Datebook: At age 99, painter Luchita Hurtado gets a survey at LACMA
It’s Artmageddon in Los Angeles and the calendar is tight. My colleague Deborah Vankin rounds up a bunch of the week’s art-fair-related insanity. In the meantime, here are more than a dozen exhibitions and events going down in L.A. in the coming week:
Luchita Hurtado, “I Live, I Die, I Will be Reborn,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. When Hurtado’s work first materialized at Park View (now Park View/Paul Soto), the story that came with it was as intriguing as the surreal paintings of women’s bodies rendered as landscape: Hurtado, 97, the widow of U.S. painter Lee Mullican, had been painting for decades herself. In the 1950s she exhibited sporadically, then not at all — until her 2018 comeback. Now LACMA is giving the Venezuelan-born artist the survey treatment, looking at her experiments with abstraction, language, ecological themes and, of course, the body. Opens Sunday and runs through May 3. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, lacma.org.
August Sander, “New Women, New Men and New Identities,” Lucio Fontana, “Walking the Space: Spatial Environments, 1948-1968” and Nicolas Party, “Sottobosco,” at Hauser & Wirth. The gallery is opening a trio of shows just in time for Frieze Week, including new paintings, sculptures and murals by Swiss artist Nicolas Party, early environmental installations by Lucio Fontana, and a series of Weimar-era portraits by the German photographer August Sander. The latter show also features original examples of the first gay and lesbian journals ever published and is being presented in collaboration with the L.A. Phil. Opens Saturday at 3 p.m. and runs through April 12. 901 E. 3rd St., downtown Los Angeles, hauserwirth.com.
Cyprien Gaillard, “Reefs to Rigs,” at Sprüth Magers. In this new exhibition of photography and sculpture, Gaillard examines the links between prehistoric matter and urban infrastructure — a nod to the oil-rich nature of the neighborhood. (The gallery lies practically across the street from the La Brea Tar Pits.) Also on view will be the French artist’s new film, “Ocean II Ocean.” Through March 21. 5900 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, spruethmagers.com.
“50+50: A Creative Century from Chouinard to CalArts,” at REDCAT. Prominent CalArts alumni like Tony Oursler, Carrie Mae Weems, Barbara T. Smith and the late John Baldessari created a series of limited-edition works to raise money for a scholarship endowment fund for CalArts. A selection of these is going on view in the gallery at REDCAT. Opens Wednesday and runs through March 22. 631 W. Second St., downtown, redcat.org.
Calida Rawles, “A Dream for My Lilith,” at Various Small Fires. The Los Angeles-based painter produces paintings that employ water as a screen which she uses to frame suspended human figures — including people she knows. She captures water’s roiling properties, but also the ways in which it can wash. Also on view will be a kinetic sculpture — inflatable meets rock formation — by Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, in the courtyard. Opens Wednesday at 5 p.m. and runs through March 14. 812 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, vsf.la.
Gerard & Kelly, “State of,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The artist-choreographers, known for works that explore the nature of the body and queerness, toy with the symbols of flags and poles in a pair of performances in MOCA’s Little Tokyo space. Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. MOCA Geffen, 152 N. Central Ave., downtown, moca.org.
Kulapat Yantrasast and Tania Franco Klein in conversation at Rose Gallery. Yantrasast, the founder of architectural firm wHY (which designed the tents at Frieze), and Klein, a conceptual photographer, will gather to talk about the ways in which art and architecture intersect. Saturday at 4 p.m. Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., B7, Santa Monica, rosegallery.net.
Katharina Fritsch, at Matthew Marks. In her first solo show in Los Angeles, the German artist is displaying a series of life-size human figures painted in the electric shades for which she has become known. Also included: her rooster sculpture “Hahn/Cock,” a smaller version of the one that once graced London’s Trafalgar Square. Opens Wednesday at 6 p.m. and runs through May 2. 1062 N. Orange Grove, West Hollywood, matthewmarks.com.
Ree Morton, “The Plant That Heals May Also Poison,” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. This is the first major U.S. exhibition of the late Postminimalist/feminist artist in nearly four decades, gathering drawings, sculptures, paintings and installation that fuse theatrical imagery and fragments of the decorative with elements of personal narrative. Opens Sunday and runs through June 14. 1717 E. 7th St., downtown, theicala.org.
Pat Philips, “Summer Madness,” at M+B. This is the first Los Angeles solo show for the British artist, whose wild canvases fuse aspects of the urban — such as visions of the city and bits of graffiti — with the surreal and the poignant. Somewhere on the canvas, fragments of the human body also play a role. Opens Saturday at 6 p.m. and runs through March 14. 612 N. Almont Dr., West Hollywood, mbart.com.
Tanya Aguiñiga, “Borderlands Within / La Frontera Adentro,” at Armory Center for the Arts. Using fiber, ceramics, hand-blown glass and other traditional craft techniques, and touching on issues tied to immigration the border, the San Diego-born artist’s work often comments on the nature of hybrid states. This will include her bi-national piece “AMBOS,” an acronym for “Art Made Between Opposite Sides,” and a large-scale installation that transforms a piece of the gallery into a loom. Through Aug. 9. 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, armoryarts.org.
