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Posted on: March 29th, 2012

ForYourArt Announces Win Pacific Standard Time in Print: The Catalogue Show

March 31, 2012
11am to 8pm (more…)

SEE: Daniel Rolnik’s Guide to the Brewery ArtWalk

Posted on: March 28th, 2012

Blogger Daniel Rolnik Tells You How to Navigate the Brewery ArtWalk

Where to Start: Whatever you do, don’t plan your route for the art walk ahead of time. Instead, make sure you have at least 4-5 hours reserved to properly experience the bi-annual event. Get lost inside of The Brewery and treat your whole time there as one giant adventure. You’re no longer an art enthusiast doing studio visits, you’re an adventurer on an urban art safari. And since a majority of the grounds look like they’re straight out of Jurassic Park, it’s not that hard to imagine.

Meat Eaters Rejoice: I’m about to give you the lowdown on my favorite spot to eat at before hitting up The Brewery. A restaurant that’s been open since 1908, back when trolley cars roared through Downtown and moviegoers wore their finest attire to the cinemas that have since been turned into pawn shops. The one, the only, The Original Phillipe’s. Order this and thank me later: a ‘double-dipped’ Beef French dip sandwich.

Burst Your Comfort Bubble: Half the fun of going to a studio vs. a gallery is that you can interact with the artists without a middleman. So, don’t be shy. Ask whatever you want and don’t worry about the consequences. Especially since, some of the artists at The Brewery have lived there for over 30 years and have some wild stories to tell – like Llyn Foulkes, who told my brother and I that rock n’ roll killed his pet raven.

Buy Buy Buy: If you have the opportunity to purchase a work directly from the artist, just do it. For you see, when an artist has work in a gallery they have to split their share of the profit by 50% – half of it going to the gallery and the other half going to themselves. So, when you buy directly from an artist, you’re actually getting a better price because they don’t have to overcompensate for their loss of profit to the gallery.

New Blood: If you’ve been avoiding The Brewery at all costs because you think it’s full of geezers – think again! There’s a whole new batch of residents that I like to call the new blood of The Brewery. They are young and on the cusp of the cutting edge, like Danielle Lange who lives life as both a model and fine artist. Sure, there are still dirty burning man folks around, but don’t fret too much about them because you can always walk out of their studios just as fast as you walked in.

ART IS SHIT: My favorite member of The Brewery’s new blood is Ryan McIntosh, who will be showcasing his personal work as well as the fine-art editions he’s created for others through his business Art Is Shit. You’ll be able to spot his studio by all of the black and white wheat-pastes he’s put up on his fence featuring vintage ads for art schools. Speaking of which, Ryan, a recent MFA grad from RISD, caused a stir when he placed small prints of all the other graduate students’ work inside of vending machines that attendees could purchase with custom tokens he fabricated that said “Ideas are a dime a dozen.”

VIVA LA: It’s part of my good luck tradition to visit Andre Miripolsky’s studio during the art walk. And in fact, there isn’t a year that’s gone by where I haven’t stopped by his place. He’s been a resident of The Brewery for at least 20 years and his vibrantly colored paintings always make me feel joyful and energized. Most people have actually seen his artwork around Los Angeles without even knowing it. Since, a majority of the electronic billboards project his VIVA LA painting throughout the day.

RAID Projects: Although not technically part of The Brewery, RAID Projects is a gallery just on the outskirts of it that will be open during the walk. And their current exhibit is a must-see-melt-your-face-off kind of show. The artists, Michelle Carla Handel and Josh Atlas, have really outdone themselves by creating an environment that anyone with a sense of play or fun will love. In fact, if you don’t love it, I don’t trust you. 

Expect the Unexpected: Vannessa Bonet’s collaborative installations offer viewers insane experiences that are thoroughly entertaining. She’s one of those artists, where if someone told me she was putting together a performance at 5am in the dessert, I would jump in my car and make the drive out to watch it without hesitation. I have absolutely no clue what she’s up to for the upcoming art walk, but all I can say is that I already know it’s going to be great.

Burlesque: An art walk with some T&A gets a BIG OH-YAY from me!!! During the day, the girls of the Brazen Booties Burlesque will be putting on performances every half hour. So, I suggest walking to the top of their scary metallic building, figuring out what time they go on, and then getting back to their studio a couple minutes before show time.

Don’t Forget to Party: Here’s the big secret I shouldn’t really be telling you about, but I’m going to do it anyways. The art walk is only half the madness – the other half happens during all the after-parties that go down. However, the only way to find out about them is to ask each artist what their plans are. So again, don’t be shy, they’ll let you know what’s up.

by Daniel Rolnik

Image:

Llyn Foulkes, Robert’s Rock – Courtesy of the artist and Kent Gallery New York

PLAN ForYourArt February 2-February 8

Posted on: February 1st, 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 Picks for the Week.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Lecture and Exhibition Walk-Through: Performance Art in Southern California
Pomona College/Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
5pm
A discussion on performance art in Southern California by the Getty Research Institute’s Glenn Phillips, Co-Director of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival and Co-Curator of It Happened at Pomona: Art at the Edge of Los Angeles 1969-1973. The discussion will take place at Smith Campus Center 208 in Pomona College. An exhibition walk-through and reception will follow at Pomona College Museum of Art.

Aesthetics 2012
The Perfect Exposure Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
6-9pm
This annual exhibition presents the work of upcoming and established photographers in a variety of mediums and themes. Aesthetics includes Pulitzer, World Press Photo, and Robert Capa award winners, as well as fine art and upcoming photographers from around the world. On view through March 17, 2012.

Etsy Craft Night: Personalized Journals Led by Lisa Engelbrecht
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
7-9pm
Create a personalized journal with Lisa Engelbrecht, author of Modern Calligraphy and Hand Lettering. Lisa will begin by creating a nameplate for you in her distinctive lettering style. Then, you’ll customize a journal. $5 or free for CAFAM Members

America Martin: Exuberance
Joanne Artman Gallery (Laguna Beach)
6-9pm
An exhibition of works by Columbian-American artist America Martin. Martin works in various media but favors depicting the human form, and her works reflect influences of Cubism, Fauvism, and Minimalism. On view through March 31, 2012.

Christine Marie: Multiplying Spectacles
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
7pm
Based on the history of mirrors, Christine Marie’s large-scale projected shadow theater performance is accompanied by a live score, incorporating video effects and 3D stereoscopic shadow work. A pre-performance happy hour will start at 6:30. This event is free.

UCLA Department of Art Lecture: Mari Eastman
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
A lecture by artist Mari Eastman, whose paintings have been shown in numerous exhibitions locally and abroad. She lives in Los Angeles and has been a frequent visiting lecturer on painting and drawing in the UCLA Department of Art. All Hammer public programs are free.

Spotlight on Lars von Trier: Zentropa and Medea
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7pm and 9:25pm
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA series, a screening of two films by Lars von Trier. At 7pm see Zentropa, a thriller based in postwar Germany. In Medea, which will screen at 9:25pm, von Trier transforms the Greek myth of a woman scorned by her lover into an atmospheric and intimate epic. $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors and, students. $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members. $5 for Medea only. Tickets are available online.

CamLab: You Are an I
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
7pm
For the second of three MOCA Engagement Parties, Camlab takes its cue from the tradition of the teach-in, providing a fabric infrastructure for receptive bodies to listen, learn, and speak to each other. Check out a full listing of workshops being offered here, and check out ForYourArt’s recap of their last Engagement Party, Dubious Equalities. This event is free and no reservations are required.

Early Morning Opera: Abacus
REDCAT (Downtown)
8:30pm
Award-winning director and media artist Lars Jan and his company Early Morning Opera employ the latest in high-tech wizardry to explore the power of multimedia persuasion. Abacus is a visually immersive production that introduces Paul Abacus, who is given a platform to expound on his theories. Also showing February 3 and February 4 at 8:30pm. Tickets are available online.

Night Comedy 2: Leaving the Dream
Night Gallery (Downtown)
10pm
A one-night-only comedy show featuring professional comedians Nick Flanagan, Nathan Fielder, and friends. The MC for the night is Los Angeles artist Mark Rodriguez, who has outfitted the gallery with a fake brick wall in the tradition of 80’s stand up comedy. BYOB.

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3

Pop-Up Painting Exhibition
Fabien Fryns Fine Art (West Hollywood)
7-10pm
A group painting show presented by Sonny Ruscha Bjornson and Laura Grover, with works by Kimberly Brooks, Andrew Foster, Rives Granade, Sydney Littenberg, Sean P. McGaughey, and Anne-Elizabeth Sobieski. On view through February 18, 2012.

Suzanne Adelman: Hide the Evidence
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
7-10pm
An exhibition of photographic works by Los Angeles based artist Suzanne Adelman. For this show Adelman explores the physiological experience of vision and perception through a series of images that expound on the nature of seeing. On view through February 26, 2012.

Matthew Bone: Paradise Lost, Soey Milk: Malus Sieversii, Bonni Reid: Cartes De Visite, and Christine Wu: Shhh…
La Luz de Jesus Gallery (Los Feliz)
8-11pm
The opening of four exhibitions, with paintings by Matthew Bone, oil on paper works by Soey Milk, drawings and paintings based on photographs by Bonni Reid, and oil and panel paintings by Christine Wu. On view through February 26, 2012.

Oldman Conversation/The Contender
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7:30pm
As part of the Film Independent at LACMA series, a conversation with actor Gary Oldman followed by a screening of The Contender, a political thriller starring Oldman. $10 for the general public, $7 for LACMA members, seniors, and students. $5 for Film Independent, LACMA Film Club, and New York Times Film Club members. Tickets are available online.

Nightklub
Night Gallery (Downtown)
10pm-2am
A party to celebrate musician R. Kelly’s influential stylistic and aesthetic ways with hosts Laura Owens, Edgar Bryan, Parker Davis, and Amy Yao. BYOB.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Unusual Suspects: Paintings and Photographs by Holly Roberts
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
10am-5pm
This exhibition explores new approaches and expression in photography through the work of Holly Roberts. By combining painting and collage in her finished pieces, Roberts challenges perceptions of the photographic medium. On view through May 6, 2012.

Chinese New Year Festival 2012
Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (Pasadena)
10:30am-4:30pm
Celebrate the Year of the Dragon at The Huntington. This two-day event taking place February 4 and February 5 will include dragon dancers, martial arts demonstrations, mask-changing performances, folk music, brush painting demonstrations, and more. All events are included with general admission.

Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles: Route 66
Meet at Big Bang Coffee Shop (Downtown)
11am-3pm
Esotouric’s “Reyner Banham Loves Los Angeles” tours each explore themes of industry, infrastructure, architecture, and the built environment. This third installment focuses on the built environment along the Mother Road with an emphasis on old and historic alignments of Route 66 as well as signage. Tickets are $58 and can be purchased online.

Ming Wong: Making Chinatown
REDCAT (Downtown)
6-9pm
For his first solo exhibition in Los Angeles, Berlin-based Singaporean artist Ming Wong creates a series of videos and scenic backdrops that center around the making of Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown. Filmed on location in the Gallery at REDCAT, Making Chinatown transforms the exhibition space into a studio backlot and examines the original film’s constructions of language, performance, and identity. On view through April 1, 2012.

Faraway, So Close: Photographs of Los Angeles in the ’80s
Morono Kiang Gallery (Downtown)
6-9pm
A group exhibition of photographs taken in Los Angeles between 1980 and 1989. With works by Sara Jane Boyers, Edward Colver, Willie Middlebrook, Ann Summa, May Sun, Mark Vallen, and Richard Wyatt. On view through March 31, 2012.

Hard Love and Lullabies and Nightmares
The Hive Gallery & Studios (Downtown)
8pm-12:30am
The opening of two exhibitions. Hard Love is a Valentine-themed group show, and Lullabies and Nightmares features the work of 16 children’s illustrators who expose the light and dark sides of childhood. $8 at the door. On view through February 25, 2012.

Wet Art 2012
Rittenhouse Building (Santa Cruz)
11am-5pm
Thirty-six wetsuits from local surfers were paired with thirty-six top artists to create a show for community viewing and auction to benefit the Boys and Girls Club and youth organizations of Santa Cruz. Gallery showings will take place February 4, February 5, February 11, and February 12 from 11am-5pm. $5 admission. Auctions and VIP party on February 18. Tickets and information available online.

…and Europe will be stunned: The Jewish Renaissance Movement in Poland (JRMIP): Yael Bartana Conference
UC Irvine University Art Gallery (Irvine)
11:30am-7p
A one-day conference for which artist Yael Bartana, along with her collaborators on the JRMIP, have been invited to speak in tandem with the exhibition …and Europe will be stunned. Bartana’s video trilogy aesthetically references propaganda films of the 1930s, which, when presented as a gallery installation, collectively deconstruct a group of ideological positions that contributed to the founding of Israel. RSVP to gallery@uci.edu.

Putting It On The Wall
California African American Museum of Art (Leimert Park)
12-4pm
A workshop and roundtable discussion with muralists Elliot Pinkney, Mark Steven Greenfield, Joseph Sims, Ulysses Jenkins, Noni Olabisi, and Ian White. Mural workshop led by Elliot Pinkney will take place from 12-2pm followed by discussion from 2-4pm about the importance of the mural movement. This event is free.

Wearable Trunk Show
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Mid-Wilshire)
12-5pm
Five nationally known craft artists will exhibit their wearable art and jewelry at this two-day trunk show and sale. Featured artists include Biba Shutz, Valerie Hector, David Forlano, Randall Darwall, and Chris Triola. 10% of all proceeds will benefit CAFAM’s exhibitions and education programs. This event is free and will also take place on February 5 from 12-5pm.

Film Screening: The Cool School
Santa Barbara Museum of Art (Santa Barbara)
1pm
In anticipation of the February 11 opening of Pasadena to Santa Barbara: A Selected History of Art in Southern California 1951-1969, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival will screen this documentary that tells the story of how a few renegade artists built an art scene from scratch. A discussion with the director and artists follows the screening. Tickets are available online.

Junior Tamarind Lithography Workshop
Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena)
1-4pm
Join artist and educator Corrie Siegel as she recreates the spirit of the renowned Tamarind Lithography Workshop that was established in Los Angeles in 1960. During this two-day workshop, teens learn basic printmaking techniques and create a portfolio of original prints.The course is free but space is limited. Register online.

Fresh Start
Arena 1 Gallery at the Santa Monica Art Studios (Santa Monica)
7-9pm
A one-night sale of paintings, works on paper, and photography to benefit therapeutic art programs for at-risk youth. This year’s recipient is LA’s BEST, an after school enrichment program. The event includes raffle prizes, DJ Anne Litt, food, and a hosted bar. Tickets are $65 at the door.

Jonathan Bickart: Towering Moments
Robert Berman Gallery (Santa Monica)
7-10pm
The premiere exhibition of Los Angeles artist Jonathan Bickart. The exhibition captures a moment in the artist/muse relationship, exhibiting the creation of surrealistic icons of gesture through human form. Bickart’s works employ many materials, such as polychromed terracotta, steel, concrete, hydrocal, brass, and well as found objects.

Decade of Dissent: Democracy in Action 1965-1975
West Hollywood Library (West Hollywood)
2:30-4:30pm
This Pacific Standard Time exhibition will document the importance of poster art for developing and promoting the ideas and ideals of democracy in California during the turbulent decade from 1965-1975. On view through April 28, 2012 with various related events.

Into The Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society Benefit Preview Screening
The Yost Theatre (Santa Ana)
3-6pm
An advance screening of Into the Zone: The Story of the Cacophony Society. This film looks at the Cacophony Society, a network of guerrilla artists, dada pranksters, and various eccentrics pursuing “experiences beyond the mainstream.”  Advance tickets are $9.99 and can be purchased online. After the screening, head to the Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana for the opening reception of The Cacophony Society Zone Show, a retrospective look at this underground collective. On view through April 15, 2012.

Portraits By The Students and Teachers of Art Division
Harris & Ruble Art (Hollywood)
4-8pm
An exhibition showcasing recent work produced by the students and teachers of Art Division, a non-profit organization dedicated to training and supporting under-served young artists. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to future programming at Art Division. On view through February 25, 2012.

Kristen Morgin: Snow White In Evening Wear and Other Works
Marc Selwyn Fine Art (Miracle Mile)
6-8pm
An exhibition of work by sculptor Kristen Morgin. The majority of Morgin’s work is made out of unfired clay and hand painted. On view through March 10, 2012.

Art Auction 2012
Laguna Art Museum (Laguna Beach)
6-9pm
Laguna Art Museum’s annual art auction with works by over 100 California artists to be sold during a live auction as well as a silent auction. This event features food, drinks, performances, and an after party. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $125 for members and $150 for non-members.

Post Pacific Standard Time: Three Artists in Los Angeles from the 1980s
UCR Sweeney Art Gallery (Riverside)
6-9pm
This exhibition picks up where the Pacific Standard Time exhibitions end with work by three artists – Jill Giegerich, Jim Isermann, and Erika Suderburg – who graduated just before or in the 1980s and then began their art careers. Together, they present divergent approaches in art making that includes painting, sculpture, and video. On view through March 24, 2012.

New Work by Terra McPherson, Deedee Cheriel, Lindsey Way, and Aiko
Merry Karnowsky Gallery (Mid-Wilshire)
8-11pm
An exhibition of work by four artists who have unique styles and mediums but share a parallel lyrical motif. On view through March 3, 2012.

Daniel Joseph Martinez: I want to go to Detroit: Cheerleaders Cheer
LA><ART (Culver City)
6-8pm
An exhibition of photographs by Los Angeles-based artist Daniel Joseph Martinez. This exhibition will encompass the debut of two bodies of work that Martinez produced in the late 1970s. These two series document the artist’s investigations of bodybuilding and beauty pageant culture in Southern California during this critical period in the region’s history. The exhibition will be accompanied by a public billboard project on La Cienega Blvd. between Washington Blvd. and Venice. On view through March 3, 2012.

Rudi Gernreich Fashion Show
Italian Cultural Institute of Los Angeles (Westwood)
7-9pm
A presentation of designs by groundbreaking fashion designer Rudi Gernreich. A formal fashion show will display Gernreich designs from the sixties and seventies while the Institute celebrates the closing of DEPOSITO – an exhibition featuring a selection of works from Galleria de Deposito. RSVP required to rsvp@nomadicdivision.org or 646-620-8289.

A Musical Conversation with La Santa Cecilia + Paper Fashion with Patssi Valdez
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
7-10pm
This Pacific Standard Time event features Grammy-nominated band La Santa Cecilia. The band draws inspiration from a hybrid of Latin culture, rock, and world music. After an interview, La Santa Cecilia will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs. During the post-concert reception, Asco icon Patssi Valdez will lead a workshop inspired by Asco’s 1970’s-era public appearances as self-made fashionistas in paper gowns and hats. $10 for Fowler/GRAMMY Museum members and students; $15 general. Call 213-765-6803 to reserve your tickets.

Drill Baby Drill
Fabien Castanier Gallery (Studio City)
7-10pm
An exhibition of new work by LA-based artist Michael Kalish and Paris-based artist Eric Liot. Through the reworking and repurposing of materials, Kalish and Liot cut, rivet, and screw together layers of found objects. RSVP to rsvp@castaniergallery.com. On view through March 4, 2012.

Outsiders Observe Los Angeles
Los Angeles Filmforum at the Echo Park Film Center (Echo Park)
8-10pm
This program will show films that look at Los Angeles by artists who were visitors to Los Angeles. What truths about the city are these non-Angelenos able to see, and how do they express them? Featuring two longer works by the late Robert Nelson and by David Lamelas, as well as some short works. $10 general, $6 students/seniors; free for Filmforum members.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5

L.A. Zine Week
Various Locations
Various Times
From February 5 to February 11, L.A. Zine Fest encourages bookstores, galleries, independent artists, and writing groups to organize zine, small press, or DIY-related events. Check out the schedule of planned events online.

Alina Szapocznikow: Sculpture Undone, 1955–1972 and Intimate Immensity: The Susan and Larry Marx Collection
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11am-5pm
Two exhibitions open at the Hammer Museum on February 5. Sculpture Undone is the first museum survey in the United States devoted to Polish artist Alina Szapcozinkow. The show includes approximately 60 sculptures, 50 works on paper, and a group of photographic works. At 2pm, scholar Grisalda Pollock will present a free lecture on the work of Alina Szapocznikow. This exhibition is on view through April 29, 2012. Intimate Immensity highlights a selection of works from Susan and Larry Marx’s large gift of postwar art. The collection includes works by seminal abstract expressionist and conceptual artists as well as newer artists. On view through May 6, 2012.

John Baldessari: A Print Retrospective From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (La Jolla)
11am-5pm
An expansive survey of John Baldessari’s printmaking practice, including more than 100 works made between 1973 and 2010 in such diverse media as lithography, etching, photogravure, aquatint, photo intaglio, embossing, silkscreen, and more. On view through May 13, 2012.

Studio Sunday
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
1pm
Gather inspiration from MOCA’s current exhibitions with the Echo Park Film Center and artists Rick Bahto, Alee Peoples, and Cosmo Segurson. This workshop will take place on an imaginary film set, where participants will take photographs that highlight props and costumes, catch the cast and crew at work, or alter the image using photographic tricks such as glass and mirrors. This event is free.

Art Talk with Ilene Segalove
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
3pm
Artist Ilene Segalove will discuss her work in conjunction with Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974–1981. This event is free with museum admission.

Artist-at-Work Demonstration: Visions of Gold, the Fine Art of Gilding
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
1-3pm
Drop by as artist Sylvana Barrett demonstrates the fine art of gold gilding used to create the embellishments found in European manuscripts and panel paintings of the Gothic era.

Korean International Exchange Show
LA Artcore Brewery Annex
1-3pm
International Exchange shows provide a conduit of artistic development between the diverse communities of Los Angeles and the fellowship of artists abroad. In an exchange that sends 10 Los Angeles artists to display their work in Seoul, South Korea, LA Artcore will in turn receive and exhibit the artwork of nine visiting artists. On view through February 16. 2012.

Moshe Elimelech: Arrangements and Simon Rahimian
LA Artcore Union Center for the Arts (Downtown)
3-5pm
The opening of two exhibitions. Arrangements presents Moshe Elimelech’s painted-structures consisting of grids of cubed blocks. Also on view will be works on canvas by Simon Rahimian. Both exhibitions on view through through February 29, 2012.

The History of Cuban Photography: A Personal Perspective
Museum of Latin American Art (Long Beach)
2pm
A lecture on the history of Cuban Photography by MOLAA’s President and C.E.O. Stuart A. Ashman. The history of Cuban photography began in 1840, a few years after the invention of photography in France in 1836. The conversation will include historical events in Cuba and how they affected the development of the medium on the island. $10 or free for members and students.

Artists’ Response
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
3pm
Join Los Angeles artists Monica Majoli and Tom Knechtel with Carol S. Eliel, Curator of Modern Art at LACMA, as they discuss and respond to the artists and artwork in the L.A. RAW exhibition.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
10am-5:30pm
This exhibition takes selected objects from the Getty Museum’s galleries and encourages visitors to sit down and spend time with them, offering the opportunity to examine the objects closely to understand how they were made and functioned, why they were collected, and how they have been displayed. Opening February 7, and ongoing.

Spare Me
Night Gallery (Downtown)
10pm-2am
An exhibition of works by Matthew Greene, Mark Hagen, and Bobbi Woods. Curated by Mark Verabioff. On view through February 16, 2012.

Music + Image
REDCAT (Downtown)
8:30pm
In the early 1980s, many artists were excited by the possibility of showing video art on television—a promise that was broken by commercialism. This selection of short videos highlights some of the era’s most compelling video art accompanied by music. Tickets are $5-$10 and can be purchased online.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Culture Fix: John Valadez on the Chicano Art Movement Outside East L.A.
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
12pm
Painter and muralist John Valadez examines the development of the Chicano art movement outside East L.A., focusing on Highland Park and Downtown Los Angeles. This event is free.

Corporate Power and Social Responsibility
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
7pm
With demonstrations against corporations erupting around the world, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal reporter Ellen Schultz will lead a discussion on corporate greed. Joining her is Vermont Law School professor Jennifer Taub, whose research focuses on corporate social responsibility, shareholders’ rights, and consumer protection. All Hammer public programs are free.

Book Launch: Laura Owens: Fruit and Nuts
Ooga Booga (Chinatown)
7-9pm
Celebrate the publication of a handmade artist book by Laura Owens, titled Fruits and Nuts. The book takes its name from an old 60’s conservative joke about California being full of “fruits” and “nuts,” and is constructed from pages of 60′s California newspapers as the backdrop to her illustrated alphabet of fruits and nuts. Refreshments provided.

Chouinard: An Overture
REDCAT (Downtown)
8:30pm
An evening of discussions and screenings dedicated to one of the great early forces in the emergence of Los Angeles as an international art center: the Chouinard Art Institute. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and can be purchased online.

SAVE THE DATE

Mary Weatherford: The Bakersfield Project
Todd Madigan Gallery at CSU (Bakersfield)
Thursday, February 9 at 6-8pm
An exhibition of new paintings by Mary Weatherford. Weatherford lives in Los Angeles but has been visiting Bakersfield since October. Recently, she has been living in Bakersfield full time to work on this exhibition, and the works in it come from her learning and understanding of this particular site. On view through March 9, 2012.

Performance Art Alert: Ann Magnuson

Posted on: April 4th, 2012

Get the Details of Ann Magnuson’s New Performance Around Kenny Scharf’s Cadillac Sculpture on April 14 from 6-8pm.

In conjunction with the debut of Kenny Scharf’s new customized Cadillac sculpture, The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa, the multi-talented multi-hyphenate Ann Magnuson will perform Finism, a performance with Scharf’s artwork at the opening of his upcoming exhibition Hodgepodge at Honor Fraser on April 14, 2012 from 6-8pm. (more…)

PLAN ForYourArt THIS WEEK: L.A.

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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

THURSDAY, MAY 3

UCLA Department of Art MFA Exhibition #4
New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
5-8pm
Opening reception for a group show by UCLA MFA students William Kaminski, Becky Kolsrud, Marina Pinsky, and David Zuttermeister. This exhibition will include multimedia installations and paintings. On view through May 11.

David Villafaña
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
6pm
As part of the Fowler Out Loud music series, singer-songwriter and ethnomusicology student David Villafaña will pay tribute to the Mexican ranchera genre with a performance of songs by composers such as Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Cuco Sanchez.

show&tell: the art of pop culture
Zimmer Children’s Museum (Miracle Mile)
6pm
Opening reception for a new exhibition featuring the work of more than 40 artists. show&tell will include paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages based on the themes of advertising, products, comic books, cultural ideas, and other concepts reflecting pop culture. A special opening for families and children will be held on Sunday, May 6. Through June 8, 2012.

Etsy Craft Night: Victorian Embroideries
Craft and Folk Art Museum (Miracle Mile)
7pm
Crafter Mark Montano will lead a demonstration in making hand-stitched images. Montano will teach basic embroidery stitching and have a range of black & white images for participants to choose from. All supplies will be furnished, and attendees can keep the embroidery hoops and floss. This event costs $7 and is free for CAFAM members.

Later Abstractions
Cinefamily (Mid City)
7:30pm
Presented by the LA Filmforum and Cinefamily, Numbers, Patterns, and Shapes: Later Abstractions of the 1960s and 1970s, will feature more than ten abstract films by directors including John and James Whitney, Larry Cuba, Pat O’Neill, Michael Scroggins, and Adam Beckett. Cuba, Hock, O’Neill, and Scroggins will appear in person. Tickets are $12 and available online.

