09/06/2011 03:48 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2011

PLAN ForYourArt: September 1-7

Each week ForYourArt brings you the best opportunities to SEE, COLLECT, LEARN, and SUPPORT art in Los Angeles and beyond.


Urban Rangers: Critical Campout
MOCA (Downtown)
The Los Angeles Urban Rangers enact their last MOCA Engagement Party program -- a Critical Campout. Enjoy four small-group hikes through downtown L.A., discussions around the campfire and screenings of other L.A. Urban Ranger's projects. Participants will examine the evolving ecology of art and gentrification in Downtown L.A. The overnight campout on MOCA's plaza is booked up, but you can get on the waiting list, by emailing Reservations are also required for the hikes, please email to secure a spot.

Various Locations (Los Angeles)
The Los Angeles Times is joining with Taste of Beverly Hills' producers, Best Events, to create an experience that will include nine signature events across Los Angeles, from Beverly Hills to Hollywood to Downtown. THE TASTE will feature the nation's culinary talent, a carefully curated list of L.A.'s restaurants, and notable personalities, all converging for a festival expected to attract more than 20,000 guests throughout the course of Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, 2011. Tickets and program may be found online.


Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 opens this Sunday at LACMA with three exhibitions:

Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969-1972, Revisited
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Ed Kienholz's Five Card Stud was created for Documenta 5 in 1972 and has never been seen publicly in the United States. The life-size tableaux depicts a black man caught drinking at night in his pick-up truck with a white woman; his vehicle has been surrounded and trapped by the parked cars of his six white captors. Kienholz thought of Five Car Stud as 'symbolic of minority strivings in the world today.' Though an invented scene, this work retains its potency forty years after its creation.

Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972-1987
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
This exhibition will be the first retrospective to present the wide-ranging work of the Chicano performance and conceptual art group Asco (1971-1987), which began as a tight-knit core group of artists from East Los Angeles composed of Gronk, Harry Gamboa, Jr., Willie Herrón, and Patssi Valdez. Taking their name from the forceful word for disgust and nausea in Spanish, Asco set about through public performance art and multimedia to respond to turbulent socio-political developments in Los Angeles and within the larger international context.

Maria Nordman Filmroom: Smoke, 1967-Present
LACMA (Miracle Mile)
Shot on a beach in Malibu in 1967, this film features two professional actors, a man and a woman, who were asked to be present at the given location at a certain time. No script was provided to them but the artist gave them specific props: a cigarette lighter, a box of cigarettes, and a chair.