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PLAN ForYourArt This Week: L.A.

Posted on: March 29th, 2012

Each Week, ForYourArt Brings You the Best Opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT Art in Los Angeles. Join ForYourArt’s Weekly Email to Get Our Sampling of Picks for the Week.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 29

Jewish Homegrown History: Immigration, Identity, and Intermarriage
Skirball Cultural Center (Brentwood)
12-5pm
Opening day of an exhibition featuring home movies that reveal the personal experiences of California Jews. This gallery experience intertwines these amateur videos with commentary from scholars and historians, revealing a historical and emotional glimpse at the Jewish Californian experience. On view through September 2, 2012.

Screening: 24 Hours in Los Angeles
Mandrake (Culver City)
12pm-12am
The Mandrake hosts a screening of Sam Gordon’s 24 Hours in Los Angeles: The Lost Kinetic World, Volumes 1-12. This day-long film is a selection from Gordon’s 100 hour work in progress. The event includes a performance/installation featuring Jacob Robichaux and Amy Yao and repeats the following day, Friday, March 30.

Live Read of The Big Lebowski, Directed by Jason Reitman
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
This year’s final installment of Jason Reitman’s Live Read productions will once again feature a cast of notable actors reading the script of a well-known film in LACMA’s Bing Theater. Past film selections have included Reservoir Dogs and The Breakfast Club. Stand-by tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. Additional ticket information is available online.

An Evening With Richard Ehrlich
Annenberg Space for Photography (Century City)
6:30pm
Lecture by photographer Richard Ehrlich, who will discuss digital optimization as a photographic technique. Ehrlich’s work has been the subject of more than 30 gallery shows and is on display in museums throughout the United States and Europe. Tickets are available online.

A Perpetual Conceptual Program: A Tribute to Ed Kienholz’s Watercolors
LAND (West Hollywood)
12-6pm
Originally presented at Eugenia Butler Gallery in 1969, the Barter Show consisted of a series of watercolor washes on 12 x 16 inch paper, which Kienholz bartered for the sums, objects, or experiences painted on them. For this tribute, a group of contemporary artists have been commissioned to create works, following Kienholz’s guidelines, to be bartered at Barney’s Beanery on April 10th. All works to be bartered will be on view at Perpetual Conceptual: Echoes of Eugenia Butler through April 7, 2012.

A Case for Education
Mr. C Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills)
7-9pm
A Case for Education celebrates City Year, an organization that works to alleviate the high school drop out rate in Los Angeles, with a rooftop wine tasting event that includes a silent auction. Tickets are $50 and available online.

Eric Erlandson
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
Eric Erlandson, guitarist and co-founder of the band Hole, will discuss and sign his debut book, Letters to Kurt, an elegy to his friend Kurt Cobain.

See What Love the Father Hath Given Us
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8:30pm
Opening night of this “religio-dramedy” play which tells the story of three big box store employees who travel through tiers of reality taking on aspects of the Holy Trinity. Each performance is limited to twelve audience members who will be immersed in various scenarios in a theater specifically constructed for this production. Through April 24, 2012. Tickets available online.

FRIDAY, MARCH 30

The Paranoia of Time
Carter & Citizen (Culver City)
6-9pm
Opening reception for this group show curated by John Knuth. The Paranoia of Time brings together works that deal with the element of time as encroaching, inevitable, and inescapable. On view through April 28, 2012.

Hookers
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
7-10pm
This group exhibition curated by painter Natalia Fabia will feature 22 artists’ interpretations of the word “hooker.” The show will primarily feature figurative paintings and is happening in conjunction with Fabia’s Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012which takes place on Friday, March 30.  On view through April 10, 2012.

Madcap Modernism: Mid-Century Cartoons from UPA and Beyond
LACMA (Mid-Wilshire)
7:30pm
This screening of rare and archival cartoons celebrates the modernist style embraced by the animators of the 1950s. Curated by animation historian Jerry Beck, this event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition California Design. Tickets are $10 and available online.

Bailout: The Movie
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
7pm
This documentary about the financial crisis in the United States features commentary by well-known personalities from across the political spectrum. Bailout also tells the story of a group of friends on a cross-country road trip and the people affected by the recession whom they encounter along the way.

Val Kilmer in Citizen Twain
Hollywood Forever Cemetery (Hollywood)
7pm
Opening performance of Citizen Twain, written, directed by and starring Val Kilmer. $60 ticket includes post-performance Q&A with Kilmer. Tickets available online.

Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012
Dragonfly Bar (Hollywood)
8pm
The Corey Helford Gallery presents Natalia Fabia’s Miss Hooker Beauty Pageant 2012. Running on the notion that a hooker is “someone who sells one’s talents, abilities, or name for money,” the event features female musicians and artists displaying their talents in three pageant-style rounds. Comedian Brian Posehn will host. Tickets are $10.

Art for the People Spring Art Sale
Margaret Garcia Studio (Highland Park)
7-10:30pm
Group  show and sale by local artists including Margaret Garcia, Bonnie Lambert, Lynne Dwyer, Dolores Guerrero, and Michael Rascon. This exhibition features oil paintings, sculpture, prints, and more, and all items are priced at less than $500. Show on view/sale through Sunday, April 1, 2012.

First Fridays with Dr. Jared Diamond
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
5pm
First Friday will feature a lecture by author and scientist Dr. Jared Diamond, who will speak about language diversity and multilingualism around the world. This event, which is replacing the April 1 First Friday, includes tours of the museum, performances by Matthew Dear, and Songodsuns and DJ sets by KCRW’s Anthony Valadez and Eric J. Lawrence.

Fake it Till You Make It
I Am 8 Bit Gallery (Echo Park)
7-10pm
This pop up shop will feature will feature a variety of prints and accessories by artists Ashkahn Shahparnia and Adi Goodrich in addition to a new in-store recycled wood structure. Through April 29, 2012.

Mark Verabioff: Crack Attack
Night Gallery (Highland Park)
10pm-2am
An exhibition by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Mark Verabioff, who will perform at 11pm. Verabioff is known for exhibition and performance art, drawings, and sculpture. Crack Attack continues at Night Gallery from April 3-5, 2012.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31

Pacific Standard Time: Free Admission Day
Participating Museums
Pacific Standard Time will celebrate its closing day with free admission to twenty exhibitions throughout Southern California. Participating venues include the Getty Center, the Eames Foundation, Pacific Asia Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

Win Pacific Standard Time in Print: The Catalogue Show
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
11am-8pm
Independently commemorating the unprecedented initiative of 
Pacific Standard Time, and in conjunction with its closing day celebration, ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. presents Win Pacific Standard Time in Print: The Catalogue Show, a one-day activity featuring an installation of the entire library of Pacific Standard Time catalogues and publications, awarded to one attendee via an in-space drawing after the event. 

All In for the 99%
400 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 90035 (Miracle Mile)
10:30am-6:30pm
This day long art, music, literary, and cultural activism event is sponsored by Rebuild the Dream, Moveon.org, Courage Campaign and the SEIU. Programming includes DJ sets by The Embassy, presentations by Slake Magazine and Funny or Die, and a lecture by environmental advocate Van Jones. The event culminate will in the creation of a human 99 %, which will be aerially photographed.

Panel Discussion: Molly Barnes with Peter Shire and Frank Romero
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
3:30pm
Gallery owner, author, art dealer, radio personality, and critic Molly Barnes will moderate a discussion with artists Peter Shire and Frank Romero. Reservations suggested. RSVP to tobeymoss@earthlink.net.

Mark Verabioff: Page Tears
Artist Curated Projects (Hollywood)
4-6pm
Los Angeles-based visual and performance artist Mark Verabioff presents a collection of works. Verabioff is known for exhibition and performance art, drawings, and sculpture. This show will highlight Verabioff’s tendency to use words as image. On view through April 14, 2012.

Nymphas Dissolutio: The Bride Revisited
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
5-7pm
Opening reception for this photographic installation by Mercedes Gertz and Nancy Louise Jones. Gertz spent ten years collecting her divorced friends’ discarded bridal portraits, which she and Jones then assembled into Mandalas, circular symbols that Carl Jung called “the representation of the unconscious self” thus creating a new symbolism from the detritus. RSVP to laurie@frankpicturesgallery.com. On view through April 27, 2012.

