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


Simone Forti Performance
LAMAG (Los Feliz)
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.

Eric Bibb’s String Band
Skirball Center (Pacific Palisades)
This concert event features award-winning folk blues singer/songwriter and guitarist Eric Bibb, Appalachian fiddler/banjoist Dirk Powell, Grammy-nominated Cajun fiddler/accordionist Cedric Watson, and harmonica player Grant Dermody. This group of musicians to perform a repertoire of folk blues and American roots music. Admission to this event is free and parking is $10.

Screening: Cartoon College
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
OCMA’s summer screening series presents Cartoon College, a film documenting a group of students at Vermont’s Center for Cartoon Studies, one of the most selective and grueling art schools in America. Food will be provided by The Flip Truck and guests are welcome to bring a blankets to spread out on the museum’s patio. The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Lena H. Chandhok, who is featured in the film.


Screening: Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present
Downtown Independent Theatre
Screening of Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present, a documentary film that goes behind the scenes with the “grandmother of performance art” as she prepares for and weathers the most ambitious display of her work to date. Tickets are $10 and available online.


Scott Benzel and Mark Hagen: Bass Elegy/Devil’s Night (For M.K.)
LA><ART (Culver City)
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this free performance by Scott Benzel and Mark Hagen will fit a wrecked car with a custom pyramidal bass cabinet and play a mix of Ghettotech, Booty bass, and Detroit Techno as well as a live original composition. Bass Elegy/Devil’s Night (for M.K.) is an elegy to late artist Mike Kelley.

Broad Fest
The Broad Stage (Santa Monica)
This free daylong event celebrating The Broad Stage’s fifth year in Santa Monica features local performers, artists, and musicians on three stages. Broad Fest also includes dancing, food, and art. Performers include the Actors’ Repertory Theatre at Santa Monica Playhouse, the Verdi Chorus, and the Crossroads School Jazz Ensemble.

Screening: Dirty Dancing
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)
Cinespia’s outdoor summer screening series at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery presents Dirty Dancing. Guests are welcome to bring picnics and blankets to lay out on the cemetery lawn. DJ Ana Calderon spins before and after the screening. Tickets are $10 and available online.


Made in L.A. 2012 Last Day
Hammer Museum (Westwood) 11am-5pm
LA><ART (Culver City) 11am-6pm
LA Municipal Art Gallery (Los Feliz) 11am-5pm
Closing weekend of the first Los Angeles biennial Made in L.A. 2012, the Hammer Museum and LA><ART’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of Los Angeles-based artists. Made in L.A. 2012 presents the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. Spread throughout the Hammer Museum, LA><ART, and the LA Municipal Gallery at the Barnsdall Art Park, Made in L.A. 2012 features figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.

Closing: Herb Ritts: LA Style
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Final day of the exhibition Herb Ritts: LA Style. This show features fashion, nude, and celebrity portraits by the late Ritts, who emerged as one of the top photographers from the 1980s with an aesthetic that incorporated facets of life in and around Los Angeles.

Susie Louck’s Bird Lovers Potluck
Bleicher Gallery (Mid-City)
Potluck party celebrating a collection of photography by artist Susie Louck. Louck’s works capture birds frozen in mid-flight, capturing moments of extreme movement and stillness.


The Ambassador Opening Night Party
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
Opening night celebration for The Ambassador, a documentary about corruption and exploitation in the Central African Republic. The Ambassador will screen for a week at Cinefamily, and director Mads Brügger will do a question and answer session after the opening night screening. Tickets are $12 and available online.

Closing: Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Final day of the exhibition Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints. This show features 16 prints from the Museum’s permanent collection, several of which have not been on view before, including three rare sets of uncut double prints by Utagawa Hiroshige and works by Totoya Hokkei and Chōbunsai Eishi. The show celebrates the 100th anniversary of Tokyo’s gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees to Washington D.C.

Closing: Ends of the Earth
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Final day of the exhibition Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974. This show, organized by Philipp Kaiser and co-curator Miwon Kwon, is the first large-scale exhibition to deal broadly with land art in terms of its emergence as an artistic medium. The show features more than eighty artists and projects from United Kingdom, Japan, Israel, Iceland, Eastern and Northern Europe, as well as North and South America. Support is provided by Barbara Kruger and L&M Arts, LA.


John Cage: Zen Ox-Herding Pictures
Pomona College Museum of Art (Claremont)
Opening day for a retrospective featuring works by American composer, philosopher, writer, and visual artist John Cage. Celebrating the centenary of Cage’s Birth, the exhibition brings together 55 rarely seen watercolors created by Cage in 1988 at the Mountain Lake Workshop in Blacksburg, Virginia and reveal the influence of Zen in his life and work. On view through December 16, 2012.

Sharon Lockhart, Frank Escher & Ravi Gunewardena
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
A conversation between artist Sharon Lockhart, architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena, moderated by curator Karin Higa: On the occasion of the LACMA Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol exhibition, Sharon Lockhart, Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena discuss their 13 years of collaborations on the artist’s installations.


Sand Mandalas by Tibbetan Buddhist Monks
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
The Pacific Asia Museum welcomes monks from the Drepung Loseling Phukhang Monastery for a five day stay during which the monks create a sand mandala in Pacific Asia Museum’s Changing Exhibition Gallery. The monks commence this event with a 30-minute Blessing Ceremony that includes chanted mantras and music. Visitors are invited from 10am to 5pm daily.

A Complex Weave: Women & Identity in Contemporary Art
USC Fisher Museum of Art (Downtown)
Opening day of A Complex Weave, an exhibition featuring works by sixteen women artists of diverse backgrounds. The show focuses on the concepts of gender and identity in contemporary art and includes photography, video, painting, printmaking, sculpture, fiber and metals and installation. On view through September 1, 2012.

Lick It Into Shape
Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University (Orange)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Brandon Andrew, Young Chung, Public Fiction, Samara Golden, Alex Jasch, Cyril Kuhn, Davida Nemeroff, and Paul Pescador. Lick It Into Shape explores the concept of how ideas manifest. The event will feature a performance by Pescador. On view through September 20, 2012.

Cayetano Ferrer’s billboard project for Made in L.A. “End Credits On Hollywood” is now up on Hollywood Blvd. in between Edgemont and Vermont Blvds. in front of Barnsdall Park, image courtesy of LA><ART