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


Made in L.A. Music
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The fifth of the Made in L.A. Music series features a live set by KCRW’s Jeremy Sole in the Hammer’s courtyard. This free event includes extended gallery hours. Presented by the Hammer and KCRW, the Made in L.A. Music series takes place at the Hammer every Thursday evening through August 9, 2012.

Rebecca Lowry: Little of a Muchness
Design Matters (West LA)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Rebecca Lowry. Little of a Muchness features a series of small-scale, word-based art rooted in graphic design. On view through September 1, 2012.

I Got Big Balls
Wilson Harding Clubhouse in Griffith Park (Los Feliz)
This event, presented by Ghettogloss, features 100 golf balls designed by 100 local artists including Shana Nys Dambrot, Lina Lecaro, Moon Zappa, Tony Alva, and Michael Delahut, and more. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the balls goes to the organization Free Art for Abused Children. This free event features cocktails, s’mores,  DJs, and a cover band playing ACDC’s “I Got Big Balls.”

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
LAMAG (Los Feliz)
Drawing from her long-term autoethnographical project Kentifrica, which explores the merged histories of Kentucky and the ancestral heritage of West Africa, artist Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle presents two concerts by ethnomusicologists studying Kentifrican musical forms. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made In L.A. 2012.

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, in the in the galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue where The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol is currently on view. This free performance runs approximately 30 minutes.

New Original Works Festival 2012
REDCAT (Downtown)
Week two of this three-week festival featuring nine new original works by Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists. Week two features NICK+JAMES, Jinku Kim, and Prumsodun Ok. Tickets cost $18 and are available online.

Emily Lacy: 99 Times
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
This free performance by sound artist Emily Lacy is inspired by the cultural effects of recent global protest movements. Lacy combines folk and electronic influences with pre-recorded and improvised vocals and painted instruments. The evening begins with a 5pm happy hour featuring wine and live music.

In Conversation: Sandra de la Loza
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
This free event features a discussion with multi-disciplinary artist Sandra de la Loza. The talk is followed by a question and answer segment, access to the Museum’s exhibitions, and a reception with free refreshments. This event is presented in conjunction with the Laguna Beach First Thursday Art Walk which takes place at area galleries from 6-9pm.

The Ongoing Legend of Master Legend
Machine Project (Echo Park)
Journalist Joshuah Bearman gives a talk on the legend of Master Legend, a Real Life Superhero community member based in Orlando, Florida. Talk to be followed by a dramatic reading of excerpts from Master Legend’s self-illustrated comic books, which are available for purchase after the talk.


Scott Greenwalt: Phenomenal Specimens
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
Opening reception for Phenomenal Specimens, an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Oakland-based artist Scott Greenwalt. The event features a performance by musical group BARFTH at 9pm. On view through August 26, 2012.

Public Works
LaLa Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by artists including How & Nosm, Insa, Push, Revok, Risk, Ron English, Seen, Shepard Fairey, Trustocorp, WCA Crew, Uglar, and Zes. Public Works features a series of murals to be initially displayed at the gallery and then on billboards throughout Los Angeles during the next year. On display at LaLa through August 17, 2012.

Let’s Start With the Obvious
Machine Project (Echo Park)
Opening of a 20-minute one-act play in which Johanna Reed stars as “A Hero” and Marcus Kuiland-Nazario as “Her Arch-nemesis.” Their lines are a transcription and impersonation two YouTube compilations of the greatest movie insults and threats of all time. The play will be followed by a guided meditation session. Tickets are $5 and available online.

Animation August Screening: Bolt
Hancock Park (Miracle Mile)
Screening Begins at Sundown
Presented by LACMA, this free film event features a screening of the animated film Bolt. Families are welcome to bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy during this outdoor event. Pets on a leash are allowed. The series happens every Friday evening during August.


Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day of an exhibition exploring the tradition of Japanese bookbinding through the work of bookbinder Ohie Toshio. The collection features forty-six works of bookbinding, illustration, and photography that display the complexity and crafting of these collaborative art works. On view through October 21, 2012.

Slanguage Jr. Art Workshop #3
LA><ART (Culver City)
Led by a group of LA-based contemporary artists, this workshop provides an opportunity for children and youth ages 5 to 13 to make their own works of art in a variety of media including  collage, painting, sculpture, and installation. RSVP required at

Art Lecture: Patrick Dowdey
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Patrick Dowdey, guest curator of the Fowler’s current exhibition Pearl of the Snowlands: Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang, discusses the history of Derge during this free art talk. The discussion is accompanied by photographs taken by Dowdey and exhibit collaborator Clifton Meador.

Charles Christopher Hill: And Group Show
Leslie Sacks Contemporary (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Charles Christopher Hill:  And Group Show features Hill’s stitched works from the 1970s as well as more recent works including paintings. The show’s title refers to the various aesthetics and techniques that Hill has employed throughout the past four decades. On view through September 22, 2012.

Garden Concerts for Kids
Getty Museum (Brentwood)
The Getty continues its concert series for kids with a performance by Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players. Roberts returns to the Getty with tunes from his latest Grammy Award-nominated album, Jungle Gym. Giant pounding drums, vintage electric guitars, strange and fanciful time changes, soaring vocals, and elegant French horns conquer the heights of Jungle Gym.

