ForYourArt selects the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
Richard Prince: Cowboys
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception a collection by New York-based artist Richard Prince. The series features iconic Western cowboy imagery produced for the advertising industry and explores its relationship to the mass media as well as evolving reprographic technologies. On view through April 6, 2013.
Art After Hours
Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
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. Hip Hop Duo LightningCloud perform. This event is free.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
Mary Ruefle: Who Is the Poet In Your Life?
Powell Library Rotunda at UCLA (Westwood)
CAP at UCLA presents a free reading by poet Mary Ruefle followed by a Q&A and reception. Ruefle has published ten books of poetry, a book of prose, and a comic book. This reading is presented as part of the Who Is the Poet In Your Life? event series.
Nick van Woert: No Man’s Land
OHWOW (West Hollywood)
Opening reception for a new body of work featuring ten paintings and a large installation piece by Brooklyn-based artist Nick van Woert. No Man’s Land focuses on the natural environment, material chemistry, and the progress of civilization. On view through
Wilfred Yang Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for an exhibition of ceramics by artist Sasha Feldman. Feldman has shown work in New York, Chicago, and Medellin and holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Stupid Pills presents: The Roy Scheider Film Festival and Honors
Hyperion Tavern (Silverlake)
Artist forum Stupid Pills presents an evening of the work of 1970s actor Roy Scheider. The night includes screenings of three Scheider films, The Outside Man, Sorcerer, and All That Jazz. This event is free.
Steven L. Anderson: Power Plant
Monte Vista Projects (Highland Park)
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings, drawing, video, and performances by artist Steven L. Anderson. Power Plant is a collection of strategies for charging, releasing, projecting, negating, and focusing energy and will have lectures, performances, and workshops by Riah Buchanan, Shade Falcon, Robby Herbst, Charles Irvin, Los Angeles Mystery Project, Tom McKenzie, and Guru Rugu during its run. On view through March 24, 2013.
Sound. featuring Rangda, Blues Control, and Crooked Cowboy
Center for the Arts (Eagle Rock)
Presented by the Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound, (SASSAS), this event features the Los Angeles premiere performance of Rangda with performances from Sir Richard Bishop, Ben Chasny, and Chris Corsano, along with Blues Control and Crooked Cowboy and the Freshwater Indians. Tickets are $14 and available online.
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
Presented by monthly screening series MIA, this event features a selection of experimental films and video art projects working with historical material. Same Ocean includes Los Angeles artist Laura Kraning’s 2011 film Devil’s Gate which depicts the physical and mythological terrain of Devil’s Gate Dam, located at the nexus of Pasadena’s historical relationship with technology and the occult. $5 suggested donation at the door.
Peter W. Merlin On Experimental Aircraft Crash Sites
The Center for Land Use Interpretation (Culver City)
Peter W. Merlin presents a talk on Experimental Aircraft Crash Sites, in conjunction with the current exhibition Experimental Aircraft Crash Sites of the Mojave, currently on view at The Center for Land Use Interpretation. Merlin studied and documented aerospace accidents and incidents for more than 25 years and has located and visited more than 100 crash sites of aircraft from Edwards Air Force Base and Area 51. Seating is limited, please arrive early. Admission is free.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
In the Good Name of the Company
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works from Colby Poster Printing Company curated by Jan Tumlir, with Christopher Michlig and Brian Roettinger. In the Good Name of the Company will present works by Kathryn Andrews, Scott Benzel, Peter Coffin, Sam Durant, Eve Fowler, Emilie Halpern, Imprenta, Simon Johnston, Christopher Michlig, Brian Roettinger, Allen Ruppersberg, Ed Ruscha, and many more alongside a representative selection of posters from Colby’s own archive.
Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action, 1965–1975
ARENA 1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition that features original protest posters highlighting the persuasive power of art to inspire ideals of democracy. The exhibition spotlights California activism around diverse causes—including peace, ecology, labor, and civil rights—showcasing iconic images and slogans that served as vehicles for social change. On view through March 23, 2013.
Ryan Foster: Emotional Landscapes
Richard Heller Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for Emotional Landscapes, the first Los Angeles solo exhibition for
Birmingham, Alabama-based artist, Ryan Foster. The show’s title is derived from the horizon lines in Foster’s paintings that resemble smiles, frowns, smirks, and other human expressions. On view through March 23, 2013.
