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


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.

Optional Features: Selections from Woodbury San Diego
WUHO (Hollywood)
This exhibition features works by Woodbury San Diego faculty and student that captures the relationship between architecture, sculpture, and craftsmanship. Faculty projects include the Mata Nui Throne by Jose Parral, Puffy Curtain by Marcel Sanchez-Prieto + Adriana Cuéllar of the Tijuana-based practice CRO, Stag Fern by Sideyard Projects’ Shawn Benson, Bbox by Philipp Bosshart, Truss Light by Miki Iwasaki, an intricate steel screen from Chris Puzio, and Andrew Wagner’s Monochromatic Tables. On view through November 25, 2012.

Young Projects (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artists Adriane Wachholz and Magnus Wallin featuring Wachholz’s seven video-based installations that combine works-on-paper, photography and computer mapping techniques. The show also includes three recent video works by Wallin. On view through January 11, 2013.

Gap, Mark, Sever, and Return
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists MPA, Fiona Connor, Mandla Reuter, and Erika Vogt. Curated by Chiara Giovando, Gap, Mark, Sever, and Return focuses on the notions of marking time and delineating instances and differences. On view through December 15, 2012.

Chris Cochrane, Dennis Cooper and Ishmael Houston-Jones: THEM
REDCAT (Downtown)
The west coast premiere of THEM, a dance theater performance that premiered in 1986 and won a Bessie Award last year. Conceived and directed by choreographer Ishmael Houston-Jones with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane, THEM portrays the lives of young gay men in era that saw the emergence of AIDs. Tickets are $20-$25 and available online. Shows run through Sunday, November 18.

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.

Tofer Chin: Sunny Day Project
The Standard (Hollywood)
Opening reception for an installation by artist Tofer Chin featuring painting, photography and sculpture in addition to a live performance element. Sponsored by Vantage and Art & Council, there will be complimentary beer and wine.

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.

Art-merge | LAB (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Taiwan-born, Los Angeles-based artist Ching Ching Cheng that explores Cheng’s fascination with mechanical objects and the way they act as a continuation of the body and of personal identity. The show includes a series of watercolors of vintage sports car engines, and a series of sculptures of vintage cameras, made with meticulous care from found books and maps. On view through January 9, 2013.


Paul Pescador: 3,4,5 and 8
Human Resources at the Vista Theater  (Los Feliz)
This midnight screening event features filmmaker Paul Pescador’s new work 3,4,5 and 8. Examining both the genres of the musical and the essay film, 3,4,5, and 8 is a stop-motion animation made up of constructed imagery, found footage, and musical sequences. It is a sequel to Pescador’s previous body of work 1, 1 1/2, 2, which premiered at Human Resources in 2011.

Oddities & Entities
haleARTS S P A C E (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Carl Lozada and Walter Hall. On view through November 28, 2012.

Mary Kelly
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by artist Mary Kelly that features a large-scale installation exploring memories of the post World War II generation along with a documentary focused on Cold War ideology. On view through December 22, 2012.

KREation String Quartet +1
Pop-Hop Books & Print (Highland Park)
Pop-Hop presents an evening of music and words with KREation String Quartet. The ensemble features Lauren Baba and Henry Webster on violin, Heather Lockie on viola, Betsy Rettig on cello, Ingrid Lee on piano along with composer Kevin Robinson and spoken work improvisation by a series of special guests. This event is free, but donations will be accepted.

Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra
The Integratron (Joshua Tree)
Times Vary
Presented by LAND, this three day event revolves around a Saturday performance of Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra, a multi-platform project at the Integratron in Landers, CA. Grinnan is a Los Angeles-based artist who often presents projects in multiple sites to investigate the effect of perception in relation to various contexts and how this shapes the viewers’ understanding of her work. The weekend’s itinerary includes karaoke, a sound bath experience, and an afterparty following the performance.

Finding Family
Icon LA (Mid-Wilshire)
Opening reception for a group show featuring work by eleven artists, each representing a specific relationship between artwork and the familial. Featured artists include Jen Berger, Beth Chucker, Kim Kremer, and Katie Watson.

November Almanac: A Book in Space
WUHO (Hollywood)
This exhibition is the second installation of a three part series presenting the work of graphic designers Jessica Fleischmann, Juliette Bellocq, and River Jukes-Hudson. The work in November Almanac focuses on Los Angeles. The show is presented by Big City Forum: The Hub at WUHO, which encourages cross-disciplinary explorations and exchanges between various creative disciplines. On view through December 1, 2012.


Hillary Gruenberg: Works on Paper, Carol Coates: Momentum and Sarah Steinberg: Forests
Lois Lambert Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for three shows. Hillary Gruenberg’s Works on Paper features a collection of mixed media drawings. Carol Coates’ Momentum includes a collection of photo-based mixed media works on canvas, and Sarah Steinberg’s works on paper recreate the forests the fields of her childhood home in Canada. All three shows on view through January 13, 2013.

Enrique Martinez Celaya: The Hunt’s Wall
L.A. Louver (Venice)
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Enrique Martinez Celaya featuring paintings and sculptures created throughout the past two years. On view through January 5, 2013.

Jon Pestoni
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by artist Jon Pestoni featuring a series of large-scale paintings based on the basic elements of abstract painting: color, gesture, scale, and surface. On view through January 12, 2013.

