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



Through the Mic
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
The fourth installment of the Through the Mic concert series features performances by Freestyle Fellowship and funk outfit Breakestra. Co-curated by LACMA and hip hop artist MURS, Through the Mic features LA-based hip hop artists performing in front of Chris Burden’s Urban Light sculpture. Tickets are $17 and available online.

Art Talk: Liza Ryan with Holly Myers
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
This event features a discussion between artist Liza Ryan and writer, critic and curator Holly Myers. The conversation will focus on Ryan’s exhibition Rare Bloom, on view at Kayne Griffin Corcoran through September 1, 2012.

Simone Forti: News Animation Improvisations
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
News Animation Improvisations features artist Simone Forti performing live interpretations of newspaper reports and newscasts. Presented as a part of Made in L.A. 2012, this event will include a series of drawings and writing produced throughout the duration of the biennial. Capacity for this free performance is limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Big Dick$ $uck Money
Sax Etc. (Downtown)
Curated by Christine Wang, Big Dick$ $uck Money is a performance and screening event exploring the concept that personal psychoanalytic repression causes symptoms within a larger socio-economic context. Featured works include photography by Thinh Nguyen, a slide show by Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Science Fiction, a performance piece by Gustavo Herrera, and video screening by Kenneth Tam.

MOCA (Downtown)
This presentation by ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied and Los Angeles artist Mark Bradford features a site-specific dance performance in the galleries at MOCA Grand Avenue where The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol is currently on view. This free performance to  last approximately 30 minutes. Capacity is limited and entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Artist Talk: Elad Lassry
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
This event features LA-based artist Elad Lassry discussing his work and how he was influenced by Jack Goldstein. The evening begins with a gallery tour at 7pm. Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Jack Goldstein X 10,000, on view through September 9, 2012.

BIRDBRA!N (Epilogue)
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
This event features a performance of BIRDBRA!N (Epilogue), the first in a three part series of vignette-based plays by Emily Mast. B!RDBRA!N features seven performers ranging in age from 6 to 60. The show explores the meaning projected onto language. A new series of works on paper will also be on view.

Arctic Summer
Margo Leavin Gallery (West Hollywood)
Margo Leavin Gallery’s final exhibition: a group show featuring the works by John Baldessari, Sarah Charlesworth, Roy Dowell, Larry Johnson, Joseph Kosuth, William Leavitt, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, John M. Miller, Gabriel Orozco, Gary Simmons, and Alexis Smith. After Arctic Summer ends on September 15, 2012 the gallery will be open by appointment through 2013. Margo Leavin Gallery “has shown more than 500 exhibitions, 400 one-person shows and 100 group shows” (The Los Angeles Times).

Post New Bills
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
This free film screening is presented by Creative Migration, a nonprofit organization that produces documentary films about art and activism to promote social change. This event is part of Big City Forum: The Clubhouse, a modular exhibition and lab focusing on ideas that encourage cross-disciplinary explorations of the concept of maximum change.


MOCA (Downtown)
The second installation of the PLAY MOCA performances series features music by Zola Jesus and Active Child, a DJ set by Ariel Pink and visuals by L.A. Dance Project, Benjamin Millepied and Rodarte This collaborative multimedia event is presented by Smashbox Cosmetics and curated by IAMSOUND and IO ECHO. This free event is sold-0ut, email for your chance to win tickets.

Golden Golden Fundraiser
Human Resources (Chinatown)
This event features screenings of queer experimental films by artists Jess Dobkin, Leeroy Kun Young Kang, Nguyen Tan Hoang, Shawn Tamaribuchi, Chris Vargas, and Greg Youmans. Proceeds from the event benefit a film-in-progress by Erica Cho. Music to be provided by E.Z. and Rey Fukuda. $5 donation at the door.

Contemporary Solo Cello Music: A Retrospective
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
This free performance features cellist Maksim Velichkin performing modern music in Norton Simon’s 20th-century gallery. Stickers for ensured seating to be distributed starting at 6:00pm.


Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center Artmaking Workshop
Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center (Agua Dulce)
This free two day workshop invites the public to make rammed earth time capsules and work on the construction of a new public art sculpture at noted geological site Vasquez Rocks. Led by LA-based art team Didier Hess, the event features noontime lectures by experts on local pre-history, ancient rock art, and geology. No experience is necessary. Required registration available at To learn more about the Vasquez Rocks and Didier Hess’ inspiration, check out ForYourArt’s Public Art Alert.

Bob Law: Castle XXXIX, 1976
Redling Fine Art (Mid-City)
Final day of the exhibition Bob Law: Castle XXXIX, 1976. This show features a single painting,  by the late British artist in addition to the text of his 1964 lecture “The Necessity for Magic in Art.”

Hester Street Fair
Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue (Hollywood)
This outdoor market features art, crafts, clothing, and more from more than 140 local merchants. The Hester Street fair also includes live music, food, and a craft beer garden. Admission is free.