Charlotta Westergren
Patrick Painter, Inc. (Santa Monica)
6-8pm
Opening reception for New York-based artist Charlotta Westergren. The exhibition will feature five Medieval tapestry-inspired paintings along with a flower installation.

Month of Photography Los Angeles
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
7-10pm
Official opening night celebration for Month of Photography Los Angeles. This event will feature a gallery hop of participating Bergamot Station venues in addition to music, drinks, video projections and food trucks.

Sarah Braman
International Art Objects Gallery (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception of works by Sarah Braman. Braman is a New York-based artist and the co-owner of the artist-driven gallery CANADA. On view through May 5, 2012.

Jonas Wood
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
6-9pm
Opening reception of new works by painter Jonas Wood. On view through May 12, 2012.

Eric Freeman
Western Project (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for the first new works in five years by New York-based abstract oil painter Eric Freeman. This collection explores variations of light through color-rich pigments. On view through May 5, 2012.

Hugo Wilson: Ideal Hauntology
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
6-9pm
Opening reception for the first solo US show by British artist Hugo Wilson, who explores art, science, and social and biological processes through drawings, paintings and multimedia installations. This exhibition plays with the concept of hauntology, which suggest that we are drawn to aesthetics and ideas from the past. On view through May 12, 2012.

Watts House Spring Cleaning Project
1726 E. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles, 90002 (Watts)
9am-2pm
Artist-driven neighborhood redevelopment group The Watts House Project will team up with Urban Plunge for a day of spring cleaning in the area surrounding Watts Towers. The event will include picking up trash around the neighborhood, painting, light landscaping, gardening, and a BBQ at the end of the day.

Spring Brewery ArtWalk 2012
Brewery Arts Complex (Downtown)
11am-6pm
This annual open-studio event at the Brewery Arts Complex will feature the work of more than 100 artists who reside in the historic Brewery. The ArtWalk will continue on Sunday, April 1.

The End (Highland Park)
8pm
Hilaria is a one night fundraising event for the third edition of the artist journal Material. Hilaria‘s live and silent auctions will feature works by artists including Danielle Adair, Olivia Booth, Alex Slade, Yunhee Min, Eric Yahnker, and James Welling.   

SUNDAY, APRIL 1

Libros Schmibros Book Club
Hammery Museum (Westood)
1pm
Libros Schmibros is back at the Hammer with a monthly book club led by co-directors David Kipen and Colleen Jaurretche. Already Dead by Denis Johnson, coincides with the author’s visit on April 17.

Second Skins: Opening Day and Lecture
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
2pm
Opening day of Second Skins, an exhibition featuring painted barkcloth from the Ituri rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the mountains of eastern Papua New Guinea. Second Skins explores barkcloth’s evolution from functional clothing to art. On view through August 26, 2012, this exhibition commences with a free lecture by Fowler curators Gemma Rodrigues, Roy Hamilton, and Enid Schildkrout.

Patricia Lennox-Boyd: The Pull
The Vanity (Mid-Wilshire)
3-6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of prints and sculptures by London-based artist Patricia Lennox-Boyd. On view through April 22, 2012.

Rory Devine: We Can Plant a House, We Can Build a Tree
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
5-7pm
Opening reception for the first solo Los Angeles show by New York-based painter and mixed media artist Rory Devine. On view through April 29, 2012.

Timothy Nolan: Restack
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
5-7pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by multimedia artist Timothy Nolan. Restack includes Nolan’s first free-standing, large scale sculpture as well as a series of wall works on glass panels and another on cut paper. On view through April 29, 2012.

No Dancing
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
7-10pm
Opening reception for No Dancing, the group show and publication from the Mountain School of Arts class of 2012. On view through April 22.

MONDAY, APRIL 2

Rock and Eagle Shop Grand Opening
Rock and Eagle Shop (Eagle Rock)
5-9pm
This art space and store features over 350 rock and eagle themed curiosities sourced from all over the United States. Objects include pet rocks, pop rocks, hide-a-key rocks, and eagle dream catchers. Entertainment for this grand opening event will be provided by ukulele player Janet Klein and musician and poet Mason Williams, who first conceived of the store in 1964. The event will also feature an exhibition of eagle and rock inspired works by local artists.

Sad People Talking
Royal/T (Culver City)
6:30pm
Sad People Talking is an experimental weekly live comedy show featuring new material from Los Angeles-based and national stand-up comedians and character performers. This week’s comedians include Amaya Perea, Brent Weinbach, DC Pierson and host Emily Maya Mills. The event’s dinner special features a free beer with the purchase of a hamburger. 

PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers
The Icon Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
6-8pm
This event, part of Month of Photography Los Angeles, will introduce PDN magazine’s thirty photographers to watch for. PDN Editor Holly Stuart Hughes and VP/Publisher Lauren Wendle will discuss this group of artists, several of whom will be in attendance.

TUESDAY, APRIL 3

Herbs Ritts: L.A. Style
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-5:30pm
This exhibition explores Herb Ritts’s extensive photographic career, including a selection of renowned and previously unpublished photographs, as well as his directorial projects. Ritts was a Los Angeles-based photographer who, from the 1970s until his death in 2002, gained international acclaim for his unique images of fashion models, nudes, and celebrities. The exhibition will also include a selection of music videos and commercials directed by Ritts. On view through August 26, 2012.

Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-5:30pm
Drawn from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection, this exhibition surveys some of the visual strategies used by photographers to picture the famous from the 1840s to the year 2000. On view through August 26, 2012.

Hermann Lederle: Footprints on Snow
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
Opening day of an exhibition of works by painter Hermann Lederle. An artist reception will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2012, and the exhibition will be on view through April 27, 2012.

Screening: Blume in Love
Skirball Cultural Center (Brentwood)
8pm
Screening of this 1973 film starring George Segal, Kris Kristofferson and Shelly Winters. Blume in Love tells the story of a recently divorced man who realizes he might still be in love with his ex-wife. A conversation between Segal and director Paul Mazursky will follow the screening.

Screening: The Seventh Cross
Getty Center (Brentwood)
7pm
Screening of Fred Zinnemann’s 1944 drama The Seventh Cross. This movie follows a former German communist’s escape from a concentration camp in prewar Nazi Germany. A conversation with actress Marsha Hunt and Zinnemann scholars Jan-Christopher Horak and Jennifer Smyth will follow the screening. This is the first of the Getty’s four-part Zinnemann film series.

Stay Home and Read a Book Ball
Various Locations
11:45pm
The 24th edition of this “non-event” event benefits the Los Angeles Library Foundation. To participate, simply sign up to attend, select your level of participation and then, just as they instruction say, stay home, read a book, and have a ball. The event is chaired by author Jonathan Lethem and benefits the Foundation’s cultural and educational outreach programs including the award-winning lecture series [ALOUD] at Central Library.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4

Author Reading: Monte Schultz
Skylight Books
7:30pm
Monte Schulz will read from and sign The Big Town, the last book in his Jazz Age trilogy. This novel explores the themes of decadence, wealth, and consumption in Jazz Age America. Schulz says he wrote this trilogy for his father, the late cartoonist and Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz.

Image:

Marie Jo Perec by Herb Ritts

PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: N.Y.

Posted on: October 10th, 2012

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The Creative Time Summit 2012: Confronting Inequity
NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (60 Washington Square South, Suite 503)
Friday, October 12 | 10am-6:30pm
In light of the tumultuous political events of the past year, the 2012 Creative Time Summit conference will address the extreme wealth disparity that is increasingly affecting the global economy and politics. Presenters at the 2012 Creative Time Summit: Confronting Inequity, including keynote speakers Slavoj Žižek and Martha Rosler, will reflect upon recent upheavals in the international political and economic climate, focusing specifically on the topic of wealth inequity across the globe and the ways in which it erodes democracy. 

Coming Soon

Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960–1980
MoMA PS1 (4601 21st Street, Queens)
11am-5pm
A comprehensive exhibition that examines the vital legacy of the city’s African American visual artists. Now Dig This! comprises 140 works from 35 artists that have rarely been shown in a museum setting and includes early pieces by now well-established artists as well as works once considered “lost.”

Closing Soon

Mary Weatherford: Manhattan
Brennan & Griffin (55 Delancey Street)
An exhibition of new paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Mary Weatherford. In Manhattan, Weatherford focuses her attention on New York – where she lived from 1984 – 1999. Drawing on memory and experience of sites both personally and culturally significant, these large-scale paintings explore the indelible impressions left by the city. Weatherford continues her interest in combining a range of sources to create works that explore the fidelity and vibrancy of recollection. On view through October 14, 2012.

