THURSDAY, JUNE 7
Bike Night at the Hammer
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Hammer's fourth annual Bike Night will feature bicycle-related crafts, a bike runway show, games, tune-ups, a film screening, ice cream, beer, wine, and other refreshments. This free event is presented in conjunction with Made in L.A. 2012 and will include free admission to the biennial exhibition at the Hammer.
Performing Activism: Mediagenic Art from Three Weeks in May to the Occupy Movement
Grant Kester, chair of the visual arts department at UC San Diego, will moderate a discussion between artists Suzanne Lacy and Janet Owen Driggs on the evolution of performative activist art over the past 35 years, particularly with regard to its relationship to the changing media landscape. This free discussion is the final event in "MOCA's Engagement Party Art Talks" series.
SATURDAY, JUNE 9
L.A. Artists' Mini-Town Hall
JACCC Japan America Theatre (Downtown)
This day-long event, presented by the Center for Cultural Innovation, will feature panel discussions focusing on resources available to artists in Los Angeles. Local and national arts funders from organization including the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and United States Artists will discuss the current funding environment. Afternoon roundtable talks will allow artists to speak one on one with service providers. Tickets for this event are $10 and include a light lunch.
Paul Pescador: Situating
ForYourArt at 6020 Wilshire Blvd. (Miracle Mile)
A 10 hour performance in which Paul Pescador alone will reenact moments from four previous events. He will re-stage each of them in chronological order using the previous performances as a basis. Situating will consist of an installation of objects and a four-part film. The same objects will appear both in the space and in the film, having been taken altered dramatically between mediums.
Brian Sharp and Justin Beal
ACME (Miracle Mile)
Opening reception for two shows at ACME: abstract paintings by Los Angeles-based painter Brian Sharp and sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Justin Beal. Both exhibitions on view through July 7, 2012.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10
SURFING & SMOKING
Various Small Fires (Venice)
Christopher James and Nick Herman (themodelingagency.net) host the night in celebration of X-TRA's new issue and the return of summer. Dedicated to the study of surfing and smoking, the night's themes are pulled from the pages of their issue. Dr. Jeroen Molemaker (Associate Research Professor in Physical Oceanography at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at UCLA) explains how chaos theory is used to model waves and smoke for film animations. Grant W. Graves (Founder Precision Diving and Vice President of AIDA, the Worldwide Federation for breath-hold diving) conducts a breath-holding workshop. Christopher James will screen his new video about being out on the water.