Masaru Kurose: Mudai: Recent Paintings and Ward Schumaker: Dumb Boxes
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Mudai includes recent paintings by Kobe, Japan-based artist Masaru Kurose. Dumb Boxes features selections from a series of polychromed constructions by artist Ward Schumaker. Both shows on view through December 22, 2012.

Adam Silverman: New Pots and Sculptures
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Los Angeles-based potter Adam Silverman. This exhibition feature a series of Silverman’s pots, alongside small to medium scale sculptures.  New to this body of work are a series of large format sculptural pieces intended to extend Silverman’s practice towards freestanding, large scale, three dimensional works. On view through December 29, 2012.

Letters From Los Angeles: Text in Southern California Art
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Mid-City)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by more than thirty contemporary L.A.-based artists who incorporate elements of words and letters in their work. Letters From Los Angeles features pieces by artists including John Baldessari, Dennis Hopper, Ed Ruscha, Chris Burden, and Ken Price. On view through December 22, 2012.

Neo Natural and Bogs
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two shows. Curated by Doug Crocco, Neo Natural features the work of Claude Collins-Stracensky,Gustavo Godoy, Eben Goff, Ethan Greenbaum, Edgar Orlaineta, and Letha Wilson. Bogs is a two-person exhibition featuring paintings by Jed Ochmanek and Hugh Zeigler. Both shows on view through December 15, 2012.

Diana Thater: Oo Fifi, Five Days in Claude Monet’s Garden, Part I and Part II, 1992 
1301 PE (Miracle Mile)
In 1992, Diana Thater premiered Oo Fifi Part I as part of the exhibition Into the Lapse at 1301. The work features footage of Monet?s garden broken into the primary video colors. On view through January 12, 2013.

Carmine Iannaccone: IamTheGravitySurfer
Alias Books East (Atwater Village)
This one day exhibition features an installation by Los Angeles-based artists Carmine Iannaccone. IamTheGravitySurfer and the accompanying publication Accordion Fold explore the physical and geographical conditions of cycling in sculptural form. ShoeboxLA gives Los Angeles artists an opportunity to do one-day, site-specific exhibitions outside the traditional gallery setting.

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.

Lot 613 (Downtown)
Presented by Create Fixate, this one day event features an interactive light and sound art gallery that includes paintings, photography, sculpture, and installations. Featured artists include Ben Guerrette,  Joshua Kirsch,  Hugo Bordes, Jerico Woggon, and Leif Maginnis. Music will be provided by artists including KCRW’s Jeremy Sole, Lushbunny, and more. Admission is $15 before 9pm and $20 after.

Enter>text: Obsolescence
Concord (Cypress Park)
This immersive literary event features readers and their work appearing throughout the space, from the gallery and bedrooms to vehicles and secret corners, making the space a living literary journal. Presented by Anno and Ennui, Enter>text: Obsolescence features twenty writers and artists. Featured artists include Diana Arterian, Mark S Bernal, Saehee Cho, Sam Cohen, Kestrel Burley, Stacy Elaine Dacheux, Marco Franco DiDomenico, and Kate Durbin.

Bonnie Camplin: STW
Michael Benevento (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by London-based artist Bonnie Camplin featuring biro drawings, watercolors, ink drawings, and paper sculptures. On view through January 12, 2013

7908 Santa Monica Blvd. (West Hollywood)
Opening night for a collaborative pop up store featuring items from Los Angeles-based brands Crybaby Presents, The Tappan Collective, and Cult Gaia. Coup! features shopping, movie screenings, workshops and more throughout the month of November. 

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.

Alexander Kroll: The Florist, The Loquat and Yes
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Alexander Kroll featuring a series of paintings that explore abstraction through drips, splatters, veils of light and color bleeds. On view through January 6, 2013.

Art Talk: Glenn Ligon
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Artist Glenn Ligon presents a lecture regarding his work, which explores race, language, desire, sexuality, and identity. This event is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Blues for Smoke, which was developed for MOCA in close consultation with the artist. The lecture is free with museum admission.

Fabian Marti: The Zen of Running
Paradise Garage (Venice)
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by artist Fabian Marti. An afterparty will be held at Trip Santa Monica from 10pm to 2am. On view through December 15, 2012.

Patssi Valdez: Mementos, James Griffith: Natural Selection and Elaine Carhartt: Portraits
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
Opening reception for three shows. Patssi Valdez’s Mementos is a solo exhibition of gouaches, ceramics, and site-specific installation. Natural Selection features a series of paintings by artist James Griffith, and Elaine Carhartt’s Portraits features a series of reductive lino prints. All three shows on view through December 23, 2012.


Breached Contact
Satellite Space (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for a permanent installation by Berlin-based artist Aram Bartholl and a digital presentation of New York-based artist Luis Gispert’s photographs. The event also includes a lecture by Los Angeles-based writer Jason Brown a.t 8:30pm The three components of the exhibition explore the nature of command centers and the personal fantasy that emerges from the structures controlling access to information.


Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance
Getty Center (Westwood)
This exhibition explores the art of Florence at the beginning of the Renaissance through seven paintings by Giotto in addition to works by his Florentine contemporaries including painters Bernardo Daddi and Taddeo Gaddi and painter-illuminators Pacino di Bonaguida. Highlights include the earliest illuminated copies of Dante’s Divine Comedy and nearly all the surviving leaves from the most important illuminated manuscript commission of the early 1300s, the Laudario of Sant’Agnese. On view through February 10, 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.

Paul Pescador, 3,4,5 and 8, courtesy of the artist and Human Resources