ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 - Fowler Museum at UCLA - April 22nd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">During this special Earth Day opening event, <em>Earth Matters</em> curator Karen Milbourne from the Smithsonian&rsquo;s National Museum of African Art gives an exhibition overview and shares how many of the contemporary artists became connected to the project, and each other, in ways that extend beyond the gallery walls.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Seating is first-come, first served, with priority seating for members at 6:45 pm. Not a member? <a href="" target="_blank">Join now</a>!</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Come early to preview the exhibition and enjoy a pre-lecture reception from 5:30-7 pm. <a class="mailto" href="" target="_blank">RSVP </a>for the reception today: 310 206-7001.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:56:31 +0000 Thomas Lawson - Hammer Museum - April 22nd 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In 1979, artist <strong>Thomas Lawson</strong> and writer <strong>Susan Morgan</strong> cofounded <em>REALLIFE Magazine</em>. Written by and about young artists, <em>REALLIFE </em>charted the rise of postmodernism and postfeminism before moving into more political issues including institutional critique, hypertext, and AIDS. The final issue was published in 1994, and a book, <em>REALLIFE Magazine: Selected Writings and Projects, 1979&ndash;1994</em>, was published in 2007.&nbsp;</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> In conjunction with <em><a href="" target="_blank">Take It or Leave It: Institution, Image, Ideology</a>.</em></span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> ALL HAMMER PUBLIC PROGRAMS ARE FREE. Assigned seating is available in the Billy Wilder Theater. Free tickets are required and available at the Box Office, one ticket per person on a first come, first served basis. Members enjoy priority seating and seat selection, subject to availability. Membership does not guarantee seating. Arrival at least one half hour prior to program time is recommended. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Parking is available under the museum for a flat fee of $3 after 6PM. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Public programs are made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:01:38 +0000 - Annenberg Space for Photography - April 23rd 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM <div class="views-field views-field-nothing"> <p style="text-align: justify;">Patricia Lanza began her career at the National Geographic Society&mdash; first as a photo researcher, then as a photography editor, followed by eight years as a contract photographer, when she had over 700 pictures published.&nbsp; Assignments have taken her to 48 countries for a variety of national and international clients and publications, including a contract with the Herald Tribune Syndicate for both writing and photography.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">She began working for the Annenberg Foundation in 2005, researching an idea and writing an initiative on the uses of photography and digital media for Wallis Annenberg, the Foundation&rsquo;s Chairman, President and CEO.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2009, the Annenberg Space for Photography opened.&nbsp; As the Director of Talent &amp; Content, Lanza is responsible for creating and carrying out Wallis Annenberg&rsquo;s vision through themed programming and photographic exhibitions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Annenberg Space for Photography has won the Julius Shulman Communications award and the Lucie Award for Exhibition of the year for <em>Beauty CULTure</em>.</p> <div class="views-field views-field-field-event-reg-period" style="text-align: justify;"> <div class="field-content">Online registration for this event opens Wednesday, April 16th at 12pm PDT and Thursday, April 17th at 9:30am PDT</div> </div> <div class="views-field views-field-field-lecture-event-url"> <div class="field-content" style="text-align: justify;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" /></a></div> </div> </div> <p>The Iris Nights lecture series, is a public program offered free of charge, by online reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The series brings to life the most current exhibit with presentations by exhibit featured photographers and other notable experts and guest artists, and takes place from 6:30-8pm Thursday evenings at the Annenberg Space for Photography Skylight Studios, located directly across the park from the Photography Space.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:11:04 +0000 El Anatsui, Sammy Baloji, Wangechi Mutu, Allan deSouza, Ingrid Mwangi, William Kentridge - Fowler Museum at UCLA - April 23rd 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The news today is replete with reports on territorial disputes, resource extraction, and other forces that impact and endanger the environment. These timely issues lie at the heart of <em>Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa</em>, which uses the work of artists to examine the conceptually complex and visually rich relationship between individuals and communities in Africa and the land upon which they live.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> The exhibition features more than one hundred exceptional works of art from the 19th&ndash;21st centuries, including powerful ritual sculpture and masks as well as paintings, photographs, videos, and sculpture by forty-one internationally recognized and emerging contemporary artists from the continent and its diasporas&mdash;among them El Anatsui, Sammy Baloji, Wangechi Mutu, Allan deSouza, Ingrid Mwangi, and William Kentridge. Earth Matters invites us to consider the earth as a sacred or medicinal material, the site of mining and burial, a source of inspiration, and an environment in need of protection.</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> &nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Debuting at the Fowler with a special opening event on Earth Day (Tuesday, April 22), <em>Earth Matters </em>is the first major exhibition to approach the topic with such geographic breadth and chronological depth, and artistic diversity.</span></p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:20:37 +0000 - Fowler Museum at UCLA - April 23rd 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Across the African continent, artists have found inspiration in the earth&rsquo;s soils, pigments, plants, and stones. For this opening day gallery talk, UCLA World Arts and Cultures Professor Allen F. Roberts visits <em>Earth Matters </em>to explore how these materials express cultural identity and provide connections to earlier generations, present needs, and future aspirations.