Lauren Marsolier: Transition
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening reception for an exhibition of photomontages by Lauren Marsolier, in which she explores the mental process of transition and our conflicted relationship to a world that is becoming increasingly fast-paced and dematerialized. This exhibition is part of the citywide program “Ceci N’est Pas… Art Between France & Los Angeles” and will be on view through March 30, 2013.
Born To Curate (Performance/Curatorial Battle)
Highways Performance Space (Santa Monica)
Iván Argote & Pauline Bastard present Born to Curate, a live curatorial battle that pits four teams of Los Angeles-based curators head to head in a game of wit and knowledge. Participating curators include Mark Allen, Alex Donis, Charlotte Eyerman, Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Miki Garcia, Mat Gleason, Chris Kallmyer, Bill Kelley, Jr., Shamim Momin, and Matthew Schum with emcee Mario Ybarra, Jr. Structured like a game show, teams have two minutes to conceptualize a curatorial project or exhibition in response to a theme picked at random. Admission is free.
Cig Harvey: You Look at Me Like an Emergency and Alejandro Cartagena: Car Poolers
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. You Look at Me Like an Emergency features a collection of surrealist photographs by artist Cig Harvey. The photographs in Car Poolers are part of a larger body of work entitled Suburbia Mexicana, which considers the interdependence of humans and landscape in the face of urban expansion. Both shows on view through April 6, 2013.
Ends and Exits
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Opening day of an exhibition featuring more than fifty artworks by artists who departed from traditional painting methods and helped shape the visual dialogue of the 1980s. Featured artists include Robert Gober, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Allan McCollum, Richard Prince, Meyer Vaisman, and many more. The works in this show are drawn primarily from the Contemporary Art From the Collections of LACMA and The Broad Art Foundation. On view through August 4, 2013.
LA Print: Edition 3
LACMA & CAFAM (Miracle Mile)
Presented by LACMA’s Prints and Drawings Council, the third annual LA Print event includes presentations and discussions by notable and emerging printmakers and print shops split between LACMA’s Brown Auditorium and CAFAM. Cirrus Editions, Edition Jacob Samuel, Gemini G.E.L., Hamilton Press, The Lapis Press, Mixografia Workshop, and Modern Multiples offer presentations throughout the afternoon and the free event concludes with a panel discussion featuring representatives from Art Is Shit Editions, Buddha Cat Press, Lucky Bunny Visual Communications, and Self Help Graphics & Art.
Regen Projects (Hollywood)
Opening reception for an exhibition of new portraits and landscapes by Catherine Opie. The photographs in this collection mark both a progression and a departure for the artist, drawing upon Opie’s beginnings in documentary photography, the traditions of painting, and the history of photography. On view through March 29, 2013.
Off the Wall 2013
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
The Armory Center for the Arts hosts its bi-annual art auction Off The Wall. The event includes drinks, live music, an ddinner sponsored by some of Pasadena’s best restaurants. Multiple silent auctions feature works by over 70 contemporary artists including Larry Bell, Chris Burden, Richard Jackson, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Olga Koumoundorouos, Steve Roden, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, and Pae White. Patron opportunities and tickets available online.
Henry Taylor and Susumu Koshimizu
Blum and Poe (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. An exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Henry Taylor continues his exploration of portrait painting, while delving deeper into the history of oppression and the realities of the so-called American dream. The installation piece From Surface to Surface (Wooden Logs Placed in a Radial Pattern on the Ground), highlights the work of Susumu Koshimizu, one of the principal figures of Mono-ha (School of Things), a group of Tokyo-based artists central to the Japanese avant-garde during the late 1960s and early ‘70s. Both shows on view through March 30, 2013.
Wunderkammer: Miniatures and Curiosities
Koplin del Rio (Culver City)
Opening reception for a group show based on the German tradition of Wunderkammer, which describes the odd and eclectic collections of art, objects of natural history, and relics of antiquity displayed by aristocratic families beginning in 16th century Europe. For this show, forty participating artists from a variety of disciplines completed works ranging from miniaturist paintings, drawings, and photographs to sculpture and assemblage. On view through April 6, 2013.
Billy Childish: Animal Totems, Lying Poets and Other Mundane Renditions in Paint
International Art Objects Galleries (Culver City)
Opening reception for a collection of paintings by artist Billy Childish. Animal Totems, Lying Poets and Other Mundane Renditions in Paint includes depictions of various forms of wildlife and natural settings. On view through March 30, 2013.