Art Talk: Marta Soul
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
This free event features a discussion with Spanish photographer Marta Soul, who will discuss her work Idilios. This book explores the concepts of love and happiness via a series of images depicting one woman in myriad romantic situations with various men.

“Text : Message”  (The Alchemy of text-based Art)
Bleicher Gallery (Mid City)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring works that incorporate text messaging. The art in “Text: Message” explores the question of whether art enhances the power of text, or vice versa. Participating artists include Stephen Anderson, Nicola Anthony, Alexandra Grant, and Jim Jenkins. On view through September 10, 2012.

A Thousand Pieces
DAC Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for A Thousand Pieces, an exhibition of mosaics and ceramic sculptures by local artists supported by the non-profit organizations ECF Art Centers and Piece by Piece. Both organizations serve the developmentally disabled communities of Los Angeles. On view through September 6, 2012.

We’ve Got Issues and Blood
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Presented by quarterly magazine Color Ink Book, We’ve Got Issues features new and original black and white pieces by pop surrealist, avant garde, underground, and street artists. The works in Blood explore the fascination with the substance through paintings and drawings. Both shows on view through September 22, 2012.

Margaret Haines and Orlando Tirado: Billy + Jean and Margaret Honda and Akina Cox: The New Byzantium
Commonwealth & Council (Wilshire Center)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Margaret Haines and Orlando Tirado. Billy + Jean explores the characters played by Jean Harlow and Billy the Kid in the 1968 play The Beard. Also concurrently on view are recent artist’s editions by Margaret Honda and Akina Cox printed by New Byzantium, a design studio and press in Los Angeles. Both shows on view through September 1, 2012.

Steven Harrington: Insideout
Known Gallery (Fairfax)
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Steven Harrington. Insideout features new works including paintings, prints, drawings, and sculptures. The show’s catalog is published by Switzerland-based publishing house Nieves. On view through September 1, 2012.

Concord (Cypress Park)
This one year birthday party and fundraising event for Concord features an art show and auction, performances, and live music. Featured artists include Sam Durant, Ellen Birrell, Ramak Fazel, Amy Howden-Chapman, Simone Montemurno, Andy Robert, David Bunn, Sage Paisner, and Shelley Harrison. Admission is $7 at the door.


Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center Artmaking Workshop
Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center (Agua Dulce)
This free two day workshop invites the public to make rammed earth time capsules and work on the construction of a new public art sculpture at noted geological site Vasquez Rocks. Led by LA-based art team Didier Hess, the event features noontime lectures by experts on local pre-history, ancient rock art, and geology. No experience is necessary. Required registration available at jenna@emanate.orgor.

Que Me Entierra Con La Banda: Banda Music in L.A.
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Josh Kun, director of The Popular Music Project at USC Annenberg’s The Norman Lear Center, moderates this free concert featuring a musical conversation between the Banda Sol de Santa Cruz and guests Wil-Dog “El Gavachillo” of Ozomatli and Yarel Ramos of Mun2. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic to this outdoor concert..

Sunset Film Screening
The Mandrake (Culver City)
This fundraising event for Los Angeles Art Resource includes a screening of short films by LA-based artists Brigid McCaffrey, Sarah Rara, Kenneth Tam and Bobbi Woods. Curated by Alee Peoples and Mike Stoltz, the Sunset Film Screening also features a series of limited edition prints by Heimir Bjorgulfsson, Katie Herzog, Kiel Johnson, Olga Koumoundouros, Guthrie Lonergan, and Juliana Paciulli. $10 suggested donation at the door.


Show & Tell
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
This screening event, hosted by Joel Hodgson and presented in conjunction with the third annual Everything Is Festival, features artists, filmmakers, and musicians sharing their favorite pieces of film, from commercials to music videos to obscure cinema. All media will be presented live by various guests. Tickets are $14 and available online.


The Artist Theater Program
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
This screening event features works by artists including Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, Alice Könitz, Paul Sietsema, Adam Putnam, James Welling, and Math Bass. This group show of film and video is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012. Free tickets are required for entry and are available at the Hammer’s Billy Wilder Theater Box Office.


Zackary Drucker and Her Friends: Films and Conversation
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Filmmaker Zackary Drucker hosts an evening of film screenings and conversation regarding queer cinema. Featured films include The Queen, Broken Goddess, and At least you know: you exist. Screenings to be followed by a conversation with Drucker and actresses Flawless Sabrina and Holly Woodlawn. This free event is a part of Made in L.A. 2012.

Eight Steps: A Users Guide to Addiction
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Presented by the Fontbron Academy, this event features the lecture “Eight Steps: The Users Guide to Addiction.” This free talk focuses on the causes, costs, benefits, and analysis of addiction and touches on topics including a history of substance abuse, warning signs, and competitive drinking. Artists discussed will include Thomas Kincaid, Ed Moses, and Jackson Pollock. There will also be a raffle.

Simone Forti, News Animation Improvisations at LA><ART, courtesy of LA><ART and the artist.