PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

Posted on: September 5th, 2012

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

Lecture and Discussion: Actual Size
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
6pm
This free event features Chrissie Iles, curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, discussing Michael Heizer’s Actual Size: Munich Rotary. Following the lecture, photographer Mark Ruwedel joins Britt Salvesen, LACMA curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, for a gallery conversation.

Tony Bevan: Recent Paintings and Shirazeh Houshiary: String Quintet
LA Louver (Venice)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows. Tony Bevan’s Recent Paintings features the British artist’s ongoing examination of the head through self-portraiture as well as a new series of paintings and drawings that depict a solitary tree. London-based artist Shirazeh Houshiary’s 16 foot sculpture String Quartet to be exhibited in the gallery’s open air Skyroom. Both shows on view through October 6, 2012.

Euripides’ Helen
Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades)
8pm
The Getty Villa presents a performance of Euripides’ dramatic play Helen. Written in 412 B.C., the play tells an alternative version of the story of Helen of Troy. The show is directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera. Tickets begin at $42 and are available online.

Material and Culture
MAK Center at the Schindler House (West Hollywood)
7pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by the 34th group of MAK Center residents, who will present the results of their six-month stay in the historic Mackey Apartments. Featured artists include architects Lukas Allner, Moritz Heimrath, and Mechthild Weber; artists Johannes Schwieger and Karen Stoyanov, and artist and architect Kostis Velonis. Admission to this show is free.

La Mer de Glace: 2012 Overture
West Los Angeles College Art Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists Dominique Kippelen, Glenn Bach, Oguri, and Lothar Schmitz. This show is curated by Kio Griffith. On view through October 1, 2012.

András Blazsek and France Jobin
LACE (Hollywood)
7pm
This event features performances from sound artists András Blazsek and France Jobin. Blazsek’s performance is based on the research works and legacy of scientist Royal R. Rife. Jobin’s performance responds to Steve Roden’s exhibition Shells, Bells, Steps and Silences. Tickets are $10 and available online.

The Planter Show
ForYourArt @ 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
7-10pm
The Planter Show takes the form of a flower pot as a starting point to consider the sculptural, functional, and cultural implications of putting plants into containers. This event includes numerous works by emerging and established artists from Los Angeles, ranging from straightforward pots with holes in the bottom to sculptures that reconsider the hybrid outdoor-indoor space created by a plant in a portable container. The Planter Show is curated by Lisa Sitko and Matthias Merkel Hess. For a full list of events click here. There will be construction intermittently on Wilshire Blvd. from Fairfax Ave. to La Brea Ave. throughout September; take 6th or 8th Streets to avoid the closures.

The Art of Devotion in the Middle Ages
Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am
This new exhibition at The Getty features a series of illuminated manuscripts that were used for private and communal prayer during the Middle Ages. The first part of this two phase exhibition features works including The Coronation of the Virgin and Legend of the Venerable Men Aimo and Vermondo. Manuscript pages to be turned on November 13, 2012. On view through February 3, 2013.

Stop Making Sense
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
This free event features a series of performances that push the boundaries of disbelief.  Christian Cummings and Michael Decker will present Spectral Psychography in which they use blindfolds and a Ouija board to create original drawings. Michelle Levy then presents a multi-media presentation based on a recurring vision she believes can bring solace and joy to the world. Stop Making Sense also includes musical performances by Anne Hege and Roddy Schrock.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Liz Glynn: Hoard
Redling Fine Art (Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Liz Glynn. Hoard explores the concepts of the limitless accumulation and protection of wealth via a set of objects that consider the private act of hoarding valuables. On view through October 26, 2012.

Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens: Real Failure Needs No Excuse
Monte Vista (Highland Park)
7pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Canadian artists Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens. Real Failure Needs No Excuses features a three-channel video installation that explores the potential of non-productive actions. The opening event will also include a live performance of Until It Is Totally Destroyed, Unrecognizable at 7:30pm. This show explores the explores the concept of imminent failure. On view through October 6, 2012.

Nailed
Subliminal Projects (Echo Park)
8pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring artwork by Liz Baca, Gabriella Davi-Khorasanee, Dzine, Igor Jovic, Simone Lueck, Chris Mosier, Kai Regan, Dominique Renee, Jamel Shabazz, Mickalene Thomas, and Monika Zbijowska. Nailed is inspired by the 2011 publication titled Nailed: The History of Nail Culture and Dzine and features nail art-inspired photographs, sculpture, and sneakers.  On view through October 6, 2012.