Rodney McMillian: Prospect Ave.
Maccarone (Greenwich Village)
This exhibition features a multidisciplinary collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian. Inspired by that artists’ former home, Prospect Ave. includes a tunnel-like environment spanning the length of the gallery that is composed of various works McMillian made during the last three years. On view through October 27, 2012.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue)
This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. Rineke Dijkstra is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. On view through October 8, 2012.

Andrea Zittel: Fluid Panel State
Andrea Rosen Gallery (525 West 24th Street)
In this exhibition, Andrea Zittel addresses the slim differences between visual and functional objects including woven blankets, panels, and sheets. Zittel’s installation also includes gouache and watercolor drawings, paintings, new furniture pieces, and a video Power Point, among other works. On view through October 27, 2012.

Frank Benson, Peter Fischli, and David Weiss: Airports and Extusions
Andrew Kreps Gallery (525 West 22nd Street)
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists Frank Benson, Peter Fischli, and David Weiss.Airports and Extusions includes a series of ceramic sculptures by Benson and photographs by the artist team Fischli and Weiss. On view through October 27, 2012.

The Feverish Library
Friedrich Petzel Gallery (537 West 22nd Street)
A group exhibition organized in cooperation with Matthew Higgs. The Feverish Library brings together a number of artworks that consider the book as a conceptual, psychological, and cultural form. In some pieces, the actual physicality of the book is addressed. On view through October 20, 2012.

James Welling: Overflow
David Zwirner (533 West 19th Street)
The exhibition comprises three distinct but related bodies of work – Wyeth, Fluid Dynamics, and Frolic Architecture – all which explore photography’s relationship to painting. In the ongoing series Wyeth, Welling traveled to Maine and Pennsylvania in pursuit of the subjects and places painted by American artist Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), who was a major source of inspiration in Welling’s early years as an artist. On view through October 27, 2012.

Toba Khedoori
David Zwirner (525 West 19th Street)
An exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Los Angeles-based artist Toba Khedoori. Khedoori is known for her precisely rendered, intricate works depicting familiar objects divorced from any background. For the past two decades she has created her own atlas of solitary spaces, windows, doors, train compartments, and horizon lines always devoid of a human presence. On view through October 27, 2012.

Ongoing Exhibitions

Picasso Black and White
Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue)
In the first exhibition to focus exclusively on Picasso’s black-and-white works in such depth, see 118 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by the Spanish master, many of which are on public display for the first time. On view through January 23, 2013.

Wade Gutyon OS
Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue)
Over the past decade, New York–based artist Wade Guyton (b. 1972) has pioneered a body of work that explores our changing relationships to images and artworks through the use of common digital technologies, such as the desktop computer, scanner, and inkjet printer. Comprising more than eighty works dating from 1999 to the present, Guyton’s first midcareer survey features a non-chronological design in which staggered rows of parallel walls confront the viewer like the layered pages of a book or stacked windows on a monitor. On view through January 13, 2012.

Stray Light Grey: Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe
Marlborough Chelsea (545 West 25th Street)
Through a series of fictional and historical narratives, artists Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe have composed an expansive, alternate world that reimagines culture through subjects such as rogue science, psychedelic drugs, mega-conventions, and hypertrophic urbanism. On view through October 27, 2012.

Gelitin
Greene Naftali Gallery (526 West 26th St.)
An exhibition of work by the Austrian art collective Gelitin, whose last show at the Greene Naftali involved creating a sculptural installation while blindfolded and half-naked. On view through November 13, 2012.

Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years
Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue)
Through approximately forty-five works by Warhol alongside one hundred works by some sixty other artists, Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years juxtaposes prime examples of Warhol’s paintings, sculpture, and films with those by other artists who in key ways reinterpret, respond, or react to his groundbreaking work. What emerges is a fascinating dialogue between works of art and artists across generations. On view through December 31, 2012.

Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
MoMA (11 West 53 Street)
This MoMA gallery exhibition and accompanying film retrospective will be the first presentation of the Quay Brothers’ work in all their fields of creative activity. Beginning with their student films in 1971, the Quay Brothers have produced over 45 moving image works, including two features, music videos, dance films, documentaries, and signature personal works as well as designed sets and projections for opera, drama, and concert performances. On view through January 7, 2013.

Image:
David Hammons, America the Beautiful, 1968. In the Hammer Museum’s Now Dig This.

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Posted on: April 18th, 2012

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THURSDAY, APRIL 19

Rene Ricard: Go Mae West, Young Man
8458 Melrose Place (West Hollywood)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by New York-based artist Rene Ricard. Both a painter and a poet, Rene’s history in the New York art world dates back to Warhol’s Factory years. He is largely credited with discovering the iconic artist Jean Michel Basquiat. Exhibition on view through May 27, 2012.

Crosstown Rivals: Films from UCLA and USC in the 1960s
USC’s Ray Stark Family Theatre (Downtown)
7pm
This screening event features student films by UCLA and USC alumni including George Lucas, Penelope Spheeris, Paul Golding, Robert Abel, and David Lebrun, who will appear in person. Crosstown Rivals explores the social and political motivations behind the early works of these filmmakers, who experimented with styles including animation, collage, and documentary. The event includes screenings of Spheeris’ Synthesis and the student version of Lucas’ THX 1138.

Large
ArtShare Los Angeles (Downtown)
7-10pm
This group show by painters Raul Guerrero, Anna Stump, and Tim Youd features large-scale depictions of the human form. In contrast to these works, each artist will also present small sketches. On view through June 8, 2012.

UCLA Department of Art MFA Exhibition #3
New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
5-8pm
Opening reception for UCLA MFA students Tejpal S. Ajji, Laeh Glenn, Mathiew Greenfield, Ragen Moss, and Sean Shim-Boyle. On view through April 27.

Resurrecting the English Country House
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
7:30pm
Sir Simon Jenkins, Chair of the National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, discusses the circumstances, values, and opportunities for historic English country houses in the 21st century. This lecture will explore the importance of engaging visitors with the history of such houses and will discuss strategies on how to do so at sites including Bodiam Castle in East Sussex, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire, and Kingston Lacy in Dorset.

Lecture: Frances Stark
Girvetz Hall, UCSB (Santa Barbara)
5pm
The University of California at Santa Barbara presents a lecture by LA-based artist Frances Stark, who will discuss her work and artistic practice.

Art Talk: Sarah C. Bancroft and Tony Berlant
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
6:30pm
Curator Sarah C. Bancroft and artist Tony Berlant will engage in a discussion of Diebenkorn’s artist practice, and his impact and legacy as a teacher and working artist in Los Angeles in the 1960s and 1970s. This free event begins at 6:30pm with a reception and tour of the gallery. The discussion begins at 8pm.

FRIDAY, APRIL 20

Transmission LA: AV Club
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
12pm-10pm
Mike D of The Beastie Boys will curate this 17-day multi-disciplinary festival celebrating and presenting contemporary art, design, music, film, and food. Hosted by online interview magazine The Avant/Garde Diaries, Transmission LA: AV CLUB will feature work by artists including Peter Coffin, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Public Fiction, Sage Vaughn, and Tom Sachs and food by Roy Choi. This free event will also feature concerts, DJ sets, and a pop up restaurant. Open through May 6, 2012.

Kim MacConnel: Abracadabra
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by artist Kim MacConnel. Abracadabra features works of brightly colored, high-gloss enamel on board. The exhibition is made up of large, multi-part pieces composed of small individual panels, grouped and aligned according to pattern and size. In addition, the exhibition will include a wide range of smaller paintings. On view through May 19, 2012.

Close Encounters of a Material Kind
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
4pm
A panel discussion featuring artists Katie Grinnan, Farrah Karapetian, Sohrab Mohebbi, and Alexandro Segade.

Book Release and Signing: Matthew Brannon: Hyenas Are…
The Mandrake (Culver City)
7pm
The Los Angeles book release party and signing for Jan Tumlir’s new book Matthew Brannon: Hyenas Are… Both the artist and the writer will be in attendance. The book will be available to purchase at The Mandrake for $35.

Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
12-9pm
This exhibition is presented in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the historical gift of 3,000 cherry blossom trees from Tokyo, Japan, to Washington, D.C. Lessons of the Cherry Blossom features 16 prints from Norton Simon’s permanent collection, several of which have not been on view before, including three rare sets of uncut double prints by Utagawa Hiroshige.  On view through September 3, 2012.

SATURDAY, APRIL 21

Laura Parnes: County Down and Lovett/Codagnone: Make Anarchy and Disorder Your Trademarks
LA><ART (Culver City)
6-8pm
The opening of two exhibitions at LA><ART. Laura Parnes’ County Down is a cross-platform, episodic, single channel video that explores an epidemic of psychosis among the adults in a gated community that coincides with a teenage girl’s invention of a designer drug. The collaborative duo Lovett/Codagnone’s (John Lovett and Alessandro Codagnon) Make Anarchy and Disorder Your Trademarks traces a trajectory from the use of self-reflexive strategies, to specifically addressing issues of collective identity and the absorption of underground tactics of resistance.

Radio Break – Presented by USC Roski School of Fine Art’s MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere Program, class of 2012
LACE (Hollywood)
1-7pm
Radio Break is an exhibition on the air, presenting twelve artworks in locations throughout Los Angeles conveyed through low-power radio transmissions during two weeks and live events held on two consecutive weekends. Radio Break connects participants with the ambient sounds of the city, inviting them to tune in to its history, noise, narratives, and music. A way-finding map and interactive website accompany the exhibition and provide details about the projects and their locations. Radio Break continues on Sunday, April 22 from 2-9pm at ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd., which will have a listening station through the April 27.

n+1 Magazine in LA Party
Paper Chase Press (Hollywood)
6-9pm
n+1, a New York-based magazine of literature, culture, and politics published three times yearly, celebrates its 13th issue with a party welcoming writers Chad Harbach, Jon-Jon Goulian, and Rebecca Solnit. RSVP to rsvp@nplusonemag.com

Farid Kia: Naked
The Gallery on Market Street (Venice)
7-11pm
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of paintings by Venice-based artist Farid Kia. Naked features large scale oil on canvas portraits that explore the psychological states and the emotions beneath the subject’s facial expression. On view through May 11, 2012.

18th Street Arts Center Benefit Dinner
18th Street Arts Center (Santa Monica)
6pm
This benefit event will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a raffle, artist studio tours and a conversation between art critic and author Hunter Drohojowska-Philp and contemporary artist Larry Bell. A special lifetime artistic achievement award will be given to 18th Street’s co-founder, Susanna Bixby Dakin for her work as an artist, arts advocate, and philanthropist. Tickets range between $250 and $2,300 and are available online.

Jules Engel: Kinetic Energy
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (West Hollywood)
5-7pm
Opening reception for this retrospective show celebrating the work of Jules Engel, the Founding Director of CalArts’ Abstract Animation Department. Kinetic Energy will feature lithographs, paintings, original drawings, gouaches, and sketches for Disney’s Fantasia and work Engel created for UPA, Format Films, and Focus Films. On view through June 29, 2012.

Let Your Body In
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum (West Hollywood)
5-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of work by contemporary queer artists alongside artworks and objects from the collections at ONE Archives. Participating artists include EMR (Math Bass & Dylan Mira), Maya Bookbinder, Laurel Frank, Aimee Goguen, Kim Kelly, and Lee Relvas. The exhibition explores creative approaches to activating the body and playful ways of engaging with queer histories and culture. On view through July 1, 2012.

Gem 2012
Los Angeles Art Association (West Hollywood)
6-9pm
The Los Angeles Art Association’s annual “gem” show features the sale of more than 200 affordably-priced original artworks by emerging artists. Past shows have included works by Alexandra Grant, Meeson Pae Yang, Richard Artschwager, John Baldessari, and Frank Gehry. Admission is $100 ($120 at-door) for the VIP Preview from 6-7pm and $25 for General Admission. Tickets are available online.

Contemporary Art Conversations #12
Jack Rutberg Fine Arts (Mid-Wilshire)
6:30pm
This event features a conversation between art critics Shana Nys Dambrot and Peter Frank, artist/critic John O’Brien, and art historian/curator Betty Ann Brown. The group will discuss the exhibitions In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States at LACMA, L.A. Raw: Abject Expressionism in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 at the Pasadena Museum of California Art, Unnatural at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery in Barnsdall Park, Ruth Weisberg: Now & Then, and Claire Falkenstein: An Expansive Universe.

Ann McCoy: Ovum Philosophorum, The Egg of the Philosophers
Bleicher Gallery (Mid Wilshire)
7-9:30pm
Opening reception for an exhibit of masterworks by artist Ann McCoy. Ovum Philosophorum features many of McCoy’s large scale drawing, many of which are influenced by alchemical theory and Jungian analysis. On view through May 20, 2012.

Alex Schaefer: Irrational Exuberance
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
6-9pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by LA-based artist Alex Schaefer, whose paintings explore the themes of excess, criminality, and the current financial crisis. Schaefer recently did a series of plein air works in which he painted flames on the sides of various Chase Banks throughout Los Angeles. Irrational Exuberance is on view through May 26, 2012.

Saucy Leechcraft
JB Jurve (Chinatown)
7-10
Opening reception for this group show featuring the work of Los Angeles based artists Alice Könitz, Annette Weisser, Cal Crawford, Matthew Grover, Nora Shields, Peter Wu, Rochele Gomez, and Zack Stadel. On view through May 17, 2012.

Coagula Curatorial Gallery Launch
Coagula Curatorial (Chinatown)
7-10pm
Mat Gleason, the founder and publisher of Los Angeles’ Coagula Art Journal, marks the 20th anniversary of this periodical with the launch of Coagula Curatorial. This new gallery will open with two shows: Coney Island of the Mind, a solo show of works by Tim Youd, and Beuys in the Basement, an exhibition of Michael Montfort’’s photographs of artist Josef Beuys. Both shows will be on view through June 3, 3012.

Zadik Zadikian
Maloney Fine Art (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by sculptor Zadik Zadikian. Zadikian’s work spans three decades and is known for its minimalist form and historical references. On view through May 26, 2012.

Carroll Dunham: A Drawing Survey
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a thirty-year survey of works by New York-based artist Carroll Dunham. Comprised of almost 400 works on paper executed between 1982 and 2012, this exhibition serves as the most comprehensive evaluation of Dunham’s drawing practice to date. On view through May 26, 2012.

Brice Bischoff: Bronson Caves and Thomas Wrede: Real Landscapes
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
6-8pm
An opening reception for two exhibitions at the Kopeikin Gallery. The first is Brice Bischoff’s collection of photographs documenting Los Angeles’ Bronson Caves. Located in LA’s Griffith Park, these man-made caves are a longstanding filming location for motion pictures and television shows. The second event is a reception and book signing for a collection of works by German photographer Thomas Wrede, whose landscape portraits include artificial details that create optical illusions. Both shows on view through May 26, 2012.

Laddie John Dill: Contained Radiance L.A.
Nye + Brown (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new and vintage works by Laddie John Dill, who was an integral figure in Southern California’s Light and Space movement in the 1960s. Contained Radiance LA will feature a large scale immersive light and sand installation in addition to a series of miniature light and sand pieces. On view through June 9, 2012.

Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
USC (Downtown)
10am-6pm
The 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books will feature two days of readings, panel discussions, author signings, musical performances, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings and lectures. This event is free. The Festival of Books continues on Sunday, April 22.

Rigo 23: Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program
REDCAT (Downtown)
6-9pm
Initiated by San Francisco-based artist Rigo 23, Autonomous InterGalactic Space Program is an exhibit based on the iconography and imagery of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation. The collection attempts to realize the possibilities of intercommunal and intergalactic dialogue through sculptures, tapestries, and painted murals that give shape and voice to the Zapatista community’s struggle for autonomy in the face of globalization. On view through June 17.

LA Freewalls Inside
LALA Gallery (Downtown)
7-11pm
Opening reception for LALA Gallery’s first exhibit, LA Freewalls Inside. This group show features contributions from over 30 local and international street artists including Shepard Fairey, AskewOne, SABER, Ron English, Swoon, and HOW & NOSM. The show will celebrate the work of artists who have contributed to the community-endorsed LA Freewalls Project that has brought murals and art to downtown Los Angeles.

