ForYourArt selects the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design
Getty Center (Brentwood)
This exhibition offers a comprehensive overview of photographer Ray K. Metzker’s five-decade career and situates his work in the tradition of the Chicago Institute of Design, the influential art school where he studied in the 1950s. Inspired by instructors Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, Metzker fashioned a synthesis of formal elegance, technical precision, and optical innovation in his iconic black and white photographs. On view through February 24, 2013.
William Eggleston: Los Alamos
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist William Eggleston. Los Alamos includes thirty-seven large-scale pigment images from Eggleston’s Los Alamos series. These images, some of them never before seen, were printed from vintage negatives. On view through November 10, 2012.
“Ken Price: Stephanie Barron and Thomas Houseago in Conversation”
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, exhibition curator Stephanie Barron joins sculptor Thomas Houseago in conversation as he discusses Price’s impact on his own work, and on that of an entire generation of artists. Required tickets can be acquired at the venue’s box office an hour before the event begins.
Superpositions: New Wight Biennial 2012
New Wight Gallery (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring works by 26 international artists including Nobutaka Aozaki, Julia Benjamin, Céline Berger, Jenn Berger, Ben Bigelow, and Lea Cetera. Organized by UCLA Department of Art MFA students Jonathan Apgar, Lucas Blalock, Devin Kenny, and Sean Raspet, Superpositions explores the concept of interference. On view through October 11, 2012.
Art Lecture: “Bob Gruen”
Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City)
This event features a lecture by rock photographer Bob Gruen, whose work has captured the music scene for more than four decades. Gruen was the personal photographer for John Lennon and Yoko Ono and has worked with artists including Led Zeppelin, The Who, David Bowie, Tina Turner, and Elton John. This free event is presented in conjunction with the Annenberg’s current exhibition Who Shot Rock and Roll.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Art Platform – Los Angeles
Barker Hangar (Santa Monica)
This second edition of this modern and contemporary art fair features local and international artists, dealers, collectors, museums, and art enthusiasts engaging in an exchange of art and culture through gallery installations, a speaker series, and other special programming. More than eighty galleries (mapped here) will exhibit at the event including Night Gallery, Ikon Ltd., gallery km, Los Angeles Nomadic Division. Single day passes are $20 and available online. Tickets to the VIP After Party benefiting LACMA Muse on Thursday, September 27 cost $50, are available online, and include entry to the Art Platform – Los Angeles Vernissage earlier that night.
GiveLove Dinner and Auction
Private Residence (Beverly Hills)
Presented by Patricia Arquette, Rosetta Getty and Shanit Schwartz, this fundraising event will support GiveLove’s ongoing work benefitting children in Haiti. The evening features cocktails, Caribbean cuisine, and a silent auction curated by Sterling Ruby. Tickets are $350 and available at email@example.com.
Dave Muller: Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by artist Dave Muller. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah explores the artist’s interest in music and its culture. Presented as a timeline from 1962 to 1970, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah aurally and visually chronicles the Top 100 hits from each of those years through nine rooms within the exhibition. On view through October 27, 2012.
Jen Stark: To the Power Of
Martha Otero Gallery (Fairfax)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Jen Stark. To the Power Of features sculptures composed of complex color spectrums rendered from paper, wood and other organic materials. On view through November 3, 2012.
Seeing the Chanson D’ Automne
The Gallery at 3517 W. Sunset (Silverlake)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works inspired by Chanson d’Automne’, (Autumn Song), the poem that 68 years ago was used to signal the beginning of the end of Nazi tyranny in Europe. The show features works by artists Shane Bartlett, Michele Castagnetti, Chelsea Hill, Karen Sikie, Susan Tompkins, Candido Valdes, and Margret Von Biesen. On view through November 10, 2012.
Thom Lessner: Turbo Lover
This Los Angeles (Highland Park)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Philadelphia-based artist Thom Lessner. Turbo Lover features paintings, painted paper sculptures, and hand sewn felt signs, and much of the work is influenced by 1980s popular culture and rock bands.
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
Opening reception for the film Human Animal, which features performance based video art exploring relationships between the body, sexuality and sculpture. Presented by the film series MIA, the program includes Fast Twitch/Slow Twitch by Heather Cassils, Chair Dance II by Sara Holwerda, The Obsession by Lauren Cross, Thumb Wars by Diane Dwyer, and more.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
Saturday, September 29-Sunday, September 30
Presented in conjunction with the weekend traffic event Carmaggedon II this art party across Los Angeles encourages people to discover the art in their own neighborhoods. The event’s interactive website features a map where users can search for local galleries, theaters, museums, music venues, and more.
Field Trip Day Los Angeles
Venice Beach (Venice)
This free, smartphone-guided neighborhood tour event is dedicated to the art of the discovery through exploration. Participants to meet and then wander to various locations in Venice in an effort to find the neighborhood’s hidden treasures and lesser known locations. Bikes are recommended for maximum ground coverage. An after party begins at 6pm.