</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">After the talk, join us for light refreshments and cool beverages in our David Courtyard from 1&ndash;3 pm.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Presented in conjunction with <a href="" target="_blank">UCLA&rsquo;s 10th Earth Day Fair</a>, organized by E3 and UCLA Sustainability.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:58:54 +0000 Alfredo Jaar - San Diego Museum of Art - April 23rd 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The San Diego Museum of Art and MCASD present the 14th annual Axline Lecture featuring Chilean-born artist Alfredo Jaar.&nbsp;Jaar is an artist, architect, and filmmaker whose work has been shown extensively around the world. His work <em>Muxima</em>, a looping video installation featuring multiple iterations of a popular Angolan folk song, will be on view at the Museum starting March 15.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Often questioning art's ability to fully translate the experience of extreme struggle, labor, and suffering, Jaar responds to real life events around the world in the form of photographs, videos, public signage, and installations. He recently represented Chile at the 55th Venice Biennale, has received both a Guggenheim (1985) and MacArthur Fellowship (2000), and has work in the collection of MCASD, among various prestigious institutions.</p> <div style="text-align: justify;">The Axline Lecture honors Jackie and Rea Axline, whose generosity and philanthropic leadership provided endowments to The San Diego Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in 1999.</div> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 09:48:48 +0000 - Santa Monica Museum of Art - April 23rd 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Honors the 10 luminary artists who have defined the spirit of <em>INCOGNITO</em> with their iconic logos:<br /><strong>John Baldessari, Mark Bradford, Gajin Fujita, Barbara Kruger, Paul McCarthy, Pat O&rsquo;Neill, Laura Owens, Raymond Pettibon, Al Ruppersberg, Henry Taylor</strong></p> <ul style="text-align: justify;"> <li>Exclusive preview of 700&nbsp;<em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;artworks</li> <li>Dinner by Ari Taymor of Alma, <em>Bon App&eacute;tit&rsquo;s</em> &ldquo;Best New Restaurant of 2013&rdquo;</li> <li>Menu inspired by Edna Lewis (1916&ndash;2006), doyenne of Southern cuisine</li> </ul> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>PRECOGNITO</em><br />Wednesday, April 23, 7 to 10 pm<br /></strong>Cocktails at 6:30 pm</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong><em>INCOGNITO</em>&nbsp;<em>10</em><br />Saturday, April 26, 7 pm to 10 pm<br /></strong>Doors open at 7 pm sharp</p> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:04:41 +0000 Katie Grinnan - Human Resources - April 24th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Musical instruments, astrological charts, and video projections from Katie Grinnan's Astrology Orchestra performance project are presented by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division). The video projections will include footage of the Astrology Orchestra from past performances from the 60" telescope at the Mount Wilson Observatory, the Venice Beach boardwalk and the Integration in the Mohave desert.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: small;">There will be an opening reception on Thursday, April 24 from 7pm to 9pm, and a closing performance of the Astrology Orchestra instruments on&nbsp;Sunday, May 4 at 4pm. The exhibition will be open to the public from&nbsp;Wednesday&nbsp;through&nbsp;Sunday, noon to 6pm, beginning on&nbsp;Friday April 25&nbsp;and ending on&nbsp;Sunday, May 4.</span></div> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:29:33 +0000 Reid Ulrich - Machine Project - April 24th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Machine Project is proud to announce the Machine Project Project Space for Projects! Visible from our front window, the MPPSfP is a smallish room constructed inside our already-smallish storefront space. We are inviting artists to do short residencies in the space that will be 2 hours to 2 weeks in length, and may include psychedelic ping pong, performance, song, and our first ever group show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Thursday, April 24th, 8-10pm: </strong>Reid Ulrich | <em>HD02Alvarado </em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A storefront performance by a human directional trapped in Machine Project&rsquo;s Project Space for Projects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:04:44 +0000 Juan Delgado, Thomas McGovern - Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art - April 24th 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">RAFFMA Presents: "Vital Signs", an exhibition featuring Thomas McGovern and Juan Delgado</span><br /> <br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> From</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> The product of six years of reflection and documentation, Vital Signs takes us on a walk through one of California&rsquo;s largest cities: San Bernardino&mdash;generally presented in the media as a center of urban blight and high crime. In this passionate collaboration, poet Juan Delgado and photographer Thomas McGovern celebrate the working-class Latino communities of the Inland Empire and the intensity of their stories. Pairing Delgado&rsquo;s piercing poems with McGovern&rsquo;s photos of hand-painted signs and murals, Vital Signs preserves the narrative and visual culture of the urban landscape and reveals a community rich in emotion and vernacular art.