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Arts and Entertainment

The Weekly Round Up: Art in L.A.

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Zoe Crosher (Photo by Arely Villegas/used with permission)

Zoe Crosher (Photo by Arely Villegas/used with permission)
by Arely Villegas for LAist

The Smithsonian Institution controversy continues strong and as predicted will last for months. Artist David Wojnarowicz may be laughing from the grave as his work still continues to spark dialogue and receive wide attention. Multiple art institutions through out the country have taken the liberty to screen the film. In our city, CB1 Gallery in the downtown gallery row was the first to screen the film for the public. Workspace in the Lincoln Heights area will screen the Wojnarowicz piece this Sunday evening, followed by a discussion with co-curator of “Hide/Seek: Difference in Desire in American Portraiture” Jonathan Katz via Skype from Washington D.C. Our local museum The Hammer, also announced their participation in screening the film for the public.

In light of the current arts wave of controversy, The Museum of Contemporary Art decides to whitewash a recent completed mural of Italian street artist Blu. Now, we wonder how this will affect the scheduled street art show “Art in the Streets” in 2011?!

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“If you want to look at art you can find it” - Frank Stella

Friday December 10

Pepin Moore (Chinatown): Head down to Chinatown for the opening reception of artists Jed Lin, Marie Jager, and Talia Chetrit. 7-9 p.m.

Saturday December 11

David Hendren at EGHQ (Culver City): Artist David Hendren unveils a site specific installation combining wood, paint, light, and sound to utilize the familiar outdoor giant-- the billboard. 6-9 p.m.

Who Are These People? At Raid Projects (Lincoln Heights): Raid Projects pokes at the notion of the artistic genius, one that goes unrecognized until later in life or death. Join artists Michelle Jane Lee, Carrie McIlwain, Neill Orje, Jeremy Oversier, Ashley Poole, and Sara Simon. 6 - 9 p.m.

I Have a Light at SF1 Gallery (Mid Wilshire): Artists: Suzanne Adelman / Kaucyila Brooke / Sky Burchard / Anthony Carfello with Nina Laurinolli, Adam Peña, and Trinidad Ruiz / Young Chung / Cirilo Domine / Morgan Fisher / Margaret Honda / Hyesook / Sojung Kwon / Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza / Yong Soon Min/ Suthat Pinruethai / Gala Porras-Kim / Jen Smith / Connie Samaras / Keith Walsh / Matt Wardell. With Musical performances by Summer-mune and Frixus. A scheduled bike ride will occur during the opening, with the starting point at Chris Burden’s Urban Light Sculpture, infront of the LACMA entrance.

Bobbi Woods: Dark Glasses at Workspace Gallery (Lincoln Heights): Artist Bobbi Woods work is a soft minimalism ridden over text and popular culture connotations. 7- 10 p.m.

Vynil Mandala at Actual Size Gallery (Chinatown): Vinyl Mandala highlights Los Angeles based artists and collectives who utilize the album as a medium. Limited run records with hand-made graphic elements provide a visual and tactile addition to the listening experience. A selection of unique vinyl records will be on display and available for listening. For the opening reception, Actual Size will host an evening of live performance and DJ sets. Don’t Miss!!. 7 p.m. - 12 a.m.

David Hughes: Uitoa at WPA (Chinatown): Artist David Hughes presents his new book Uitoa, as a wall sculpture. Join the artist for the opening this Saturday. 8 - 10 p.m.

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Big City Forum #22 at Honor Fraser Gallery (Culver City): Big City Forum serves as a series of dialogues in the context of art and architecture. For Saturday’s series principal of Rachel Allen Architecture, artist Olga Koumoundouros, and writer/artist Ken Ehrlich discuss the practices of art + architecture. 4 - 6 p.m.

Telephone at Francois Ghebaly (Culver City): A one night only performance and sound art night with special collaborations from artist Mathew Timmons and 323 Projects. 7 - 10 p.m.

The Date Farmers at ACE Gallery (Mid Wilshire): The Mid Wilshire branch of Ace Gallery brings us and The Date Farmers. An exhibition celebrating Bicentennial of Mexican Independence. Opening reception this Saturday from 8 - 11 pm.