“78 Days of Relief: A Conversation with EJ Hill and Texas Isaiah,” at Oxy Arts on York. Hill, a performance artist, who performed the riveting “Excellentia, Mollitia, Victoria” as part of the Hammer Museum’s “Made in L.A.” biennial in 2018, is teaming up for a discussion with photographer Texas Isaiah about their collaborations. Thursday at 7 p.m. 4747 York Blvd., Highland Park, oxy.edu.
Mark Dean Veca and Mark Steven Greenfield, “Graphic Subversion,” at Cal State Northridge Art Galleries. A two-man show features work by two artists known for work inspired by calligraphic marks: Veca’s detailed crosshatches detailing visceral forms, and the inkblot shapes that Greenfield uses to address the ways in which African Americans have been historically depicted in media. Through March 14. 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge, csun.edu.
“History, Culture, Identities” at the Wende Museum. Artists Lezley Saar, Chelle Barbour and Sichong Xie gather for a conversation in connection with the Wende’s ongoing exhibition “The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists Behind the Iron Curtain.” Each will discuss the works they selected for the exhibition and how these relate to Cold War-era themes. Sunday at 2 p.m. for reception, 3 p.m. for artist talk. 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver city, wendemuseum.org.
Jacob Hashimoto, “Histories,” at Mixografía. This new series of prints finds Hashimoto working more improvisationally, arranging his intricate rice paper kites into panoramic compositions on paper that shows them in small groupings or tangled into smaller clusters — their strings functioning as expressive lines. Through Saturday. 1419 E. Adams. Blvd., Central-Alameda, mixografia.com.
“Hard Concept, Soft Material,” at Ochi Projects. A group show features artists who take soft materials — literally, fabric, faux fur and nylon — to make works that address difficult issues such as race and gender. Participants include Areli Arellano, Rachel Apthorp and Sean-Kierre Lyons, and the show is organized by Rakeen Cunningham. Also on view is a series of new paintings by L.A. painter Nick McPhail titled “Windows” that explores those junctures at which nature, light and architecture meet. Through Saturday. 3301 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights, ochiprojects.com.
“The Twenty-Ninth Bather,” at ltd los angeles. A group show examines what it means to be a spectator of sports, whether it’s observing aestheticized bodies or the architecture of games. This includes work by Lyndon Barrois, William Brickel, Rosie McGinn and Ashley Teamer, among others. Through Saturday. 1119 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire, ltdlosangeles.com.
Gabriela Ruiz, “Full of Tears,” at the Vincent Price Art Museum. In her first solo museum show, the Los Angeles artist also known as “Leather Papi” employs a mix of media — video, 3-D mapping, sculptural installation — to examine identity and the self. Expect a full, wild immersion. Through Saturday. East Los Angeles College, 1301 Cesar Chavez Ave., Monterey Park, vincentpriceartmuseum.org.
Rodney McMillian, “Brown: Videos from the Black Show,” at the Underground Museum. This exhibition consists of a suite of video works previously shown as part of an installation at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia that serve as meditations on class, race, gender and economic status around a central axis of blackness. Through Sunday. 3508 W. Washington Blvd., Arlington Heights, theunderground-museum.org.
Shirin Neshat, “I Will Greet the Sun Again,” at the Broad Museum. This is the most extensive exhibition to date of work by the New York-based artist, who is known for her elegant photographs and videos, each of which mines an intersecting array of topics, including exile, justice, politics and gender. Though widely known for installations that explore the vagaries of Iranian culture and history, the exhibition shows Neshat turning to other subjects, too: Azerbaijan, the Arab Spring and a series of surreal stories that she uncovers in the desert of New Mexico. Through Sunday. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles, thebroad.org.
Phillip K. Smith III, “10 Columns,” at Bridge Projects. Smith is known for his large-scale architectural installation projects, such as the mirrored structure he created for the 2017 iteration of Desert X in the Coachella Valley, and the defunct Detroit skybridge he turned into a beacon of colorful light. For the debut of this Hollywood gallery, the artist has created an immersive light installation for the 7,000-square-foot space that is inspired by the shifting nature of light in Los Angeles over the course of a day. Through Sunday. 6820 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, bridgeprojects.com.
“Soft Schindler,” at the Mak Center. In 1949, Pauline Schindler, estranged from her husband, R.M. Schindler, painted half of the interior of the Modernist home they shared on Kings Road in West Hollywood a shade of salmon pink. For the architect, the paint job breached a design ethos that was all about natural materials. This exhibition explores that idea — how the various inhabitants of the Schindler House have over time softened its hard “masculine” edges with so-called “feminine” design flourishes: pillows, flower pots and curtains. These design binaries inspired the works on view in the show, which include installations by artists such as Tanya Aguiñiga, Bettina Hubby and Alice Lang, among others. Through Sunday. 835 N. Kings Road, West Hollywood, makcenter.org.
