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Each Week, ForYourArt highlights select cultural offerings throughout the week ahead to help you PLAN ForYourArt.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
Culver City Openings
Various Locations (Culver City)
Enjoy the opening receptions for new exhibitions in Culver City's gallery district, including: Erik Parker's Endless Anytime, and Andy Warhol's Camouflage at Honor Fraser; Gray Day at Roberts & Tilton, Thomas Helbig's Use Your Relatives at China Art Objects; Carol Es' It's Mostly About Me and Much Less About You at George Billis Gallery; Aaron Sheppard's Yonic Inversion at Western Project; Christine Friechs' On Recognition at Kaycee Olsen Gallery; Matthew Brannon's Wit's End at David Kordansky Gallery; and Jennifer White Kuri's Global Women Project at Daniel Stern Gallery.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28
A conversation between six artists or collectives whose gardens are part of the The Gardens of LACMA exhibition. Lauren Bon and the Metabolic Studio (Jules Rochielle Sievert), Didier Hess (Jenna Didier & Oliver Hess), Fallen Fruit (David Burns, Matias Viegener, Austin Young), National Bitter Melon Council (Hiroko Kikuchi, Jeremy Liu), Islands of LA Presents Roots of Compromise (Karen Atkinson, John Burtle, Ari Kletzky, and Owen Driggs), and Åsa Sonjasdotter discuss the ways in which a garden might be able to express an idea or serve as a container for questions and concepts, beyond being purely decorative or productive.
Kantor Gallery (Hollywood)
The opening reception for an exhibition by artist Atsushi Kaga.
In Media Res: B+U with Stephen Phillips
MAK Center (West Hollywood)
The first lecture of the LA Forum's Out There Doing It lecture series, In Media Res will feature a lecture by B+U, a Los Angeles based architecture and research firm led by Herwig Baumgartner and Scott Uriu, and a response from Stephen Philips, Coordinator of the Los Angeles Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design.
Stephen Cohen Gallery (West L.A.)
The opening reception for an exhibition of new black and white photography work by Josef Hoflehners, entitled Sublime.
Massage the History
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
The Hammer Museum presents the Los Angeles premiere of Massage the History, a film by Cameron Jamie. Jamie's trilogy of films BB (1998-2000), Spook House (2002-2003) and Kranky Klaus (2002-2003) will be screened alongside this new work, exploring American and European vernacular cultures and their rituals.
UCLA: ART MFA 2011 Exhibition
UCLA New Wight Gallery (Westwood)
The opening reception for the UCLA Department of Art MFA 2011 Exhibition, featuring work by Sarah Awad, Math Bass, Jeffrey Hastings, Alexis Hudgins, Ivan Iannoli, Alexander Kantarovsky, Kelly Kleinshrodt, Junghwa Lee, Dashiell Manley, Meleko Mokgosi, Jane Parshall, Max Rain, Ryan Sluggett, and Greta Waller.
Crying Over Spilled Milk
Human Resources (Chinatown)
A one night performance event featuring Alexis Disselkoen, Brian Getnick and Paul Pescador. Crying Over Spilled Milk will focus on the power of an object to provoke and encourage performativity.
USC Graduate Fine Arts Building (Downtown)
The fourth edition of the Photography area's annual parking lot party, Stop Down! features A One Night Stand, a student exhibition of photography, a Rolling Dervish portrait studio, the original mobile Taco Grill, photo Mechanical Silkscreening, a parade of curious costumes and live music, including Down to Funk and The Cleanse.
No Money, No Problem
Pasadena Museum of California Art (Pasadena)
Design East of La Brea (deLAB) and the Pasadena Museum of California Art present a conversation about nonprofit work, moderated by curator of product design for the 2010 California Design Biennial. Speakers include Stefan Bucher of 344 Design and Kim Karlsrud & Jenny Liang of Project H Design.
Steve Roden: A Live Sound Performance
Armory Center for the Arts (Pasadena)
Artist Steve Roden will give a rare public performance of his "lowercase" compositions in conjunction with the exhibition, Steve Roden: In Betweeen, A 20-Year Survey.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29
Politics of Art
Las Cienegas Project (Culver City)
On the occasion of the exhibition, The Road to Hell is Paved..., Las Cienegas Projects presents a panel discussion including Michelle Dizon, Charles Gaines and Ashley Hunt. Moderated by Biddy Tran, the conversation will investigate hegemony, colonialism, the politics of representation, and art and social responsibility.
The Venus Effect
The Company (Chinatown)
The opening reception for an exhibition by Alexa Gerrity, a multi-media installation of video, paintings, and text.
LTD Los Angeles (Hollywood)
The opening reception for an exhibition of twelve new paintings by Michael Williams.
