ForYourArt selects the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art every day.


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.

Richard Neutra at VDL House, 1966 by Julius Shulman, courtesy Raymond Neutra