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


Florence, Cradle of the Renaissance: A Conversation with Peter Weller
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Actor, director, and art historian Peter Weller presents a free lecture on living, working, and studying art history in Florence. In a conversation with Christine Sciacca, assistant curator of Manuscripts and organizer of the current exhibition Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300–1350, Weller draws on his experiences to discuss the artistic, political, economic, and religious climate that flourished in early Renaissance Florence.

Mark Schoening: Recordings of a Lone Infantryman
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of recent sculptures and multi-layered paintings by artist Mark Schoening. Recordings of a Lone Infantryman investigate the gestation and dissemination of information. On view through January 12, 2013.

Bleicher/Golightly Gallery (Santa Monica)
The event features an exhibition by Elizabeth Yochim of Participlay, which encourages play and offers an interactive experience in which the viewer actively reflects on the art. The show features works by artists including Dave Quick, Gay Summer Rick, Julia Schwartz, Len Poteshman, Lizzy Waronker, Carol Powell, Nancy Larrew, Sky Burchard, Jimmy Stambrandt, and Douglas Alvarez.

Morgan Maclean: Urban Remnants
The Landing (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Morgan Maclean that features mahogany and other wood renderings of  discarded objects, from crumpled bags to industrial refuse, which the artist finds in urban settings. This event is the inaugural exhibition for new gallery space The Landing located inside of Reform Gallery. On view through January 31, 2013.

UCLA Department of Art Undergraduate Scholarship Award Exhibition
UCLA New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
Opening reception for an exhibition by undergraduate recipients of 2012-13 UCLA Department of Art and School of the Arts and Architecture scholarship awards. The show features works by twenty artists including Elizabeth Ahn, Philippe de Sablet, Yasmin Thomas, and Nevin Kallepalli. On view through December 13, 2012.

Once Upon a Bench
A+D Museum (Miracle Mile)
This event features Geographer-at-Large Eames Demetrios’ launch of a new set of Trading Cards from Kcymaerxthaere’s Museum of the Bench Collection. Kcymaerxthaere is a fictional alternate universe of Demetrios’ creation. The event also features a reading of Kcymaerxthaere stories, refreshments and a Kcy Pop-Up Store.

Carla Arocha & Stéphane Schraenen: Looking For Clues
ltd Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
Opening exhibition for a show featuring works by artists Carla Arocha and Stéphane Schraenen that includes digital prints on glass and also features a text by Hamza Walker. On view through January 12, 2013.

Susanne Vielmetter
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
This installment of OCMA’s Third Thursday lecture series features Susanne Vielmetter, who founded contemporary art gallery Los Angeles Projects in 2000. Artists represented include Rodney McMillian, Andrea Bowers, Edgar Arceneaux, Stanya Kahn, Steve Roden, Amy Sillman, Nicole Eisenman, and Wangechi Mutu. This event is free with museum admission and begins with a gallery tour.


RED–A Pop-Up Dinner: Dr. Strangelove
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Patina Restaurant Group and LACMA present RED, a brand new, pop-up dinner series. Drawing inspiration from LACMA’s current Stanley Kubrick exhibition, this dinner and movie series will feature a uniquely themed menu on each date by LACMA’s Executive Chef Jason Fullilove. Guests will enjoy a three-course dinner from Chef CJ Jacobson plus admission to a Stanley Kubrick film for $60 per person; email for tickets.

CRYCLE.: Organized Chaos!
6608 Lexington Ave. (Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist collective CRYCLE. Produced by Fatima Robinson and Rhea Scott, in association with Black Dog Films, Organized Chaos! features an interactive performance art element in addition to other works. On view through December 16, 2012.

Occupy the Mind: Pedagogy, ‘Capitalocentrism’* and the Arts Fantasy
Fisher Gallery at the USC Campus (Downtown)
This event features faculty and students from the Roski School of Fine Art joining together to discuss the implications of Occupy, the movement’s relationship and effect on academia and on the multiple artworlds, and the Capitalocentric nature of our economy.  The panel will be followed by a discussion with the audience. This free discussion is presented as the final event in the SOC(i)AL: Art +People series. 

Paradise Lost: A Project by Dennis Rudolph
Concord (Cypress Park)
This event features an exhibition of an ongoing project by Concord artist in residence Dennis Rudolph, who gives a presentation detailing his exploration of California City and his plan to build a gateway there.

The Artist in Context
Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park)
This free panel discussion considers Carlos Almaraz’s career in critical context of the past and present. The event features moderator Max Benavidez, in addition to Karen Mary Davalos, Patrick Ela, and Suzanne Muchnic. The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled, on view through December 8, 2012.


Gracie Holiday Shop Grand Opening
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
This holiday event features shopping, carols, cookies, and refreshments as the Santa Monica Museum of Art Celebrates the opening of its annual Gracie Holiday Shop. Museum members receive 20 percent off everything in the store, which offers housewares, jewelry, art, games, and more. 