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Copublished with the Inlandia Institute</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> &ldquo;Delgado and McGovern descend into the frayed realms of San Bernardino, meditative as Zen masters&mdash;there are no forced pronounce- ments, no fancy camera angling. Everything is face to face, face to wall&mdash;awake&mdash;in this &lsquo;pilgrimage of lip-stained Styrofoam cups&rsquo; and a &lsquo;coyote skull whistling.&rsquo; From the painted heart, these signs are vital to our lives. A tour de force x 2.&rdquo;</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;"> &mdash;Juan Felipe Herrera, California Poet Laureate</span></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:35:22 +0000 PATRICIA FERNANDEZ - 18th Street Arts Center - April 25th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Each Friday evening starting at 5 pm, Patricia Fern&aacute;ndez will present a performative lecture that explores in greater depth a specific personal narrative or regional history connected with the memory archive she is creating for <a href="" target="_blank"><em>Points of Departure (between Spain and France)</em></a>. As Fern&aacute;ndez makes objects that re-perform the experiences and memories of interviewees to create a non-linear narrative of historical events, so do her lectures in the gallery re-create these experiences and memories as a form of oral history.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Each Friday&rsquo;s presentation will present the history of displacement of the Spanish Civil War and its subsequent dictatorship from the perspective of a specific site or individual. Each story is bound up with objects and visual forms that Fern&aacute;ndez develops as motifs in the larger body of work which she is presenting at 18th Street Arts Center.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Patricia Fern&aacute;ndez&rsquo;s Artist Lab Residency at 18th Street Arts Center and all associated events have been made possible through the generous support of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.</em></p> <p><strong>Fridays: April 18, 25; May 2, 9</strong><br /> <strong> Starts at 5pm</strong><br /> <strong> 18th Street Arts Center | Main Gallery</strong></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:38:22 +0000 Glenn Bray - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - April 25th 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><em>The Blighted Eye</em></strong>&nbsp;showcases&nbsp;<strong>Glenn Bray</strong>&rsquo;s extensive collection of original comic art by cartoonists such as The book features work by a pantheon of cartooning masters, including&nbsp;<strong>Charles Addams</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Carl Barks</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Charles Burns</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Al Capp</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Dan Clowes</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Jack Cole</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>R. Crumb</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Jack Davis</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Kim Deitch</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Will Elder</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Al Feldstein</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Virgil Finlay</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Drew Friedman</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Chester Gould</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Justin Green</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Rick Griffin</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Bill Griffith</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Matt Groening</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>George Grosz</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>V.T. Hamlin</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Jaime Hernandez</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>George Herriman</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Al Hirshfeld</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Graham Ingels</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Bernie Krigstein</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Harvey Kurtzman</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Gary Panter</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Virgil Partch</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Savage Pencil</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Peter Pontiac</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Charles Rodrigues</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Spain Rodriguez</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Charles Schulz</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Gilbert Shelton</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Joost Swarte</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Stanislav Szukalski</strong>,<strong>Irving Tripp</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Chris Ware</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>S. Clay Wilson</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Basil Wolverton</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Wallace Wood</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Jim Woodring</strong>,&nbsp;<strong>Art Young</strong>, and &mdash; it should go without saying &mdash; many more.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong><em>The Blighted Eye</em></strong>&nbsp;is the most copious, the most diverse, and the most lavish compilation of original comic art ever published &mdash; all from the mind-boggling collection of Glenn Bray. Bray was an enthusiast of marginal or outsider American pop culture when he started to collect original comic art in 1965 &mdash; a time when very few people, including the artists themselves, truly valued the original art. Bray has, over the last nearly 50 years, amassed the most eclectic collection of original comic art in private hands. Public exhibitions of original comics art has proliferated over the last decade with such shows as Masters of American Comics at LA&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Hammer Museum</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>R. Crumb&rsquo;s Underground</em>&nbsp;at Seattle&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Frye Museum</em>. Readers have been able to see this original art in museum catalogues and the occasional compilation of work digitally scanned directly from the original art. Although drawn for print, the hand-crafted, original art &mdash; brush strokes and pen lines inked on paper &mdash; offers a beauty and an unique insight into the form, a different way of perceiving the artist&rsquo;s work. Full color.