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The Weekly Round Up: Art in L.A.

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Photo of work by Pascual Sisto taken during the exhibition "Absolutely Not Recent Works by Pascual Sisto" by Arely Villegas/used with permission


Photo of work by Pascual Sisto taken during the exhibition "Absolutely Not Recent Works by Pascual Sisto" by Arely Villegas/used with permission
Happy New Year Los Angeles!

Enthusiasm for the Los Angeles art community in the new year is high with expectations from Eli Broad’s unveiling design for his art museum on Grand Avenue corridor or the anticipated Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA: 1945 - 1980 in the fall. As the first week of 2011 unwinds, we are left with an unsettling good taste for art in our vibrant city.

Thursday January 6
In addition to the art events mentioned in today's Pencil This In...

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Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo at The Hammer Museum (Westwood) at 7pm: In accordance to Julian Hoeber’s current installation at the museum, Demon Hill. Followed by Jacques Tati’s film Playtime. Both films will be screened in it’s 70mm glory.

Maya Mercer: Ladykiller at Stephen Cohen Gallery (Hollywood) from 6-9 pm: Maya Mercer’s new series of photographs

Saturday January 8

Samba with Andrea Fraser at LA X ART (Culver City) at 2pm: This may be your only opportunity to be schooled Samba dance routines with artist Andrea Fraser. The event is open to the public, but due to limited space RSVP is required: lesleymooon@laxart.org

Roger Herman and Christian Cummings at Jancar Gallery (Chinatown) from 6-9 pm: The opening recpetion of two solo shows from artists Christian Cummings and Roger Herman. Curated by Tom Jancar and Maya Lujan.

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Amanda Gordon Dunn and Suzanne Song at Sabina Lee Gallery (Chinatown) 6- 9 pm: The opening of new works from artists Suzanne Song and Amanda Gordon pushing the boundaries of painting as a medium.

Charles Irvin: Ride the Fantasy at WPA (Chinatown) 7- 10 pm: Artist Charles Irvin second solo show at WPA featuring recent paintings and prints.

Eske Kath: There are Houses Everywhere at Charlie James Gallery (Chinatown) 7 - 10pm: The first Los Angeles solo show of Danish artist Eske Kath which further explores the ongoing conflict of nature vs. human civilization.

Davis and Davis: Dream Big at L2Kontemporary (Chinatown) 6- 9pm: The opening reception of Davis and Davis: Dream Big. The website does not give much information, but a tentative interesting photograph.

Brad Spence: (figs) at Shoshana Wayne Gallery (Santa Monica) 5- 7:30 pm: The opening reception of artist Brad Spence new paintings.

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Tom Peters Performing Hanne Darboren’s Wunschkonzert at Regen Projects (West Hollywood) 3- 5pm: Artist Tom Peters performs Wunschkonzert while in the presence of the artists work currently up at Regen Projects. A rare treat, but if you can’t make it there are two more scheduled performances for January 15 and the 22

Nathan Mabry: Armature at Cherry and Martin (Culver City) 7- 10pm: The opening of Mabry’s third solo show at the gallery featuring sculptural works.

A 25th Anniversary Show at Mark Moore Gallery (Culver City) 5- 8 pm: In celebration of a new location and re-opening, Mark Moore pays tribute with more than 20 artists.

Bob Fanagan, Sheree Rose, Kim Jones, & Johanna Went at Western Projects ( Culver City) 6- 8pm: The opening reception of new works from three artists: Johanna Went, Bob Fanagan, Sheree Rose, and Kim Jones.

Joshua Callaghan and Morgan Wells at Steve Turner Contemporary (Mid Wilshire) 6-9 pm: Two solo exhibitions from artists Joshua Callaghan and Morgan Wells. Callaghan presents Elysian Parking, featuring new sculptural works that “explore the banal, broken fragments of our built environment“. Morgan Wells, I’d Tell You, but I’d Have To Kill You, takes the form of an installation composed of found wood, trashed furniture, and scraps from previous projects.

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Sunday January 9

ASAP @ LACE: Revisions of L.A.: Alex Moore, Dai Toyofuku, and Tom Norris at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Hollywood) 1-4 pm: drawing workshops surrounded on conversations of urban living.

Suprasensorial Screening: Program 1 at MOCA Geffen ( Little Tokyo) 3pm: Join curator Alma Ruiz for a program of film and video in conjunction with the exhibition Suprasensorial: Experiments of Light and Color.

Roundtable Discussion: Olmec Ancestry: Theories about the Origins of the Olmec People at LACMA ( Mid Wilshire) 2pm: Join scholars as they discuss theories on the origins of the Olmec people. This event is free and open the public.

Tuesday January 11

Mike Kelley: Kandor and EAPR at Gagosian Gallery ( Beverly Hills) 6- 8 pm: Mike Kelley’s surprisingly first exhibition at Gagosian Gallery. Kelley re visits past serious: Kandor and Extracurricular Activity Projective Reconstruction which take shape in the form of video and sculpture.

Public Engagement: Back of House Tour at The Hammer Museum (Westwood) 12:30 pm: Ever wonder what goes behind the offices of a museum? What the staff have hanging in their office? What about a museum’s theater? … If you’re like myself, you are curious and will show up at The Hammer an hour earlier since it’s on a first come first serve bases and space is limited to ten curious minds.