Discussion: “How Can L.A.’s Art Museums Thrive?
Zócalo Public Square at Grand Park (Downtown)
6pm
This event features Los Angeles County Museum of Art Director Michael Govan, Getty Museum Director Timothy Potts, and Hammer Museum Director Ann Philbin in discussion regarding the hopes and challenges facing Los Angeles art museums. This free event is presented by Zócalo and KCRW. Discussion will be moderated by Jori Finkel, Arts Reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Screening: Cereus & Whatnot
ForYourArt @ 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
8pm
Carolyn Kaylor’s 2006 film Cereus & Whatnot is a dramatic allegory inspired by and partly about an enigmatic plant commonly known as the Night Blooming Cereus. Employing documentary and narrative elements, the film is a meditation on nature in captivity, life, death and cinematic expectation. This free event is presented in conjunction with The Planter Show.

Odd Ghosts and Unlikely Dancers: Bessie Kunath and Phyllis Green
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
7pm
Opening reception for Odd Ghosts and Unlikely Dancers, an exhibition of video and sculpture curated by Michelle Carla Handel and featuring the work of artists Phyllis Green and Bessie Kunath. The show explores the concepts of redefinition and falling short of certain expectations. On view through September 30, 2012.

Drawing on the Psyche 
Elephant Art Space (Glassell Park)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Nicole Antebi, Jani Benjamins, Jay Lizo, and Colin Roberts. The pieces in Drawing on the Psyche depict the various manifestations of drawing in relation to the human psyche. On view through September 27, 2012.

Erin Boyle and Jonathan P. Russell
haleARTS (Santa Monica)
5pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists Erin Boyle and Jonathan P. Russell. This collection includes paintings and mixed media collages. On view through September 19, 2012.

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle: L’Oiseau dans l’espace
Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Chicago-based artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle. L’Oiseau dans l’Espace features three new bodies of work that explore the permeability and sustainability of the atmosphere through multiple perspectives. On view through October 27, 2012.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8

Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto
Loyola Marymount University (Marina del Rey)
4pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto, who is known for creating temporary, intricate, large-scale installations out of salt. Return to the Sea features an on-site installation in the gallery and also includes salt drawings, photographs, and a video documenting Yamamoto’s process and inspiration. On view through December 8, 2012.

Wes Hempel
George Billis Gallery (Culver City)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Wes Hempel. The paintings in this collection re-envision the depiction of masculinity in contemporary art. On view through October 6, 2012.

JP Munro
International Art Objects Galleries (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist JP Munro. This collection features a series of paintings. On view through October 20, 2012.

Disambiguation
Carmichael Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists Carlos Mare, Rae MartiniRemi/Rough, and Sixeart. Inspired by street art, the works in Disambiguation are contemporary abstract interpretations of the traditional graffiti form. On view through October 6, 2012.

Serban Savu: Overview
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Romanian artist Serban Savu. The paintings in Overview explore the daily realities of life in Romania after the end of Cold War and offer a glimpse into the lives of present-day Romanians. On view through October 20, 2012.

Yumiko Kayukawa: Hakuryuu – White Dragon
LeBasse Projects (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Japanese artist Yumiko Kayukawa. The manga-influenced paintings in Hakuryuu, (the Japanese word for “white dragon” a symbol of good fortune), are a reaction to the earthquake that hit Japan in 2011 and explore coping mechanisms in the aftermath of the tragedy. On view through October 6, 2012.

Federico Solmi: Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, a new animated film by video artist Federico Solmi. The film is the next chapter in Solmi’s ongoing exploration of the the self-destructive nature of mankind through commentary on contemporary culture. This ten minute film is on view through October 20, 2012.

Seth Weiner: Twitter Carrier Pigeons
Venice 6114 (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Seth Weiner. Twitter Carrier Pigeons is curated by Sergio Bromberg. On view through October 8, 2012.

Thomas Lawson: In the Belly of the Beast
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
In the Shadow of the Beast features a series of new paintings by artist Thomas Lawson. Consisting of medium and large scale canvases, the show presents the latest developments in Lawson’s ongoing investigation of allegory and the human figure. On view through October 20, 2012.