Armory Center for the Arts Annual Benefit
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
6:30-10pm
This benefit gala will honor longstanding local art patrons Harvey and Ellen Knell. The evening  will feature live art demonstrations, musical performances by local teens, food selections from 18 local restaurants, complimentary wine and cocktails, and beer from Pasadena’s Crafstmen Brewing Company. Tickets are $125 and available online.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22

Book Release: Electrical Banana
MOCA Family Store (Downtown)
5-6pm
LA release party for Electrical Banana, an examination of the international language of psychedelia that features experts including Heinz Edelmann of Yellow Submarine, Beatles artist Marijke Koger, Martin Sharp, and  Dudley Edwards. This event, corresponding with next week’s release party in New York, will feature Koger in conversation with Norman Hathaway, a book signing, and a film screening.

Yom Hashoah Day of Commemoration
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (Mid-City West)
9:30am-5pm
This day long Holocaust Remembrance Day event includes a memory walk with Holocaust survivors, children’s art activities, lectures and other artistic performances in the museum, outside of the museum, and in the Pan Pacific Amphitheater. A Ceremony of Commemoration will begin at 2pm and feature Keynote Speaker Professor Yehuda Bauer, world renowned Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Earth Day at LACMA
LACMA (Mid-Wilshire)
12pm
LACMA will celebrate Earth Day with a day of programs and activities designed for all ages, including artist-led workshops, bike-related films, tours of the collection for families and adults, storytelling, sketching from nature, and a guided walkthrough of the natural art on campus. General museum admission is required; free admission will be granted to those with a bike helmet or bike parking receipts, or those who have traveled by alternative transportation.

Alternative Projections Presents: Conceptual Art Films from Los Angeles
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
7:30pm
This event, part of the Los Angeles Filmforum’s ongoing Alternative Projections series, features conceptual films by artists including Thom Andersen, John Baldessari, Morgan Fisher, Roberta Friedman, Jack Goldstein, Grahame Weinbren, David Wilson, and other filmmakers known both for working in film and in other media. Morgan Fisher will appear in person. Reservations are recommended for this free event.

California Institute of the Arts MFA Open Studios
CalArts (Valenica)
1-6pm
This free annual event features CalArts MFA graduate candidates in Art, Photography and Media, and Art and Technology opening their workspaces to the public. Attendees can meet with artists and preview works-in-progress. Each artist will be available to answer questions and discuss their practice.

MONDAY, APRIL 23

Art In the Twenty-First Century Benefit Premiere
Creative Artists Agency (Century City)
7pm
This Art21 fundraiser, features a screening of Change, the season six premiere of the series Art in the Twenty-First Century. This short film includes artists Ai Weiwei, El Anatsui, and Catherine Opie. This free event will feature cocktails, hors d’ouevres, and a discussion with Opie. A dinner with the artists will happen after the screening at Craft restaurant. Dinner tickets are $500 – $5,000 and available online.

TUESDAY, APRIL 24

New American Writing: Aimee Bender and Etgar Keret
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
This contemporary fiction and poetry reading series will feature novelist and USC creative writing instructor Aimee Bender and screenwriter and director Etgar Keret, whose film Jellyfish won the Palme ‘d Or for Best Debut Feature at the Cannes Film Festival. A book signing will follow the reading.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

Human Rights for Afghan Women
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
7pm
Nushin Arbabzadah, author, journalist, analyst, translator, and research scholar at UCLA’s Center for the Study of Women, and Brad Adams, the executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division, will discuss Afghan women’s rights since 2001, when the international community intervened in the country. This event is presented in conjunction with The Fowler’s current exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women. The event will feature a reception with light refreshments in the Fowler’s courtyard starting at 6pm.

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ARLA: Resonate! Receive!, performance detail, The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, October 2011. Photo: Jean-Paul Leonard.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 26

Deborah Grant and Jacob Yanes
Steve Turner Contemporary (Miracle Mile)
7-9pm
Opening reception for two new exhibitions. Deborah Grant’s The Provenance and Crowning of King William will feature paintings, drawings, and collages inspired by the life and art of William H. Johnson. Jacob Yanes’ Philomela will feature a sculptural installation based on the story of Philomela, Tereus, and Procne as told by Ovid in the Metamorphoses. Both exhibitions on view through May 26, 2012.

Art Lecture: Allen Ruppersberg
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
Free lecture by conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg, whose work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books. Ruppersberg is recognized as an early practitioner of installation art, having produced such works as Al’s Cafe, Al’s Grand Hotel, and The Novel That Writes Itself. Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 80 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group exhibitions. Ruppersberg lives in L.A. and New York.

Screening: Art21
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
8pm
The Orange County Museum of Art presents a free screening of “Change,” the first episode of the sixth season of Art in the Twentieth-First Century, the only prime time national television series focused exclusively on contemporary art. This episode features OCMA permanent collection artist Catherine Opie.

FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Kenny Burrell and Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Jazz at LACMA kicks off its twenty-first season with guitarist Kenny Burrell and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited. The concert marks the premiere of the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited (LAJOU), which features jazz musicians from around  Los Angeles. This free concert will include a tribute to Duke Ellington in honor of his birthday on April 29.

Cy Twombly: The Last Paintings
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
6pm
Opening reception for a tribute exhibit to the late artist Cy Twombly. This show includes Twombly’s last paintings and one hundred of his photographs, ranging from early studio impressions from the 1950s to a group of landscape subjects taken in St Barths last year. On view through June 9, 2012.

Alexander Calder
L&M Arts (Venice)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a career-spanning collection of works by Alexander Calder. The exhibition will bring together over 40 indoor and outdoor pieces, including mobiles, stabiles, and gouaches that span from 1938 to 1975. Some of these works have never before been seen by the public. On view through June 16, 2012.

LA Bloom: A New Season
JACCC (Downtown)
6:30pm
To commemorate the centennial of the cherry trees gifted to the United States from Japan, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center is will celebrate its first annual Spring Festival: LA Bloom. This nine-day celebration will transform the JACCC Plaza into an ecoartspace and showcase traditions, contemporary art, culture, performances and community activities. The event will begin with an Opening Night Performance: Mare Nubium on Friday, April 27 and will end with Family Day on Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $25-$125 and available online. Email celebrate@foryourart.com for a chance to win tickets.

Slideluck Potshow Los Angeles VI
Fifth. (Downtown)
6:30pm-12am
The Los Angeles edition of this internationally held photo slideshow event will feature a potluck dinner, cocktails, music, and a 3D photo booth. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Valerie Snobeck: They Seem Removed
Thomas Duncan Gallery (Hollywood)
7:30pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by New York-based installation artist Valerie Snobeck. On view through May 26, 2012.

The Art of Cooking
Royal/T (Culver City)
8pm
Opening reception for a new food-and art-themed exhibit The Art of Cooking, which showcases artists who make use of food in their work. This collection includes drawings, paintings, digital prints, and clothing. This event will feature a DJ and performances by Scott and Tyson Reeder, and Charles Irvin. On view through August 1, 2012.

Newport Beach Film Festival
Various Locations
Various Times
Opening day of the Newport Beach Film Festival, which features 400 films from 50 countries. The festival begins with the screening of Jewtopia, which features an ensemble cast including Rita Wilson and Jon Lovitz. In addition to screenings, the festival will feature parties and lectures with various filmmakers. Through May 3, 2012. Ticket available online.

Crafting Community
The Ace Hotel (Palm Springs)
This family crafting event will feature artist-led interactive workshops in underwater photography, succulent planting, henna tattoos, leatherworking, and more. Instructors will lead a variety of fitness classes including skateboarding, relay races, and ping pong. This weekend-long event also includes dancing, BBQ, and storytelling. Through Sunday, April 29. For reservations, call 760-325-9900.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28

Welcome to the Freak Show
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
7-10pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring new works by artists Apricot Mantle, Jon McNair, Zach Schoenbaum, and Jessica Ward. Welcome to the Freak Show includes paintings, drawings, and illustrations depicting dark, fantastical, and otherwordly subject matter. On view through June 2, 2012.

Victor Man: The White Shadow of His Talent
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings and object arrangements by Victor Man. The White Shadow of His Talent features non-linear scenarios based on the nine fictional texts that form the book If Mind Were All There Was. On view through May 26, 2012.