Tim Bradley: California Dwelling and Mark Swope: Foliage
Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for two exhibitions featuring photographs by Tim Bradley and Mark Swope.
Tim Bradley’s exhibition California Dwelling is comprised of color photographs printed in the 1970s and early 80s which reveal historic, unaltered, residential communities in the Glendale area. Mark Swope’s exhibition Foliage showcases black and white photographs which examine the relationship between foliage and architecture in an urban environment. Both shows on view through January 12, 2013.

Bea Fremderman: c,o,n,t,i,n,u,o,u,s & c-o-n-n-e-c-t-e-d,
Aran Cravey (Venice)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by artist Bea Fremderman that features mixed media sculptures, photography, and video work. On view through January 12, 2013.

Hayley Starr: The Quest/First Saturdays Launch
2122 Lincoln Blvd. (Venice)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Hayley Starr. This event is also the launch of The Linc’s (the name for the Lincoln Blvd. stretch of Venice) First Saturdays events, which includes a variety of local stores and galleries hosting events and featuring extended hours.

FRAME Benefit Cocktail Party & Tennis Duels
Los Angeles Tennis Club (Hancock Park)
This tennis invitational and cocktail party presented by FRAME features contemporary artists, curators, critics, gallerists on the courts. This event celebrates and benefits Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy currently on view at LACMA. Tickets are available online and are $100 or $500 to sponsor a match.

Queer Pile-up! Women Together… Fantastic (WTF!)
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
The closing reception for the Third Annual Queer Pile-up! presented by Darin Klein and Friends with Suzanne Wright. WTF! is a salon-style gathering with Eden’s Herbal Soda Co., an Otherwild pop-up shop, Onya Hogan-Finlay, Kim Kelly, Lili Lakich, Dylan Mira, Tara Jane O’Neil and Martha Windahl.

Art Rental & Sales Gallery Fall Exhibition
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for an exhibition by LACMA’s Art Rental & Sales Gallery. The show features works from artists Sarajo Frieden, Molly Larkey, and Barbara Kaleta. Artworks are available to LACMA members for rental and for sale to members and the general public. On view through February 7, 2013.

Richard Misrach: Petrochemical America
Arcana: Books on the Arts (Culver City)
Book signing and launch for Richard Misrach’s book Petrochemical America, which features Misrach’s photographic record of Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor. The photos are accompanied by landscape architect Kate Orff’s Ecological Atlas, a series of speculative drawings developed through research and mapping of data from the region.

Stephanie Taylor: Swam Sea Span and Guy De Cointet
Samuel Freeman (Culver City)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by artist Stephanie Taylor. Swam Sea Span features silkscreen prints, sculpture and song to create a particular narrative of a girl swimming across a channel. The event also features an exhibition of work by French artist Guy de Cointet. Both shows on view through January 12, 2013.

Western Project (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works that explore the myriad associations of the word “bacon.” Bacon features photographs and drawings by artists including Patrick Lee, Bob Mizer, Sheree Rose, John Schlue, Joe Schmelzer, Aaron Sheppard, Arne Svenson, and Wayne White. On view through December 22, 2012.

Lost (in LA)
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
Opening reception for LOST (in LA), which brings together approximately 60 works by established and emerging artists from France and Los Angeles. Curated by Marc-Olivier Wahler and presented by the France Los Angeles Exchange (FLAX), the works featued in Lost (in LA) are inspired by the television series Lost. On view through January 27, 2013. After the opening, there is an after-party and screening of films by artist Julien Prévieux at Public Fiction from 8-11pm.

LOST (in LA) After-Party and Screening
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
Presented in conjunction with the opening day of the exhibition Lost (in LA), this after party event features screenings of films by artists including Louidgi Beltrame, Jean Marc Chapoulie, and Jochen Dehn. The event is also a launch party for the Lost Issue journal. Exhibition on view through January 27, 2013.

Echo Park Pottery
Echo X Park Artist Studio (Echo Park)
This sale features pottery by Echo Park-native Peter Shire; works include various dishware and are sold once or twice a year at the artist’s studio. The event continues on Sunday, December 2 from 2-5pm.

Unique LA Holiday Show
The California Market Center’s Penthouse (Downtown)
This weekend holiday event is the largest independent design show in the country and features goods from more than 350 hand-selected designers and artists and includes food, music, cocktails, crafting workshops, and a photo booth. Admission is $10, includes a tote bag, and unlimited entry for both days. Ticket are available online.

The Box (Downtown)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Judith Bernstein, Wally Hedrick, Michael Henderson, and Lee Lozano. The pieces in this show date from 1959-2012. On view through January 26, 2013.

Rosha Yaghmai
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Rosha Yaghmai. This small-scale Tif’s Desk event, which happens on and around the desk of gallery Director Tif Sigfrids, features a variety of Yaghmai’s works. On view through December 22, 2012. 

Nicholas Pittman
Jancar Jones Gallery (Chinatown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Nicholas Pittman. The show features recently made paintings and furnishings. On view through January 5, 2013.

