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


The Boundaries of Seeing 
Sotheby’s Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
The Boundaries of Seeing is a selling exhibition focused on the work of contemporary artists who have been influenced by icons of Modernism, Formalism, Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera, Minimalism and other influential movements. The show features the work of more than a dozen artists including Alice Channer, Lisa Williamson, and Ryan Sullivan. A portion of the proceeds from this exhibition go to support LA><ART. Through October 14, 2012.

Jeffery Scales: “45 RPMs; 45 Years of Photography in Music
Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City)
This free lecture and discussion features photographer Jeffrey Scales, who began photographing the Black Panthers and other political activists of the 1960’s at the age of 13 and is currently editor for The Sunday Review and The Book Review. Scales’ photographs are in the permanent collections of institutions including MoMA, The George Eastman House, and The Baltimore Museum of Art. This event is presented in conjunction with the Annenberg’s current exhibition, Who Shot Rock and Roll.

Artists + Institutions: What Is the Common Ground?”
Schindler House (West Hollywood)
This free interactive event, produced as of part of SOCiAL: Art + People, features salon-style discussions hosted by guest artists and representatives from various Los Angeles art institutions. Anonymous dialog prompts will be presented to the public for an evening of critical conversation and debate regarding the common ground between artists and art institutions. Click here for a full schedule of SOC(i)AL: Art + People.

Allie Pohl: Hot Seats
Baño Gallery (Mid-City)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Allie Pohl. Hot Seats features photos of the the artist’s legs and undergarments as she uses restrooms in bathroom stalls throughout Los Angeles at venues including the Gagosian Gallery, the Beverly Hills Hilton, and In-and-Out Burger. On view through October 16, 2012.

Iraqi Artists in Exile
New Theme Studio and Gallery (Mid-City)
Opening reception for a collection of works created by Iraqi artists in exile. Most of the artists featured in in this exhibition were labeled U.S. co-conspirators by the Iraqi militia and exiled from their homeland during the war with Iraq. Participating artists include Omar Odeh, Wadhah Mahdi, Alaa Ismael, and Khalid Alaani.

Inside Marina City
WUHO (Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring photographs by Iker Gil and Andreas E.G. Larsson. Inside Marina City documents the residents of architect Bertrand Goldberg’s iconic Marina City buildings in Chicago. The series provides a behind-the-scenes tour of the diverse array of people and living spaces within these cylindrical residential towers. On view through October 28, 2012.

Brent Green: God Builds Like Frank Lloyd Wright
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
Pennsylvania-based artist Brent Green presents a live action and musical performance synchronized with an animated film screening. This free event is presented as part of SBCAF’s ongoing Forum Lounge performance art series. The event begins with a happy hour at 5pm; the performance begins at 7pm.  

With a Name Like Yours, You Might Be Any Shape
University Art Gallery at UC Irvine (Irvine)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works that explore the concept of names as symbolic forms and designators of reality. Curated by Georgia Holz and Claudia Slanar, this show includes works by artists Zoe Crosher, Ricarda Denzer, Mario Garcia Torres, Matthias Klos, Warren Neidich, Isa Rosenberger, Laura Wollen, Donelle Woolford, and more. On view through December 1, 2012.


Laurie Katz Yehia & Sandra Lauterbach
haleARTS (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Laurie Katz Yehia and Sandra Lauterbach. The multidisciplinary show features fabric arts, paintings, and jewelry by Kimberly Deterline. On view through October 17, 2012.

Calder Quartet
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Presented as part of the Gordon Getty Concert series, this event features a performance by the Calder Quartet. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Messerschmidt and Modernity, the program features quartets by the composers Mendelssohn, Mozart, Schubert, and Webern, as well as three short works co-commissioned by the Getty, the Calder Performing Arts Organization, and film composers Bear McCreary, Don Davis, and Mark Mothersbaugh. Tickets are $20 and available online.

Volume 5 – “Revisiting the Revisiting of Feminism
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This roundtable discussion takes a 2003 conversation between artists including Leslie Dick, Sharon Hayes, Mary Kelly, and Kerry Tribe as a starting point to consider modern feminist art; the discussion will be moderated by Shana Lutker. This event is a part of X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days.

Carlson Hatton: Extinction Burst
WEEKEND (Hollywood)
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Carlson Hatton. Extinction Burst features a series of layered oil, acrylic, and graphite images on paper that are inspired by design, fashion, art history, and popular culture. On view through October 28, 2012.