Andy Freeberg: Art Fare and Alexandra Bellissimo: Simulations
Kopekin Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows. Art Fare features a collection of photographs by artist Andy Freeberg. Alexandra Bellissimo’s Simulations features a collection of photo collages which depict psychological and emotional states by merging the human figure with natural elements. Both shows on view through October 27, 2012.

Friedrich Kunath: Lacan’s Haircut
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Friedrich Kunath. Lacan’s Haircut features a series of new paintings and also includes sculpture, floor coverings, video, and an accompanying book entitled You Owe Me a Feeling with text by David Berman. On view through October 27, 2012.

Melodie Mousset: Impulsive Control
Susanne Vielmetter Projects (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Melodie Mousset. Impulsive Control is a multidisciplinary show centered around the recording of a performance piece Mousset privately performed in her studio in collaboration with the ceramist Christopher Miller. On view through October 20, 2012.

Andrea Bowers: Help the Work Along
Susanne Vielmetter (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Andrea Bowers. Focused around three large-scale drawings, Help the Work Along is a feminist-centric celebration of workers’ rights movements, highlighting nonhierarchical labor organizing strategies and the use of craft, artistry, and pageantry as political tools. On view through October 20, 2012.

April Street: Portraits and Ropes
Carter & Citizen (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of mixed media works by artist April Street. On view through October 13, 2012.

Candice Lin: It Makes the Patient See Pictures
Francois Ghebaly Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of sculptural works by artist Candice Lin that explore the concept of power through the subjects of food and sexuality. Incorporated materials include dried and carved root vegetables, a tarred black pig, a field of corn, and recreations of historical objects of culture recreated as silicone dildos. On view through October 13, 2012.

Sarah Cain: Freedom is a Prime Number
Honor Fraser Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of work by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cain. Freedom Is a Prime Number is Cain’s first Los Angeles solo exhibition and features site-specific paintings  created in the gallery as a reaction to that particular space. On view through October 13, 2012.

Tomokazu Matsuyama: New Work
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Japanese artist Tomokazu Matsuyama. This exhibition features seven new compositions and one small-scale sculpture showcasing Matsuyama’s complex combination of graphic sensibility and Japanese iconography. On view through October 20, 2012.

Thomas Burke: New Paintings
Western Project (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by painter Thomas Burke. This exhibition continues Burke’s interest in systems, minimalism, Op Art from the 1960s and 70s as well as contemporary graphic design, digital technology, and the history of abstract geometric painting. On view through October 6, 2012.

Aaron Garber Maikovska: Counter-Moves
Greene Exhibitions (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an immersive exhibition by artist Aaron Garber-Maikovska. Counter Moves features video, painting, drawing, and installation that promote creative play. Artist-led practices and performances of these techniques will occur throughout the run of Counter-Moves. On view through October 13, 2012.

Joel Otterson: Domestic Partners
Maloney Fine Art (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Joel Otterson. The sculptures in Domestic Partners combine aspects of domestic handicraft with traditional sculptural materials including copper pipe, wood, pottery, porcelain, china, earthenware, concrete, marble, stained glass, and lace. On view through October 18, 2012.

Daniel Joseph Martinez: I Am a Verb
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Daniel Joseph Martinez. The works in I Am a Verb are influenced by the concept of living in a world informed by the notion of chaos. This is Martinez’ first gallery show in Los Angeles in ten years. On view through October 20, 2012.

Lola: Haro
CHG Circa (Culver City)
7pm
The inaugural exhibition at CHG Circa features works by artist Lola. The paintings in Haro are inspired by the artist’s recent move from Southern California to England. On view through October 6, 2012.

Jacci Den Hartog: Come and Show Me The Way
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
5pm
Come and Show Me the Way features a series of paintings incorporating Den Hartog’s signature desert landscape. A variety of works from Den Hartog’s early career in Los Angeles also be included. On view through October 6, 2012.

Michael Light: Two Sublimes, Idaho and Pamela Kendall: Yosemite
Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
5pm
Opening reception for two shows. Michael Light’s Two Sublimes, Idaho features two interrelated bodies of work made from his micro-light aircraft in the summer of 2009. Pamela Kendall’s Yosemite features paintings of Yosemite National Park. Both shows on view through October 13, 2012.