Third Space
Wilfred Yang Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Annie Danis, Elizabeth Sonenberg, Erin Schneider, and Katie Bachler. Third Space explores the socio-spatial production of place through the mapping, performance, and documentation of lived experience in downtown Los Angeles. The event includes a walking tour from 3-5pm and a performance and reception from 5-8pm. Open by appointment through December 5, 2012.

Jordan Wolfson: Raspberry Poser
REDCAT (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition by New York-based artist Jordon Wolfson that features a synthesis of digital video, computer-generated imagery, and hand-drawn animation. The works touch upon and undermine the gravity of themes including life, death, and love. On view through January 27, 2013.

Never Built: Los Angeles Fundraiser
521 Grand Avenue (South Pasadena)
This fundraising events benefits Never Built: Los Angeles, opening at A+D Museum in March of 2013. The exhibition looks at the “what if” of Los Angeles and includes drawings, models, videos and other media portraying visionary works that had the potential to reshape the city. The event includes a silent auction and refreshments. Advance tickets are $50 and available online.


Cage at UCLA
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
This free, day long event is a celebration of the 100th Anniversary of composer John Cage’s birth. Co-presented by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the program includes musical performances, lectures on Cage’s work, legacy, and personal life by various UCLA professors, a panel discussion on Cage’s legacy in music, and a reception.

Cambodian Shop Signs: A Gift to the Fowler Museum from Joel G. Montague
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring twenty-five hand-painted shop signs from Cambodia. These pieces provide a window into the brief period in the 1990s when private enterprise in Cambodia bloomed but had not yet come under the sway of international business interests and mass-produced advertising. Admission is free. On view through March 31, 2013.

Unique LA Holiday Show
The California Market Center’s Penthouse (Downtown)
This weekend holiday event is the largest independent design show in the country and features goods from more than 350 hand-selected designers and artists and includes food, music, cocktails, crafting workshops and a photo booth. Admission is $10, includes a tote bag, and unlimited entry for both days. Ticket are available online.

Claudia Kleefeld: In Patterns of Nature: The Spiral and Interconnectedness
LA Artcore Brewery Annex (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition by LA-based artist Claudia Kleefeld that explores the sacred form of  the spiral via religion, science, math, forms of nature, and indigenous cultures. The show includes paintings, found nature objects, and a book installation. On view through December 30, 2012.

Last Chance: Zaha Hadid Architects: Pleated Shell Structures
SCI-Arc Gallery (Downtown)
Final day of an installation featuring the work of architect Zaha Hadid and her architectural firm that explores the ambitions and complexities of scale, digital design systems and delivery mechanisms of contemporary architectural practices.

Echo Park Pottery
Echo X Park Artist Studio (Echo Park)
This event features an exhibition of pottery by cottage pottery Echo Park Pottery at Echo X Park Artist Studio. Works include various dishware and are sold once or twice a year at the studio of artist and Echo Park native Peter Shire.

210 South Rafael Ave. (Pasadena)
This family friendly craft fair features art projects, food trucks, music, and more. The event is a benefit for the LilySarahGraceFund, which supports arts programs in public schools. Tickets are $25 and available online.


Jason Schmidt: Some Los Angeles Artists
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
This exhibition features a series of portraits by artist Jason Schmidt.  Some Los Anglees Artists features 23 images, taken from Schimidt’s series of 500, that portray various Los Angeles-based artists who work in an array of disciplines. On view through March 18, 2013.


The Bartzabel Working: A performance by Brian Butler
L&M Arts (Venice)
This event features a performance by filmmaker and artist Brian Butler. The Bartzabel Working is based on a ceremonial evocation of the spirit of Mars first written and performed in London in 1910 by British occultist Aleister Crowley. The event features performances from Butler, Henry Hopper, Noot Seear, and James Franco and is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition current exhibition For the Martian Chronicles. A set by DJ Eddie Ruscha and a choreographed performance by Nana Ghana and Future Eyes follow the performance.


A Bell is a Cup Book Launch
Ooga Booga (Chinatown)
This event is a book launch for Matt Connors’ new book A Bell is a Cup, published by Rainoff books. The publication presents the first comprehensive gathering of Connors’ work to date and includes texts by Peter Eleey, Michel Leiris, Gertrude Stein and Jack Spicer.

Cristina Victor: L.A. Novela Special
Thank You For Coming (Glendale)
L.A. Novela Special is a multi-faceted performance piece by interdisciplinary artist Cristina Victor, as her alter-ego Miami. The event features a rotating taste menu of “authentic” dishes while simultaneously being immersed in a fictional storyline. This installation goes through Saturday, December 8 and is the inaugural event for gallery space Thank You For Coming.

Philippe Mayaux, Night City, 2011-2012, Tempera on canvas, Private collection, Paris, courtesy of galerie Loevenbruck. Photo by F.Gousset