Come to Your Senses Cocktail Party
Hotel Indigo (Santa Barbara)
The inaugural event in the three part dining series Crave: Art Food, & Social Experience features an artist-designed theme meal at the Hotel Indigo. Sponsored by the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, the Come to Your Senses Cocktail Party includes elements of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell represented in various foods and drinks. Tickets are $55 and available online.


BAM Fest
18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
The 18th Street Arts Center presents its annual Beer, Art and Music Festival. BAM Fest celebrates the best of locally produced art and music in conjunction with a variety of craft beers. The event features beers by more than 35 breweries in addition to four bands, three galleries exhibitions, open artist studios, an artist market, and gourmet food trucks. Tickets are $40 and available online.

Joe Pinkelman: New Works and Anne Ramis: the Dancers
TAG Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by artists Joe Pinkelman and Anne Ramis. Pinkelman’s New Works features a collection of porcelain sculptures. Ramis’ The Dancers features a series of digital prints. Both shows on view through October 27, 2012.

Curio Studio & Collection (Venice)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Joshua Petker, Ellen Schinderman, Will Deutsch, Ryan McIntosh, Mark Hanauer, Jennie Cotterill, Rebecca Manson, and more. Curated by Daniel Rolnik, Interviews features paintings, sculptures, and photographs. On view through September 27, 2012.

Two JMTs: James Michael Temple and Jeff Moris Tepper
Trunk Gallery (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artists and musicians Mike Temple and Moris Tepper. This exhibition features paintings, prints, and sculptures. On view through October 28, 2012.

Gala in the Garden
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Time Announced with Ticket Purchase
The Hammer Museum’s annual Gala in the Garden honors artists Barbara Kruger and Cindy Sherman. Steve Martin gives the tribute to Sherman and MSNBC anchor and author Rachel Maddow toasts Kruger. The Gala also features a performance by singer/songwriter Katy Perry, a viewing of current exhibitions, and cocktails followed by a dinner catered by Suzanne Goin of Lucques in the Hammer’s outdoor courtyard. Tickets start at $1,500; inquiries should be made to email

Jacob Melchi: New Paintings and Alma Chaney: Nameless Spaces
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Final day of an exhibition featuring a series of new paintings by artist Jacob Melchi. Alma Chaney’s painting series Nameless Spaces will also have its final day in the space’s middle gallery.

Noise in the Basement
WWA (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by up and coming artists James “Jimbot” Demski, Dan Goodsell, JoKa, David Lozeau, Juan Muniz, Jeff T Owens, JC Rivera, and Saratoga Sake. Noise in the Basement includes paintings, drawings, portraits, and more. On view through November 3, 2012.

Dragon’s Flight
William Grant Still Arts Center (Crenshaw)
Opening celebration and concert for the group exhibition Dragon’s Flight. The works in this show focus on the transformative power of art creation and the ability to reclaim/re-grow identity in the face of the trauma of incarceration. Many pieces in this show were made by incarcerated artists. On view through November 24, 2012.

Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void 1949-1962
MOCA (Downtown)
Opening day of a new exhibition exploring the artistic tendency of canvas mutilation during the rise of abstraction in the 20th-century. Painting the Void features more than 85 works created between the late 1940s and the early 1960s by artists from Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Curated by Paul Schimmel. On view through January 14, 2013.

George Porcari: Insistent Particularities
Tif’s desk @ Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception of an exhibition featuring works by artist George Porcari. Insistent Particularities features a new piece each week, taken from Porcari’s series of 32 works on paper. On view through November 3, 2012.

Blow Your Noses!
2732 Gilroy St. (Silver Lake)
Reception celebrating the launch of the third issue of MATERIAL. Artist Shana Lutker presents an evening of performances and readings in relation to her Issue 3 text “Some Fistfights of the Surrealists.” This free event also features readings from contributors including Harold Abramowitz, Farrah Karapetian, and Emily Mast, as well as video installations by Paul Zelevansky, Stephanie Taylor, and Alice Könitz.

Art + Architecture Focus on Malibu Tour
Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University (Malibu)
LACMA’s Art Museum Council presents its inaugural Art + Architecture Focus Tour. Since 1956, the Tour has provided behind-the-scenes tours of architecturally significant homes with significant art collections. This event begins with a lecture on the Weisman Museum’s current Pop Culture exhibition. Attendees then tour two Malibu properties, one of which is constructed with the recycled parts of a decommissioned Boeing 747-200 aircraft. Tickets are $350; for tickets and more information email


Diego Singh: Unimodern Gondolieri
Various Small Fires (Venice)
Opening reception for a show featuring works by Argentinian artist Diego Singh. Unimodern Gondolieri features Singh’s large-scale denim paintings in addition to his more recent text-based captcha series.

