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


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.


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.

Map of Perform Chinatown! courtesy of Charlie James Gallery