Alex Mirutziu:Critique On How Temples Move Faster Than Their Shadows at Mihai Nicodim Gallery (Culver City): The first solo exhibition in the U.S. of Turkish bred artist Alex Mirutziu. The opening reception will be followed by a live performance by the artist. Performance starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Wreck The Walls at Subliminal Projects (Echo Park): Shepard Fairey opens his doors to Wreck The Walls, for the opening reception of artist Alan Shaffer, Alejandro Gehry, Andy Moses, Bertil Petersson, Billy Al Bengston, Blek Le Rat, Curtis Kulig, David Ellis, David Yow, Ed Moses, Ellwood T. Risk, Erik Foss, Eric Schwartz, Eric White, Evan Hecox, Greg Lamarche, Jason Alper, John Van Hamersveld, Kelly Berg, Laddie John Dill, Larry Bell, Martha Cooper, Monica Canilao, Retna, Robbie Conal, Ryan McGinness, Ryan Travis Christian, Skullphone, Swoon, Tim Biskup, and Vanessa Prager. 5 - 9 pm

Anthony Pearson at David Kordansky Gallery (Culver City): The opening reception of artist Anthony Pearson’s new body work, ranging from sculpture to photographic mediums. 6 - 9 p.m.

Sunday December 12

David Wojnarowicz “A Fire in My Belly” at Workspace Gallery (Lincoln Heights): Workspace Gallery is the second arts name in Los Angeles to screen the original thirteen minute Wojnarowicz film “A Fire in My Belly”. The film will be followed by a dialogue with co curator of “Hide/Seek: Difference in Desire in American Portraiture” Jonathan Katz via Skype from Washington D.C. Screening begins promptly at 7:15 p.m. followed by a dialogue at 7:30 p.m.

Artist Curated Projects: Art Sale (Silverlake): ACP is a strong contributor to the Los Angeles art community, join them this Sunday for a benefit sale just in time for the holidays. The contributing artists include: Sam Gordon, Lecia Dole Recio, A.L. Steiner, Pearl C. Hsiung, Anna Sew Hoy, Yunhee Min, Lee Maida, Suzanne Wright, Jen Smith, Davida Nemeroff, Kelly Barrie, Laurie Nye, Young Chung, Math Bass, Martha Windahl, Nancy Popp, Sean Mcdonald, Molly Larkey, Patrick Meagher, Kiki Johnson, Kathryn Andrews, Onya Hogan-Finley, Daniel Ingroff and Erika Vogt.

Suprasensorial Dialogue at National Democratic Department (Little Tokyo): Sunday marks the opening of Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space at MOCA- Geffen location. Join curators Alma Ruiz, Yann Perreau, and Valerie Fletcher in conversation with artists Julio Le Parc, and Neville D’ Almeida. 3 p.m.

Tuesday December 14

Screening: Machines For The Future at Mandrake Bar (Culver City): Experimental films by Adele Horne, Fern Silva, Deanna Erdmann, Dani Leventhal, Shambhavi Kaul, and Ben Rivers. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

75 Years of DC Comics at The Hammer Museum (Westwood): Join writer Paul Levitz (“75 Years of DC Comics: The Art of Modern Mythmaking”), Jim Lee Co Publisher of DC Comics, Comedian Patton Oswalt, and Creative Director of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns for a a history discussion of DC Comics. The discussion will be followed by a book signing of Paul Levitz “75 Years of DC Comics”. 7 p.m.

Wednesday December 15

Hanne Darboren: Wnschkonzert at Regen Projects (West Hollywood): an exhibition of the work Wunschkonzert (1984) by Hanne Darboven. Originally shown in Documenta 11 (2002) as a collection of loose pages in folders. Opening reception 5 - 7 p.m.

New Possibilities: Cinema and Art History with Peter Greenaway at The Getty Center (Brentwood): Filmmaker Peter Greenaway discusses the linkage of Cinema and Art History. Greenaway explored this theme in a series of installations, Nine Classic Paintings Revisited.

Flux Screening Series at The Hammer Museum (Westwood): Short films and music collides at The Hammer’s Flux Screening Series. Join Angela + Ithyle, Vincent Haycock, Sophie Gateau and Neistat Brothers, who will share rare works. The program will also include new work from Spike Jonze, Aardman Animation, Kutiman and David Altobelli. Guest DJ Nitedog (Blackdisco) will host musical musings during a courtyard reception following the screening. 8 p.m.