Kelly Reemtsen: Paper and Chalk
Skidmore Contemporary Art (Santa Monica)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Kelly Reemtsen. Paper and Chalk features works of pastels on paper and the debut of works in woodcut, a new medium for Reemtsen. These works incorporate Reemtsen’s signature image of a solitary female figure in a vintage party dress carrying a tool that is traditionally associated with physical tasks performed by men. On view through October 6, 2012.

Peter Wegner: Buildings Made of Sky
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Peter Wegner. In addition to the photographs in Buildings Made of Sky, Wegner will also exhibit O/N/E/T/H/I/N/G/L/E/A/D/S/T/O/A/N/O/T/H/E/R/, a sequence of 69 photographs installed in a single line encircling one room of the gallery. On view through October 27, 2012.

Bill Barminski: This Side Up
B7 Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for a solo show by Los Angeles-based artist and UCLA lecturer Bill Barminski. This Side Up features a pair of large scale video installations and a series of cardboard sculptures that play with the concepts of consumer-culture, mass media, and the nostalgia people feel towards “classic” products of the postwar era including guns, spray-paint cans, and skateboards.

Devin Troy Strother: Front, Back, Side to Side
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Los Angeles-based artist Devin Strother. Front, Back, Side to Side features a series of paintings that experiment with perspective. The show’s concept was inspired by the lyrics to a song by rapper Ice T. On view through November 3, 2012.

Linda Smith
Bleicher Gallery (Santa Monica)
7:30pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Linda Smith. Smith’s paintings and ceramics incorporate bright colors and graphic styles and reflect both the artist’s personal life and present day social issues. On view through September 25, 2012.

Christopher Michlig: White Noise
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Christopher Michlig. The pieces in White Noise are assembled from fabrics that create a series of abstract, geometric patterns. On view through October 13, 2012.

Second Self
LUX / EROS (Venice)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show curated by Joslin Van Arsdale. Second Self features works by artists Artists Mathieu Grac, Erin M. RIley, Brendan George Ko, Brendan Donnely, Tasmen Wojtanowski, and Michael Zachary. Works by this international group of artists focuses on the ways in which we create online identity in the 21st century. On view through October 1, 2012.

The Planter Show: Indigo Dying Workshop
ForYourArt @6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
2pm
This workshop teaches how to transform textiles with the natural blue dye derived from the Indigo plant. Bring light-colored cotton textiles to wrap, fold, twist, bend, bunch and then dip into the collective vat of dye. Led by artist and sustainable horticulturist, Kim Kelly, the workshop will cover all the basics of the  technique. RSVP to celebrate@foryourart.com to attend.

Penelope Gottlieb: Gone and Ruth Pastine: Counterpoint
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows. Penelope Gottlieb’s GONE features a series of paint and ink based works on canvas, panel, and paper that explore the concept of ecological crisis and botanical extinction. Ruth Pastine’s Counterpoint features a new series of pastel works on paper. Both shows on view through October 27, 2012.

Tomory Dodge
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Tomory Dodge. This exhibition features a series of abstract paintings. On view through October 6, 2012.

Sounding: Simone Forti
The Box Gallery (Downtown)
6pm
After being closed for the summer, The Box reopens with an installation by Simone Forti. Sounding presents a wide-ranging installation by Forti that features a retrospective of pieces with a central element of sound. The pieces presented individually in the gallery’s open area will occasionally overlap and interact in the space. On view through September 20, 2012.

Alice Tippit: Imagine That You Are Embracing a Statue
Jancar Jones Gallery (Downtown)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Chicago-based artist Alice Tippit. The paintings in Imagine That You Are Embracing a Statue include found imagery and text that create a body of work centered on the concept of ambiguous language. On view through October 13, 2012.  

Jonathan Zawada: Free Roam Above the Mist
PRISM (West Hollywood)
7pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Jonathan Zawada. Free Roam Above the Mist features a series of oil paintings depicting digital rendering of the Elbe Sandstone Mountainscapes, a topography most significant as a site represented by 19th century landscape painter Caspar David Friedrich. On view through October 6, 2012.

