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Arts and Entertainment

ART LA Opens Tonight with MOCA Benefit

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Good art makes you think. (Or at least scratch your head and ask, “wtf”?). This weekend’s ART LA 2009 promises to have plenty of both.

More than 60 galleries from LA and around the world will be exhibiting the work of their artists, including Eduardo Sarabia, Henry Taylor, Ruben Ochoa, Hirsch Perlman, Jeff Koons and Marianne Mueller. Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar and other venues throughout LA will play host to paintings, sculpture, mixed media, special installations, music, photography and film.

The weekend kicks off tonight with a preview cocktail reception to benefit MOCA - and lord knows it needs money. But for those who can’t cough up the $80-$200 for the benefit, the day and weekend passes are relatively affordable.

Weekend highlights include:

  • Artist and co-owner Jorge Pardo will re-build Chinatown’s The Mountain Bar as an operating installation throughout the show.
  • A special Friday night ART LA event at Largo with Jon Brion and Friends.
  • The “Municipal de Futbol: Art and Sport Meet on LA’s Soccer Fields” slide show and panel discussion featuring Jennifer Doyle, Jonathan Maghen and Michael Wells explores the “subculture” of LA soccer, and the art and photography inspired by leagues and pickup games played in all corners of the city.
  • The feature documentary Chinatown: Every Square Has its Round has its LA premiere on Saturday at 3 pm. Agatha Snow filmed her visits to various U.S. Chinatowns and the conversations with the people who live there. She examines issues of stereotypes and identity, among others. The film will be screened at the Ruskin Group Theatre, adjacent to the Barker Hangar.
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Friday and Saturday: 11 am-7 pm, Sunday: 11 am-6 pm
Tickets are $15 (1 day), $25 (3 days)
Most events will be held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica through Sunday, Jan. 25