Zarina: Paper Like Skin
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening day for two exhibitions at the Hammer Museum. Zarina: Paper Like Skin is the first retrospective of the Indian-born American artist Zarina. The exhibition features approximately 60 works dating from 1961 to the present and includes woodcuts and three-dimensional casts in paper pulp. Zarina will appear at an artist talk at 2pm on Sunday, September 30. On view through December 30, 2012.
Graphic Design: Now in Production
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening day of an exhibition exploring how graphic design has broadened its reach over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely used tool. Featuring work produced since 2000 in various sectors of communication design, Graphic Design: Now in Production looks at design-driven magazines, newspapers, books, posters, and branding programs, and showcases recent developments in the field. On view through January 6, 2013. Be sure to check out “Three of a Kind: Brian Roettinger, Gail Swanlund, & William Henri Lucas” on November 20, 2012 at 7:30pm where three L.A.-based independent designers discuss their work and that of others.
Kerry Tribe: There Will Be ________
1301 PE (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Kerry Tribe. There Will Be ______ features a film focusing on the history of Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills. Completed in 1928, Greystone was the most expensive residence in California at the time and became the site of tragedy when the owner Ned Doheny Jr. and his secretary Hugh Plunkett were found shot to death in the house. On view through November 10, 2012.
L.A. Skin & Ink
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for an exhibition exploring the role that Los Angeles played in the tattoo renaissance that took place in the United States throughout the last 60 years. L.A. Skin & Ink will highlight the stylistic movements that have helped define the significant role of Los Angeles in bridging tattoo with fine art. Featured artists include Bert Grimm, Bob Shaw, Don Ed Hardy, Cliff Raven, and Jill Jordan. This event also marks the launch of the Contemporary Craft Council. On view through January 6, 2013.
The Films of Alia Syed
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This free film screening and conversation event features a series of films by experimental filmmaker Alia Syed. Presented in conjunction with Syed’s current exhibition Eating Grass, the event features works including Priya, A Story Told, and Fatima’s Letter. Between screenings, Syed discusses her work with Elvis Mitchell, the curator of Film Independent at LACMA.
Final Day: Arctic Summer
Margo Leavin Gallery (West Hollywood)
Final day of Arctic Summer, an exhibition featuring works by a dozen artists: 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. This will be the final exhibition at the Margo Leavin Gallery before it closes. The gallery will be open by appointment through 2012.
3rd Annual LAND Benefit Gala
Location Provided With Ticket Purchase
The Los Angeles Nomadic Division presents the 3rd Annual LAND benefit Gala at the home of Catharine and Jeffrey Soros. The event features cocktails, a moonlight dinner and centerpieces designed by artist Ruben Ochoa. Lunar or oceanic attire is suggested. Tickets begin at $1,000 and available online. The online auction portion of this event begins on September 5.
LAND Benefit Gala After Party
Andaz (West Hollywood)
LAND’s third Annual LAND Benefit Gala After Party features cocktails, a dessert bar, dancing, and music by Myles Hendrik. All guests will be entered into a raffle including artwork by artists including Bozidar Brazda, Meredith Danluck, Eve Fowler, Katie Grinnan, Kelly Lamb, Melanie Schiff, and Agathe Snow. Individual tickets are $100 or 5 for $400, ForYourArt readers receive $10 off by entering the code “fullmoon” upon checkout. Tickets are available online.
The Small Loop Show
Fellows of Contemporary Art (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Miyoshi Barosh, Christian Cummings, Amy Drezner, Mark Dutcher, Doug Harvey, Anne Hieronymus, and Elisabeth Higgins O’Connor. The Small Loop show includes sculpture, painting, video, and collage. On view through November 24, 2012.
Joshua Mark Logan: Bald Eagles
Eleven97 Projects at The Warehouse LA (Echo Park)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Joshua Mark Logan. Bald Eagles explores the concept of the absurd through humorously rendered drawings and paintings of celebrities, politicians and other pop culture figures. This show is the inaugural exhibition for Eleven97. On view through November 21, 2012.
On the Work of Robert Cumming: A History and Discussion
Jancar Gallery (Chinatown)
This free event features Sarah Bay Williams presenting a history of the artist Robert Cumming and discussing the use of humor, absurdity, and perceptual play in his work. The lecture is based on Williams’ scholarly research on Cumming’s 1970s photography and is presented in conjunction with Jancar Gallery’s current exhibition Robert Cumming: Vintage Large Format Polaroids and Dye Transfer Prints.
Laura London: Once Upon A Time…Axl Rose Was My Neighbor
Coagula Curatorial (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an exhibition by photographer Laura London. Once Upon A Time… Axl Rose Was My Neighbor is both constructed narrative and documentary that mixes actual documentary photographs of a circa 1990 graffiti vandalization of the residence of Erin Everly by her then-husband Axl Rose with London interpreting the story through its main characters. On view through October 21, 2012.
