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


Richard Neutra VDL Research House (Silverlake)
Opening day for an installation by French artist Xavier Veilhan. Architectones features abstract and figurative sculptures placed throughout the property of the Richard Neutra VDL Research House. The pieces focus on the personal and professional history of Neutra and the ongoing life of his studio and residence. On Friday, August 10 at 7pm, a panel discussion will be held with speakers Xavier Veilhan, Neutra scholar Barbara Lamprecht, art critic Jan Tumlir, and Dr. Raymond Neutra, son of the architect; the discussion will be moderated by exhibition curator Francois Perrin. Suggested donation is $10. On view through September 15, 2012.

“Giant Leaps For Mankind” and the Future of the Past
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This free talk by art history and archeology professor Justin St. P. Walsh explores how humanity’s expanding reach off the planet and into the universe can be integrated into our sense of history. The conversation to also touch on the obstacles to achieving this goal.

MOCA (Downtown)
This collaborative performance by LA Dance Project and ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied will feature Millepied dancing with ballerina Amanda Wells to a soundtrack that will include narration by Mark Bradford, in the 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.

Drinking Beer With Strangers
The York (Highland Park)
Presented by Culture Reference, this event features an artists’s salon style drawing event and exhibition. Participating artists include Mr. and Mrs. Hahn, Violet Hopkins, Agnes Huzjak, Sarana Mehra, Jill Newman, Christopher Reynolds, Brett Cody Rogers, Hans-Peter Thomas aka Bara, and Bari Ziperstein. The public is invited to participate, and material will be provided. Israel Vines to play a DJ set.

New Original Works Festival 2012
REDCAT (Downtown)
The final week of this three-week festival featuring nine new original works by Los Angeles dance, theater, music and multimedia performing artists. Week three features Emily Mast, Melanie Rios Glaser, and Heather Woodbury. Tickets cost $18 and are available online.

Africa Speaks, America Answers
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This conversation between UCLA historian Robin D. G. Kelley and KCRW DJ Tom Schnabel will focus on the musical discourse that occurred in the  late 1950s and early 1960s when African and American musicians began influencing each other via jazz and swing music. Kelley will sign copies of his new book Africa Speaks, America Answers: Modern Jazz in Revolutionary Times after the discussion.

r&being in the 21st century
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This free event features an evening of sound collages by Steve De Grood. The event is presented in conjunction with BCF: The Club House, which brings together various curatorial teams within a pop-up format to organize a cross disciplinary exhibit featuring architecture, art, graphic design, print, film, music, literary arts and special events all focused around the idea of maximum change.


Lion Attacking a Horse
Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring the ancient sculpture Lion Attacking a Horse. The work is on loan from the Capitoline Museums in Rome, where it has not been on public view since 1925. Lion Attacking a Horse will be the centerpiece of an installation that traces its history from antiquity to the modern era and showcases recent conservation work. On view through February 4, 2013.

Vera Mulyani and Dave Zarick
HaleArts Space (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by photographer Vera Mulyani and painter Dave Zarick. Mulyani’s works feature images of architecture and Zarick’s paintings depict color fields. On view through August 22, 2012.

Lori Pond: Self
Artist’s Corner (Hollywood)
Opening reception a solo show by photographer Lori Pond. Self features a series of Pond’s nude self-portraits inspired by the end of her marriage. On view through September 9, 2012.


Alia Syed: Eating Grass
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day of an installation featuring Alia Syed’s film Eating Grass. Filmed in Karachi, Lahore, and London, Eating Grass comprises five narratives representing different emotional states experienced in relation to the Muslim tradition of the five daily prayers. Tickets to the screening are free. A conversation with the filmmaker takes place on September 29, 2012. On view through July 28, 2013.

Slanguage Teen Arts Council Teen Arts Summit
LA><ART (Culver City)
This day-long symposium event is a summit for members of Slanguage’s Teen Arts Council and other LA-based teen arts leaders. The event features members of the local teen arts community sharing ideas and experiences, discussing the challenges of organizing youth arts programs, and forming networks for potential future collaborations.

Food and Food Systems in the 21st Century
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Presented by TEDx, this day long event will explore local and global scale decisions regarding food and food production which will have profound impact on our planet in the coming years. Featured speakers include Future Cities Lab’s Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno, biologist John Marshall, Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms, and attorney, rancher, and author Nicolette Hahn Niman. Admission is $60 and include museum gallery access, lunch, and a post-event reception. Tickets are available online.

Songs on Conceptual Art
MOCA (Downtown)
The Museum of Contemporary Art presents Songs on Conceptual Art, a one-day concert and accompanying album by a collection of musicians and artists inspired by John Baldessari’s video of the artist singing Sol LeWitt’s text Sentences on Conceptual Art. The lineup for this free event includes the LA Ladies Choir, Brendan Fowler, and ongoing DJ sets by Art Husband & Crazy Band.

Becky Kolsrud: Road to Rondo
Tif’s Desk at Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Becky Kolsrud. Road to Rondo features new paintings and is the final exhibition in the gallery this summer. On view through August 18, 2012.

Discussion: Lisa Little and Emily White
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
This free event, part of the Museum’s Insight Artist Talk series, features Project Room artists Lisa Little and Emily White of Layer in a conversation with Frances Anderton of KCRW’s DnA. The discussion will focus on their LAYER, Little and White’s current sculptural installation on the facade of PMCA.

