Visceral video pieces about secrets, a show devoted to the ways in which man is contending with rising seas, and a photographer who takes on L.A.'s bus system. Plus: an anniversary show and a video about hallways. It's all happening in L.A. and beyond:
Gillian Wearing, "Everyone," at Regen Projects. Wearing is a British artist known for creating riveting video and other pieces that play with ideas of truth, secrets and lies. The show features a new video, "Fear and Loathing" — Wearing's first produced in the United States — with an array of Angelenos divulging closely held secrets while donning masks. It makes for surreal and enthralling viewing. Opening reception Saturday 6 p.m.; runs through Jan. 24. 6750 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, regenprojects.com.
"Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change," at the Annenberg Space for Photography. A new exhibition of photographs organized by KCRW's "Design and Architecture" host Frances Anderton shows the ways in which humans have been contending with the rise of sea levels around the globe. This includes a range of solutions, from hatched-together floating communities to sophisticated architectural interventions. Opens Saturday; runs through May 3. 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City, annenbergspaceforphotography.org.
"Sophie Caby: TERMINUS Los Angeles," at Unit B. Housed in a project space run by Wilding Cran Gallery, this exhibition gathers a series of images shot by the French photographer on L.A. city buses. Opening reception Saturday 6 p.m.; runs through Dec. 27. 939 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown Los Angeles, wildingcran.com/unit-b.
"11 Years: Anniversary Group Show," at Western Projects. The Culver City gallery celebrates its 11th anniversary with a group show that brings together artists from its permanent stable, such as the seminal performer Ron Athey, as well as a few invited special guests. Through Dec. 23. 2762 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, western-project.com.
Joanne Mitchell, "All the Hallways," at Proxy Gallery. The gallery in a box (I wrote about it here) has a new show up by L.A. artist Mitchell consisting of all the hallway scenes from Chantal Akerman's 1975 drama "Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles." Runs through Jan. 31. Otis Graduate Studios, 10455 Washington Blvd., Culver City, ospace.otis.edu/proxy_gallery.
Julie Schaefer, "Fireside Lounge to 41.296111, -105.515000," at 2A Gallery. This weekend, the photographer gives a talk about her project, which explores the final tragic steps traveled by Matthew Shepard, the young Wyoming man who was murdered outside of Laramie for being gay. The talk is Sunday at 1:30 p.m.; the exhibition runs through Dec. 20. 400 S. Main St., downtown Los Angeles, 2agallery.com.
“Looking Back at Black Male: A Conversation with Thelma Golden, Hilton Als and Huey Copeland,” at the New School Auditorium. OK, so this is nowhere near Los Angeles. It’s in New York, and it deals with a historic exhibition held at the
Josef Koudelka, "Nationality Doubtful," at the Getty Center. A retrospective on the important Czech-born photographer gathers more than 180 works from throughout the artist's six-decades-long career. Through March 22. 1200
"Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School" at the L.A. County Museum of Art. Forty-five paintings by the best-known artists of the American landscape movement, including Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt and Frederic Edwin Church. Through June 7. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, lacma.org.
“Pierre Huyghe” at the L.A. County Museum of Art. The hallucinatory retrospective of the French conceptualist, who is better known for his experimentations (a site-specific sculpture made out of a beehive) than the production of serial objects. Through Feb. 22. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, lacma.org.