food trucks, a beer garden, street art, and three stages of live music and DJ sets. Kids activities will include karate, yoga, and a fashion show. Nearby galleries will be open all day in conjunction with the event.

Closing: Marijke Koger-Dunham
Sonos Studios (Mid-City)
Final day of a retrospective exhibition featuring the works of psychedelic art pioneer Marijke Koger-Dunham, whose work includes album covers for the Beatles, The Hollies, and more. The show features nearly four decades of art and includes fashion sketches, paintings, prints, drawings and original lithographs that have not been shown since they were last displayed at the Beatles’ Apple Boutique in 1967.

Los Feliz Village Street Fair
Hollywood Boulevard between Vermont and Hillhurst (Los Feliz)
The 19th annual Los Feliz Village Street Fair will feature live music, food vendors, performances, children’s games, and craft and artisan wares. This year’s musical lineup includes Raheem Cohen, Bloco Latino, Dance Hall Pimps and The Atomic Sherpas.

LA><ART Garden Party
The Home of Karyn Lovegrove
Presented in collaboration with Various Small Fires, this afternoon garden party event will feature a performance by visual artist Brendan Fowler in addition to a raffle featuring works by artists. Tickets are $100, available online, and include a raffle entry.

Listening Party with Michael Ned Holte, Catherine Opie and Stephen Prina
Location provided with ticket purchase
This listening party, benefitting the Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound (SASSAS), will feature Michael Ned Holte, Catherine Opie and Stephen Prina  at the Lloyd Wright designed home of Suzanne and David Johnson. Seating is limited. The $125 ticket (available online) includes dinner and drinks.


The Summer Shows
Pieter (Highland Park)
Pieter’s Summer Show series continues with an event featuring Prumsodun Ok, Shayna Keller, JLTMcK, and Amanda Furches. The show will be curated by Nick+James. Admission is free with a donation to Pieter’s Free Bar or Free Boutique.


Messerschmidt and Modernity
The Getty (Brentwood)
Opening day of a new exhibition featuring the work of German Baroque artist Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. The series of head sculptures depicting various states of emotion and expression that Messerschmidt created during the last 13 years of his life will be presented alongside work of contemporary artists including Tony Bevan, Tony Cragg, Ken Gonzales-Day, Bruce Nauman, Pierre Picot, Arnulf Rainer, and Cindy Sherman. On view through October 14.


Pop-Hop Drawing Club
Pop-Hop (Highland Park)
This writing and drawing workshop, led by Adriana Yugovich, will feature idea-generating, image-making games intended to cure writer’s block. All drawing materials will be provided. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Lise Sarfati: She
Artbook @ Paper Chase (Hollywood)
Launch party for Lise Sarfati’s new monograph, She. The event will feature a presentation of Sarfati’s photography book, a conversation with curator Joshua Machat, and a book signing. RSVP to


New. Artisanal. Now.
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Saturday, July 29 | 12-6pm
Timed to coincide with Made in L.A. 2012 – the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale biennial survey of Los Angeles-based artists – ForYourArt presents New. Artisanal. Now., a one-day food biennial, on July 28, 2012. The pop-up shop at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. showcases some of the city’s finest food crafters selected by culinary insidersKrista Simmons (Top Chef Masters/LAist) along with Shawna Dawson (Artisanal LA) and Michaele Musel (The Secret Fork). The event features 12 local producers who will sell and sample their wares, libations presented by GreenBar Collective, special edition tote bags by Brian Roettinger to benefit local food charity Food Forward, a reading table filled with artisanal food publications, and a DJ. Information about Made in L.A. 2012 and how to vote for the Mohn Award is also available throughout the day.

Launch of John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné Volume 1: 1956-1974: 
Featuring a conversation between John Baldessari and Hans Ulrich Obrist

Art Catalogues at LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Sunday, July 29 | 4-6pm
Hans Ulrich Obrist will interview Baldessari to launch the L.A. pioneer’s John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonné Volume 1: 1956-1974 (Yale University Press), with a book signing to follow. The interview is a continuation of decades-long conversations between the two men, many of which were published in Volume 18 of Obrist’s The Conversation Series (Walther König). To preorder signed copies of John BaldessariCatalogue Raisonné Volume 1: 1956-1974 email; only copies of the book purchased at Art Catalogues will be signed.

i21c presents Hans Ulrich Obrist in discussion with Danny Hillis
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Monday, July 30 | 7pm
The Institute of the 21st Century presents Danny Hillis, the creator of The Clock of the Long Now, in public conversation for the first time with Hans Ulrich Obrist at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. The event is free, but reservations on a first-come, first-served basis are required (RSVP at The Institute of the 21st Century was initiated in the spirit of historian Eric Hobsbawm’s call to “protest against forgetting” those who have forever changed the landscape of contemporary culture. The Institute’s long-term goal is to create a digital archive of curator Hans Ulrich Obrist’s Interview Project.

Liza Ryan, Bloom #1. 2012. Pigment Print. 56 3/4 x 43 3/4 in. Courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran.