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


Artist Talk: Paula Scher
Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
This event features a talk by graphic designer, illustrator, painter, educator and New York-based art director Paula Scher, who is known for her 2008 TED Talk on playful design. This event is presented in conjunction with Scher’s exhibition of map works at the Pacific Design Center. Both the talk and entrance to the exhibition are free.

Lynn Goldsmith: Rock and Roll Stories
Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City)
This event features a lecture by photographer Lynn Goldsmith, who also presents a slideshow highlighting three decades of her work covering rock and roll. At this event, Goldsmith shares stories behind her images of icons including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson. This free discussion is presented in conjunction with the Annenberg’s current exhibition Who Shot Rock and Roll.

Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good)
RECAT (Downtown)
REDCAT launches its fall season with the West Coast premiere of Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good). This multimedia artist collective from the U.K. and Germany incorporates live video and performance techniques to celebrate the culture of Andy Warhol’s Factory. Through September 23. Tickets start at $20 and are available online.

Aggressive Zoology: How to Survive an Animal Attack
MOCA (Downtown)
Aggressive Zoology offers attendees insights on the tools necessary to prepare for, prevent, identify, and prevail during altercations with a variety of fauna, both wild and domestic. The free discussion is presented by the Fontbron Academy as part their Lectures for Better Living (Through Art) series of performative lectures. Topics to include why animals attack, preventative measures, and how to defeat an animal.

Chris Kraus and Matias Viegener Book Launch
LACE (Hollywood)
LACE, Les Figues Press, and Semiotexte present an event celebrating the launch of two new works from Los Angeles-based authors Chris Kraus and Matias Viegener. Kraus’ Summer Of Hate explores the expectations and consciousness that define American life.  Viegener’s 2500 Random Things About Me Too explores the construction of identity in the world of social media. Both authors to read from their text.

2012 ELAC Art Faculty Exhibition and Isabel Avila: Parallel Worlds
Vincent Price Art Museum (East L.A.)
Opening reception for two shows. The 2012 ELAC Art Faculty Exhibition features works by fourteen members of the East Los Angeles College Art Faculty and includes paintings, drawings, ceramics, videos, and installation. A photo series by Los Angeles-based photographer Isabel Avila to be featured in the gallery’s Hoy Space.  Both shows on view through December 8, 2012.

Being Political Popular
UC Irvine University Art Gallery (Irvine)
Opening reception for Being Political Popular: South Korean Art at the Intersection of Popular Culture and Democracy. Curated by Sohl Lee, this group show features more than 40 works by 17 South Korean artists and artist collectives. This exhibition is part of the University’s conference Political/Popular: Intersection of Democracy and Popular/Public Culture in South Korea. On view through November 20, 2012.

Charles Gaines Ensemble
Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
The Charles Gaines Ensemble presents a performance featuring electronic, digital, and acoustic sound. Gaines, on drums, to be joined by jazz musicians Wadada Leo Smith, Terry Adkins, Louis Lopez, and Nedra Wheeler. This free performance, co-sponsored by Pitzer Art Galleries, is presented in conjunction with In the Shadow of Numbers: Charles Gaines Selected Works from 1975-2012.


Mary Weatherford: The Bakersfield Project
LA><ART (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by contemporary artist Mary Weatherford. In January, Mary Weatherford spent several weeks in Bakersfield, California to produce a series of seven paintings entitled The Bakersfield Project, made in conjunction with California State University Bakersfield’s visiting artists program at Todd Madigan Gallery. Weatherford’s work grows from her understanding of a particular site. Working in a subjective manner, Weatherford transforms her experiential knowledge into intuitive expressions of color and light. The Bakersfield Paintings were inspired by the city, past and present. Weatherford’s seven large Bakersfield Paintings are named for the streets there. Each is streaked with custom strips of neon light.

Mei Xian Qiu: Early Spring
The Artist’s Corner (Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection featuring old and new works by Los Angeles-based artist Mei Xian Qiu. All of the photographs in Early Spring are printed on Plexiglass and explore ideas of politics, sexuality, and race. On view through October 21, 2012.

Park(ing) Day LA
LOCAL (Silverlake)
This free day-long event temporarily converts a local parking lots into a public green space installation in the parking lot of organic restaurant LOCAL. Park(ing) Day LA  features works by LA-based firm The Rare Studio, whose design focus on the themes of the movement and the city’s lack of dedicated green spaces and accessibility to parks. The event features locally sourced food and a pop-up green museum with a variety of plants.  

Qualified By Light
Actual Size Los Angeles (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring new works by artists Theodora Allen, Michael Dopp, Kathleen Ryan, and Justin Swinburne. The exhibition features sculptures, paintings and photographs that analyze the symbolic qualities of light. On view through October 21, 2012.

Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks
Luckman Fine Arts Complex (Monterey Park)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Jennifer Bolande. Landmarks features more than fifty photographs spanning three decades of Bolande’s career. On view through September 15, 2012.


Safe Fracking is a Fairy Tale
City Hall (Culver City)
With the Global Frackdown! on this international day of action to ban fracking, join activists and organizations all over Los Angeles and Culver City for a rally and educational event to dispel the fairy tale myth: there is no safe fracking.

Rashid Johnson: Coup d’etat
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by artist Rashid Johnson. The works in Coup d’etat continue Johnson’s exploration of  socio-political concepts by examining the power-related neuroses inherent in established regimes. On view through November 10, 2012.

Christian Marclay: The Clock
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
12pm Saturday, September 22 – 12pm Sunday, September 23
LACMA presents another twenty-four-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock, a twenty-four-hour single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments of cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. Marclay has excerpted each of these moments from their original contexts and edited them together to create a functioning timepiece synchronized to local time wherever it is viewed. This event is free.

Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City II, LACMA’s Choice
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
12pm Saturday, September 22 – 12pm Sunday, September 23
Presented in conjunction with LACMA’s 24-hour screening of artist Christian Marclay’s film The Clock, ForYourArt will host a simultaneous 24-hour reception at their 6020 Wilshire Blvd. activity space. This event will offer an edible exhibition of L.A.’s signature donuts as chosen by LACMA staff. View the complete donut schedule here. Join ForYourArt for a discussion about the film between Andrew Berardini and Ed Schad on Saturday, September 22 at 5pm and for “A Round Table on L.A.’s Rising Scene” with Krista Simmons, Waylynn Lucas, Janeen Gudelj, and Joshua Lurie on Sunday, September 23 at 10:30am.

Art Rental & Sales Gallery Fall Exhibition Opening Night Reception
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening night reception for LACMA’s Art Rental & Sales Gallery’s fall exhibition with works by Ching Ching ChengTaryn Möller Nicoll, and featuring a Special Projects exhibition by artist Marina Pinsky. This Special Projects exhibition showcases Pinsky’s photographs of various points on the LACMA campus, particularly details of the buildings and interiors, as well as reflections and shadows of the artworks in the galleries. The resulting images were printed, folded, and re-photographed. The event is free and open to the public.

Fits and Starts
Agency (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Ursula Brookbank, Tricia Lawless Murray Elizabeth Leister, and Cindy Rehm. Fits and Starts features drawings, photographs and videos that explore the concept of physicality. On view through October 6, 2012.

Megan Whitmarsh: Here Comes Purple
New Image Art Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by Los Angeles-based artist Megan Whitmarsh. Here Comes Purple features sculpture, wall pieces, and large-scale fabric collage incorporating re-fabricated cultural and personal ephemera. On view through October 20, 2012.

Zio Ziegler: Lost Illusions
Project Gallery (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by San Francisco-based artist Zio Ziegler. The murals and paintings in Lost Illusions are inspired by classical philosophy, literature, art, nature, and the human experience. RSVP for the event at RSVP at

Inaugural Exhibition by Gallery Artists
Regen Projects (Hollywood)
Opening reception for the inaugural exhibition at Regen Projects’ new location at 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard. The reopening commences with a group show featuring works by Regen Projects gallery artists. On view through October 27, 2012.

Kevin Bleyer and Me the People
Saban Theatre (Beverly Hills)
Presented by PEN Center USA, this event features a reading and book signing by Emmy Award-winning author Kevin Bleyer. Bleyer, known for his work on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, will read selections from his latest book Me the People. Tickets are $20 and available online.

L.A. Dance Project
Walt Disney Concert Hall at The Music Center (Downtown)
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center presents a new project by film and stage choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Based on a collaboration with Millepied, composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, design house Rodarte, and visual artist-in-residence  Christopher Wool, L.A. Dance Project features the world premier performance of Millepied’s new dance program. Tickets start at $28 and are available online.  

Cirrus Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of lithographs and monoprints by artist Dennis Hollingsworth. Monads features works by Hollingsworth’s most recent series The Dog and explores the concepts of the uncertainty of figure and ground. On view through December 10, 2012.

PMCA 10th Birthday Party
Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art (Pasadena)
The Pasadena Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates its tenth anniversary with a day-long event featuring arts workshops for all ages, live performances by groups including El Haru Kuroi and We Break Cameras, a complimentary beer garden, food trucks, refreshments and a birthday cake. Admission to the Museum is free during the event. Guests can also tour PMCA’s current exhibition, Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey and Layer: A Loose Horizon.

The Subterraneans and XYZ: The Geometric Impulse in Abstract Art
Torrance Art Museum (Torrance)
Opening reception for two shows. The Subterraneans features works by the artists who run and operate 25 galleries including Actual Size, Favorite Goods, JB Jurve, and Slanguage. XYZ is a group show featuring works by artists including Linda Besemer, Claude Collins-Stracensky, Krysten Cunningham, Hadley Holliday, and Emily Joyce.

Juan Capistran
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Juan Capistran. This show includes a series of pigment prints. On view through November 3, 2012.


Family Jam: Samba Rhythm
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
This free music event features members of Samba Society playing their vintage approach to partido alto and samba de terreiro. Attendees can listen to samba music in the Museum’s courtyard and make their own instruments in the accompanying workshop.

Designing Women Award Benefit
Private Home (Hancock Park)
The Museum of California Design Award Benefit honors several of the designers whose work is included in California’s Designing Women 1896-1986, currently on view at the Autry National Center. Honored artists include Evelyn Ackerman, Marilyn Kay Austin, Renee Firestone, Arline Fisch, April Greiman, Judith Hendler, Gere Kavanaugh, Cher Pendarvis and Deborah Sussman. This event includes an awards ceremony, live and silent auctions, and a light lunch. Tickets are $125; instructions to purchase tickets are available online.

Donut Discussion: “A Round Table on L.A.’s Rising Scene
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
Presented in conjunction with ForYourArt’s Around the Clock: 24 Hour Donut City II, LACMA’s Choice, this event features Top Chef Masters judge and LAist Food Editor Krista Simmons hosting a roundtable discussion with Waylynn Lucas, owner of Fonuts; Janeen Gudelj, owner of The Donut Snob; and Joshua Lurie, food writer and owner of Topics will focus on donut trends, the history of the donut scene in L.A., and more. Free donuts will be served.

L.A. Dance Project
Walt Disney Concert Hall at The Music Center (Downtown)
Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at The Music Center presents a new project by film and stage choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Based on a collaboration with Millepied, composer Nico Muhly, art consultant Matthieu Humery, producer Charles Fabius, design house Rodarte, and visual artist-in-residence  Christopher Wool, L.A. Dance Project features the world premier performance of Millepied’s new dance program. Tickets start at $28 and are available online.  

Public Labs Map Making Workshop
Machine Project (Echo Park)
Aerial photographer Stewart Long presents a DIY map making and aerial photography workshop at Machine Project. The Public Lab balloon and kite aerial imaging tool is a collaboratively designed, low-cost, and relatively easy activity for making high resolution aerial image maps. This workshop features lessons on topics including planning, safety, image acquisition, and map production. The class fee is $50.


Ai Weiwei Documentary Series
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening day of a three day screening series featuring a collection of documentaries about and by Chinese artist and domestic rites critic Ai Weiwei. The artist’s 2011 detainment for three months in a secret detention center sparked a global outcry from human rights activists and the art world. The event begins with a screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, and continues September 25-26 with Chang’an Boulevard, Disturbing the Peace, Beijing: The Second Ring, Beijing: The Third Ring, and One Recluse. All screenings are free.

Artist Talk: Gilad Ratman
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
Co-presented by Artis & Braverman Gallery, this event features a presentation by Israeli multidisciplinary artist Gilad Ratman. The discussion to focus on Ratman’s recent work and preview his project at the Israel pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale. RSVP for this free event at


The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring the work of American photographer Ray K. Metzker. This retrospective will offer a comprehensive overview of Metzker’s five-decade career, while also providing examples of work by instructors and fellow students at the Institute of Design in Chicago, where Metzker studied from 1956 to 1959. Photographs by artists including Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind will be featured in the collection. On view through February 24, 2013.

Highland Gallery Hop
Redling Fine Art (Hollywood)
This gallery walking tour begins at Redling Fine Art with a tour from Erica Redling and Lucy Campana. The event continues at Perry Rubenstein with a walkthrough led by architect Kulapat Yantrasast, who will discuss why the Highland area is an up-and-coming hotspot for art. A reception at the nearby Next Door Lounge will follow.


Mr. Natural
Gallery km (Santa Monica)
Curated by Michael Dopp, this group show features works by artists David Korty, Roger Herman, Calvin Marcus, and Dopp. Mr. Natural includes paintings etchings, and wood block prints on fabric. On view through October 27, 2012.


Art Platform – Los Angeles
Barkar Hanger (Santa Monica)
September 27-30, 2012 | 11am-6pm
The second edition of the modern and contemporary art fair, Art Platform – Los Angeles, features works from over 70 national and international galleries. Programming for this three day event includes panel discussions, docent-led tours, various VIP events, and more. Tickets for Art Platform – Los Angeles are $20-$45 and available online.

Mary Weatherford, Installation of the Bakersfield Paintings, courtesy of the artist and LA><ART