PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
7-9pm
Opening night of Art Los Angeles Contemporary. Now in its fourth year, the fair presents 70 international and emerging galleries with a focus on Los Angeles galleries. Programming includes artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions, and various film screening and performance series. The fair continues through January 27, 2013. Tickets… On Sunday, January 27 from 12-5pm check out Sunday Service with Guru Rugu, the host of KCHUNG Radio’s Experimental Meditation Hour and official chaplain of Art Los Angeles Contemporary; Guru Rugu is available to pray for artists, dealers, and collectors in need.

Lecture: Catherine Opie
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
A free lecture by photographer and UCLA Department of Art professor Catherine Opie. Opie’s exhibition Twelve Miles to the Horizon is currently on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The discussion is presented as part of the UCLA Department of Art lecture series.

Back to Back Theatre: Ganesh Versus the Third Reich
Freud Playhouse (Westwood)
8pm
Australia’s Back to Back Theatre company, an ensemble of actors with disabilities, presents Ganesh Versus the Third Reich. This play tell the story of the central hero’s adventure through Nazi Germany to reclaim the ancient Hindu symbol being exploited as the swastika. Tickets begin at $40 and are available online.

Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
This screening of Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters depicts the photographer’s process, especially as Crewdson works on his series Beneath the Roses. A Q&A with Crewdson, director/producer/cinematographer Ben Shapiro, and writer Jonathan Lethem to follow. This event is presented as part of Film Independent at LACMA screening series. Tickets are $10 and available online.

Barbara Bush on LA><ART by Martha Wilson
LA><ART (Culver City)
6:30pm
This event features a performance by Martha Wilson, who is known for her impersonations of first ladies. For this event, Wilson performs as Barbara Bush. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Martha Wilson, opening Saturday, January 26 at Pitzer College Art Galleries.

L.A. Art Show
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
11am-7pm
Opening day of the 18th annual Los Angeles Art Show. This fair showcases four sections of work including modern and contemporary, historic and traditional, vintage posters, and prints. It also includes showcases from more than 100 galleries and programming including lectures, tours, special exhibits, and the discussion series Dialogs LA. Admission begins at $15 and tickets are available online. Through January 27, 2012.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
11am-7pm
Art Los Angeles Contemporary is the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast. The fourth annual fair presents 70 top international and emerging galleries with a focus on Los Angeles galleries. Programming includes artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions, and various film screening and performance series. Through January 27, 2013.

Davide Balula
Francois Ghebaly Gallery (Culver City)
6-9pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Davide Balula. The works on display are manifestations of the artist’s measurement of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed arcing wall at the Guggenheim museum in New York. Each is an exact replication of a fraction of the wall. The event includes a performance at 8:45pm. On view through March 2, 2013.

Boyle Heights: Arte Vida y Amor
LAC+USC  Medical Village (Lincoln Heights)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by artists who have lived, loved, worked, and played in Boyle Heights. Featured artists include Barbara Carrasco, David Botello, Fabian Debora, George Yepes, Gronk, Jon Measures, Jose Ramirez, John Carlos De Luna, and Linda Arreola. On view through March 30, 2013. For more information call 323-258-1435.

L.A. Art Show
LA Convention Center (Downtown)
11-7pm
Now in its 18th year, the 2013 L.A. Art Show  showcases four sections of work: The Modern & Contemporary Section, The Historic & Traditional Section, The Vintage Poster Section and The IFPDA Los Angeles Print Fair. The event includes showcases from more than 100 galleries and programming including lectures, tours, special exhibits, parties and the discussion series Dialogs LA. Admission Through January 27, 2012.

Winged Host
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
8-9:30pm
The MIA screening series presents a selection of ten experimental films and video art projects on the topic of memory. Movies are by a group of ten international filmmakers. Suggested $5 donation at the door.

Stupid Pills presents: Aurgasm #1 – The Attack of the Drones
Hyperion Tavern (Silverlake)
7pm-12am
Archie Carey debuts an original crescendo of otherworldly sounds (accompanied by David Duncan, experimental bagpiper). Listeners are invited to contemplate aerial vs. aural drones over beer and cake. Doors at 7pm, performance at 8:45pm. Free.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

Ma Prochaine Vie
Location with RSVP
9am-12pm
Courtesy, the new roaming art gallery conceived by Paris-based curator Isabelle Le Normand, unveil its 10-day inaugural show in Los Angeles with events at three locations throughout the city. The final and third segment is held at the home of collector and artist Danny First. Please RSVP by e-mailing welcome@courtesy.la for the address. The show features over forty artists including Scoli Acosta, Michel Blazy, Zoe Crosher, and Jennifer West. Through January 27, 2013.

Tara Geer: when we are at sea in the evidence
Aran Cravey (Venice)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of drawings by Tara Geer. The works in “when we are at sea in the evidence” explore the concept of visual experience and actively seeing. On view through March 10, 2013.

Interactionism: Metamorphosis
Trunk Gallery (Venice)
6pm-12am
Opening reception for a group show featuring installation and video art. This show is the third installment of Interactionism, a series of events in which the gallery space is transformed into an interactive experience. On view through February 23, 2013.

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
11am-7pm
The fourth annual fair presents 70 international and emerging galleries with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. Programming includes artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions,  and various film screening and performance series. Through January 27, 2013.

Astrid Preston: New Territory
Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
4-6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Astrid Preston. New Territory includes paintings on wood and linen that are influenced by traditional Japanese painting and the Japanese embrace of nature. On view through March 2, 2013.

Sarah Cromarty: Tyger, Tyger
MJ Briggs/ Anna Meliksetian Gallery (Mid-City)
6-9pm
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Sarah Cromarty. The paintings in Tyger Tyger depict a fantastical world of wizards and talismans. The show’s central piece is a large free standing work that incorporates elements of painting and sculpture. On view through March 2, 2013.

Carter Mull
Marc Foxx (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist Carter Mull. The works in this show are based on the Joan Didion quote “We live entirely  by the imposition of a narrative line upon disparate images, by the ‘ideas’ with which we have learned to freeze the shifting phantasmagoria which is our actual experience.” On view through March 2, 2013.

Social Fabric and Scratching the Surface 
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
6-9pm
Opening reception for two shows. Social Fabric is an exhibition of seven contemporary artists who confront the problems of mass production and consumption through fiber-based art that incorporates social engagement and public interaction. Scratching the Surface: Contemporary Wood Sculpture features works by nine contemporary artists that work with the naturally occurring textures and irregularities of wood. Both shows on view through May 5, 2013.

Austin Irving: Caves
Silverlake Art Company (Silverlake)
6-10pm
The event is a one night exhibition of works by photographer Austin Irving. Caves is guest curated by Daniel Rolnik, and the event is sponsored by Rutherford Grove Winery. On view by appointment through February 3rd.

Role-Play
Cirrus Gallery (Downtown)
6pm
This event features screenings of video works by artists Mark Briggs, Erica Eyres, Alex Gross, Anna Mields, Jennifer Moon, David Snyder, and Patricia Valencia. Each piece includes a performance by the artist who created it.

Sean Townley: The Mocking Hand
Night Gallery (Downtown)
8-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Townley. The sculptural work in The Mocking Hand explore the concepts of anachronism and linear time. This event is the inaugural exhibition at Night Gallery’s new downtown warehouse space. On view through February 24, 2013.

Derek Boshier: 1962
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by British pop artist Derek Boshier. On view through March 9, 2013.

L.A. Art Show
LA Convention Center (Downtown)
11-7pm
Now in its 18th year, the 2013 L.A. Art Show  showcases four sections of work: The Modern & Contemporary Section, The Historic & Traditional Section, The Vintage Poster Section and The IFPDA Los Angeles Print Fair. The event includes showcases from more than 100 galleries and programming including lectures, tours, special exhibits, parties and the discussion series Dialogs LA. Admission Through January 27, 2012.

Poetic Codings
Fellows of Contemporary Art (Downtown)
7-9pm
Opening reception for an exhibition exploring the relationship between art and technology. Participating artists John Carpenter, Erik Loyer, Casey Reas, and Jody Zellen present works on flatscreen displays, projections, interactive installations, and iPad apps. On view through March 30, 2013.

Orion Shepherd: The Poseidon Adventure
Jancar Jones Gallery (Downtown)
6-9pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by Los Angeles-based artist Orion Shepherd. The show will include paintings, assemblage, and xerox prints. On view through February 23, 2013.

Andy Warhol: Polaroids
Luckman Fine Arts Complex (El Sereno)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring many of the Polaroids Andy Warhol took throught the 1970s and ‘80s. Subjects include celebrities, unknown individuals, and objects. Many of these photos served as inspiration for Warhol’s later paintings and silkscreens. On view through March 23, 2013.

Degas’s Most Radical Sculpture: New Thoughts on The Little Dancer Aged Fourteen
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
4-5pm
This lecture by Richard Kendall, Curator at Large, Clark Art Institute, focuses on Degas’s sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. The conversation to focus on why the sculpture remains enigmatic in respect to Degas’s larger creative practice. Free with museum admission.

Museum Free-For-All
Locations and Times Vary
This two day event offers free admission to 19 Los Angeles art institutions including the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Hammer Museum, The Autry, LACMA and more. The museums feature art, cultural heritage, natural history, science, and more. The event continues on Sunday, January 27, 2013.

Kirsten Everberg: In a Grove
Pomona College Museum of Art (Claremont)
5-7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Kirsten Everberg. In a Grove features four new paintings based on Everberg’s exploration of the 1950 Japanese crime drama Rashomon by filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. On view through April 14, 2013.

Martha Wilson and Tannaz Farsi: Crowd Control
Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont)
2-4pm
Opening reception for two shows. Martha Wilson is a traveling exhibition focusing on feminism, activism, and collaborative practice drawn from four decades of Wilson’s conceptual-based photography and video art. The works in Tannaz Farsi’s Crowd Control explore activity surrounding cultural uprisings.  Both shows on view through March 22, 2013.

A Handful of Dust
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
6:30-8pm
Opening reception for a group show curated by Laura Fried. A Handful of Dust features new works by Mark Hagen, Jay Heikes, Matt Hoyt, Erin Shirreff, Ricky Swallow, Zin Taylor, and Allyson Vieira. On view through March 24, 2013.

Water, Water Everywhere: Paean to a Vanishing Resource
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
12:30-8pm
This daylong screening event from the MIA screening series features the traveling exhibition, Water, Water Everywhere. This film festival is comprised of 30-second to 30-minute films from forty-five international artists. The films explore water issues, from the political to the personal, through documentary, experimental, educational, humorous, solemn, animated and acted videos.

Eric Gill: Iconographer
Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University (Playa Vista)
3-6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by late British artist Eric Gill. Iconographer features over 100 prints, sculptures, writings, and more, and the event includes a curator’s lecture. On view through March 24, 2013.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 27

Art Los Angeles Contemporary
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
11am-6pm
Art Los Angeles Contemporary IS the International Contemporary Art fair of the West Coast. The fourth annual fair presents 70 top international and emerging galleries with a strong focus on Los Angeles galleries. Programming includes artist talks, museum curator led panel discussions,  and various film screening and performance series. Through January 27, 2013.

Sunday Service: Guru Rugu at ALAC
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
12-5pm
Guru Rugu, the host of KCHUNG Radio’s Experimental Meditation Hour and official chaplain of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, is available to pray for artists, dealers, and collectors in need. His services range from personal mantras to the laying-on of texts, as well as sonic and energetic healings. This event is presented by East of Borneo at Art Los Angeles Contemporary.

Conference: From Ancient Persia to Contemporary LA: 2,700 Years of Iranian Jewish History
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
10am-5:30pm
Organized in conjunction with the exhibition Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews, this free day-long conference brings together distinguished scholars to examine topics including religions and cultures in ancient Persia, religious minorities under Shiite Islamic rule, and contemporary issues of identity and culture, including women in Iran and the Jewish-Persian diaspora.

L.A. Art Show
LA Convention Center (Downtown)
11-7pm
Now in its 18th year, the 2013 L.A. Art Show  showcases four sections of work: The Modern & Contemporary Section, The Historic & Traditional Section, The Vintage Poster Section and The IFPDA Los Angeles Print Fair. The event includes showcases from more than 100 galleries and programming including lectures, tours, special exhibits, parties and the discussion series Dialogs LA. Admission The show closes today.

Museum Free-For-All
Locations and Times Vary
This two day event offers free admission to 19 Los Angeles art institutions including the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Hammer Museum, The Autry, LACMA and more. The museums feature art, cultural heritage, natural history, science, and more.

Geo Wyeth: I Am Serious Man
Human Resources (Chinatown)
7pm
This installation event also includes a performance by New York-based artist Narcissister. Doors at 7pm, show starts at 8:00pm. The gallery will be open from 12 – 5pm on January 25-26 for visitors to interact with the installation’s sculptural element. $5 suggested donation at the door.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29

Caravaggio
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles (Westwood)
6:30pm
In conjunction with LACMA’s current exhibition Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy and the screening series Cinema After Caravaggio, the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles presents the 2007 feature film Caravaggio, directed by Angelo Longoni and shot by Vitorio Storaro. Presented in Italian with English subtitles.

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30

Dialogues: Art/Architecture, Paris/Los Angeles
Schindler House at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
This reception event and exhibition preview features a panel discussion with Fritz Haeg, Marie Jager, Alice Konitz, Ivette Soler, Oscar Tuazon, and moderator Jan Tumlir. The event is the first in the five part Dialogues series, which brings together artists and architects to share their experiences and ideas. The series goes through April and includes events at The Schindler House and ForYourArt.

Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851–1939
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7pm
This discussion event features Catherine Futter of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City discussing recent research that breaks new ground in its exploration of innovation in decorative arts. The talk focuses on the ingenuity and craftsmanship of decorative arts made for world’s fairs between 1851 and 1939. Admission is $20.

SAVE THE DATE

The LA><ART Ungala 
Empress Pavilion Banquet Hall (Chinatown)
Thursday, March 14 | 7-11pm
LA><ART and its collaborating artists present an evening of cocktails, dim sum, music, and performances. Tickets begin at $150 and are available at ungala@laxart.org.

Image:
Mocking Hand, Sean Townley, 2013, courtesy of Night Gallery