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PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

Posted on: May 23rd, 2012

ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.

THURSDAY, MAY 24

What We Talk About When We Talk About Food
Taylor de Cordoba (Culver City)
7:30pm
What We Talk About When We Talk About Food, the summer’s first installment of literary series Eating Our Words, will feature journalist Kevin West in discussion with architect and designer Alejandro Artigas. West will also curate an onsite food community that will focus on what it means to be part of a sustainable artistic and artisanal culture. Special guests including The Fox Pizza Bus, Let’s Be Frank, Handsome Coffee, Dry Soda, and The Institute of Domestic Technology will have food for tasting and purchase. Space is limited. RSVP to rsvp@taylordecordoba.com.

Art Talk: Sam Clayberger
Tobey C. Moss Gallery (Mid-City West)
3pm
Curator, collector, and art expert Molly Brown will lead a discussion with painter and animator Sam Clayberger and other animation industry figures. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Jules Engel: Kinetic Energy. Space is limited and reservation are required for this free event. RSVP to tobeymoss@earthlink.net.

Matt Sayles: Eternal Spring
Perfect Exposure Gallery (Downtown)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of photographs taken by photographer Matt Sayles during his travels in Guatemala. Typically a celebrity and portrait photographer, Sayles’s Eternal Spring captures the nature, people, and faith of Guatemala. On view through June 30, 2012.

Owl Fly South
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
6pm
This free music performance, part of the museum’s Fowler Out Loud concert series, will feature  Owl Fly South, a psychedelic rock and roll band comprised of two students from UCLA’s Ethnomusicology department.

Materializing the Immaterial
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
This event will feature a discussion between artist T. Kelly Mason, cemetarian Tyler Cassity, and UCLA art history professor George Baker on funerary objects and practices in early 21st-century Los Angeles and the relationship of these to private and collective ideas of memory, space, and the expression of desire. This free event is presented in conjunction with Mason’s light box installation project in the Hammer’s courtyard.

FRIDAY, MAY 25

Steel Life
Michael Benevento (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists including Wolfgang Breuer, Matthew Buckingham and Joachim Koester, Whitney Claflin, Martin Creed, Melvin Edwards, and Ida Ekblad. Steel Life is organized by Zak Kitnick. On view through July 28, 2012.

Rachel Foullon: Ruminant Recombinant
ltd Los Angeles (West Hollywood)
7pm
Closing reception for Ruminant Recombinant, a solo show by artist Rachel Foullon that features 35 layered and entangled sculptural “clusters,” composed of clothing, ropes, netting, and other objects.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.

Andrew Maxwell
Machine Project (Echo Park)
8pm
Poet, author, DJ, and Google engineer Andrew Maxwell will read poems and other works during this free event. Maxwell will be joined by musicians Eliot Eidelman and Evan Backer, both of the Realization Orchestra.

SATURDAY, MAY 26

Made of Concrete
Actual Size (Chinatown)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring new work by Swiss artists Sami Benhadj and Tarik Hayward. The series of 16 by 20 inch black and white photographs was created during the artists’ year-long residency in the Swiss Alps during which they used cranes and forklifts to construct large-scale still life arrangements with objects from the area surrounding their warehouse. On view through June 30, 2012.

Amir Nikravan: Gemini
Pepin Moore (Chinatown)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by LA-based artist Amir Nikravan. Gemini features works in which three dimensional constructions are presented as two dimensional paintings. On view through June 30, 2012.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.

Nite-Write
Dockweiler Beach (Playa del Rey)
6pm
This free event, sponsored by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, will feature interactive, multimedia art including live black-light painting and story sharing.

Sandrine Kern
Thomas Paul Fine Art (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new paintings by artist Sandrine Kern. Kern’s landscape paintings are suggestive of real places without being entirely literal.

Allison Schulnik: Salty Air
Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by Allison Schulnik. Salty Air will feature textured canvases, ceramics, and works on paper influenced by such nautical stories as The Little Mermaid. On view through July 7, 2012.

Reading: Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
6pm
This free event will feature readings from artists Eleanor Antin and Simone Forti. Antin will read from her recent memoir Conversations with Stalin and Forti will read poetry selections from Handbook in Motion, Oh, Tongue, her upcoming book The Bear in the Mirror, and new unpublished material. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Karl Haendel: Informal Family Blackmail
Susanne Vielmetter (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for an installation of new drawings, a book, and a film by artist Karl Haendel. Informal Family Blackmail explores the themes of insecurity, doubt, regret, and family relationships. On view through June 28, 2012.

Yue Minjun, Mark Jenkins, and Aakash Nihalani
Carmichael Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works on paper from the series SMILE-ISMS by Yue Minjun and sculpture by Mark Jenkins and Aakash Nihalani. On view through June 30, 2012. RSVP to rsvp@carmichaelgallery.com.

Kathleen Henderson: Notes on a Gathering Crowd
Rosamund Felsen Gallery (Santa Monica)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Berkeley-based artist Kathleen Henderson. Notes on a Gathering Crowd features almost 40 oil stick drawings on paper. These works explore social and political issues through comedic satire. On view through June 30, 2012.

Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
1pm
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department,  Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.

SUNDAY, MAY 27

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
11am-6pm
Opening day of a new exhibition that will focus on the emergence of land art in the 1960s and highlight the early years of artistic experimentations in this realm. The retrospective will conclude in the mid-1970s, before land art became a fully institutionalized category. On view through August 20, 2012.

Listening Party with Andrea Bowers, Alexandra Grant, and Brian Kennon
Location provided with ticket purchase
4pm
This listening party, benefitting the Society for the Activation of Social Space Through Art and Sound, will feature a dinner and music by well known and emerging artists. The event will be hosted by Pae White and Tom Marble at their Northeast Los Angeles home. Seating is limited. The $125 ticket includes dinner and drinks.

Pat Pickett: Tree Drawings
Artbook @ Paper Chase (Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Los Angeles-based artist Pat Pickett. To create the the Tree Drawings series, Pickett attached a pen to the end of a tree branch and positioned a drawing surface below. Each drawing is a record of branch movements brought on by wind gusts. On view through June 17, 2012.

Seth Weiner: Folded Suburban Prerequisite
120 North Santa Fe Avenue (Downtown)
7pm
Closing reception for a new site specific work by Seth Weiner exploring the spatial and social consequences of folding a Catherine Beecher floor plan from 1841 into the confines of the gallery. The project is part of the SIX & SIX series curated by Jack Heard and Ryan McGuffin.

Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
1pm
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department, Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.

Breaking and Entering
Human Resources (Chinatown)
7pm
Artist Arjuna Neuman presents a gallery installation that explores the relationship between war, sexuality, and pornography. The evening will feature a performance devised from the same concept in which performers will incorporate the gallery’s environmental elements as “characters” in the vignette.Tickets are $10 and available online.

MONDAY, MAY 28

Target Free Holiday Monday
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
12pm-8pm
Admission to LACMA will be free for attendees of all ages on Memorial Day The museum will host bilingual tours, programs, and live music by George Kahn’s Jazz and Blues Revue on the plaza at 12:30pm.

Walk the Talk
Skid Row (Locations Vary)
1pm
Presented by the the Los Angeles Police Department,  Walk the Talk will feature a parade and brass band performances traveling through downtown’s Skid Row neighborhood. The event is an annual effort to raise awareness about the history of Skid Row, and will also feature lectures by community activists and 36 new portraits of such individuals by artist Mr. Brainwash.

TUESDAY, MAY 29

Yoga for Artists
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
12-1pm
Enjoy a creativity-focused yoga session taught by Tiffany Russo.  Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga for Artists will be free for a limited time.

Screening: The Invisible Man and The Bride of Frankenstein
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
1pm
LACMA’s afternoon classic film screening series will feature and double billing of 1933’s The Invisible Man and 1935’s The Bride of Frankenstein. General admission tickets are $2.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

Lecture: Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
Mark Shiel, a professor in the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London, will discuss the allurie of Los Angeles during this free lecture. Shiel’s new book, Hollywood Cinema and the Real Los Angeles, depicts the cinematic image of the city and reveals how its identity has been reflected and manipulated by its physical geography. A book signing will follow the program.

Last Remaining Seats: Paper Moon
Los Angeles Theatre (Downtown)
8pm
The 26th season of this classic film and entertainment series will begin with this screening of the 1973 film Paper Moon, which will be introduced by director Peter Bogdanovich. Tickets are $20 and available online. The season’s lineup also includes Tootsie, The Big Sleep, Robin Hood, and The Wizard of Oz. Through June 30.

Image:
Karl Haendel, Scheme, 2011, Pencil on paper, 81″ x 103″ Courtesy of Susanne Vielmetter

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Posted on: May 30th, 2012

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THURSDAY, MAY 31

Liz Glynn: gold after gold
Redling Fine Art (Hollywood)
10am-5pm
Bring a piece of gold (jewelry, coinage, dental fillings) to Redling Fine Art from May 31-June 16 where one of their representatives will photograph, measure and weigh the piece. The price for your surrogate will be set at 125% the days trading value of gold plus a small fee. Then Liz Glynn will make a paper trash replica of your jewelry, and it will then be memorialized in Bronze and plated in 24 karat gold. Finally, your surrogate will arrive at your door in 4 – 6 weeks. 

Sean Kennedy
Thomas Duncan Gallery (Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a solo exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Sean Kennedy. The show will feature a series of wall pieces consisting of synthetic suede stretched over panels and several works in which objects are placed on top of framed, clear acrylic glass panes that hang overhead. On view through July 7, 2012.

Native Strategies Launch Party
LACE (Hollywood)
7-9pm
LACE hosts the launch party for the second issue of Native Strategies, a performance journal of Los Angeles. This event will feature new performances by Emily Beattie, Brennan Gerard & Ryan Kelly, and a video piece by Jillian Stein. $12 admission also pays for a copy of Native Strategies Issue 2.

FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Michael Wilkinson: No History
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by painter Michael Wilkinson. No History will feature a series of twelve red abstract paintings featuring images of the May 1968 Paris riots, which began with student protests and progressed to a general workers’ strike, in addition to a series of etched mirrors entitled Dresden. On view through July 7, 2012.

CalArts MFA Graduate Exhibition
LA Mart (Downtown)
6pm
Opening reception for the Graduate Exhibition by the CalArts MFA class of 2012. The show will feature works by thirty-five MFA students from the programs in Art, Photography & Media, and Art & Technology. This exhibition is organized by Catherine Taft. On view through June 23, 2012.

Adam D. Miller: Rise of the Minotaur and Noah Doely: The Expanse of a Fact
Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid-Wilshire)
7pm
Opening reception for two shows. Adam D. Miller’s Rise of the Minotaur will feature paintings, drawings, collages and sculptures which portray humans or animals in states of aggressive or violent behavior. Noah Doely’s The Expanse of a Fact will feature a series of ambrotype and tintype photographs generated with photographic tools and methods from the mid-19th century. Both shows on view through June 30, 2012.

Inner Nature
Gallery 1988 (Mid City)
7-10pm
The opening reception of new works by Brad Klausen and Marq Spusta. On view through June 23, 2012.

Hot Paint: Group Exhibition
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
7pm
Opening reception for Hot Paint, a group exhibition of painted works by artists Heather Brown, Amy Feldman, Emily Noelle Lambert, Molly Larkey, Allison Miller, and Mary Addison Hackett. Ranging from the abstract to the representational, Hot Paint presents small to medium-sized canvases that touch on current themes in the practice at large. On view through July 1, 2012.

SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Bernard Chadwick: Synesthesia
Gallery km (Santa Monica)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition exploring the physicality of sound and vision. Synestesia will feature abstract screen-projections of color and light matched with sound recordings, colored painting-sculpture hybrids, and wall pieces formed from newsprint and ink. Chadwick’s work aims to dissect elements of sound and how it shapes environments and social structures. On view through July 7, 2012.

Made In L.A. 2012: : Public Opening
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Opening of the Hammer Museum and LA><ART’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of Los Angeles-based artists. Made in L.A. will present the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. The majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the array of practices found in Los Angeles. Spread throughout the Hammer Museum, LA><ART, and the LA Municipal Gallery at the Barnsdall Art Park, Made in L.A. 2012 will feature figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.

Alika Cooper: Women/works On Paper
TenOverSix (West Hollywood)
4pm
Opening reception for a solo show by Alika Cooper featuring work portraying iconic women who have/had a controlled play with the power of sensuality and popular culture. The portraits are based on film stills and photographs of Brigitte Bardot, Edie Sedgwick , Farrah Fawcett, and Grace Jones. This show is curated by Yaoska Davila. On view through July 7, 2012.

Why Abstract?
Diane Rosenstein Fine Art (Beverly Hills)
4pm
Panelists Kristina Newhouse (Curator, UAM/CSULB), writer Peter Frank, and artists Mara DeLuca, Daniel Cummings, and Eben Goff will explore the question and legacy of “abstraction” in painting and sculpture. The panel’s title refers to Hillaire Hiler’s 1945 book, “Why Abstact?” – a discussion on the theory behind abstract painting. This discussion is free and open to the public.

Jorge Mendez Blake: Poems and Monuments
1301PE (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception a solo show by Mexican artist Jorge Mendez Blake. Ranging from sculptures and drawings to wall paintings, and inspired by works of literature and poetry, Méndez Blake’s work draws connections between word and object, giving physical form to the written word. On view through July 14, 2012.

Hester Street Fair
Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue (Hollywood)
11am-7pm
This free, day-long event will feature a selection of bite-sized dishes by various Los Angeles restaurants, chefs and food trucks. The Street Fair will also feature more than 100 arts and crafts vendor and a craft beer garden and live music.

It’s An Origami Moment: Snowflake Sponge Module Workshop
Institute for Figuring (Downtown)
2pm
This origami workshop will contribute to the Mosely Snowflake Sponge, a large-scale origami project composed of 49,000 business cards. The completed sponge will be displayed at USC this fall.

Made in LA 2012: Public Opening
LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
2-5pm
This free event is presented in conjunction with Los Angeles biennial Made in LA. Made in LA will present the work of artists in the early stages of their careers alongside that of mid-career artists. The majority of works on view were created specifically for the exhibition and reveal the array of practices found in Los Angeles. Spread throughout three venues, Made in LA will feature figurative and abstract painting, sculpture, video installation, site- and situation-specific works, photography, works on paper, and a series of performances and public programs.

Amy Park: California Experimental Architecture and Phillip Toledano: A New Kind of Beauty
Kopeikin Gallery (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows. Amy Park’s California Experimental Architecture will feature a series of watercolors based on the work of architectural photographer Julius Shulman. Phillip Toledano’s A New Kind of Beauty will feature a series of sculptures of lifelike sculptures that explore the idea of modern beauty. Both shows on view through July 7, 2012.

Michael Kindred Knight: Wayward and Chris Lipomi and Jason Sherry
Luis de Jesus (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows. Wayward, a solo exhibition by Michael Kindred Knight,  features small abstract paintings. A group show by Chris Lipomi and Jason Sherry will feature works on paper, collages, and assemblages that critique history and contemporary society. Both shows on view through July 14, 2012.

Anna Betbeze: Wormholes
Francois Ghebaly (Culver City)
11am-6pm
Opening day of Wormholes, the first Los Angeles solo show from New York-based artist Anna Betbeze. The show explores scale, color, and material in four new works that utilize the gallery’s architectural features. On view through July 7, 2012.

Nano Rubio: Vectors and David Eddington: Ontology
George Lawson Gallery (Culver City)
5pm
Opening reception for two shows. Nano Rubio’s Vectors will feature new works by the LA-based painter. David Eddington’s Ontology will feature new works by the British painter. Both shows on on view through June 30, 2012.

Slanguage: This Is a Takeover!
LA><ART (Culver City)
12pm-3pm
Opening reception for Slanguage: This is a Takeover!, a function of Los Angeles biennial Made In LA 2012. This Is a Takeover! will feature art activations including a public billboard project, a mural on LA><ART’s facade, and an interactive installation documenting ten years of the collective’s projects. Slanguage will also host public programs, events, and performances that will give audiences access to its process of artistic creation.

Gustavo Godoy: Vacant Mounds and Markers and Jill Magid: Failed States
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows. Los Angeles-based artist Gustavo Godoy will present Vacant Mounds and Markers, a series of ground level sculptures that examine spiritual spaces and secular objects. These concrete pieces are reminiscent of ancient altars, minimalist sculptures, futuristic architecture, and urban demolition sites. Failed States is an exploration of coincidence and poetics amid the barriers and bureaucracy of governmental power by artist Jill Magid. Both shows on view through July 7, 2012.

This Is Your Library
Central Library (Downtown)
7pm
This event will feature Angelenos talking about what they do, how they do it, and what it means to be doing it in Los Angeles. Speakers will include actor Cheech Marin, Taschen’s “Sexy Book” editor Dian Hanson, National Book Award-nominated poet & UCLA professor of English Harryette Mullen, and founding member of The Cure Lol Tolhurst. There will also be live music, a full bar, and food. Tickets are $15.

GETART 5
Siren Studios (Hollywood)
7pm
This event will feature live art experiences, music, hosted cocktails and over 200 affordable works of art available for purchase. The proceeds from GETART 5 benefit Project Angel Food, an organization which assists men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses.

Pop Up Library: The Collectors
Monte Vista Projects (Highland Park)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show that explores the impulse to investigate experiences through physical objects. Curated by Danielle Sommer, The Collectors will feature photographs and literary publications. On view through July 1, 2012.

Your Own Best Secret Place
Human Resources (Chinatown)
3pm
Opening reception for Your Own Best Secret Place, an exhibition of new and recent work by art students from Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr. Middle School. Organized by artist and teacher Mark Roeder, the exhibition will feature a collaborative installation process which will culminate in this event. On view through June 9, 2012.

Layers: A Loose Horizon
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Lisa Little and Emily White. A Loose Horizon will include a large-scale installation that explores the threshold between perception and logic. On view through October 14, 2012. Admission is $5, free for PMCA members.

Love Kills: New works by Sticky Shaw
AR4T (Laguna Beach)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of new works by Orange County artist Robert “Sticky” Shaw. Love Kills will feature mixed media collages inspired by rock and roll, particularly Sex Pistols member Sid Vicious. On view through June 23, 2012.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
LACMA  (Miracle Mile)
11am-8pm
LACMA member’s preview of a new exhibition by Los Angeles-based multimedia artist Sharon Lockhart, who considers the legacy of Noa Eshkol, the Israeli dance composer, theorist, and textile artist who created a notation system capable of describing every perceptible movement of the body. Conceived as a two-person exhibition, Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkolpresents Eshkol’s achievements through a new five-channel film installation, a series of photographs, and a selection of Eshkol’s carpets, scores, and archival drawings. The exhibition was designed by Los Angeles-based architects Frank Escher and Ravi GuneWardena. On view through September 9, 2012.

Zac Monday
LA Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
11am-6pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in LA 2012, this performance will feature Zac Monday and his cast of characters presenting different scenarios around the gallery spaces. These performances call attention to architectural moments, emotional expectations, and the psychogeographic space of the museum. Performances will take place without set times, bringing an element of spontaneity and the unexpected to the event.

Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour
Meet at Flying Pigeon (Cypress Park)
11am
Presented by de LaB, the 4th Annual Design-n-Dim Sum Bike Tour will feature a Sunday morning bike ride through LA’s neighborhoods, stopping at design studios along the way, and ending in Chinatown for a dim sum brunch.

Hea-Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg and Dong Hyun Chung
LA Artcore at Union Center for the Arts  (Downtown)
3pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring artists Hea-Sook Yoo, Annabel Osberg & Dong Hyun Chung. The exhibition will feature paintings and drawings which explore the ideas of 21st-century isolation, privacy, human relationships and alienation. This event will feature an artist’s talk at 4pm. On view through June 30, 2012.

Kids in the Courtyard: Games of Afghanistan
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
1pm-4pm
This free children’s event will feature kite making, card games, egg fighting, and other games popular among Afghan youth. Students from UCLA’s Afghan Club will be on hand to teach these traditional activities. This event is presented in conjunction with the Fowler’s current exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Women.

Big Family Day
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
12pm-4pm
This free family event will feature gallery tours, hands-on activities, entertainment, and more. Inspired by MOCA’s current exhibitions Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 and Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder, participants will create projects or perform actions that integrate thinking, planning, executing, and documenting. Performers include musicians Mexika and Carl Stone, and dancer Sarah Swenson.

MONDAY, JUNE 4

Damsels in Distress
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
7:30pm
Screening of Damsels in Distress, the first film in 13 years by director Walt Stillman. The film is look into the psyche of privileged American youth, this time focus­ing on a group of undergraduates at a leafy East Coast university that has only recently begun to accept female students. Tickets are $12 and available online.

TUESDAY, JUNE 5

Lecture: Thomas Mayne: Culture Now
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
The Culture Now Project, founded by Pritzker prize-winner and UCLA Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne, presents the results of the first major study of mid-size American cities as they struggle to recover from the current economic crisis. A book signing will follow this free event.

Drama and Devotion: Heemskerck’s Ecce Homo Altarpiece
Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-5:30pm
Opening day of the Getty’s new exhibition featuring ‘Ecce Homo,’ an altarpiece by Netherlandish Renaissance master painter Maerten van Heemskerck. This exhibition marks the piece’s first appearance outside of Europe. In the exhibition, visitors will be able to walk around the altarpiece and study both its interior and exterior scenes. Didactic displays, featuring x-rays and infrared images of the painting, will illuminate Heemskerck’s working method and reveal the recent technical findings. On view through January 13, 2013.

Alexander Calder: An Evening of Music and Film
L&M Arts (Venice)
7pm
Presented in conjunction with L&M’s current Alexander Calder exhibition, this free event will feature a screening of Herbert Matter’s 1950 film, Works of Calder. Pianist Richard Valitutto will perform this score live during the viewing.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6

Reading: Dylan Hicks
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
Songwriter, musician, and writer Dylan Hicks will read from his new novel Boarded Windows, a postmodern orphan story set to music. The book will include a free download of Dylan Hicks Sings Bolling Greene, a soundtrack to the novel written and performed by the author. This event is free.

Image:
Johanna Breiding, A Point En Route to Itself Series, Digital C-Print, 2012 courtesy of the artist and Cal Arts

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Posted on: June 7th, 2012

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THURSDAY, JUNE 7

Zac Monday
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11am-8pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A., this performance will feature Zac Monday and his cast of characters presenting different scenarios around the gallery spaces. These performances call attention to architectural moments, emotional expectations, and the psychogeographic space of the museum. Performances will take place without set times, bringing an element of spontaneity and the unexpected to the event.

Bike Night at the Hammer
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
The Hammer’s 4th annual Bike Night will feature bicycle-related crafts, a bike runway show, games, tune-ups, a film screening, ice cream, beer, wine, and other refreshments. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012and will include free admission to the biennial exhibition at the Hammer.

And Proud of It
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
As part of LGBT Heritage Month, Skylight Books will host And Proud of It: Gay and Lesbian Writers Who Inspired Us. This free event will feature Los Angeles writers reading the work of gay and lesbian authors who inspired them. Curated by Noel Alumit, this event will feature Hope Edelman, Leslie Schwartz, Frederick Smith, Lisa Yee, Imani Tolliver, Steven Reigns, and Raquel Gutierrez reading works by authors including Truman Capote and Octavia Butler.

Undergraduate Senior Exhibition: EMMEFFAY #5
UCLA New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
5pm
Opening reception for a collection featuring works by the UCLA Department of Art’s undergraduate senior class. The event will feature performances by Arielle Bluman, Sally Spitz, Trenton Szewczyk, and Lainey Racah. On view through June 16, 2012.

Cindy Derby: Edward’s House of String
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
7pm
LA-based artist Cindy Derby will put on a performance combining stop-motion animation, puppetry, and handcrafted scenic elements to create an existential narrative told through the perspective of Edward the Skeleton. This free event will be preceded by a happy hour reception at 5pm. Headgear for Tony, SBCAF’s current exhibition by the UCSB MFA class of 2012 will also be open for viewing.

LUST
MKL Pop (West Hollywood)
8pm
MKL Pop presents an evening of photography, sculpture, interactive works and a live performance. This event will also include food, cocktails, and music. Featured artists will include Javiera Estrada, Andrew Matusik, Cynthia Cortes, Lionel Deluy, Jack Gerlach, and Constanze Hey. Location provided with RSVP.

Laguna Art Museum Art Walk
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
5pm-9pm
This free monthly event at the Laguna Art Museum will feature a lecture by experimental painter Allison Schulnik. The museum’s current exhibition Abstract Classics will be on display, and the museum will also host a benefit book sale.

Performing Activism: Mediagenic Art from Three Weeks in May to the Occupy Movement
MOCA (Downtown)
7pm
Grant Kester, chair of the visual arts department at UC San Diego, will moderate a discussion between artists Suzanne Lacy and Janet Owen Driggs on the evolution of performative activist art over the past 35 years, particularly with regard to its relationship to the changing media landscape. This free discussion is the final event in MOCA’s Engagement Party Art Talks series.

FRIDAY, JUNE 8

Women without Men at the New Center for Psychoanalysis
The New Center for Psychoanalysis (West L.A.)
7:30-9:20pm
After screening Shirin Neshat’s 2009 work adapted from Shahmush Parsipur’s magical realist novel, mother and daughter psychoanalysts Sharzahd Siassi, Ph.D., and Guilan Siassi, Ph.D. will examine the film’s use of dream narrative and consider Neshat’s use of such symbolic exploration in terms of its capacity to reflect the affective truth of women in an oppressive patriarchy. This film chronicles the intertwining lives of four Iranian women during the summer of 1953- a cataclysmic moment in Iranian history when a U.S. led, British backed, coup d’etat brought down the democratically elected Prime Minister and reinstalled the Shah to power. 

Poetry in Spanish and English
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
This free event will feature readings by authors Anthony McCann, Jen Hofer, and Dolores Dorantes.

Post Moral Neanderthal Retardist Pornography
Subliminal Projects (Echo Park)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new linocut work by Amphetamine Records founder Tom Hazelmyer and the release of a Melvins/Hammerhead split, picture-disc vinyl featuring art by Chris Mars, Camille Rose Garcia, HAZE-XXL, Junko Mizuno, and Shepard Fairey. Also on display will be work by Melvins’ in house artist Mackie, collage artist Math.i, and the art of Husker Du’s Grant Hart. On view through June 22. A post reception party will be held at The Echo. Tickets are $12 and available online.

Friday Night Wine Tasting
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
5:30pm
This wine tasting event, happening every Friday evening throughout the month of June, will feature four small production wines from around the globe as selected by Silverlake Wine. A variety of food trucks will be on-site, and guests are welcome to bring picnic dinners. Tickets are $25 and available online. Made in L.A. 2012 at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall park will be open for viewing until 8pm.

Patricia Fernández: A Record of Succession
ltd los angeles (West Hollywood)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by artist Patricia Fernández featuring paintings made from repurposed fabrics and dyed linens with sewn buttons in addition to a grouping of wooden boxes. The installation is part of a larger group of works from A Record of Succession that can also be seen in Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum.

Extended Hours at the Getty Center
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-9pm
The Getty Center will stay open until 9pm in conjunction with the museum’s new summer hours. Current exhibitions include the recently opened Heaven, Hell, and Dying Well: Images of Death in the Middle Ages, which features paintings, books, stained glass and illuminated manuscripts. The Getty will offer extended hours on Friday and Saturday evenings through September 22.

SATURDAY, JUNE 9

L.A. Artists’ Mini-Town Hall
JACCC Japan America Theatre (Downtown)
9:30am-1:30pm
This day-long event, presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation, will feature panel discussions focusing on resources available to artists in Los Angeles. Local and national arts funders from organization including the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and United States Artists will discuss the current funding environment. Afternoon roundtable talks will allow artists to speak one on one with service providers. Tickets for this event are $10 and include a light lunch. 

L.A. in Focus
Mark Taper Auditorium at the Los Angeles Central Library (Downtown)
2pm
Opening day of a show featuring photographs from the 1932 and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, culled from the Photo Collection of Los Angeles Public Library. Curated by author David Davis, L.A. in Focus will feature photographs of Olympic athletes including Babe Didrikson, Carl Lewis, Joan Benoit, Michael Jordan, and Mary Lou Retton.

Getty Center Family Festival
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-6pm
This free, daylong family festival, inspired by the Getty’s current exhibitions Herb Ritts: L.A. Style and Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity, will feature activities including dancing, storytelling, photography lessons, and magazine cover design. Music will be provided by DJ Paul V.

Paul Pescador: Situating
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
12-10pm
A ten hour performance in which Paul Pescador alone will reenact moments from four previous events. He will re-stage each of them in chronological order using the previous performances as a basis. Situating will consist of an installation of objects and a four-part film. The same objects will appear both in the space and in the film, having been taken altered dramatically between mediums.

Joshua Petker: Adrift
LeBasse Projects (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for a solo exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Petker featuring a series of conceptual paintings in which Petker explores the relationship between humans and the sea. On view through July 7, 2012.

Motion: The Art of Movement
Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by more than twenty five artists including Benjamin Bryce Kelley, Cleon Peterson, COOP, Korin Faught, and Marco Mazzoni. Featuring paintings, digital renderings and more, the works in The Art of Movement each capture a different aspect of movement and motion. On view through June 30, 2012.

In Spite of Their Defeat
Greene Exhibitions (Culver City)
6pm
Opening reception for Greene Exhibitions’ inaugural group show In Spite of Their Defeat. Featuring works by artists Heimir Bjorgulfsson, Juliana Paciulli, William Ransom, and Amir Zaki, this collection of collages, videos, sculptures and photographs will explore the concepts of victory and defeat. On view through July 17, 2012.

Brian Sharp and Justin Beal
ACME (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for two shows at ACME: abstract paintings by Los Angeles-based painter Brian Sharp and sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Justin Beal. Both exhibitions on view through July 7, 2012.

Hot White Flesh Ties
Favorite Goods (Chinatown)
6pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition featuring works by New York-based artists N. Dash, Catherine Czacki, Lukas Geronimas, Lauren Luloff, and Patricia Treib. Curated by Sarah Walzer, this show will feature works inspired by a page from painter Joan Snyder’s notebook. Hot White Flesh Ties will explore the importance of a female sensibility in relation to making objects. On view through July 14, 2012.

Wasted: The Great American Pastime
WWA Gallery (Culver City)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show that explores the relationship between art and drugs and alcohol and the impact of these substances on American culture and counterculture. Curated by Dave MacDowell, Wasted will feature works by more than seventy artists. On view through June 30, 2012.

Craig Cowan: Divine Proportion
Couturier Gallery (Mid-City West)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of nude images by the late Los Angeles-based photographer Craig Cowan. Divine Proportion will focus on Cowan’s approach to the male figure and his inclusion of the ancient rules of composition known as the Golden Section or Divine Proportion. This show will include drawings, photographs and more than 30 silver and platinum/palladium prints. On view through July 14, 2012.

Last Stop Expo Auction
C2 Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Santa Monica Auctions will present its final live, outdoor modern and contemporary public art auction at Bergamot Station’s C2 auction space, which will soon be demolished as part of the Bergamot Light Rail Station project. The auction will feature works by artists including Andy Warhol, Ed Kienholz, David Hockney, Raymond Pettibon, and Pablo Picasso and will continue on Sunday, June 10.

Natural Fiction
Aran Cravey (Venice)
5pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition of photographs guest curated by Shelley De Soto of De Soto Gallery. Natural Fiction will feature works by artists Connie Samaras, Amelia Bauer, and Laura Plageman, all of whom depict landscapes in their photographs. On view through July 8, 2012.

Imagining Women
Avenue 50 Studio (Highland Park)
7pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by female artists including Pat Boyd, Lynda Brothers, Ruth De Nicola, Pat Gomez, Rebeca Guerrero, Heather Hoggan, Patricia Lazalde, Dorothy Magallon, Susanna Meiers, Poli Marichal, and Isabel Martinez. Curated by Raoul De la Sota, each piece in Imagining Women will feature the artist’s representation of themselves. On view through July 8, 2012.

Jeannie Simms: That Is the Impression We Receive
Commonwealth & Council (Wilshire Center)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring new videos and photographs by artist Jeannie Simms. That Is the Impression We Receive explores cross cultural encounters and collaborations with elementary school students from Nara, Japan and Provincetown, Massachusetts. On view through June 30, 2012.

Clarence Hinkle, Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight, ex·pose: peter bo rappmund
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
6pm
Opening reception for the Laguna Art Museum’s three summer exhibitions. Clarence Hinkle will feature a retrospective of works by the late painter. This collection will be presented in conjunction with Modern Spirit and the Group of Eight, a group in which Hinkle was a member. Ex·pose will feature works by Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Peter Bo Rappmund  All exhibitions on view through October 7, 2012.

Michelle Andrade: Self-Titled
Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by LA-based artist Michelle Andrade. Self-Titled will feature a series of brightly-colored ink on notebook and graph paper drawings which explore everyday moments experienced both externally and via internal monologue. On view through July 14, 2012.

Rita Project Open Art Studio
Sancho (Echo Park)
8pm
Opening reception for an ongoing open art studio by suicide prevention organization Rita Project. This summer residency by Kim Strouse and Dani Collins will offer interactive arts programming to nurture healing, assist with suicide prevention education, and raise public awareness of the importance of the arts to mental health. Daily activities and events will happen at the gallery space through July 1, 2012.

Evo Soria, Jr.
The Navarro Residence (Highland Park)
6pm
The Navarro Residence gallery series presents a collection of works by Chicago-based artist Evo Soria Jr. This event will mark Soria’s first showing in Los Angeles.

Home Is Where the Needle Marks
(Sub)Urban Home (Downtown)
7pm
Opening reception for a group exhibition that will explore the concept of home through various needle-point methods. Participating artists were asked to submit works that deal with the idea of how they interpret their own place of refuge. The show will feature stitch works including crochet, knitting, embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, quilting, and applique.

Noah’s Ark: The L.A. Landing
Siglo Moderno (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for a collection of works by artist Frederique Morrel. Noah’s Ark will feature a variety of life size sculptures covered with needlework. On view through August 31, 2012.

SUNDAY, JUNE 10

Lecture: The Four-Legged Muse: Horses in Painting
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
3pm
Anne Woollett, a curator in the Department of Paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum, will deliver a lecture on horses as subjects in paintings. She will consider some of the ways in which artists were engaged by the form of the horse and discuss the horse as a vehicle for emotion. Reservations are recommended for this free event.

Art for Clare
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
1pm-4pm
The sixth annual Art for Clare fundraiser will feature art to view and purchase, a silent auction, live music, cocktails and food from Los Angeles eateries including Melisse, Kate Mantilini, Fonuts, and Global Cuisine. Over sixty pieces by local artists including Roland Reiss, Anthony Hopkins, and Ed Ruscha will be up for auction. Proceeds benefit the Clare Foundation, which provides addiction treatment for individuals and families in Los Angeles. Tickets are $25 and available online.

Last Stop Expo Auction
C2 Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Santa Monica Auctions will present its final live, outdoor modern and contemporary public art auction at Bergamot Station’s C2 auction space, which will soon be demolished as part of the Bergamot Light Rail Station project. The auction will feature works by artists including Andy Warhol, Ed Kienholz, David Hockney, Raymond Pettibon, and Pablo Picasso.

Blast! [9] Garden Party
Private Residence (Malibu)
4pm
This event, benefitting SASSAS, will feature music from Sister Mantos and LA Trombone Collective plus DJs Black Panty Annie and Year of the Rat. The event will also include a silent auction with visual art works by Patricia Fernandez, Liz Larner, Karthik Pandian, and Jill Spector. Tickets are $30-$50 and include food and drinks.

Artist Walk Through: Daniel Aksten and Ardeshir Tabrizi
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
3pm
Artists Daniel Aksten and Ardeshir Tabrizi will lead walk throughs of their exhibitions Support, Edge, Variation and Paintings & Notes in conjunction with the closing day of both shows. Each artist will discuss their work and process and answer questions. Champagne and refreshments will be provided.

SURFING & SMOKING
Various Small Fires (Venice)
7-9pm
Christopher James and Nick Herman (themodelingagency.net) host the night in celebration of X-TRA’s new issue and the return of summer. Dedicated to the study of surfing and smoking, the night’s themes are pulled from the pages of their issue. Dr. Jeroen Molemaker (Associate Research Professor in Physical Oceanography at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA) explains how chaos theory is used to model waves and smoke for film animations. Grant W. Graves (Founder Precision Diving and Vice President of AIDA, the Worldwide Federation for breath-hold diving) conducts a breath-holding workshop. Christopher James will screen his new video about being out on the water.

TUESDAY, JUNE 12

Yoga for Artists
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
12-1pm
Enjoy a creativity-focused yoga session taught by Tiffany Russo.  Please bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Yoga for Artists will be free for a limited time.

Time Alters All: A Retrospective of an Emerging Artist
8618 Melrose Avenue (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for filmmaker and artist Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s inaugural solo exhibition Time Alters All: A Retrospective of an Emerging Artist, curated by Price Latimer Agah. This exhibition, hosted by Shane Guffogg, Julian Sands, Jason Schwartzman, Nona Summers, Tara Summers, and Gloria Vanderbilt, this exhibition will feature a series of oil on cardboard paintings. On view through June 22, 2012.

Discussion: On Restoring Modernism: The Purist and The Pragmatist
A+D Museum (Miracle Mile)
6:30pm
Designer and collector Michael Boyd will discuss the role of the homeowner as guardian, in regards to the the rehabilitation of modern domestic architecture. The lecture is presented in conjunction with Boyd’s exhibition PLANEfurniture: types + prototypes at Edward Cella Art + Architecture. A reception at Edward Cella will follow the discussion. Tickets are $10.

Simone Forti: News Animation Improvisations
LA><ART (Culver City)
7pm
Performance artist Simone Forti’s News Animation Improvisations method encompasses the translation of the imagery and language of newspaper reports and newscasts into improvised movement compositions. Listening to and reading the news throughout the past months, Forti has produced a series of writings and drawings that she will translate into this collaborative improvisational performance. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Discussion: Yoko Kanayama, Veronique d’ Entremont, and Elena Manferdini
Design Matters (West L.A.)
8pm
As part of its ongoing artist conversation series, Design Matters presents a conversation between Yoko Kanayama, Veronique d’ Entremont, and Elena Manferdini, all of whom are currently showing in the venue’s gallery space. The discussion will focus on each artist’s creative processes, from formulation to execution.

Image:
Joshua Petker, Untitled (Beached), 2012

 

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Posted on: June 20th, 2012

ForYourArt’s curated list of the best opportunities to SEECOLLECTLEARN ABOUT, and SUPPORT art each week.

THURSDAY, JUNE 21

Liz Glynn: No Second Troy Catalogue Launch
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
6-9pm
Curated by Ciara Ennis at Pitzer Art Galleries, Pitzer College earlier this year, Liz Glynn: No Second Troy explored the discovery and legacy of Priam’s Treasure, the importation of people and goods across the same border, the resulting contemporary cultural artifacts, and the hybridized identity that ensued. Featuring images from Glynn’s videos, installations, and sculptural works, the catalogue also includes an interview between Machine Project Executive Director Mark Allen and Glynn, in addition to essays by Dean of the School of Art at Cal Arts Thomas Lawson and Director/Curator at Pitzer Art Galleries Ciara Ennis.

Beauty is Embarrassing
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
The Los Angeles Film Festival premiere of Beauty is Embarrassing, a new documentary chronicling Los Angeles-based designer, painter, puppeteer, sculptor, and musician Wayne White, one of the artists behind the television show Pee Wee’s Playhouse. The film features interviews with Matt Groening, Mark Mothersbaugh, Todd Oldham, Paul Reubens, Gary Panter, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, and more. A Q&A will follow the screening. Tickets are $13 and available online.

Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
8pm
The second installment of LACMA’s concert series Through the Mic: LACMA X Hip Hop will feature performances by Medusa, Dumbfoundead, and Gizzle. Hosted by hip hop artist and co-curator MURS, Through the Mic explores contemporary Los Angeles hip hop, with an emphasis on the diversity of LA-based artists. Tickets for this event are $15 and available online.

David Benjamin Sherry
Ooga Booga (Chinatown)
6pm
Photographer David Benjamin Sherry will sign his new book of images, Quantum Light, at Ooga Booga. In the book, Sherry continues to work with the vivid colors that permeate his practice. Quantum Light contains a preface with a conversation between Sherry and Collier Schorr.

Ashley Hunt: Notes on the Emptying of a City
Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
Ashley Hunt’s solo performance Notes on the Emptying of a City is based on Hurricane Katrina and the questions of race, visibility, and speech that the natural disaster continues to reveal. Hunt will narrate his experiences of working with social justice activists in New Orleans while presenting images of the city interspersed with video of citizens’ testimony. Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this event will conclude with a discussion with the audience.

Studio Tour at the American Cement Building
American Cement Building (MacArthur Park)
7pm
As part of the LA Design Festival, The Architect’s Newspaper‘s West Coast Editor Sam Lubell has organized a tour of the studios that populate the American Cement Building. Participating studios include DRDS, Kelly Architects, Platform for Architecture + Research, Stayner Architects, Studio Bonner, Synthesis Design + Architecture, WROAD, and VA Design. Tours will be self-guided.

AIGA LA 2012 Fellow Award & Visionary Award Celebration
Royal/T (Culver City)
7pm
Presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Design Festival, this event will celebrate the newly established Visionary Award along with AIGA Los Angeles 2012 Fellow Award
recipients, Agustin Garza, David Mayes, Lynda Weinman and Bruce Heavin. Tickets are $50-$100.

Lecture: Tile, Texture, and Color in the Kitchen and Beyond
Walker Zanger (West Hollywood)
7pm
As part of the Los Angeles Design Festival, Dwell on Design will present a panel discussion on textures and materials in the kitchen and beyond. Panelists include architect Bruce Bolander, Dwell’s Deputy Editor Jaime Gillin, VP of Business Development at William-Sonoma Katherine Rice, and Walker Zanger’s VP of Design & Marketing Jared Becker.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

Friday Night Wine Tasting
Barnsdall Art Park (Los Feliz)
5:30pm
This wine tasting event, happening every Friday evening throughout the summer, will feature four small production wines from around the globe as selected by Silverlake Wine. A variety of food trucks will be on-site, and guests are welcome to bring picnic dinners. Tickets are $25 and available online.

Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
10am
Opening day of a three day expo featuring lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Ticket prices vary; email celebrate@foryourart.com for your chance to win tickets or purchase tickets online.

Liza Ryan: Rare Bloom
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Santa Monica)
7-9pm
An exhibition of works by mixed media artist Liza Ryan.  On view through September 1, 2012.

Scott Benzel
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7:30pm
Inspired by a photo essay from a 1967 issue of Esquire Magazine, this performance will feature two reel-to-reel tape loops stretched between dancers costumed as the faux Maoist rebel that Sharon Tate portrayed in the magazine. The looping tapes will play an electronic composition while live musicians play both a predetermined score and improvised reactions. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012.

Math Bass
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
8pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this performance will bring a chorus of collaborators together for a performance that meditates on bodies absorbed in stillness. Performers will act out different phases of physical and emotional transformation. Free tickets are required for admission to this event and are available upon arrival.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

Flashback to Now
Edgar Varela Fine Arts (Downtown)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles-based muralist Eloy Torrez and photographs by LA-based urban landscape photographer Juliane Backmann. On view through July 21, 2012.

Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
10am
This three day design expo will feature lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Tickets are available online.

Harry Callahan: Abstracted Nature
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for a  a series of gelatin silver prints by artist Harry Callahan. On view through August 18, 2012.

Formwandler
Richard Telles Fine Art (Mid-City)
5pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by Los Angeles-based artists Lucas Blalock, Sarah Conaway, Dan Finsel, Laeh Glenn, Caroline Thomas, and Tyler Vlahovich. Formwandler will feature sculptures, photographs, and paintings. On view through August 4, 2012.

Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective
Social and Public Art Resource Center (Venice)
1-6pm
The Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective will celebrate the inauguration of their new space and arts residency at the Social and Public Art Resource Center with this day long celebration. The show will feature work by the group’s current members Kay Brown, Nguyen Li, Poli Marichal, Don Newton, Victor Rosas, and Marianne Sadowski.

Takehito Koganezawa: Paint it Black, and Erase
Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Berlin-based Takehito Koganezawa will conduct a live video performance during this opening reception. With a camera positioned directly over his work surface, he will “spin” his drawings to project overlaying image streams on the gallery wall. The resulting images and other works by Koganezawa will be on view through September 1, 2012.

Gay Summer Rick: Series in Sand and Sky
BG Gallery (Santa Monica)
6:30pm
Opening reception for an exhibition by Malibu-based artist Gay Summer Rick. Series in Sand and Sky features Rick’s new series of paintings inspired by the Pacific Coast Highway. On view through July 22, 2012.

Super Tetricide
Home Room (Silverlake)
7pm
Opening reception for Super Tetricide, an immersive exhibition incorporating video games and interactive media. The show will feature independently designed video games as well as video game-related objects. On view through August 11, 2012.

Group Performance
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Group performance featuring artists Dylan Doren, Geoff Geis, Michael Nhat, K to the I???, Orbless, and Paper Slang. There will be a $5 cover at the door.

Knowledges
Mount Wilson Observatory (Mount Wilson)
10am-12am
This day-long event and group show at the Mount Wilson Observatory will feature the work of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists including Dani Tull, Norman Klein, and Louisa Van Leer.  Pieces will explore ideas embodied by the observatory including astronomy, scientific discovery, space exploration, optics, recorded observation, and cosmology. The two day event will feature lectures, film screenings, music performances, and more.

The Washington School
Diane Rosenstein Fine Arts (Beverly Hills)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by the Washington Color School painters. This exhibition will include 14 paintings by artists Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Thomas Downing, Gene Davis, and Howard Mehring, the original artists included in Gerald Nordland’s 1965 exhibition “The Washington Color Painters.” On view through August 25, 2012.

Simulacrum
Gallery 825 (West Hollywood)
6pm
Opening reception for Simulacrum, an multi-disciplinary group show exploring the concepts of superficial likenesses and images in contemporary culture. Simulacrum will be juried by Bennett Roberts of Roberts & Tilton. Artists include Brian Mallman, Peta Orbach, and Valerie Wilcox, each of whom will also be featured in solo exhibitions in the gallery space. On view through July 20, 2012.

Amanda Ross-Ho: Teeny Tiny Woman
MOCA Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
11am-6pm
Opening day of a new collection by Los Angeles-based artist Amanda Ross-Ho. Created specifically for the MOCA Pacific Design Center, Teeny Tiny Woman explores Ross-Ho’s ongoing engagement with translation, scale, and authentic and performed gestures through large-scale paintings, fabricated objects, textiles, and photographs within a custom architectural environment. On view through September 23, 2012.

Yearbook Signing Party
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
1pm
This free party will celebrate the newly released Hammer yearbook with food, drinks, and music. A Public Engagement project by Harrell Fletcher and Adam Moser, Yearbook is an artist book that captures a year at the museum through the vernacular of a high school yearbook. Participants in the project, including Hammer artists, public program participants, and staff will be on hand to autograph books, which will be on sale for $20.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24

Levitated Mass Public Dedication
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
11am
LACMA CEO Michael Govan, LACMA board co-chair Terry Semel, and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will lead a public dedication ceremony to officially open LACMA’s new permanent installation Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer. Attendees will be able to walk under this 340-ton boulder through a 456 foot long concrete slot that descends 15 feet  deep with the granite megalith suspended overhead. Free museum admission from June 24 to July 1, 2012 for residents in zip codes along the boulder transport route.

Knowledges
Mount Wilson Observatory (Mount Wilson)
10-12am
This day long event and group show at the Mount Wilson Observatory will feature the work of more than thirty contemporary Los Angeles artists including Dani Tull, Norman Klein, and Louisa Van Leer.  Pieces will explore ideas embodied by the observatory including astronomy, scientific discovery, space exploration, optics, recorded observation, and cosmology. The two day event will feature lectures, film screenings, music performances, and more.

Lou Beach: Pictures & Stories and Jay Willis: Ring of Fire
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
2pm
Opening reception for two shows. Lou Beach’s Pictures & Stories will feature new and recent collages by the illustrator, author and artist. Jay Willis’ Ring of Fire will feature a welded steel sculpture on display in the gallery’s garden. Both shows on view through August 5, 2012.

Jack Goldstein x 10,000
Orange County Museum of Art (Newport Beach)
11am-5pm
Opening day of a retrospective featuring the work of artist Jack Goldstein, a central figure in the Postmodern movement of the 1970s and 80s. The exhibition includes two immersive installations, 20 of Goldstein’s films produced from 1971 to 1983, 22 paintings, a selection of 18 records with listening stations, and selected writings. On view through September 9, 2012.

Dwell on Design
Los Angeles Convention Center (Downtown)
10am
This three day design expo will feature lectures, presentations, and design ideas for the house, garden, and more. The event will feature a keynote speech by Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair and include home tours in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. The expo will also offer expert consultations and ideas in clean vehicle technology. Tickets are available online.

Math Bass
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
3pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012, this performance will bring a chorus of collaborators together for a performance that meditates on bodies absorbed in stillness. Performers will act out different phases of physical and emotional transformation. Free tickets are required for admission to this event and are available upon arrival.

Mashup: Downtown, Ramps, Victorians, Freeways and More
Locations Vary (Downtown)
9-5pm
This walking tour, presented in conjunction with the Los Angeles Design Festival, will start downtown with ramps and passages, move into stairways through Angelino Heights and Echo Park, hit Elysian Park, and then head along freeway passages to the LA River. The walk will be roughly 12 miles total, with various points of exit along the route.

MONDAY, JUNE 25

47th Annual Gold Crown Award - Inaugural AxS 2012 Awards
Descanso Gardens at Boddy House (La Canada Flintridge)
5:30-8pm
Enjoy a private walk through of the Descanso Gardens and tour the Sturt Haaga Gallery. Then watch the award ceremony where President of Art Center College of Design Lorne Buchman and Director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory Dr. Charles Elachi will be honored with the Inaugural 2012 AxS Awards–celebrating the allied importance of art and science–and Paul and Heather Haaga will be recognized for their outstanding philanthropy and community service with the 2012 Gold Crown Award. Tickets cost $125 and are available for purchase by emailing info@pasadenaartscouncil.org.

L.A. Unified: Open Drawing
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
7pm
L.A. Unified is an inter-institutional group exhibition of selected graduating BFA art students from Los Angeles area art schools and universities with art programs. Open Drawing is a weekly drawing club that offers free drawing supplies and artistic support to artists who want it. For more information please visit www.launified.org.

TUESDAY, JUNE 26

Made in L.A. Tour
LAMAG (Los Feliz)
7pm
This free public tour of Made in L.A. 2012 at the L.A. Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park will be led by LAMAG educators and LA><ART docents.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27

Artist Anonymous Group Meeting
LA><ART (Culver City)
7pm
Presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012 and organized and moderated by Slanguage, this discussion forums for artists will create a space for creative practitioners to discuss some of the personal and professional issues currently facing contemporary artists. The discussion is open to artists only. RSVP for this free event at slanguageRSVP@laxart.org.

DJ, Drinks, and Artist Talks
Annie Wharton Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center (West Hollywood)
7pm
This free event will feature artist talks from Davida Nemeroff and Rona Yefman, whose group show, Shellfish, will on display at Annie Wharton through June 29, 2012. The evening will also include drinks and music by DJ Daisy O’dell.

Image by Lucas Blalock courtesy of the artist.