Out of the Racks: Non-Recent Acquisitions
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Mid-City)
5pm
This group show features more than 100 works by artists including Max Beckmann, Norman Bluhm, Marc Chagall, George Condo, Richard Diebenkorn, Max Ernst, Claire Falkenstein, Arshile Gorky, Francisco Goya, David Hockney, Hundertwasser, Käthe Kollwitz, Jasper Johns, Jack Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, and Joan Miró. Out of the Racks is presented in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe. On view through October 27, 2012.

Rafaël Rozendaal: Everything Always Everywhere and Justin B. Hansch: Girls & Grils
Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid-City)
6pm
Opening reception for Everything Always Everywhere, artist Rafaël Rozendaal’s exhibition of digital paintings, websites as individual works of art, and installations featuring oscillating lights and reflections. Justin B. Hansch’s Girls and Grils features still lifes and figure paintings inspired by surf magazine pinups, beer commercials and the artist’s memories of being a teenager. On view through October 6, 2012.

Alex Becerra: It’s Not a Normal Office Job
Artist Curated Projects (Hollywood)
4pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings and works on paper by Los Angeles-based artist Alex Becerra. The pieces in It’s Not a Normal Office Job use humor to escape the realities of daily life. On view through September 30, 2012.

Dirty Lights
Swinghouse Studios (Hollywood)
8pm
Opening reception for a group show of photography show featuring works by thirteen Los Angeles-based photographers including Eliot Lee Hazel, Tamar Levine, David Uzzardi, William Rot, Jason Alvino. This show is presented by the Dirty Lights Collective, Filter Magazine, Dilettante, Photoculture and Swing House Studios.

Rero: Image Not Available
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by French artist RERO. The works in Image Not Available are influenced by Rero’s street art roots and incorporate the use of typography to explore concepts of copyright and destruction. On view through October 7, 2012.

Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled
Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park)
6pm
Opening reception for a retrospective show featuring the work of Mexican artist Carlos Almaraz. A Life Recalled traces Almarez’s career from his upbringing in East LA to his years in New York and participation in the Chicano street arts movement. On view through December 8, 2012.  

Cabeza Debacle
Machine Project (Echo Park)
5pm
Machine Project presents an event inspired by the story of Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca’s voyage from Spain to North America in the 16th Century. The evening will feature a group weeping and laughter ceremony, a clothing optional, english subtitled screening of the 1991 feature film Cabeza De Vaca, a series of special guests, and imported Spanish ham. Suggested donations of $50 or more can be made online.

The Distance Project
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
8pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring an international group of artists including Amy Balkin, Bjarki Bragason, Joe Hoyt, Steve Kado, Louise Menzies, and Michala Paludan. Curated by Amy Howden-Chapman, The Distance Plan features works dealing with the philosophical complexities of climate change. A catalogue with new writing from curator Abby Cunnane, poet Airini Beautrais, and artist and urban planner Biddy Livesey accompanies the exhibition.

Curatorial Exchange
Fine Art Center of Irvine (Irvine)
5pm
Opening reception for an exhibition focusing on the various styles of twelve different curators. Organized by Carl Berg and featuring 12 curators including David McDonald, Laurie Steelink, and Immo Yuon, this exhibition includes a variety of spaces hosting each curator’s individual exhibition. On view through October 20, 2012.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9

Last Chance: Jack Goldstein X 10,000
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
11am
Final day of the first American retrospective of Jack Goldstein, a central figure in Postmodernism in 1970s and 1980s. The exhibition includes two installations, 20 of Goldstein’s films, 22 paintings, 18 records with listening stations and selected writings produced between 1982 and 2002.

Staple Draping Workshop
Machine Project (Echo Park)
11am
Led by costume creator Laura Brody, this workshop teaches the art of staple draping, or making your own garments on another person using leftover fabrics, a stapler, staples and scissors. This how-to class shows instructs how to staple drape tops or coats, along with a tutorial on costume history, definitions of patterning terms, and how to treat the body as sculpture. The cost is $50. All materials provided.