Chris Burden: Small Skyscraper (Quasi Legal Skyscraper)
One Colorado Courtyard (Pasadena)
Public opening reception for artist Chris Burden’s installation piece Small Skyscraper (Quasi Legal Skyscraper). Described by the artist as a “modern day log cabin,” this temporary, large-scale, quasi-legal structure exploits a loophole, since closed, that Burden discovered in the Los Angeles County building codes. On view through November 11, 2012.
643 S. Carondelet St. (Korea Town)
This event features London-based performance artist Theo Adams in his LA debut in addition to works by artist Kathryn Garcia (aka BDYDBL). Midnight Salon includes music from YMGVCCI, TILT, SAV and other mystery guests. The event is curated by Sarvia Jasso and Nathaly Charria. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Saturday, September 29-Sunday, September 30
Presented in conjunction with the weekend traffic event Carmaggedon II, Beyond the Usual and Curbside present an art party across Los Angeles that encourages people to discover the art in their own neighborhoods. The event’s interactive website features a map where users can search for local galleries, theaters, museums, music venues, and more. Click here for a full schedule.
Your Land/ My Land
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening day of Jonathan Horowitz’s Your Land / My Land: Election ’12, which serves as a convening space where visitors can watch and discuss the unfolding presidential election and its aftermath. Presented simultaneously at several museums throughout the country, the installation uses red and blue carpeting to divide the gallery into two distinct spaces. The gallery will be open during the presidential and vice presidential debates and remain open late on election night, November 6.
LACE Fall Social
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions presents a Fall Social event featuring refreshments and an art auction. Presented in partnership with Art Platform – Los Angeles, the Social includes more 30 works by artists including Kim Abeles, John Baldessari, Alix Pearlstein, Christopher Russell, Steve Roden, and Brenna Youngblood. Tickets are $25 and available online.
2012 C.O.L.A. Visual Artist Award Exhibition
Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (Los Feliz)
Opening reception for a group show celebrating the 2012 City of Los Angeles artist award fellows. The show features literary, performance and visual works by artists including Lynne Berman, Martin Durazo, Heather Flood, Diane Gamboa, Paul Outlaw, and Joseph Mattson. On view through October 28, 2012.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Stephen Berens presents The Los Angeles Times and Me
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
The first event in X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days features a live performance based on the 1998 video Stephen Berens presents The Los Angeles Times and Me. The video script is comprised of a series of text drawings that compare word usage between the articles Stephen Berens wrote for X-TRA in 1997 and the articles written about art by the four art critics of the Los Angeles Times during the same period. Performed with Ellen Birrell, Leslie Dick, Karen Dunbar, Elizabeth Pulsinelli, and Damon Willick. Click here for a full schedule of events.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
Frank Lloyd Gallery (Santa Monica)
This exhibition features a survey of small works by artist Ken Price. Intended to complement the major Price retrospective currently on view at LACMA, this show features over twenty examples of Price’s ceramics as well as a handful of prints, each demonstrating his attention to scale and color. On view through November 10, 2012.
Farewell to Surrealism: The Dyn Circle in Mexico
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of an exhibition exploring The Dyn Circle, an international group of writers and artists from Europe, Latin America, and North America that came together in Mexico City in the 1940s and created the journal Dyn. The work is a record of their ideas and the internationally relevant art they created during this period. On view through February 17, 2013.
“Why Start an Art Magazine Now? (1997 / 2012)”
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
A part of X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days, this two-part event first features Ellen Birrell and Stephen Berens discussing the conditions under which X-TRA came into being. The second half of the evening features Travis Diehl discussing his new publication, Prism of Reality, and Andrew Berardini and Sarah Williams discussing their new online publication, The Art Book Review.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3
Dark Matter: Takes on Conceptual and Minimal Aesthetics
Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University (Orange)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Düsseldorf and Los Angeles-based artists Krysten Cunningham, Adam Feldmeth, Tobias Hantmann, Christian Jendreiko, Analia Saban, and Monika Stricker. Dark Matter explores the concept of mass, matter, and dark energy. On view through October 29, 2012.
JoAnne Artman Gallery Benefit
JoAnne Artman Gallery (Laguna Beach)
This fundraising event for youth arts education organization Ryman Arts features live music, refreshments, and access to current exhibitions. British artist Peregrine Heathcote and LA-based artist America Martin to discuss their work, which is currently on view at the Gallery. Live music will be provided by Laguna Beach Band. Tickets are $25.
SAVE THE DATE
Artists + Institutions: Common Ground
MAK Center at the Schindler House (West Hollywood)
Thursday, October 4 | 7-10pm
As a part of SOC(i)AL: Art + People, twenty questions, authored by leading contemporary curators, artists and institutional art administrators will be served at 6 large round tables. The tables are first-come first-served with open seating for public participation, and visitors are welcome to join in and switch tables throughout the event. Tables will be hosted by special guests: Micol Hebron (LA Art Girls), Ashley Hunt (Artist), Bill Kelly Jr. (Independent Curator), Aandrea Stang (formerly of MOCA), Sue Bell Yank (The Hammer), and Philip Yenawine (ArtMatters).
Jen Stark, To the Power Of courtesy of the artist and Martha Otero Gallery