Volume 7 – “A Talk With Images and Music
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This talk features a discussion based on four excerpts from Jan Tumlir’s article “The Magic Circle: On The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper and the Invention of Art Rock,” featured in Volume 7 of X-TRA, and the current issue article “Dark-Side Minimalism.” This free event is part of X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days.

The Sota Project
USC Fischer Museum of Art (Downtown)
Opening day of The Sota Project, an immersive video installation that reenacts a controversial text from the Talmud. The piece invites viewers to step into room-sized moving panoramas created from video projections on all four walls of the exhibition space. These multiple narratives question the notion of a single, coherent truth in relation to this rarely told ancient story. On view through December 1, 2012.

Locations Vary (Downtown)
This free, all ages event temporarily removes car traffic from a specified downtown route and provides attendees the opportunity to experience the urban environment on bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and any other motorless mode of transportation. The route includes Exposition Park, Chinatown, Mariachi Plaza in Boyle Heights, and Grand Park, where CicLAvia converges with the inaugural celebration of the park’s performance lawn. Activities include including music, performances, and food trucks.  

Contemporary Art Conversations #13
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Offramp Gallery presents the thirteenth in an ongoing series of dialogues about art, artists, and exhibitions. The free event features Ezrha Jean Black, Peter Frank, critic Shana Nys Dambrot, and artist/writer John O’Brien. Art historian Betty Ann Brown will moderate.

LAMA 20th Anniversary Auction
LAMA Showroom (Van Nuys)
Los Angeles Modern Auctions’ 20th Anniversary auction features more than 500 works by artists including Sam Francis, George Nakashima, Richard Pettibone, David Hockney, and prints by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari, and more.

Sunday @ 4
Todd Madigan Gallery (Bakersfield)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Justin Beal, Liz Glynn, Karl Haendel, and Brian Sharp. Each Sunday at 4pm for the past three years, the artists, writers, and curators featured in this exhibition have met at a  Los Angeles park to play soccer. Sunday @ 4 includes these artists participating in an exhibition game at 3pm on the main soccer field at California State University Bakersfield. On view through November 10, 2012.


Volume 8 – William Leavitt presents Habitat
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This theatrical event creates a dialog environment for two groups of neighbors, who engage each other in adjoining suburban backyards of a small mid-western town. A full production of the play will be presented in April 2013 at The Kitchen in New York City. This performance is part of X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days.


Volume 9 – 1 Image 1 Minute
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This free event is based on Micol Hebron’s 1 Image 1 Minute, a column and live event in which participants selected a significant photograph to discuss for one minute. In this live version for X-TRA’s 15th anniversary celebration, 30 Angelenos from various facets of the art world discuss a variety of chosen images. Participants include Jerri Allyn, Sarah Beadle, Cassandra Coblentz, Michael Dahan, and Corazon del Sol. This event is part of  X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days.

Alika Cooper: Upbraid
Night Gallery (Lincoln Heights)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Alika Cooper. Upbraid features a series fabric works that explore gender roles. Anna Mayer’s Vatic Link is in the space’s Annex Gallery. Both shows on view through November 8, 2012.


Los Angeles Antiques, Art and Design Show Gala
Barker Hangar (Santa Monica)
Opening night gala for the 17th annual Los Angeles Antiques, Art and Design Show, which features works by more than 60 artists from around the world. The  four day show honors antiquarian Joel Chen with the 2012 Design Leadership Award and benefits the LACMA Decorative Arts and Design Council. Gala tickets begin at $150 and are available online.

Volume 10 – The Art of Criticism
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm This panel discussion features Sharon Mizota, Doug Harvey, Aram Moshayedi and moderator Damon Willick discussing art criticism. This event is presented as part of X-TRA’s 15 Years in 15 Days; click here for a full schedule.

Art Lecture: Pae White
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
This event features a lecture from Los Angeles-based artist Pae White, whose work has been featured internationally at venues including MoMA, the Tate Modern, and LACMA. This free lecture is presented as part of the UCLA Department of Art’s Artist Lecture series.

Studio Sereno (El Sereno)
Opening reception of an exhibition featuring four site-specific sound works by artists Richard Chartier, Robert Crouch, Yann Novak and Steve Roden. Each artist was given a recording of the ambient sounds of Studio Sereno and asked to create a work that interacted with the space’s indoor/outdoor qualities. Threshold features a 10 minute work by each artist.