Big City Forum: The Club House
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for Big City Forum: The Club House, an exhibition and lab for ideas that encourage cross-disciplinary explorations and exchanges focused around the idea of maximum change. The Club House’s curatorial team includes Leonardo Bravo, Edie Kahula Pereira, and Ana Llorente. RSVP required to to attend. BCF: The Club House runs through August 18, 2012.

Matthias Düwel: Eden
Martha Otero Gallery (Fairfax)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Berlin-based artist Matthias Düwel. Curated by Julie Machado, Eden features a series of oil paintings and works on paper that portray cityscapes and explore the concept of excess and the ongoing repercussions of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. On view through September 1, 2012.

Control Room (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Ali Bailey, Aline Cautis, Caleb Lyons, Becca Mann, and more. Fridge is organized by Erin Foley. The event features music by Fay and DJ Honey Maker.

Mario Ybarra Jr.: The Tio Connection and Annie Lapin: History =ing
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
Opening reception for two shows: The Tio Connection features objects and artifacts collected by the extended family of artist Mario Ybarra Jr. History =ing features a series of paintings in which artist Annie Lapen simplified elements of historical works to create abstract images. Both shows on view through September 30, 2012.

ISM: 10 Year Anniversary Closing Reception
Grand Central Arts Center (Santa Ana)
This book release and closing reception event for ISM’s 10 year Anniversary show includes access to a group exhibit featuring the work of more than seventy artists. The event’s ISM: 10 catalog book features ten years worth of projects and publications and pays tribute to the more than 1,000 artists, designers, photographers, and writers who have contributed to the arts organization since 2002.


LACE (Hollywood)
Presented by LACE, this free arts workshop features drawing lessons from artists Jocelyn Grau, Veronica Duarte, and Andrew Sexton. The intention of the workshop is to explore how urban environments are constructed and what that means to our everyday lives. Materials are provided.

Sunday Studio
MOCA (Downtown)
Inspired by MOCA’s current exhibition The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol, this free workshop gives participants an opportunity  to tour the exhibition and make paintings that explore popular culture and technology.

A+D Urban Hike
Santa Ana Arts District (Santa Ana)
A+D Architecture and Design Museum presents an urban hike through the Santa Ana Arts District, an area characterized by a number of Art Deco buildings and several historic movie houses. The tour, part of A+D’s summer urban hike series, will begin in the neighborhood and run 60-90 minutes. Tickets are $20 and available online.

Performance: Koki Tanaka
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Artist Koki Tanaka presents a free performance in the Hammer’s Lobby Gallery. Elaborating on his current Made in L.A. 2012 video installation, Tanaka’s performance features ten live flutists complementing the marimba players in his video. Seating for ten audience members will be provided on a first come first served basis. A second performance will take place at 2:30pm.

Artist Discussion: Gajin Fujita
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
This event features Japanese-American artist Gajin Fujita in conversation with Curator Bridget Bray. Fujita’s work combines elements of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e art with contemporary American street art and Pop art. This discussion focuses on Fujita’s work, particularly that in Museum’s current exhibition Gajin Fujita: Ukiyo-e in Contemporary Painting.

Jazz Collector’s Jam
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
This free event features live jazz by the Ralph Gibson Jazz Ensemble on the lower east side of Bergamot Station. The event also includes admission to a variety of galleries throughout the art complex. Refreshments provided by Stacked Wine, The S’Cream Truck, and more.

Moveable Feasts: Katie Grinnan
AOC Wine Bar and Restaurant (Mid-City West)
The Los Angeles Nomadic Division, (LAND), honors Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Katie Grinnan with this installment of their Moveable Feasts dining series. Grinnan’s work investigates the intersection between information technology and subjective interpretation. This dinner will feature a specially crafted menu by AOC. Tickets are $150-$175 and available online.

Steve Roden: Sequences and Scores
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
Presented by LACE and the Los Angeles Filmforum, this event features screenings of artist Steve Roden’s first video work in addition to never before screened super 8mm projects to be accompanied by a score to be performed live by Roden. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Shells, Bells, Steps and Silences, currently on view at LACE. Tickets are $10 and available online.


Screening: Kumare
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
Screening of Kumare, a film documenting a social experiment by first-generation American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a spiritual mentor in an attempt to prove the absurdity of blind faith. Kumare was the 2011 winner of the Audience Award at South by Southwest. Tickets are $12 and available online.


Flux Screening Series
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Creative collective Flux and the Hammer Museum present an evening of short films and music videos presented by filmmakers including The Daniels, Hiro Murai, and Andrew Huang, director of Solipsist. The program will also include new work from Francois Vogel, Martin de Thurah, and James Frost. The free screening will be followed by a reception in the museum’s courtyard.


INSTANT: A Polaroid Exhibition
LA Compound (Downtown)
This exhibition of Polaroid prints features photographs by artists including Ralph Steadman, Radeo, Sawa, and Chrisotpher Blauvelt. The show’s corresponding boutique features a black and white photo booth. On view through August 11, 2012.

The Club House: Big City Forum
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
This event features literary readings curated by Margaret Wappler. The evening is presented in conjunction with the installation The Club House: Big City Forum, an exhibition and lab for ideas that encourage cross-disciplinary explorations and exchanges focused around the idea of maximum change, on view through August 18, 2012.


Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle: Kentifrica Workshops,  courtesy of the artist.