Lost Angeles
Subliminal Projects (Echo Park)
8-10pm
Opening reception for this solo exhibition of new works by British artist Stanley Donwood. Lost Angeles is a commentary on the flawed future of society and features an 18-foot apocalyptic panorama of the L.A. being destroyed by fire, flood, and meteor storm. On view through May 26, 2012.

Make It Out
chime & co. (Silverlake)
7pm
This group show will feature works by artists including Oona Gardner, Mike Erickson, Dana Maiden, Tanya Rubback, Riah Buchanan, Nikki Lewis, Sofia Cordova, and more. On view through May 19, 2012.

Architectural Dispositions
Thomas Solomon Gallery (Chinatown)
6-8pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Tomma Abts, Richard Artschwager, Robert Barry, James Bishop, Daniel Buren, N. Dash, Brad Eberhard, Bart Exposito, Mary Heilmann, Mangelos, R. H. Quaytman, Analia Saban. Robert Therrien. On view through June 9, 2012.

High Places
Human Resources (Chinatown)
9pm
This event will feature musical performances by Pharoahs, LA Vampires, High Places, Suzanne Kraft and a DJ set by White Car. Admission is $5 at the door.

Charles Ray
Matthew Marks Gallery (West Hollywood)
3-5pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by figurative sculptor Charles Ray. Sleeping woman depicts a woman sleeping on a bench, and Young man is a sculpture of a standing naked man. They are both made from solid stainless steel and weigh approximately 6,000 lbs and 1,500 lbs, respectively. On view through June 23, 2012.

Robert Overby: Paintings & Drawings from the 1970′s
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
This exhibition brings together paintings and drawings from the 1970s that articulate Overby’s interest in appropriated imagery, the figure and the underlying structure of painting. Overby constructed images by borrowing fragments of advertising, pornography, book cover illustrations, and various other popular ephemera.

Bill Jensen and Lutz Braun
ACME. (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
Opening reception for two new exhibitions, Bill Jensen’s Recent Works and Lutz Braun’s Der Tod ist eine Geisteskrankheit. Both shows on view through June 2, 2012.

PLANEfurniture:  types + prototypes
Edward Cella Art + Architecture (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of contemporary furniture that advances the gallery’s focus on 20th and 21st century architects and designers. The exhibition also represents the debut of PLANEfurniture, a collection of modern furniture created by designer and collector Michael Boyd and inspired by modern furniture designers including Gerrit Rietveld, Rudolph Schindler, Jean Prouvé, and Donald Judd. On view through June 16, 2012.

Raymond Pettibon: Prints
Leslie Sacks Contemporary (Santa Monica)
6-8pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring Raymond Pettibon’s graphic, comic-book style drawings as they translate into the print medium. Pettibon is known for his images of surfers, trains, and noir figures, which he pairs with quotes from classic Western literature and his own writing. The work comments on aspect of American culture including philosophy, politics, and punk music. On view through June 9, 2012.

KJ Schumacher: Cherokee Park
Aran Cravey Gallery (Venice)
7pm
Opening reception for Cherokee Park, a collection of new paintings by artist KJ Schumacher. This is partially inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park Series. On view through June 3, 2012.

On the Horizon: New Generation British Painters
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
6-8pm
Reception for this group show curated by Alexandra Ray and Catherine Loewe. On the Horizon showcases three figurative painters currently living and working in London: Robert Fry, Adam Dix, and Hugh Mendes. This event is in conjunction with Britweek, which celebrates British artists in California. On view through May 12, 2012.

The Wild Hunt: Part I MFA Thesis Exhibition
Irvine University Art Galleries (Irvine)
2-6pm
Opening reception for The Claire Trevor School of the Arts’ first installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibitions. The two-part series features individual projects culminating from three years of formal and theoretical study at the university. Featured artists include Nick Aguayo, James Anderson, Sarah Beadle, Maya Gurantz, and Paul Pescador. The event will feature a screening of Pescador’s film 3 at 5pm. On view through May 11, 2012.

Demolition Party
High Desert Test Sites (Joshua Tree)
9am
Assist in the demolition of the 24 foot tall wooden structure installation Yucca Crater, located in Joshua Tree’s High Desert Test Sites. The demolition begins at 9am and volunteers are welcome to take pieces of the installation home to use as scrap and firewood. RSVP to info@highdeserttestsites.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29

Jonathan Lethem Discusses the Talking Heads
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
5pm
Novelist and essayist Jonathan Lethem will discuss and sign his entry into the 33 1/3 pocket-sized book series, in which an author writes about one album by one band. Lethem’s book is on Fear of Music, the third album by the Talking Heads, a group Lethem puts on par with Fritz Lang, Edgar Allen Poe, Patti Smith, and David Foster Wallace.

Manipulated Image: Memory and Identity
Arena 1 Gallery (Santa Monica)
7-10pm
Manipulated Image presents an evening of multi-disciplinary art. This event, curated by Alysse Stepanian, will feature a sound installation by Philip Mantione, a video installation by Joe Merrell, performances by Mariel Carranza and Soyeon Jung, artist discussions, and a selection of African video art curated by Kisito Assangni. Suggested donation of $5 at the door.

Kelly Berg: Amazonia and Linda Alterwitz: In-Sight
Frank Pictures Gallery (Santa Monica)
6:30-9:30pm
Opening reception for two exhibiotions at Frank Pictures Gallery. Amazonia is a collection of new works by artist Kelly Berg. These paintings are created from layers of acrylic and ink and serve as a reprise to her last show, Subterranean. Las Vegas-based multimedia artist Linda Alterwitz’s In-Sight features digitally manipulated and layered images that together create large-scale photographs. The show incorporates re-photographed PET scans (from hospital patients) into a contextualized landscape. Both shows on view through May 28, 2012.

56th Annual Art + Architecture Tour
Various Locations
10am-4pm
LACMA’s 56th Annual Art + Architecture Tour will feature four Los Angeles homes notable for both their design and the various art collections they house. Docents will provide art and architecture tours of each residence. Homes are located in Trousdale Estates, Coldwater Canyon, Windsor Square, and Hancock Park. Tickets are $175 – $5,600 and available online.

Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture
Spielberg Theatre at the Egyptian (Hollywood)
7:30pm
The Los Angeles Filmforum continues its film screening series Alternative Projections: Experimental Film in Los Angeles, 1945-1980 with Same Sex/Different Sex: Queer Identity and Culture. This event will feature works by Robert Chatterton, Chick Strand, and Penelope  Spheeris, who will appear in person. This free event is co-presented by Outfest. Reservations recommended.

East of Borneo Book Launch with Thom Andersen & Susan Morgan
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
3-5pm
This event from online contemporary art magazine East of Borneo will feature a conversation between filmmaker Thom Andersen, writer/editor Susan Morgan and moderator Mark Owens. This event celebrates the launch of East of Borneo Books and the publication of its first title, Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader, edited and introduced by Morgan.

Dirges for Dead Malls
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
This performance pays tribute to the increasingly irrelevant suburban mall space in an age of Big Box stores and economic angst. Claire Cronin and Stephen Van Dyck will pay tribute to dead, abandoned malls through a performance of 80′s pop hits redone as dirges, with a corresponding sound installation.

The Painting Factory: Abstraction after Warhol
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
11am – 6pm
Opening day of a new exhibition that explores the recent transformation of abstract painting into one of the most dynamic platforms in contemporary art, featuring works by Tauba Auerbach, Mark Bradford, DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brätsch and Adele Röder), Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Seth Price, Sterling Ruby, Josh Smith, Rudolf Stingel, Kelley Walker, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool. On view through August 20, 2012.

38th Annual Spring Plant Sale
The Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens (San Marino)
10:30am-4:30pm
The Huntington’s 38th annual plant sale will feature thousands of items including roses, perennials, cacti. succulents, vegetable seedlings, fruit trees, herbs, and more. Admission to the event is free, and Library members can shop early at a preview sale on Saturday, April 28.

MONDAY, APRIL 30

Musical Performance: Lowenthal and Shpachenko
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
Pianists Jerome Lowenthal and Nadia Shpachenko will perform Debussy’s Petite Suite and Fauré’s Dolly Suite, Opus 56 for piano four-hands and solo piano pieces by Liszt and Debussy during this free concert event at LACMA’s Bing Theater.

