THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
LA Art Book Fair
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown)
Presented by Printed Matter, this free, four-day event is an international fair of artists' books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals and zines from more than 220 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers. The fair includes a performance and discussion series, and projects including an homage to Mike Kelley presented by Gagosian. Download ForYourArt's guide to the fair here.
Mike Kelley Tribute
Tipton Terrace off Figueroa St. (Highland Park)
To commemorate the one year anniversary of the passing of artist Mike Kelley, the site of the Unofficial Mike Kelley Memorial presents informal candle lighting ceremony. Please bring your own candles. The site is at the end of Tipton Way in an abandoned driveway next to an empty lot. Please respect the neighbors. The site will be open through Friday, February 1.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Rituals and Congregations
Human Resources (Chinatown)
Presented by performance-art journal Native Strategies, the two-night Rituals and Congregations event features artist Amanda Yates channeling the spirit of Los Angeles. The evening includes Yates answering audience questions while performing as the city. Artist Jane Brucker to perform a piece in which she unravels blankets and shawls as cellist Mary Beth Brolin plays.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
A City of Fakes
Los Angeles Central Library (Downtown)
A free discussion with anthropologist Zed Adams and professor Eric Lynxwiler talking about the history of L.A.'s most distinctive contribution to 20th century architecture and design: the themed environment. Drawing upon the photo collection of the Los Angeles Public Library, they offer a guided tour through the history of Angelenos living, working, and playing in a city of fake spaces. This discussion is presented as part of L.A. in Focus: Images from the LAPL Photo Collection.
John C. Welchman lecture on Mike Kelley
MOCA Grand Ave. (Downtown)
Presented as a part of the LA Art Book Fair, John C. Welchman will deliver a lecture entitled "Lent Felt: A Valedictory Lecture on the Life and Work of Mike Kelley." Welchman will explore some of the creatively recursive themes and materials in Kelley's art and writing. Welchman is professor of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California, San Diego, Founding Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, and author, co-author, or editor of some 30 books, catalogs and articles on the work of Mike Kelley. RSVP to email@example.com.
USC Roski School of Fine Arts 2013 MFA Open Studios
USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (Downtown)
Fifteen students of the USC Roski School of Fine Arts present individual works along with a group show to highlight the common concerns and interactions within the program. The event to be followed by music and performances at 10 p.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Opening day of a career spanning retrospective featuring the work of groundbreaking painter and musician Llyn Foulkes. The exhibition includes landscape paintings, mixed-media constructions, portraits, and narrative tableaux. Organized by Hammer curator Ali Subotnick, the show includes approximately 150 works from public and private collections in the U.S. and Europe. On view through May 19, 2013.