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.


Lecture and Exhibition Walk-Through: Performance Art in Southern California
Pomona College/Pomona College Museum of Art (Pomona)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Pop-Up Painting Exhibition
Fabien Fryns Fine Art (West Hollywood)
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)
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)
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)
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.

Night Gallery (Downtown)
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.


Unusual Suspects: Paintings and Photographs by Holly Roberts
Museum of Photographic Arts (San Diego)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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

Putting It On The Wall
California African American Museum of Art (Leimert Park)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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 or 646-620-8289.

A Musical Conversation with La Santa Cecilia + Paper Fashion with Patssi Valdez
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
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)
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 On view through March 4, 2012.

Outsiders Observe Los Angeles
Los Angeles Filmforum at the Echo Park Film Center (Echo Park)
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.


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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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.


The Life of Art: Context, Collecting, and Display
The Getty Center (Brentwood)
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)
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)
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.


Culture Fix: John Valadez on the Chicano Art Movement Outside East L.A.
UCLA Fowler Museum (Westwood)
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)
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)
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)
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.


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…)


Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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


UCLA Department of Art MFA Exhibition #4
New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Los Angeles Modernism Show & Sale Preview Gala
Barker Hanger (Santa Monica)
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)
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.

Machine Project (Echo Park)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Artist Talk: Kim MacConnel & Nancy Monk
Rosamund Felsen Gallery and Craig Krull Gallery (Santa Monica)
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)
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)
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)
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

Dancing in Wonderland: Alice Rahon’s Orion, The Great Man of the Sky
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
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.

ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
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)
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)
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.


Beyond Baroque Art Auction
Beyond Baroque (Venice)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Children of the Plumed Serpent: Constructing Elite Status
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
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.


May Day! A Group Reading
The Standard (West Hollywood)
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)
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.


Reading: The Collected Writing of Joe Brainard
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
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)
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.

Still from 7362 (1967) by Pat O’Neill


Posted on: May 16th, 2012

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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

PLAN ForYourArt This Week: L.A.

Posted on: May 30th, 2012

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


Liz Glynn: gold after gold
Redling Fine Art (Hollywood)
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)
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)
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.


Michael Wilkinson: No History
Blum & Poe (Culver City)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Bernard Chadwick: Synesthesia
Gallery km (Santa Monica)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.

Siren Studios (Hollywood)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol
LACMA  (Miracle Mile)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.


Damsels in Distress
Cinefamily (Fairfax)
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.


Lecture: Thomas Mayne: Culture Now
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
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)
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)
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.


Reading: Dylan Hicks
Skylight Books (Los Feliz)
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.

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