Anne Seidman: Systems and Karen Woods: Driving Rain
George Billis Gallery (Culver City)
Opening reception for two shows. Anne Seidman’s Systems includes paintings and drawings that depict evolving organic forms. The paintings in Karen Woods’ Driving Rain are depictions of photographs Woods took at various intersections on rainy days. Both shows on view through March 30, 2013.
University of California, Irvine Second Year MFA Exhibition
Room Gallery at Claire Trevor School of the Arts (Irvine)
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by the UCI Second Year MFA class. This show features works by a dozen artists including Jenn Berger, Sean Cassidy, Michael Moshe Dahan, Daniel Ingroff, and more. On view through March 8, 2013.
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by graffiti artist SEEN. [UN]SEEN marks the return of the artist to America since moving to Europe in 2007. This show features never-before-shown abstract paintings created in Paris from 2007-2012. These works are a stylistic break from the graffiti work for which he has become known. On view through March 24, 2013.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Perspectives on Vermeer
Getty Center (Brentwood)
This lecture event features Ann Jensen Adams, professor of art history, University of California, Santa Barbara, Anne Woollett, curator of Paintings, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and Karen Hellman, assistant curator of Photographs, the J. Paul Getty Museum, offering a different perspective on Johannes Vermeer’s Woman in Blue Reading a Letter. This paintings is on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center through March 31, 2013.
Che Mondo (What a World)
LAMAG at Barnsdall Park (Los Feliz)
Opening reception for a group exhibition of photographic works made in the digital age by Southern California-based artists Ursula Brookbank, Joyce Campbell, Gerald Incandela, Marina Pinsky, Richard Ross, Christopher Russell, Julie Shafer, and Susan Silton. Curator Carole Ann Klonarides. The works in Che Mondo reflect a individualized take on the viability and physicality of photography in today’s virtual world. On view through April 28, 2013.
Chris Oatey: Performing Methods and Performing Methods–In Context
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
Opening reception for two shows. Chris Oatey’s Performing Methods is a collection of painting, sculpture and installation in which Oatey explores how art objects are made as well as his own process. This show includes works from Amélie Chabannes, Marc Philip van Kempen, Joey Kötting, Pascual Sisto, Maria Walker, and Joe Winter. Both shows on view through March 31, 2013.
Authors on Asia with Pierre Odier
Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)
Explorer and photographer Pierre Odier gives a lecture on his re-tracing of Marco Polo’s Silk Road route using modern Land Rovers instead of camels, on a trip that covered 20,000 kilometers in 85 days. The Silk Road was once one of the world’s most significant commercial arteries spanning the entire length of Asia.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Ben Russell: Altered States
This program presents a selection of films from director Ben Russell’s ongoing TRYPPS series, including River Rites, Black And White Trypps Number Three, Ponce de León,Trypps #6, and Trypps #7. These films explore the world of psychedelic ethnography. Russell to appear in person at the event. Tickets are $10.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
PRISM (West Hollywood)
Opening day for photographer Mario Testino’s first gallery exhibition in the U.S. in seven years. This survey of Testino’s images features a large number of personal works that span his career.
You Haven’t Lived Until You Die: Perspectives on the End of Life
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica)
This event is a panel discussion on the topic of aging gracefully and dying with aplomb. The panel includes artists and professionals engaged with the process of aging and death. Panelists include Tim Tattu, artist and Registered Nurse, Glen Komatsu, MD, and Rie Nørregaard, Founder and CEO of Omhu, a design company that creates products to support people’s changing abilities throughout life. Tickets are $10.
Untold Stories: Collecting and Transforming Medieval Manuscripts
Getty Center (Brentwood)
Opening day of an exhibition exploring the history of Medieval manuscripts from taken from the Getty’s collection and from outside loans. Untold Stories looks at how these manuscripts have been bought and sold, hidden and displayed, preserved and rearranged, loved and forgotten, cut into pieces, hung on the wall, and glued into albums for hundreds of years. On view through May 12, 2013.
Llyn Foulkes and the Machine
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Llyn Foulkes performs on his infamous Machine, a one-man apparatus created by the artist featuring horns, cowbells, organ pipes, percussion, and more. This event is presented in conjunction with the current Hammer exhibition Llyn Foulkes, on view through May 19, 2013.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
MAK Center for Art and Architecture (West Hollywood)
A discussion between Joakim Dahlqvist, Piero Golia, Jens Hommert, Jorge Pardo, Linda Taalman, Xavier Veilhan, and Peter Zellner; the conversation is moderated by Sam Lubell. Click here for more information about the Dialogues project.