Each week, ForYourArt highlights select events to help you PLAN ForYourArt. SEE, KNOW, COLLECT, and ENJOY the best of Los Angeles art and culture.
SATURDAY, APRIL 2
Culver City Openings
Various Locations (Culver City)
Opening receptions for new exhibitions in Culver City include: Steve Bankhead: SEX: A Monument to Malcom McLaren at EGHQ, Melanie Willhide: To Adrian Rodriguez, With Love at Kaycee Olsen Gallery; Mari Eastman: Objects, Decorative and Functional at Cherry and Martin; Tillman Kaiser: Fur Kinder und Kenner at Honor Fraser; Victor Henderson and Terry Schoonhoven: L.A. Fine Art Squad at Cardwell Jimmerson; Dias Sardenberg: Holidays in an American Desert at Blythe Projects; Mai-Thu Perret: Migraine at David Kordansky Gallery; and Paul Cherwick: Naught Knotties, Marina Kappos: Peep Show and David Korty at China Art Objects..
Gary Beydler: Hand Held Day, Pasadena Freeway Stills, and Venice Pier
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
In celebration of X-TRA Vol. 13, No. 3, a screening of films by Gary Beylder, with an introduction to the films by Benjamin Lord.
SUNDAY, APRIL 3
David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy
The opening day of an exhibition featuring the work of American sculptor David Smith. Often presented as the three-dimensional counterpart to the Abstract Expressionist painters, this exhibition will consider geometry throughout Smith's oeuvre, revealing a sculptor whose self-constructed identity as part of the working class motivated him to adopt the utopian optimism of the constructivist avant-garde. The show will include sculptures, drawings, paintings and photographs from throughout Smith's career that illustrate his belief in the connection between geometry, the artistic avant-garde, and political sentiment. David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy will be on view at LACMA through July 24. David Smith: Drawing Space is on view at Margo Leavin Gallery through May 14.
MONDAY, APRIL 4
Daniel Joseph Martinez: Through the Wormhole, I Can See Myself as I Was a Minute Ago. But What if I Use the Wormhole to Shoot My Earlier Self? He's Now Dead. So Who Fired the Shot?
Pasadena City College (Pasadena)
Artist Daniel Joseph Martinez will give a public lecture on the occasion of his exhibition of new work, featuring photographic prints, and "text paintings" made of raw pigments and clay. As Pasadena City College's 25th Artist-in-Residence, Martinez's exhibition invites questions about the relationship between nature, aesthetics, and social control.
TUESDAY, APRIL 5
Guillermo Gomez-Pena: Strange Democracy
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Post-Mexican writer and performance artist Guillermo Gomez-Pena presents a new solo performance, dealing with the end of the Bush era and the formidable challenges facing President Obama. He denounces the anti-immigration hysteria and assaults the demonized construction of the U.S/Mexican border. Using Chicano humor, hybrid literary genres, multilingualism, and activist theory as subversive strategies, the "border artist extraordinaire" Gomez-Pena reflects on identity, race, sexuality, pop culture, politics, and the impact of new technologies in a post-911 era.