PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Valentine’s Day with Andy Martinez
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
6pm
This free event features jazz singer Andy Martinez performing classic tunes from the American songbook as well as a selection of Bossa Nova. This event is presented as part of the Museum’s Fowler Out Loud performance series.

Lucie Fontaine: I ♥ Lucie
Various Small Fires (Venice) and Anat Ebgi (Culver City)
6-8pm
Two opening reception for a two part exhibition by French artist Lucie Fontaine. In I ♥ Lucie, Fontaine has conceived a series of two-part artworks; each of the works has been divided into halves, one half being shown at Anat Ebgi and the other half at Various Small Fires.

Spring Street Parklets Celebration
Spring Street (Downtown)
4pm
This event celebrates the two new parklets on Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles. The urban parks occupy the length of two metered parking spaces and feature exercise bikes, a foosball table, and a variety of seating. The grand opening of the parklets happens during the the Downtown Art from 4-5pm with a reception following the event at nearby bar The Falls.

Hiroaki Umeda: Haptic and Holistic Strata
REDCAT (Downtown)
8:30pm
This event is the  U.S. premiere of two companion works by Tokyo-based choreographer and video artist Hiroaki Umeda. Presented as part of The Sharon Disney Lund Dance Series and performed by Umeda, Haptic and Holistic Strata features butoh, ballet and hip-hop dancing set to complex video and lighting effects. Tickets are $20. Performances daily through February 16.

Art After Hours
Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
5-11pm
The Pomona College Museum of Art extends its hours for an evening of art and music. Current exhibitions include Kirsten Everberg’s In a Grove and Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice. Native Fauna & Touche  perform. This event is free.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair Opening Preview Party
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
6-9pm
Opening night party for the second annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair. This three day show features more than fifty national and international exhibitors showing more than a thousand works of contemporary art. The event includes a tribute to Arts Patron of the Year honoree Helene Galen. Tickets are $125, include three access to the event and are available online.

Palm Springs Modernism Week
Various Locations (Palm Springs)
Opening day of Modernism Week, an 11-day celebration of the mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture of Palm Springs. Modernism Week features events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and parties in a variety of mid-century modern homes. Through Sunday, February 24. 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15

*The Mary Ruefle Poetry reading is on Friday, February 22

This Will Destroy That!
Design Matters (Santa Monica)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works analyzing the culture of posters in Los Angeles. This Will Destroy That! explores the city’s paradoxical relationship with public space and the poster’s place, meaning, and relevance within it. This show is curated by Davey Whitcraft and Hazel Mandujano. On view through March 16, 2013.

Amy Sarkisian: Bluster Bust
Weekend (Los Feliz)
7-10pm
Opening reception for Bluster Bust, a solo exhibition of recent work by Los Angeles-based artist Amy Sarkisian. In this exhibition, Amy presents an installation comprised of sculpture and 2-D work that continues her exploration of the formal, abject, and humorous. On view through March 10, 2013.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
10am-8pm
The second annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair features more than fifty national and international exhibitors showing more than a thousand works of contemporary art. The three day fair includes tours, artist lectures, and parties. Tickets begin at $25 and are available online. Through Sunday, February 17, 2013.

SATURDAY, FEBURARY 16

Dean Styers: Preservation Through Neglect
James Gray Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Dean Styers featuring images of people and objects in unclear contexts that are undermined by text. On view through March 12, 2013.

The Art of Literature
b/G Gallery (Santa MOnica)
7:30-9:30pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works inspired by great works of literature including contemporary paintings based on the works of Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Dante, and more. On view through March 5, 2013.

Johannes Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter
Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-9pm
Opening day of an exhibition presenting Vermeer’s 1663-64 painting Women in Blue Reading a Letter. Recently restored, the painting is on view for six weeks as a special loan from Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. This exhibition marks the first appearance of this painting in the western United States. Through March 31, 2013.

Work/Space
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition of recent work by artists Phillip Estlund, Kirsten Kindler, and Katie Sinnott. Architecture and the use found materials are primary components in these artists works. On view through March 16, 2013.

Okay Mountain: Long Plays
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Austin-based artist collective, Okay Mountain. Long Plays” delves into the collective’s observations about the calculated fluidity between entertainment, commodities, and advertising through media including video, sculpture, photography, and drawing. An exhibition by David Ryan is presented in the Gallery’s project space. On view through March 16, 2013.

Wayne White: Masterworks 2000 – 2009
Western Project (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a survey of works by Los Angeles-based artist Wayne White. Masterworks is comprised of selected paintings and works on paper from the first ten years of White’s signature word paintings. On view through March 30, 2013.

I Believe in Unicorns, Too!
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by more than fifty artists. The illustrations, paintings, sculptures, and animations in I Believe in Unicorns, Too! explore subject matter that is fantastical and enchanting. On view through March 23, 2013.

XEROX: Barbara T. Smith 1965-66 
The Box (Downtown)
6-9pm
Opening reception for a an exhibition of vintage Xerox prints by Los Angeles-based artist Barbara T. Smith. Works include one large group of bound Xerox books entitled Coffins and an unbound poetry set that includes five individual folders labelled Joy, Rebellion, Sorrow, The Mystery, and Child Voice.This is the first time that these works have been seen in over 40 years. On view through March 23, 2013

Shadowkings: Nathan Danilowicz
RAID Projects (Downtown)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Nathan Danilowicz, whose practice examines the intersection of art and mysticism. The sculptures and paintings in Shadowkings explore the hidden power influences that commingle throughout society. On view through March 23, 2013.

Sunghong Min: Overlapping Sensibilities
Sabina Lee Gallery (Chinatown)
6-9pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by San Francisco-based artist Sunghong Min incorporating installation and painting. On view through March 16, 2013.

Nery Gabriel Lemus: A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
7-10pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of multidisciplinary work by Nery Gabriel Lemus. A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich explores domestic issues manifest in society at large with a focus on the positive and negative influence adult men have over young boys. On view through March 30, 2013.

Lust Letters
Coagula Curatorial (Chinatown)
7-11pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition exploring the juncture where literature and fine art meet with longings of the flesh. Lust Letters features paintings, photographs and mixed media works from Tim Youd, Gajin Fujita, Erica Rawlings. and Bruce Richards.

Michelle Carla Handel: Heart on Top of My Head
MorYork (Highland Park)
6-9pm
In Heart on Top of My Head, artist Michelle Carla Handel attempts render both the science and mystery of  human emotion, particularly love. These ideas are investigated through an immersive installation that represents our physical bodies and intangible emotions. This one day event is presented by ShoeboxLA, which gives Los Angeles artists an opportunity to do a site-specific exhibition outside the traditional gallery setting.

Never Built Fundraiser
Private Residence (Joshua Tree)
2:30pm-Sunset
This afternoon event kicks of Palm Springs Modernism week with a reception at the Joshua Tree home of Tim Disney. The event is a fundraiser for the upcoming A+D Museum exhibition Never Built: Los Angeles, which presents never built architectural plans by artists including Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright. The event includes a discussion between Never Built curators Sam Lubell and Greg Goldin. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
10am-8pm
The second annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair features more than fifty national and international exhibitors showing more than a thousand works of contemporary art. The three day fair includes tours, artist lectures, and parties. Tickets begin at $25 and are available online. Through Sunday, February 17, 2013.

James Luna Performs Native Stories
Palm Court Arts Complex (Irvine)
7:30-8:30pm
Artist James Luna explores his personal history and cultural stereotypes through a free performance of his work Native Stories. With costume, dance, and ritual, the show tells the story of an Orange County in which Native American grandparents share tales of Luna’s ancestry. An audience Q & A session moderated by Richard Stein, Executive Director of Arts Orange County follows the performance.

Adrià Julià: Campus
Todd Madigan Gallery (Bakersfield)
2-4pm
As part of CSUB’s artist in residence program, students have spent six weeks working alongside Los Angeles-based artist Adrià Julià exploring and deciphering the physical, historical and social constructs of the campus. From this study, Julià and the students have deciphered their own histories and revealed them in photo, prose, and video. On view through March 9, 2013.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17

L.A. Zine Fest
Ukrainian Cultural Center, The Moth Theatre, and HRLDRY (Hollywood)
11am-5pm
This day long festival celebrates zine culture with events including zinester speed-dating, lectures, and panel discussions from a variety of writers, comedians, and artists. The event is spread throughout three locations and features more than 80 exhibitors including Pop-Hop Books and Print, Invincible Summer, and Big Hands. 

Piñatas: Recreational Items From Unfortunate Events
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
2-5pm
Artist Sarah Bay Williams presents the concluding event of the Hammer installation Game Room. Visitors are invited to destroy a number of papier maché piñatas crafted by Williams. Each piñata represents an unfortunate historical or contemporary event involving a game or a competition. One of the piñatas will be destroyed by volunteer every half hour from 2-5pm.

Travis Diehl: Walk Through Walls
Human Resources (Chinatown)
6pm
Closing reception of Travis Diehl’s Walk Through Walls, a video work projected on the gallery walls beginning on February 15, 2013. The work features images of Death Valley and explores the concepts of  American phenomenology, tourism and cinema. The event includes an artist presentation and Q&A at 6pm.

Joyce Kozloff Artist Talk
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
4pm
Artist Joyce Kozloff leads a walk through of her exhibition Other Geographies on the final day of the show. The exhibition includes works on paper made during the past three years. Closing reception to follow.

Richard Jackson: Ain’t Painting a Pain
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
11am-5pm
Opening reception for the first retrospective of contemporary painter Richard Jackson. A series of room-sized installations of site-specific wall paintings, painted environments, monumental stacked canvases, and anthropomorphic painting “machines.” Ain’t Painting a Pain features major works never before seen in the United States, including a sculpture conceived early in Jackson’s career but never built and a major new work completed in 2012. On view through May 5, 2013.

Palm Springs Fine Art Fair
Palm Springs Convention Center (Palm Springs)
10am-6pm
The second annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair features more than fifty national and international exhibitors showing more than a thousand works of contemporary art. The three day fair includes tours, artist lectures, and parties. Tickets begin at $25 and are available online. Through Sunday, February 17, 2013.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Leonard Edmondson: Art of Discovery
CSUN Art Galleries (Northridge)
12-4pm
This exhibition brings together five decades worth of paintings and prints by Leonard Edmondson. Renowned for work as a printmaker Edmondson used a wide variety of media throughout his career. Art of Discovery includes paintings, watercolors, etchings, and screenprints. On view through March 23, 2013.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Slavs and Tatars Friendship of Nations: Polish Shi’ite Showbiz
REDCAT (Downtown)
12-6pm
This exhibition examines the unlikely points of convergence in Poland and Iran’s economic, social, political, religious and cultural histories. Slavs and Tatars, an international collective of artists, designers and writers, present a range of sculptural objects, woven tapestries, lecture performances, and photographic murals that address how the two countries’ respective efforts toward self-determination have shaped the larger geopolitical landscape. On view through March 24, 2013.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Islamophobia
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
This free discussion features civil rights attorney Brian Levin, Rabbi Sarah Bassin, and Ali Mir, director of Muslim Student Life at USC, discussing the phenomenon of religious intolerance in the United States. The event is presented as part of the Hammer Forum series, which addresses current social and political issues, and is moderated by journalist Ian Masters.

Image:
Lucie Fontaine’s I ♥ Lucie at Anat Ebgi, courtesy of the artist and Anat Ebgi.