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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3
The League of Imaginary Scientists: The Automatoggler
MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown)
For the second installment of their Engagement Party residency, the League of Imaginary Scientists present The Automatoggler, a contraption that could potentially save humanity and, incidentally, make toast.
George Herms: The Artist's Life
The world premiere of a new free-jazz opera by George Herms, known as one of the founders of California assemblage and an influential figure of the Beat generation. The performance will feature the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet, the Theo Saunder group, the voice of Diana Briscoe, large-scale sculptural instruments, as well as live and recorded video. 380 boxes and 42 flat files of Herms' archival material cataloged by the Getty Research Institute inspired The Artist's Life, presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980. This unprecedented collaboration, initiated by the Getty, brings together more than sixty cultural institutions from across Southern California for six months beginning in October 2011 to tell the story of the birth of the L.A. art scene. Performances of The Artist's Life will take place February 3-5th.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4
Who We Are
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
A Q&A with the Hammer team about roles in the museum, from curator to conservator. The discussion, moderated by Allison Agsten, curator of public engagement and director of visitor services, will touch on the day-to-day life in the museum and more.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5
Various Locations (Greater L.A.)
In West Hollywood, Regen Projects II hosts the opening reception for an exhibition of drawings, collages, and films by German artist John Bock. At M & B Fine Art, The Eye of Bamako opens, featuring over thirty contemporary and vintage prints by Malian photographer Malick Sidibe. In Culver City, Blum & Poe presents Julian Hoeber's The Execution Changes, a suite of new abstract paintings, Endless Chair, a modular and infinitely expanding seating unit, and His and Hers, a pair of adult sized cradles. As part of the Hammer Museum's invitational, All of This and Nothing, LAXART presents three concurrent projects: Milton Torres Sees a Ghost, an installation by Kerry Tribe, a site-specific project on LAXART's facade by Diana Molzan, and a new billboard project featuring a still from Fernando Ortego's 2006 video, Colibri inducido a sueño profundo (Hummingbird induced to a deep sleep). In Beverly Hills, Robert Irwin's Columns, and Helen Pashgian's Columns and Wall Sculptures open at ACE Gallery.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Conversations with Artists: Artists and Their Books
Prints and Drawings Curator Leslie Jones and Contemporary Curator and Head Franklin Sirmans talk with artists about their favorite books, in conjunction with the exhibitions Steve Wolfe on Paper and R.B. Kitaj's Covers for a Small Library. Artists include: Andrea Bowers, Francesca Gabbiani, Alexandra Grant, Julian Hoeber, Dave Muller, and Mungo Thomson.
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