Wet Paint 4
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for Wet Paint 4, an exhibition featuring recent works by Tim Brown, Parker Ito, Kour Pour, Sarah Rara, and Kim Ye. The show features video, performance, sculpture, installation, and painting. This is the fourth annual presentation of Wet Paint, which highlights emerging artists in Los Angeles. An artist talk will be held on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:30pm. On view through August 25, 2012.

Miss Van: Wild at Heart
Copro Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a solo show by painter and graffiti artist Miss Van. Wild at Heart features a series of paintings and drawings on paper and wood that combine images of women and cats. On view through September 1, 2012.

Carmichael Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception of a group show featuring works by Emol, Stinkfish, and Zio Ziegler. The works of all three artists are inspired by urban streets and cityscapes and often rooted in graffiti. On view through September 1, 2012.

Brandi Milne: Before I Hide Away
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a solo show by Southern California-based artist Brandi Milne. The 14 paintings in Before I Hide Away explore the themes of love and loss. On view through September 5, 2012.

George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works on paper by artists including Lorene Anderson, Judith Belzer, Sara Bright, Richmond Burton, David Eddington, Roger Herman, Tama Hochbaum, Linda Jacobson, and Masaru Kurose. Pieces include woodblocks and illustrations. On view through September 1st, 2012.

Faux Toes
Trunk Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for a group exhibition of black and white photographic works by artists including Rachel Bujalski, Mark Daybell, Hayley Fisk, Trish Herremans, and Sal Moreyra. Photographic styles include documentary, narrative, portrait, conceptual, landscape, experimental, and installation. On view through September 22, 2012.

Summer Festival at The Huntington
Huntington Museum (San Marino)
The Huntington celebrates of the centenary of Julia Child with an evening of French food and music. This event includes a performance by the award-winning Southwest Chamber Music that will feature works by composers including Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. The Gallery is open to concert goers before the concert and during intermission. Tickets are $28-$45 and available online.


Chris Burden: Small Skyscraper
One Colorado Courtyard (Pasadena)
Opening day of a temporary, large-scale, outdoor sculpture by artist Chris Burden. Small Skyscraper represents a quasi-legal structure that exploits a loophole (since closed) in the Los Angeles County building codes that allowed small out buildings to be built without a permit if they stayed within 400 square feet and under 35 feet high. Small Skyscraper is supported by One Colorado. On view through November 11, 2012.

The Inaugural Sober & Lonely Synchronized Running Club Run
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This run, presented by Machine Project and the Sober and Lonely Institute for Contemporary Art, begins at dawn on Sunday morning and is timed to coincide with the end of the Olympic marathon in London. The route is a 3.45 miles loop along Marathon Street in Echo Park and Silver Lake. Email with the subject line “This hill is actually more steep than I thought it was” to RSVP.

We Are Talking Pyramids
Levitt Pavillion in MacArthur Park (Westlake)
This afternoon event at MacArthur Park will feature art including sculptural installations, video, live music, and performances by local artists and students from Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA). We Are talking Pyramids is the culmination of a five-month long public art project led by Los Angeles artists Pearl C. Hsiung and Anna Sew Hoy. The event is supported by the Rauschenberg Foundation.

Daily Perplexities
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Daily Perplexities is a performance piece featuring artist Nzuji De Magalhaes. The work includes four hand-painted pianos played simultaneously by pianists performing a score inspired by the lives of children. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012.

Perfumed Nightmare
Machine Project (Echo Park)
This installment of Machine Projects’ “Machine Interns screen films they like series” features a free screening of Perfumed Nightmare. The film by Kidlat Tahimik documents a young Filipino’s experience with the presence of American colonialism in the Philippines and abroad.


Chamberlain, Gursky, Hirst, Kusama, Prince
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
This group show features works by artists John Chamberlain, Andreas Gursky, Damien Hirst, Yayoi Kusama, and Richard Prince. On view through September 6, 2012.


Literary readings curated by Margaret Wappler
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
BCF: The Club House brings together various curatorial teams within a pop-up format to organize a cross disciplinary exhibit featuring architecture, art, graphic design, print, film, music, literary arts and special events all focused around the idea of maximum change. This installment of the series features readings curated by Margaret Wappler.
Adam Gordon: The Light Will Shine and Sam Anderson: Dream Chasers Never Sleep
Night Gallery (Lincoln Heights)
Opening reception for two shows. The Light Will Shine features works by artist Adam Gordon. Sam Anderson’s Dream Chasers Never Sleep is a video piece featuring a monologue by the helicopter from the 1980’s television show ‘Riptide’. Both shows on view through August 30.


Artists Anonymous Group Meeting #3
LA><ART (Culver City)
Organized and moderated by Slanguage, this discussion forum provides a space for creative professionals to discuss a variety of the personal and professional issues facing contemporary artists. This forum is open to artists only. Required RSVP at

Wet Paint 4 Artist Talks
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
An artist talk held in conjunction with the exhibition Wet Paint 4 at Steve Turner Contemporary. Wet Paint 4 is an exhibition featuring recent work by Tim Brown, Parker Ito, Kour Pour, Sarah Rara, and Kim Ye. A range of media will be exhibited including video, performance, sculpture, installation and painting. 

YAYOI KUSAMA, WHITE-DOTS, 2012, Acrylic on canvas, courtesy of Gagosian Gallery