ForYourArt selects the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 3
Artist Talk: Sterling Ruby
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Sterling Ruby, known for his biomorphic ceramic sculptures, nail polish drawings, and different forms of collage, discusses the impact of the works in the current exhibition Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962 on art dialogue. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kinetic Films of Len Lye
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This screening event showcases 13 films by New Zealander Len Lye. A pioneer of abstract animation, Lye was one of the first filmmakers to treat film as an artistic medium. This event is presented in conjunction with the closing weekend of Drawing Surrealism. Free tickets are available online.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4
Donald Martiny: Recent Paintings
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Donald Martiny that includes single-color works in polymer medium with dispersed pigment. On view through February 2, 2013.
First Fridays featuring Lord Huron
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
The first installment of the Natural History Museum’s First Fridays music and lecture series includes a discussion on archeology by Dr. Kirk Johnson and music from L.A.-based band Lord Huron. Wildcat! Wildcat! also performs. Tickets are $12 and available online.
An Evening With Christopher Nolan
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
A screening of Christopher Nolan’s 1998 debut film Following followed by a discussion with the director moderated by Film Independent at LACMA curator, Elvis Mitchell. This event is presented as part of the Film Independent at LACMA film series. Tickets are $20.
Film Screening: Lust for Life
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
Screening of the award-winning film Lust for Life directed by Vincente Minnelli and featuring Kirk Douglas as artist Vincent van Gogh and Anthony Quinn’s Academy Award winning portrayal of Paul Gauguin. Program is free with museum admission.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5
Del Aire Public Fruit Tree Orchard Dedication
12601 S. Isis Ave. (Hawthorne)
Public dedication of the The Del Aire Fruit Park, is a civic art commission designed to provide the community with an urban orchard that will be sustained, nurtured and harvested by the public. The Fruit Park was planted and by artist collective Fallen Fruit. It is a project of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Civic Art Program and the first of its kind in California.
Patrick Nickell: Letting Go
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Los Angeles-based sculptor Patrick Nickell. Letting Go is comprised of color saturated large tabletop sculptures. On view through February 2, 2013.
Cathy Daley: New Work
Edward Cella Art+Architecture (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for a series of black oil pastel drawings of dresses and gestural silhouettes on vellum by artist Cathy Daley. On view through February 23, 2013.
Apples and 1:1
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two shows. Apples is an exhibition of fifteen collaborative, wall-mounted sculptures by Eben Goff and Rowan Wood. 1:1 includes new, computer generated works by Theo Michael, Jon Rafman, Travess Smalley, and Kate Steciw. On view through February 2, 2013.
Andrew DeGraff and Bennett Slater
Gallery 1988 Melrose (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition by artists Andrew DeGraff & Bennett Slater. Slater debuts new pop culture influenced paintings while DeGraff shows new original pieces and prints from his movie-inspired map series. On view through January 28, 2012.
Akina Cox: When We Arrive at Home and Matt Wardell: Hair On My Tongue (No Seas Cabrón)
Commonwealth & Council (Koreatown)
Opening reception for two exhibitions. Akina Cox’s When We Arrive at Home includes a new video work, Amazon Solitaire, and writings. Matt Wardell’s Hair On My Tongue (No Seas Cabrón) archives and surveys a collection of personal and collective images. Both shows on view through January 19, 2012.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6
Last Chance: Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective
Closing day of the retrospective exhibition featuring over 100 works by the prolific Los Angeles ceramics artist Kenneth Price (1935-2012). Designed by architect Frank O. Gehry, the exhibition traces the development of Price’s sculptural practice from his luminously glazed ovoid forms to his suggestive, molten-like slumps, positioning him within the larger narrative of modern American sculpture.
Art Lecture: “Caravaggio and Optics”
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This free event features Italian scholar and conservation expert Roberta Lapucci discussing the work and techniques of Caravaggio. Lapucci has written extensively on topics including the science of light and Caravaggio’s working methods, particularly during the latter years of his career. The discussion is presented in conjunction with the current exhibition Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
Artist Talk: Lucy Raven “Low Relief”
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Artist Lucy Raven offers an illustrated lecture that investigates depictions of spatial depth and the roots of 3-D image making. The talk is presented in conjunction with Hammer Projects: Lucy Raven.
Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson
The Village at the Gay & Lesbian Center (Hollywood)
Reception for an exhibition featuring paintings by artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, who was committed to an asylum in 1927 at the age of 57. Wilkinson’s work was discovered in a trunk four decades later. On view through January 19, 2012.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
“Working with Mapplethorpe”
Getty Center (Brentwood)
This free discussion event features a group of photographers, critics, and models who worked directly with Robert Mapplethorpe discussing the methods, goals, and personality of the artist. Panelists include former studio assistant Brian English; photographer Judy Linn, and Robert Sherman, model for one of Mapplethorpe’s most celebrated works. The discussion is moderated by writer and critic Philip Gefter. The event is presented in conjunction with the Getty Center’s current exhibition In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe.
Engagement Party Book Launch
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire (Miracle Mile)
This book launch event celebrates Engagement Party: Social Practice at MOCA, 2008–2010, a fully illustrated examination of works created during the run of program. It is the first museum publication to take an in depth look at the emerging discipline of social practice in the visual arts. The 240-page catalogue is available for $30.
Eben Goff + Rowan Wood. Burn, 2012. Paper, glass and wood, 30 x 26 inches, courtesy of Steve Turner Contemporary.