THURSDAY, APRIL 26
Art Lecture: Allen Ruppersberg
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Free lecture by conceptual artist Allen Ruppersberg, whose work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books. Ruppersberg is recognized as an early practitioner of installation art, having produced such works as "Al's Cafe," "Al's Grand Hotel," and "The Novel That Writes Itself." Since the late 1960s, his work has been the subject of over 80 solo exhibitions and nearly 200 group exhibitions. Ruppersberg lives in L.A. and New York.
FRIDAY, APRIL 27
Cy Twombly: The Last Paintings
Gagosian Gallery (Beverly Hills)
Opening reception for a tribute exhibit to the late artist Cy Twombly. This show includes Twombly's last paintings and one hundred of his photographs, ranging from early studio impressions from the 1950s to a group of landscape subjects taken in St Barths last year. On view through June 9, 2012.
L&M Arts (Venice)
Opening reception for a career-spanning collection of works by Alexander Calder. The exhibition will bring together over 40 indoor and outdoor pieces, including mobiles, stabiles, and gouaches that span from 1938 to 1975. Some of these works have never before been seen by the public. On view through June 16, 2012.
LA Bloom: A New Season
To commemorate the centennial of the cherry trees gifted to the United States from Japan, the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center will celebrate its first annual Spring Festival: "LA Bloom." This nine-day celebration will transform the JACCC Plaza into an ecoartspace and showcase traditions, contemporary art, culture, performances and community activities. The event will begin with an "Opening Night Performance: Mare Nubium" on Friday, April 27 and will end with Family Day on Saturday, May 5. Tickets are $25-$125 and available online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win tickets.
SUNDAY, APRIL 29
East of Borneo Book Launch with Thom Andersen & Susan Morgan
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
This event from online contemporary art magazine "East of Borneo" will feature a conversation between filmmaker Thom Andersen, writer/editor Susan Morgan and moderator Mark Owens. This event celebrates the launch of "East of Borneo Books" and the publication of its first title, Piecing Together Los Angeles: An Esther McCoy Reader, edited and introduced by Morgan.
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