TUESDAY, MAY 1

Reading: Alain Mabanckou
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
One of Africa’s major writers, Alain Mabanckou is the author of six volumes of poetry and nine novels. He received the Sub-Saharan African Literature Prize for Blue-White-Red, and the Prix Renaudot for Memoirs of a Porcupine. He currently teaches literature at UCLA. A book signing will follow the reading.

7th MOCA Award to Distinguished Women in the Arts: Annie Leibovitz
Beverly Wilshire (Beverly Hills)
11:30am
Photographer Annie Leibovitz, recipient of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s 2012 Distinguished Woman in the Arts award, will be honored during this luncheon. Hosted by The MOCA Projects Council, one of the museum’s major support organizations, the event will benefit MOCA’s education programming and will feature a fashion show presented by Saks Fifth Avenue. Maria Shriver will present the award. Ticket are $300 – $1,000.

Film Screening: Burma VJ: Reporting from a Closed Country
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
Anders Østergaard’s award-winning documentary is an inside look at the 2007 Myanmar uprising through the independent journalist group Democratic Voice of Burma, a collective of thirty anonymous and underground video journalists (VJs) who recorded the events on Handycams, smuggled the footage out of the country, and broadcasted it to the world via satellite. Tickets are $10 and available online.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 2

Helen Knode in Conversation with James Ellroy
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
Novelist Helen Knode will discuss her new thriller Wildcat Play with her ex-husband, crime fiction writer James Ellroy, the author of books including The Black Dahlia and LA Confidential.

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Deborah Grant. Installation View, Steve Turner Contemporary, April 2012.

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THURSDAY, MAY 17

Project Mah Jongg
Skirball Center (Brentwood)
12-5pm
Opening day of a new exhibition that explores the ancient Chinese activity of Mah Jongg, a game of chance and skill similar to gin rummy. The show will feature vintage photography and historical objects including tiles and score cards, in addition to contemporary mah jongg–inspired works by artists including Isaac Mizrahi and Maira Kalman. On view through September 2, 2012.

Art Lecture: Adrian Sax
Hammer Museum (Westood)
7pm
Free lecture by ceramicist Adrian Sax, whose work has been exhibited worldwide at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, LACMA, the Taiwan Museum of Art, and the Getty. Sax is a Professor and area head of Ceramics in the UCLA Department of Art.

The Joy of Quiet: Desperate to Unplug
Fowler Museum (Westood)
7:30pm
New York Times writer Pico Iyer will discuss his recent feature article in which he extolled the virtues of peace and quiet and society’s increasing inability to unplug from technology. The discussion will be moderated by KCRW’s Lisa Napoli. Tickets are $20 and available online.

Rona Yefman and Davida Nemeroff: Shellfish
Annie Wharton Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
5:30pm
Opening reception for a new show by Israeli photographer Rona Yefman and video artist Davida Nemeroff. Shellfish explores the meaning of the word and continues the artists’ photographic dialogue. On view through June 29, 2012.

Earthly Paradise: Displaced Realities
Art Merge Lab (West Hollywood)
5pm
Art Merge Lab, the debut pop up gallery from LA-based art group Art Merge, will feature the work of Korean contemporary artist Yeonju Sung. Early Paradise: Displaced Realities will feature 15 of Sung’s large-scale photographs of transformed vegetables and fruit. On view through July 13, 2012.

Robert Schwan and Morgan Grace Kibby: Unexpected Consequences
Here is Elsewhere Gallery (West Hollywood)
5:30pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by collage artist Robert Schwan and video artist Morgan Grace Kibby. On view through July 15, 2012.

Linda King: New Paintings and David French: Retro Active
d.e.n. contemporary (West Hollywood)
5pm
Opening reception for two shows at d.e.n. contemporary. The first is a new collection of paintings by Los Angeles-based artist Linda King. Also opening is Retro Active, an exhibition of sculptures by David French. On view through June 29, 2012.

Drawing (Los Angeles)
Another Year in Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
5pm
Another Year in LA presents the third in a series of three exhibitions focusing on a specific art activity. Drawing (Los Angeles) will feature work by five artists that address the act and nature of drawing. Artists are Jackie Freedman, John Knuth, Stas Orlovski, Christopher Russell, and Alisa Yang. On view through July 27, 2012.

Lecture: Poet and Author Peter Levitt
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
6:30pm
Author Peter Levitt will discuss poetry, painting, and their ties in the work of artist
Richard Diebenkorn. The event is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, Richard Diebenkorn: The Ocean Park Series, for which Levitt authored the show’s catalog.

American Friends of the Israel Museum Bergamot Gallery Tour
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
6:30pm
AFIM presents an evening of artist talks, receptions, and socializing at Shoshana Wayne Gallery and dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station. Tickets are $10-$20 and available online.

FRIDAY, MAY 18

Kon Trubkovich: Leap Second
OHWOW (West Hollywood)
7pm
Opening reception for the Los Angeles debut of Russian-born artist Kon Trubkovich. Leap Second features paintings, oil on linen, works on paper, and a sound piece. The collection also includes a series of large-scale portraits of the artist’s mother. On view through June 23, 2012.

Minimalism: Not Strictly Formal
Michael Kohn Gallery (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring art within a Minimalist framework. Not Strictly Formal will feature works by artists including Dan Flavin, Joe Goode, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, John McCracken, John McLaughlin, and Cy Twombly. On view through June 30, 2012.

Pick Up the Mic
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
7pm
ForYourArt presents an evening of feminist and gender queer hip hop music and film. Pick Up the Mic will feature local members of the underground ‘homohop’/feminist musician community as they explore homophobia in the music industry. The event will feature a screening of Alex Hinton’s Pick Up the Mic, a musical performance by Cihuatle Ce, and a set by DJ B Girl. This event is timed to coincide with LACMA’s current hip hop music series Through the Mic.

Annette Kelm
Marc Foxx Gallery (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by German photographer Annette Kelm. Instrumentalist Mateo Tannatt will play in Marc Foxx’s West Gallery during this event. On view through June 23, 2012.

Carnival of Insecurities: Performance Night #2, “The Midway Show”
RAID Projects (Downtown)
7pm
Los Angeles-based artist collective MUC presents “The Midway Show,” the second night of performances in the Carnival of Insecurities, an installation exploring the mass appeal of the carnival. Filled with twists on carnival entertainment, Carnival of Insecurities examines life’s expectations and the anxiety arising from them.

Vincent Sabella: Unsettled
Edgar Varela Fine Arts (Downtown)
7-11pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Vincent Sabella, curated by Shana Nys Dambrot. Culled from Sabella’s collections Bear on a Hot Tin Roof, A Hollywood Story, and Extermination, this exhibition of mixed media paintings demonstrates Sabella’s cinematic tendencies and his use of text as a narrative framework. On view through June 16, 2012.

SATURDAY, MAY 19

Venice Artwalk & Auctions
Locations Vary (Venice)
12pm
Venice’s annual Artwalk event will feature the work of more than 400 artists, who will show their works at the galleries throughout Venice. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a silent auction, architecture tours, studio tours and family friendly activities. Tickets for the architecture tour are $125 and available online.

2012 Student Culminating Exhibition
Venice Arts Gallery (Venice)
12pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by over 400 student participants in Venice Arts’ Art Mentoring workshops. This free event will showcase the best students films, photographs, animations, comics, and mixed- and multi-media pieces from the 2011–12 workshops. On view through June 22, 2012.

Saturdays Off the 405
Getty Center (Brentwood)
6pm
This free music event at the Getty Center will feature LA band Dum Dum Girls. DJ Neil Schield, owner of Origami Vinyl will spin. Attendees can view the exhibition Herb Ritts: LA Style, during and after the performances.

Jon Rafman: Mirror Sites
M+B (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for Mirror Sites, a two-part exhibition of new work by photographer Jon Rafman. Rafman’s work demonstrates how images created digitally can be transformed to exist in physical space. On view through June 23, 2012.

Lawrence Weiner: Around & Around High & Low
Regen Projects (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. Around & Around High & Low will include new works in language and works on paper. This exhibition will mark the end of Regen Project’s West Hollywood location and the move to a new space in Hollywood in September 2012. On view through June 23, 2012.