Creative Cultivation: dublab’s 2012 Fundraiser Dinner
C Project (Hollywood)
7pm
Benefit dinner for Los Angeles art and music collective dublab. This event will feature musical performances from dublab members and friends including Anenon, Carlos Niño, Julia Holter, and Cut Chemist. Starry Kitchen and bread&wine will provide dinner and The Virgil will host a “pop-up mixology station” featuring signature cocktails and Lagunitas Beer, DRY Soda, Le Grande Courtage Champagne, and select wines. Tickets are $100 and available online.

The Sea and the Cloud
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
7pm
For the second Engagement Party Art Talk, MOCA has invited The Public School to present two discussions about isolation, monitoring, and habitability against a backdrop of dissolving social institutions, familial structures, employment, and more. James Merle Thomas will present Tektite Revisited—his research into NASA’s short-lived program—covering aquanauts, anechoic chambers, and the problems of modern living. Benjamin Bratton will speak about the “cloud” and planetary scale computation, with its effects on territory, law, and place. This free event will also feature a discussion moderated by artist Sean Dockray.

Autumn Lights Night
Farmers & Merchant Bank (Downtown)
6pm
This fundraising event for the annual exhibition Autumn Lights LA will feature light installations, neon and black light art, photography, projections and other light-based creations by a variety of artists. VIP admission is $50 and includes early admission at 7pm, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, a raffle, a photo booth, entertainment, and art for sale. General admission is $10 and begins at 9pm.

We Said a 40 Foot Tree
Machine Projects (Echo Park)
8pm
We Said a 40 Foot Tree is a two minute puppet show performed for 1- 2 people at a time. Machine Project calls the show, “perfect for on your way to or from dinner, as a destination for an evening stroll, or as a tiny pre-party to your big night out.” The performance will be repeated ongoingly from 8-10pm and repeated as audience members drop in. Appropriate for all ages. No dogs/pets allowed.

Felix Goes to Hollywood
Human Resources (Chinatown)
8pm
Human Resources presents the U.S. premier of a lecture and performance piece UIQ: A Space Oddity. Basing their work on French intellectualist Félix Guattari’s script for the science fiction movie UN AMOUR d’UIQ, Paris-based filmmakers Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson consider how the development of this text now appears amid a resurgence of interest in science fiction in the late 1970s and early 1980s with films such as Close Encounters of the Third Kind, ET, and Bladerunner.

God Daughter
Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum (Santa Barbara)
5pm
God Daughter is a multi-media performance by LA-based trio WIFE. This three part show uses choreography, projected images, and music to tell a story of female relationships and  metamorphosis. The evening features a happy hour with music and wine at 5pm. The free performance begins at 7pm.

FRIDAY, MAY 4

Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale Preview Gala
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
6pm
Preview party for a show and art sale featuring over 65 exhibitors of 20th century furniture, decorative, and fine art from across the United States and Europe. This event will benefit children’s arts education program P.S. Arts and will feature cocktails, wine, food, music, and an opportunity for early-buying. Tickets are $150 and available online.  This show will open to the public on Saturday, May 5 through Sunday, May 6. Tickets are $15 at the door.

20th Annual National Open Show
Korean Cultural Center (Miracle Mile)
6:30pm
Opening reception for this exhibition of modern and contemporary art, juried by Douglas Fogle, Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Public Programs & Chief Curator at the Hammer Museum; Alma Ruiz, Senior Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, and Max Presneill, Curator at the Torrance Art Museum.

Corpor
Machine Project (Echo Park)
4pm
Artist Emily Lacy brings sound and distortion to the final days of the Machine Project Transdimensional Hallway in her new piece Corpor. Entering and exiting is encouraged in this three-day performance examining presence, absence, and the business of daily life. From the roots of the word “corporate”, a mythology is explored around the body and its relationship to business and commerce as a whole. Lacy will use the shape of the hallway to distribute music dynamically. Daily through Sunday, May 6.

Los Angeles Music Video Festival
Downtown Independent Theater (Downtown)
5pm
LAMVF is a film festival for music videos, complete with categories of competition, a roster of professional judges, prizes, panels, keynote speakers, workshops, screenings and live musical performances. Music video director Eric Wareheim (Flying Lotus, Depeche Mode, Major Lazer), will give a keynote speech at 9pm. The festival continues on Saturday, May 5.

Carnival of Insecurities
RAID Projects (Downtown)
7pm
Los Angeles-based artist collective MUC presents a new performance and installation exploring the mass appeal of the carnival. Filled with twists on classic carnival entertainment, Carnival of Insecurities examines life’s expectations and the anxiety arising from them.

First Friday Featuring Amy Stewart
Natural History Museum (Downtown)
5pm
This monthly event features a lecture from entomologist Amy Stewart, who will discuss “our sinister side of our relationship with the insect world.” The event includes free tours of the museum. Entertainment will be provided by singer/songwriter AA Bondy and Father John Misty, the new project from former Fleet Foxes drummer J. Tillman.

Slake No. 4 Launch Party
Atwater Crossing (Atwater Village)
7:30pm
Party celebrating the release of the fourth issue of Los Angeles literary magazine Slake. This event will feature live music, an art show featuring Slake No. 4 artists including Anne McCaddon, Brenna Youngblood, Kevin Zacher, Ted Soqui, Anne Fishbein, Allen Tombello, and Ginny Cook. There will also be a dance performance, food for purchase, and free beer and pie. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and available online.

Tim Forcum: Cultivation of Randomness
WEEKEND (Los Feliz)
7pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of abstract paintings and works on paper by LA-based artist Tim Forcum. The work in the exhibition is a culmination of Forcum’s years spent developing his own language of abstraction which utilizes line, negative space, and swaths of color to create depth and relationship. On view through May 27, 2012.

Frozen Music/Pink Noise
Human Resources (Chinatown)
7:30pm
Opening day of the performance piece Frozen Music/Pink Noise, which combines hypnosis, performance art, and movement. The goal is to interrogate interior states of being through movement and vocalizations, which reveal to the audience a “negative space of an invisible architecture.” The title Frozen Music refers to Goethe’s quote “Ich nenne Architektur gefrorene Musik,” which suggests architecture is frozen music. Put on by performance collective, UBIKETAL, the performance will continue on Saturday, May 5.

Tomorrow Today
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring work by current art and design students at Pasadena City College. Student work ranges from conceptual projects to traditional crafts, reflecting the generational perspectives and personal idiosyncrasies of this community of student artists. Art writer, curator, and artist Christopher Miles will jury this free exhibition. On view through May 20, 2012.

She’s Not There
Public Fiction (Highland Park)
6-11pm
Opening night of the three day event She’s Not There including performances by Jim Brown, D’Ette Nogle, and the Calder Quartet. The collection will also feature works and performances by Anthony Burdin, Aurie Ramirez, Charles Ray, Mark Grotjahn, Eli Langer, Corey Fogel, Lauren King, Scoli Acosta, D’Ette Nogle, Frances Stark, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Ann Faison, Dave Muller, and the Dick Slessig Combo. She’s Not There continues May 5-6.

SATURDAY, MAY 5

Artist Talk: Kim MacConnel & Nancy Monk
Rosamund Felsen Gallery and Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
10am
This free event will features lectures from artists Kim MacConnel and Nancy Monk, both of whom currently have exhibitions at Bergamot Station’s Rosamund Felsen and Craig Krull Galleries, respectively. Coffee and donuts will be served.

The Knotwork Workshop: Let’s Make a Hammock
Bergamot Station (Santa Monica)
2-5pm
The Santa Monica Museum of Art presents Cause for Creativity: The Knotwork Workshop: Let’s Make a Hammock, a public program to create a giant, six-sided rope hammock in the center of Bergamot Station Arts Center’s People Park. Participants will learn firsthand the art and engineering of knots from SMMoA’s director of education Asuka Hisa, Knowhow Shop’s Kagan Taylor and Justin Rice, and structural engineer Josef Taylor. This event is open to all ages and $10 to participate.

Veronika Kellndorfer: Abstract Neighbors
Christopher Grimes Gallery (Santa Monica)
6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of new works by Veronika Kellndorfer, whose technique of binding silkscreened photographic images onto large glass panels work to bridge the gap between photography, architecture, painting, and installation. On view through June 16, 2012.

Pasadena Art Alliance Art Auction
California Club (Downtown)
7pm
Pasadena Art Alliance presents its sixteenth biennial art auction, ARTrageous. The event will feature contemporary art and sculpture donated by more than 100 southern California artists. The evening will honor Jay Belloli, retired director of Gallery Programs at the Armory for the Arts. For ticket information, email pasartalliance@sbcglobal.net.

Dancing in Wonderland: Alice Rahon’s Orion, The Great Man of the Sky
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
2pm
For this event, theater group Laboratorio de la Máscara along with the choreographer from the South Indian dance group Shaktala, travel to Los Angeles to perform Orion, The Great Man of the Sky–an interpretation of artist Alice Rahon’s original work Ballet d’Orion. Inspired by a trip to India, the ballet was never performed during Rahno’s lifetime. This event repeats on Sunday, May 6 and is presented in conjunction with the final weekend of In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States.

Disastro
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
7-9pm
Disastro will feature the work of students enrolled in the course Maximalism: Managing the Apocalypse taught by Holly Tempo in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art & Design.  The work in the exhibition, which ranges from painting to sculpture to performance, represents young artists’ response to the idea of disaster.  Artists in the show include Berklee Comstock, Nicole Dodson, Jillian Frederick, Sam Greenfeld, Katherine Hooper, Ji Sun Kim, Michelle Lange, Carlos Ochoa, Jose Guadalupe Sanchez III, and Sebastian Maximillian Tovar.  The exhibition will be a one-night event with a reception.

My Little Pony Project
Toy Art Gallery (Fairfax)
7pm
Opening reception for a collection featuring one of a kind My Little Pony toys designed by artists including 64 Colors, Ana Bagayan, Angry Woebots, Eimi, HIME+YOU, Indie, Jillian Kate, J*RYU, Julie West, Kano, Kukula, Madoka Kinoshita, Martin Hsu, and Mark Mothersbaugh. The customized ponies will be available for sale during the run of the exhibition. On view through May 26, 2012.

Random Acts of Time
Orange County Contemporary Center for Art (Santa Ana)
6pm
Opening reception for a group show that explores our relationship to the concept of time, its fleeting nature and impact, and the often uncontrollable events that shape our lives. Random Acts of Time includes paintings, photography, video and installation pieces. On view through June 16, 2012.

SUNDAY, MAY 6

Beyond Baroque Art Auction
Beyond Baroque (Venice)
5pm
Beyond Baroque will host an auction with works by 25 artists including Ed Ruscha, George Herms, Robbie Conal, and actor Viggo Mortensen. Proceeds will benefit the gallery’s new Beyond Music program dedicated to exposing new music that blurs the lines between sound, poetry, and art. The evening will feature live music by saxophonist Ulrich Krieger.