The Planter Show: From Purple to Green Thumb
ForYourArt @6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
1pm
This workshop, led by Matt Merkel-Hess, will cover the basics of potted plants, including plant and pot selection, types of soil, placement indoors and out, and how to diagnose common problems with plants. Special guests will cover more advanced topics such as container gardening and amateur plant competitions. Email celebrate@foryourart.com to reserve a spot. This event is presented in conjunction with The Planter Show.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Martine Syms
Public Fiction (Chinatown)
8pm
This free event features performances by Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Martine Syms. Huffman’s We Don’t Believe You, You Need More People is a talk that begins as a traditional lecture and then devolves into a long poem performed by Huffman and two alter-egos. Syms’ The Didactic Possibilities of Film Titles looks at the design and content of titles sequences in mainstream black films from 1990 – present. The talks will be held within a group show including works by Huffman, Alex Israel, Owen Kydd, Meghann McCrory and Ali Prosch, Daniel Small and Sarah Rara.

Jaime Scholnick: Artifacts
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Jaime Scholnick, who uses discarded, unaltered polystyrene packing material as her canvas in the creation of a dialogue about consumerism and waste. Artifacts features a series of manipulated photographs that depict sculptures in places and situations both real and fictional. On view through October 7, 2012.

Group Portrait
Edgar Varela Fine Arts (Downtown)
5pm
Opening reception for Group Portrait, the Yale MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition. The exhibition features works by artists including Peter Baker, Richard Choi, Felix R. Cid, Katie Koti, and more. On view through October 14, 2012.

Arthur Schnitzler and Vienna 1900
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
4pm
The Getty Research Institute presents the premiere of Arthur Schnitzler—Being Jewish, a staged reading from the journals and correspondence of Arthur Schnitzler, a controversial figure known for his treatment of human sexuality and psychology. This program commemorates the 150th anniversary of Schnitzler’s birth and appears in conjunction with the Getty exhibition Gustav Klimt: The Magic of Line, on view through September 23, 2012. Admission is free and required reservations are available online.

Davida Nemeroff & Samara Golden: Modern Painters
Various Small Fires (Venice)
4pm
Opening reception for a collection featuring collaborative works between Davida Nemeroff and Samara Golden. Modern Painters includes a series of on-camera conversations between the artists in which they explore their relationship to each other and to the concept of the sixth dimension. On view through September 30, 2012.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10

Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
7:30pm
This screening event features four never-before-seen episodes from the upcoming seasons of Adult Swim’s Children’s Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::. The event featuring a live panel by the creators and cast of both shows includeing Rob Corddry, Jon Stern, Paul Scheer, Megan Mullally, Erinn Hayes, Rob Huebel, Ken Marino, Brandon Johnson, and June Raphael. Tickets are $12 and available online.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Hammer Projects: Lucy Raven
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11am
Opening day of a new exhibition featuring works by artist Lucy Raven, who uses animation as the foundation for her explorations into the relationship of still photography and moving images. Hammer Projects: Lucy Raven features three new pieces. On view through January 20, 2013.

Giles Walker: The Last Supper
Corey Helford Gallery @ 3521 Helms Avenue (Culver City)
11am-6pm
Opening day for the American debut of UK artist Giles Walker’s The Last Supper. A year in the making, the work is a fully-animated sculpture consisting of thirteen mechanical figures who interact around a table. The installation will be staged at a special space at 3521 Helms Avenue in Culver City. Ticketing information and viewing time schedule available online. On view through September 22, 2012.

Abigail Deville: If I don’t think I’m sinking, look what a hole I’m in
Night Gallery (Lincoln Heights)
10pm
Opening reception for a multimedia installation by artist Abigail DeVille. For If I don’t think I’m sinking, look what a hole I’m in, DeVille fabricates bodies and attaches them to a painted tarp blanketing Night Gallery’s ceiling for a site-specific installation that sheds light on that which is usually invisible. Christine Wang’s Repetition Compulsion will be on view in the space’s Annex Gallery. Both shows on view through October 4, 2012.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12

The Last Days of Pompeii
Getty Villa (Pacific Palisades)
10am
Opening day of a new exhibition featuring works that deal with the period just before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius at Pompeii. The exhibition takes its name from Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s 1834 novel The Last Days of Pompeii, a melodrama of Pompeian life set immediately prior to the eruption. Several works inspired by the novel are included in the exhibition. On view through January 7, 2013.

Image:
Liz Glynn, Lost and Found (Salisbury Hoard), 2012 (detail), Pit-fired clay, 16.5 x 13.5 x 6 inches, courtesy of Redling Fine Art