Building Collections of African American Art: Los Angeles Perspectives
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
4pm
This panel discussion will feature Los Angeles collectors of African American art including Aryn Drake-Lee and Jesse Williams, who will discuss their experiences with Dr. Halima Taha, an African American art expert, consultant, and author of the best-selling book Collecting African American Art: Works on Paper and Canvas. Dr. Taha will moderate the conversation and offer his own opinions on opportunities for building African American art collections.

Narcissism, the Real, the Fake and the Anti-Digital Impulse
Cirrus Gallery (Downtown)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show exploring the “anti-digital impulse” and its relationship to the desire and nostalgia for the “authentic” and the “real.” The multidisciplinary exhibit features the work of artists including Brice Bischoff, Anoka Faruqee, Zach Kleyn, Seth Lower, Nikhil Murthy, Karina Nimmerfall, Javier Proenza, and Biddy Tran. On view through July 7, 2012.

Melissa Cooke: Surfaced and Michelle Muldrow: The Experience of Landscape
Koplin del Rio (Culver City)
5pm
Opening reception for two new shows. Melissa Cooke’s Surfaced features works composed of powdered graphite on paper that explore the themes of beauty, fantasy, violence, vulnerability, and identity.  Michelle Muldrow’s The Experience of Landscape features Muldrow’s landscape-style paintings of big box stores. Both shows on view through June 16, 2012.

Brian Porray: Darkhorse
Western Project (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by Brian Porray. Darkhorse features large-scale paintings and collages influenced by Porray’s two decades in Las Vegas, and specifically, the Vegas Strip’s pyramid shaped Luxor Hotel. On view through June 23, 2012.

Will Fowler
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new paintings by artist Will Fowler. The show will feature a new series of large paintings, as well as a selection of smaller canvases and works on paper. On view through June 30, 2012.

Michiel Ceulers: How to Kill Your Wife’s Lover When You Were Raised with Tradition?
Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection by Belgian artist Michiel Ceulers. This exhibition features a series of deconstructed paintings. On view through June 30, 2012.

Deanna Thompson & H.C. Westermann
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. Deanna Thompson’s show will consist of new large scale paintings continuing her Homestead series. HC Westermann’s show includes sculpture and works on paper from the 1970s. On view through July 7, 2012.

Debra Scacco: Birds of Passage
Marine Contemporary (Venice)
6pm
Opening reception for the debut US solo show by London-based artist Debra Scacco. Birds of Passage is a multidisciplinary collection featuring ink on paper pieces, large scale installations, and watercolors all based on the topic of home. On view through June 23, 2012.

Alex Israel: As It Lays
Hensen Soundstage (Hollywood)
6pm
MOCA presents artist Alex Israel’s first solo project in Los Angeles. As It Lays is an installation anchored by a series of thirty televisual portraits of iconic and influential Los Angelenos including Vidal Sassoon, Marilyn Manson, and Rick Rubin. RSVP to pmorehouse@moca.org to attend.

Bug Fair 2012: Year of the Fly
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
9:30am – 5pm
The Natural History Museum hosts the 26th annual Bug Fair, the biggest bug festival in North America. This family friendly event will feature presentations, bug chefs, bug performers, and more than 60 exhibitors. The NHM’s Entomology Curator Dr. Brian Brown will be on hand to present his research on flies, the theme insect of this year’s Bug Fair.

Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki: Thunderstruck
Sam Lee Gallery (Downtown)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition that features new works by Japanese-born, Los Angeles-based artists and brothers Joe Suzuki and Macha Suzuki. Thunderstruck features a selection of paintings and sculptures by Joe and four mixed media sculptures by Macha.  Both artists use common materials including medium-density fiberboard, raw canvas, plastic, and paper to create pieces that explore materiality, trompe-l’oeil, color and personal histories. On view through June 30, 2012.

Geoff Tuck: To the Lighthouse
JP Jurve (Chinatown)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Los Angeles-based video artist Geoff Tuck, in addition to a group of artists including David Bell, John Burtle, Young Chung, and Adam Feldmeth. On view through June 19, 2012.

Ex Libris
Sabina Lee Gallery (Chinatown)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection comprised of books, images, and recordings borrowed from the Los Angeles Public Library. Ex Libris will feature projects by artists including Travis Diehl, Becca Mann, Summer Mann, Sharon Mizota, and more. On view through June 9, 2012.

Avi Roth: Interpretations
Roth Gallery (Pasadena)
6pm
Opening reception for Interpretations, in which artist Avi Roth manipulates coffee in compositions that exemplify pattern, texture, light and shadow via a medium he calls Coffeegraph®. This event will feature a silent auction to benefit the International Child Art Foundation. On view through June 19, 2012.

Screening & Panel Discussion: The Rememberers: Art and Memory
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
7pm
Video artist Joe Santarromana’s recent project The Rememberers: Art & Memory is a series of short video portraits that explore creativity through biography, storytelling and process. This screening of the first four films in this series will feature Louis Jacinto, John David O’Brien, Lisa Adams and William Roper. Art historian Betty Ann Brown will host a discussion about video art after the screening.

The Wild Hunt: Part II
Contemporary Arts Center (Irvine)
2pm
Opening reception for the second installment of the 2012 Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art thesis exhibition from MFA students at The Claire Trevor School of the Arts at UC Irvine. This multidisciplinary show features work by artists Flora Kao, Scott Klinger, Lauren Merage, and Aaron Valenzuela. On view through June 1, 2012.

SUNDAY, MAY 20

Discussion: Lawrence Weiner in Conversation with Michael Govan
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
4pm
LACMA presents museum Director Michael Govan in conversation with conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner. The discussion will focus on contemporary aesthetics and values. Seating for this free event is available on a first come, first served basis.

Mack and Mack
Barbara Mendes Gallery (Culver City)
3pm
Opening reception for a collection featuring Snow Mack’s narrative paintings and Kevin Mack’s digital sculptures and images. Snow and Kevin also created three collaborative paintings for this exhibit. This is the artist couple’s first two person gallery show together. On view through June 25, 2012.

Pop-Hop Books and Print Grand Opening
Pop-Hop Books and Print (Highland Park)
1pm
Grand opening celebration for book shop, print studio and salon Pop-Hop Books and Print. This day-long event will feature readings for children in the afternoon, readings for adults in the evening, and performances, refreshments, and music throughout the day.

Christmas at the Beach
Elephant (Glassell Park)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Hope. Christmas at the Beach will be available for viewing by appointment until June 9, 2012.

MONDAY, MAY 21

Discussion: Turquoise Mosaics
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico, this panel discussion will explore the significance of turquoise and its role in the Postclassic economy with respect to specific artworks featured in the exhibition. Scholars will discuss recent findings regarding the available sources of turquoise, the development of the trade routes, and the manufacturing technologies. Participants include Karl Taube, Frances Berdan, Sue Scott, Alyson Thibodeau, Adrián Velazquez, and Emiliano Melgar.

TUESDAY, MAY 22

The Body Adorned: To the Divine Through Beauty
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
The Sixth Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian Art presents Vidya Dehejia, professor of Indian and South Asian art at Columbia University. Author of the book The Body Adorned: Dissolving Boundaries between Sacred and Profane in India’s Art, Dehejia will discuss the relationship between art and poetry in Indian culture during this free event.

Discussion: Tech and Art
io/LA (Hollywood)
7pm
Presented by cafe, workspace, and creativity hub io/LA, this conversation will feature artists including Shepard Fairey, Jayne Vidheecharoen, Sean McDonald, Dick Whitney, and Sebastian Copeland discussing the intersection of technology and art. Space is limited. RSVP to rsvp@iola.la.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
12-7pm
Opening day for Breaking and Entering, in which artist Arjuna Neuman will present a gallery installation in response to an original text conceived by Kestrel Burley that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. A series of performances devised from the same text will take place during the exhibit. Tickets are $10 and available online.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23

Screening: He Has Seen War
Skirball Center (Brentwood)
8pm
He Has Seen War examines the challenges American servicemen encountered as they reintegrated into civilian society after World War II, including a number of the real people portrayed in the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers and The Pacific. A Q&A with producer Kirk Saduski and director/producer Mark Herzog follows the screening.Tickets are $5.

Lecture: Endless Summer
Getty Center (Brentwood)
7:30
Artist and critic Peter Plagens reflects on summer and its connection to art. Reservations are recommended for this free event.

Image:
Deanna Thompson and H.C. Westermann, Courtesy of Kayne Griffin Corcoran