ITINERARY: Talks & Lectures

ForYourArt Selects Events, Programs, and Exhibitions for You Around Particular Themes and Interests

This week, we’ve pulled everything around Los Angeles that lets you listen to a talk or lecture. What are you interested in? Tell us! Email with ideas.


Artist Walkthrough: Sterling Ruby
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Sterling Ruby, known for his biomorphic ceramic sculptures, nail polish drawings, and different forms of collage, leads a walkthrough of LACMA’s current exhibition Drawing Surrealism. Tickets are required for this free event and are available at the ticket office one hour before the start of the event. This event is sponsored by the Modern and Contemporary Art Council.

Artist Lecture: Jim Drain
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
This free event features a lecture by artist Jim Drain. His exhibition, Drain Expressions, is currently on view at PRISM in Los Angeles. This event is presented as part of the UCLA Department of Art Artist Lecture Series.

Ad Hoc #6: Liquid Land
Center for the Arts (Eagle Rock)
Presented by SASSAS, this event is the Los Angeles premiere of Swiss filmmaker Michelle Ettlin’s chronicle of improvisational music and building instruments from found objects in post-Katrina New Orleans. Liquid Land musicians Helen Gillet, Simon Berz, and Klaas Hübner join Los Angeles area players Joseph Mitchell, Ted Byrnes, Sandy Yang, and Kira Vollman for a post-screening performance. Director Michelle Ettlin discusses the film as a part of this DVD and record release tour.

Lecture: Why Contemporary Art Gives Me the Blues
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Blues for Smoke, MOCA curator Bennett Simpson discusses the vitality and innovation at the core of the blues tradition as a major catalyst of the experiment within modern and contemporary art. This lecture is free with museum admission.


How Can Artists and the Eastside Generate Change Together?
1300 East 1st St. (Downtown)
This free discussion will explore what could happen when Boyle Heights is declared an Arts District. Panelists include Evonne Gallardo of Self Help Graphics, artist Sandra de la Loza, and members of groups Ultra-red, The School of Echoes, Union de Vecinos, Woodcraft Rangers, and the Department of Public Health. This discussion is presented as part of the SOC(i)AL: Art +People series; click here for a full schedule.

Glory by the Aid of the Pencil: Still Life in Ancient Painting
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Dr. Mary Louise Hart presents a lecture on the development of still life as an enduring artistic genre, from its origins in classical Greece through the heyday of Roman still life in the first century C.E. This event is free with museum admission. Stickers for ensured seating are distributed in the Main Entrance gallery starting at 3pm.


The Mapplethorpe Effect 
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This lecture event features Richard Meyer, a professor of art history at Stanford University, discussing Robert Mapplethorpe’s X, Y, and Z portfolios. Meyer discusses the formal logic of Mapplethorpe’s photography and the culture wars over homoeroticism and federally funded art in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This event is held in conjunction with current exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, on view through March 24, 2013.


Three of a Kind: Brian Roettinger, Gail Swanlund and Willem Henri Lucas
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Presented by the UCLA Design Media Arts program, this event features L.A.-based independent designers Brian Roettinger, Gail Swanlund, and Willem Henri Lucas discussing their work and that of others. The discussion uses the 20 essays from the Graphic Design: Now in Production catalogue as a roadmap to guide the talk.

Installation of Jim Drain at PRISM, courtesy of PRISM