Hammer Museum (Westwood)
Trans and queer artists and allies celebrate Halloween, with hostess Darlin', comic Ian Harvie, singer Our Lady J, video artist Tim Hicks, folksinger Phranc, and rock trio Daniela Sea, Patty Schemel & will Schwartz. The evening will feature Hammer Projects artist Julian Hoeber's installation Demon Hill, tranimal drag makeover workshops and portraits by Austin Young. Costumes encouraged.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30
Endless Anytime and Camouflage
Honor Fraser (Culver City)
The opening reception for two new exhibitions, Erik Parker's Endless Anytime, and Andy Warhol's Camouflage.
Roberts & Tilton (Culver City)
The opening reception for a group exhibition curated by Noah Davis, featuring works by Joshua Aster, Larry Bell, Michelle Blade, James Brittingham, Bruce High Quality, Juan Capistran, Kristen Calabrese, Alika Cooper, Sylvia Cooper, Daniel Desure, Mark Dutcher, Andrew Foster, Kevin Galleazi, Michael Hayden, Inner City Avant-Garde, Charles Karubian, Anthony Lepore, Sydney Littenberg, Mark McKnight, Samia Mizra, Emmeline De Mooij, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Marlon Rabenreither, Pj Risse, Malik Sayeed, Allison Schulnick, Natasha Snellman, Eric Yahnker and more.
Use Your Relatives
China Art Objects (Culver City)
The opening reception for an exhibition by artist Thomas Helbig.
It's Mostly About Me and Much Less About You
George Billis Gallery (Culver City)
The opening reception for an exhibition of new mixed media work by Los Angeles-based artist Carol Es.
Western Project (Culver City)
The opening reception for an exhibition of work by artist Aaron Sheppard, Yonic Inversion: New Paintings, Sculpture and Drawings.
Artist Talk and On Recognition
Kaycee Olsen Gallery (Culver City)
Kaycee Olsen Gallery presents Artist Talk: In Conversation with Christine Friechs, an intimate conversation with the artist on the occasion of the opening of her exhibition, On Recognition.
David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City)
The opening day of an exhibition of new work by Matthew Brannon.
Global Women Project
Daniel Stern Gallery (Culver City)
The Los Angeles launch of artist Jennifer White Kuri's Global Women Project, a cycle of portrait paintings depicting thirteen women around the world.
The Art of Elysium Halloween Ball
1616 E. 15th Street (Downtown)
The 5th Annual Halloween Ball, presented by The Art of Elysium, will feature special guest DJs Elijah Wood, Raviv Ullman and Kelly Cole, complimentary sponsored drinks and treats, and two auctions to benefit The Art of Elysium.
Regen Projects II (West Hollywood)
The opening reception for an exhibition of works by Dan Graham, featuring a large pavilion, models, video works, and photographs.
MAK Center (West Hollywood)
A discussion about the current Venice Architecture Biennale, with emphasis on the Austrian and American Pavilions. Backstage Pass will feature presentations and discussion from participating architects, critics and curators. Panel One Shifts and Multiplicities with Eric Owen Moss, Peter Noever, and Roger Sherman, and Panel Two Process and Reflection with Walter Hood, Christopher Hawthorne and Alexis Rochas will both be moderated by Kimberli Meyer. In addition, the MAK Center will have free admission all day, and will include docent tours of the Schindler House and free refreshments.
Screening & Conversation: David LaChapelle and Josh Azzarella
A conversation between photographer David LaChapelle and artist Josh Azzarella, moderated by curator Edward Robinson, exploring the themes of imaging celebrity, with a screening of Azzarella's Untitled #100 (2007-9), and an investigation of Michael Jackson's iconic music video, Thriller (1983).
LACMA Muse Costume Ball
The seventh year of LACMA's Muse Costume Ball, an evening featuring live music and video projections and an exclusive preview of William Eggleston: Democratic Camera-Photographs and Video, 1961-2008 and Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964-1977, along with after-hours access to Fashioning Fashion: European Dress in Detail, 1700-1925, Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico, and Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Resnick Collection. The party continues in the LACMA West Penthouse with DJs, art installations, and the annual costume contest. Tickets: $25 Muse members; $50 general. Ticket includes admission, complimentary drinks, and parking.
Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery (Santa Monica)
The opening reception for an exhibition of works by Peter Shire, shown for the first time in the United States.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31
Screening & Conversation: William Eggleston in the Real World
On the occasion of the exhibition William Eggleston: Democratic Camera-Photographs and Video, 1961-2008, LACMA presents a screening of a documentary on the artist by acclaimed filmmaker Michael Almereyda. A conversation between Almereyda, writer Lloyd Fonvielle and Edward Robinson to follow.
Japanese Avant Garde Graveyard Bar
Show Cave (Eagle Rock)
The evening will include screenings of experimental film shorts from the 1960s and 1970s, musical performances by White and a special Halloween tribute to J.A. Seazar by Empty Bird.
The Artist's Museum
MOCA Grand Ave & The Geffen Contemporary (Downtown)
The opening day of The Artist's Museum, an exhibition featuring works by contemporary Los Angeles artists from 1980 to present day. The exhibition includes over 300 objects by 146 artists, and features the MOCA premiere of Doug Aitken's electric earth (1999). A Member's Only preview day and opening reception will take place on October 30.