ArtWorks 2012 Benefit Event for the Alcott Center
G2 Gallery (Venice)
4-7pm
This annual artWorks event includes a viewing of an Ansel Adams exhibit, hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer, soft drinks, live music, a silent auction, and an art show featuring works by clients of the Alcott Center, which provides assistance to people with severe mental illness. Guests can bid on a variety of silent auction items and client artwork. All attendees will receive a gift and commemorative program. Tickets start at $150 and are available online.

Libros Schmibros Book Club
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
1pm
The Hammer’s monthly book club will discuss The Pat Hobby Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald, selected as a prelude to the June opening of Made in L.A. 2012, the Hammer’s Los Angeles biennial. Fitzgerald’s stories focus on a hapless screenwriter who can’t catch a break. Fitzgerald wrote these stories on the side to pay his bills while working on the L.A. novel he’d never finish, The Last Tycoon.

Afghan Kite Flying for Families
Fowler Museum (Westwood)
1-4pm
This lecture and demo on Afghan fighter kites will feature international kite expert Basir Beria, who worked as the “kite master” for the film The Kite Runner. Beria will share his knowledge of the art of Afghan kite flying while families make and decorate their own kites. This free event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Order and Disorder: Alighiero Boetti by Afghan Woman.

Closing Day: In Wonderland
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
11am – 8pm
The final day of LACMA’s In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media dating from 1931 to 1968 and some later examples that demonstrate Surrealism’s influence on the feminist movement. Artists include Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo, Lee Miller, Kay Sage, Dorothea Tanning, and Remedios Varo, along with lesser known and newly discovered practitioners.

Daniel Aksten: Support, Edge, Variation and Ardeshir Tabrizi: Paintings & Notes
CB1 Gallery (Downtown)
5pm
Opening reception for two shows. Paintings & Notes will feature works by Iranian-born artist Ardeshir Tabrizi, whose paintings on Mylar and paper, juxtaposed with his journal-like notes, explore his search for a personal truth. Support, Edge, Variation features LA-based artist Daniel Aksten’s series of grid and striped paintings.  Both shows on view through June 10, 2012.

Lecture: Lessons from the Avante-Garde
Cero Space (Lincoln Heights)
2pm
In the late 1920s, influenced by their collaborations with architects like Le Corbusier and artists like Braque and Miro, French jewelry designers Jean Fouquet, Raymond Templier, Gerard Sandoz and Jean Despres brought a modern aesthetic to this most traditional of arts. Working not only in gold and diamonds but also in steel, enamel, hematite and rock crystal, their work sought to capture the essence of form and the dynamics of function – and in doing so, captured the essence of the Art Deco era, as well. Join jewelry historian Lisa Schoening in a lecture exploring of the work of these French avante-garde jewelers.  Tickets are $10 at the door and include light refreshments.

Chuck Feesago: Retention and D. Jean Hester: A Rope Let Down From Heaven
Offramp Gallery (Pasadena)
2pm
Opening reception for two new shows. Chuck Feesago’s Retention features paintings incorporating overlaying patterns of dots, mutilated text, and string to address the influx of information, its shift in meaning, and the possibilities for understanding and misunderstanding. D. Jean Hester’s A Rope Let Down From Heaven is inspired by a dead eucalyptus tree in the courtyard of the gallery. Hester’s year-long project is in four parts and coincides with the seasons. Both shows on view through June 3, 2012.

MONDAY, MAY 7

Children of the Plumed Serpent: Constructing Elite Status
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
7pm
This free, two-part lecture, held in conjunction with the exhibition Children of the Plumed Serpent, will explore the construction of elite status in Mesoamerica. “The Power of Dress in Mesoamerica,” a talk by Occidental College’s Lisa Sousa, will examine the ways noble men and women used clothing to embody status and qualities of leadership. “Royal Palaces in Ancient and Colonial Oaxaca,” a talk from UCLA’s Kevin Terraciano, will focus on royal residences in the Mixteca region of Oaxaca in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

TUESDAY, MAY 8

May Day! A Group Reading
The Standard (West Hollywood)
7pm
Presented by the Standard and Artillery Magazine, this free event will feature reading by comedy writer Michael Serrato, fiction writer, Tony Valenzuela, novelist Cheryl Klein and May Day! curator and poet Steven Reigns. The free event begins with a wine reception at 7pm. Readings begin at 8pm.

Sheryl WuDunn in Conversation with Lisa Napoli
Skirball Center (Brentwood)
8pm
Business executive and Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter Sheryl WuDunn will discuss the empowerment of women as a crucial means of development around the world. Together with her husband, journalist Nicholas D. Kristof, WuDunn put forth this idea in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, the bestselling book upon which the Skirball’s current exhibition Women Hold Up Half the Sky is based. The discussion will be moderated by KCRW’s Lisa Napoli. A Q&A and signing follow the program.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 9

Reading: The Collected Writing of Joe Brainard
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
7:30pm
Eight local literary fixtures will read from 20th century visual artist Joe Brainard’s writings, celebrating the release of the new anthology The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard. Readers will include Bernard Cooper, Amy Gerstler,  Lewis MacAdams, Lisa Pearson, Aram Saroyan, Ara Shirinyan, Michael Silverblatt, and Benjamin Weissman.

ALOUD Featuring Terry Tempest Williams
Central Library (Downtown)
7pm
The Central Library’s ongoing ALOUD lecture series presents author, conservationist and activist Terry Tempest Williams author of When Women Were Birds: Fifty-Four Variations on Voice. The discussion will be moderated by ALOUD curator Louise Steinman, Curator. Reservations are recommended for this free event.

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Still from 7362 (1967) by Pat O’Neill