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Glenn Bray will be here in person to sign his book, as will Todd Hignite and Robert Williams, who each supplied a foreword.</strong></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hardcover: 416 pages</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Publisher: Fantagraphics; 1st edition (March 19, 2014)</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Language: English</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">ISBN-10: 1606996959</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">ISBN-13: 978-1606996959</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 1.1 x 0.1 inches</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Shipping Weight: 6.6 pounds</span><br /><span style="font-size: small;">Price: $100</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">If you cannot attend the event and would like a signed book, contact Soap Plant / Wacko at (323) 663-0122 or</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:29:36 +0000 Jeremy Dorrance - Machine Project - April 25th 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Machine Project is proud to announce the Machine Project Project Space for Projects! Visible from our front window, the MPPSfP is a smallish room constructed inside our already-smallish storefront space. We are inviting artists to do short residencies in the space that will be 2 hours to 2 weeks in length, and may include psychedelic ping pong, performance, song, and our first ever group show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Friday, April 25th, 8-10pm:</strong> Jeremy Dorrance | <em>Authentic Veezo</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A brisk declaration to bland, contemporary space, the obsessive pop performer, and the strange in-between.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:08:24 +0000 - Mingei International Museum - San Diego - April 25th 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Enrich your understanding of the Museum&rsquo;s <strong>Pat L. Nickols American Quilt Collection</strong> by attending a discussion with quilter and collector Pat L. Nickols and the Museum&rsquo;s Director of Exhibitions and Chief Curator, Christine Knoke.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:13:58 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego-Downtown - April 25th 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Enjoy exhibition tours, art-making activities, and a silent disco. This event is free and open to the public.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>&gt; Saturday, April 26 &gt; 11 AM&ndash;7 PM</strong><br /> MCASD and its neighboring businesses will host a 12-hour program that will bring together artists, architects, scientists, dancers, historians, engineers, filmmakers, musicians, and other cultural producers to explore the concept of public engagement. Every hour on the hour the public will be able to experience something new&mdash;music, art-making, food, and more&mdash;in celebration of downtown San Diego&rsquo;s rich contemporary culture. This is an all-ages program and is free to attend.</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 07:37:45 +0000 Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Itō Shinsui, Kiyoshi Saito, Munakata Shikö - Pacific Asia Museum - April 25th 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The last quarter of the 19th century brought profound changes in Japan as it transformed from a feudal society into a modern nation. Japanese artists went through equally fundamental changes as new theories were introduced from the other side of the world through books, magazines and increased travel by both Japanese and Westerners. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> In the field of woodblock prints, the traditional <em>ukiyo-e</em> (pictures of the floating world) of the Edo and Meiji periods fell by the wayside, in favor of reinvigorated forms of printmaking as a means of artistic expression. Known as <em>sosaku hanga</em> (creative prints), artists in this group attempted to bridge "fine art," a newly introduced Western concept, and "craft." Breaking away from the so-called <em>ukiyo-e</em> quartet system involving artists, carvers, printers and publishers, the artists in this movement designed, cut and printed their own images. Artists in the <em>sosaku hanga</em> movement found great inspiration from magazines that introduced the theories and styles of movements such as Impressionism, Art Nouveau and Avant-garde. On the other side of the spectrum, the <em>shin hanga</em> (new prints) movement endeavored to revitalize traditional <em>ukiyo-e</em> by maintaining the quartet system. </span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Watanabe Shozaburo (1885-1962), the driving force behind <em>shin hanga</em>, published prints by the artists he represented utilizing traditionally trained carvers and printers. Guided by this influential advocate, <em>shin hanga</em> artists embraced the past yet modernized their images to appeal to the Western audience and compete against the more Western-oriented <em>sosaku hanga</em>.</span><br /> <br /><span style="font-size: small;"> Closely tracking with the significant developments in Japanese political and social spheres of the early 20th century, the exhibition presents examples of <em>shin hanga</em> and <em>sosaku hanga</em> side-by-side in order to bring their shared aspects into focus for visitors, as well as their distinguishing characteristics. Major artists of the <em>shin</em> and <em>sosaku hanga</em> movements, including Kawase Hasui, Hiroshi Yoshida, Ito Shinsui, Kiyoshi Saito and Munakata Shiko, are included in two complete six-month rotations.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>In the The Frank and Toshie Mosher Gallery of Japanese Art</strong></span></p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 09:12:06 +0000