Carolina Caycedo, “Apariciones / Apparitions,” at the Huntington Library. As part of a project that was jointly curated by VPAM and the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Caycedo spent time at the Huntington making a work that responded to the museum collection: a collaborative dance piece with choreographer Marina Magalhães and filmmaker David de Rozas that was inspired by indigenous and African dance practices and that, in many ways, responds to the issues of colonization raised by the entire Huntington enterprise. Not to be missed. Through Monday. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, huntington.org.
John Sonsini, “Cowboy Stories and New Paintings,” at Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. For decades, the artist has painted portraits of men, including a series devoted to Latino day laborers. This series, which carries the painter’s trademark sensitivity, is focused on Los Angeles men who rock the cowboy look. Also on view are paintings by Whitney Bedford, which infuse landscapes with acid tones. Through Feb. 22. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., downtown, vielmetter.com.
Lezley Saar, “A Conjuring of Conjurers,” at Walter Maciel Gallery. Inspired by a 19th century French novel about a character who builds a fortress devoted to the worship of the senses and arts, Saar has created a series of invented mystic characters with supernatural powers. Her painted conjurers are presented on found fabrics and antique frames, along with sculptures and works of photographic collage. Through Feb. 22. 2642 S. La Cienega Blvd., Culver City, waltermacielgallery.com.
Julie Green, “Flown Blue,” at the American Museum of Ceramic Art. Green is known for recycling secondhand porcelain to create original works in shades of cobalt blue — among them “The Last Supper,” a large-scale installation of more than 800 plates that features last meal requests from inmates on death row. Through Feb. 23. 399 N. Garey Ave., Pomona, amoca.org.
“Beside the Edge of the World,” at the Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens. Every year, the museum selects a group of artists for a yearlong residency and collaboration. This year, that group includes Nina Katchadourian, Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, and Rosten Woo, and writers Dana Johnson and Robin Coste Lewis, poet laureate for the city of Los Angeles. The show features work by each artist. Through Feb. 24. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, huntington.org.
Richard Sandler, “The Eyes of the City,” at 515. The noted street photographer and filmmaker is showing a decade’s worth of work in this show, based on his book “The Eyes of the City.” Through Feb. 29. Bendix Building, 1206 Maple Ave., #515, downtown Los Angeles, 515bendix.com.
George Rodriguez, “Double Vision,” at the Vincent Price Art Museum. For decades, this Los Angeles photographer (whom I profiled in 2018) captured every aspect of life in Los Angeles: the Eastside blowouts, the rise of rap (he made some of the earliest professional portraits of N.W.A), farm labor activism, the Chicano moratorium, Hollywood dinners, a gig by the Doors at the Whisky a Go Go, prizefighters in the moments before they climb into the ring and shoeshine boys downtown. Now the Vincent Price has put together the photographer’s first career retrospective, featuring a range of his images from the 1950s to the early ’90s. Through Feb. 29. East Los Angeles College, 1301 Cesar Chavez Ave., Monterey Park, vincentpriceartmuseum.org.
Alison Saar, “Syncopation,” at L.A. Louver. Saar is known for her powerful sculptures, crafted out of wood, bronze and found objects. But this show is focused on her prints: For three decades, she has produced more than 90 editions, including woodblock prints, and other innovative works that employ vintage fabric as a print surface. The prints ultimately engage her sculptural pieces, such as her tough reimaginations of Topsy from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Through Feb. 29. 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice, lalouver.com.
Timothy Washington, “Citizen/Ship,” at the California African American Museum. The Los Angeles artist is known for assemblages he crafts from found objects that he embeds into large-scale armatures often dipped in cotton and white glue. For this show, he is displaying his first installation project, “Citizen/Ship,” a work that fuses Afrofuturism and rah-rah patriotism. Through March 1. 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, caamuseum.org.
Kirsten Stoltmann and Jennifer Sullivan, “Female Sensibility,” at Five Car Garage. Inspired by Lynda Benglis’ 1973 video, “Female Sensibility,” which parodied the idea of being labeled a woman artist, this exhibition features work by two young women artists considering the female gaze and body in their work. Through March 1. The gallery is in a private home in Santa Monica and viewings are by appointment; address is released then. emmagrayhq.com.
Sandy Rodriguez, “You Will Not Be Forgotten,” at Charlie James Gallery. Rodriguez is known for using natural pigments and handmade papers in ways that evoke the codices of ancient Mexico to tell the stories of today — in this case, that of seven Central American child migrants who died in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection over the last two years. The 20 works she has created for this show include portraits of the children in life, as well as a visual recipe for healing “susto” (trauma or fear). Through March 7. 969 Chung King Road, Chinatown, cjamesgallery.com.
Hank Willis Thomas, “An All Colored Cast,” at Kayne Griffin Corcoran. In his first solo show in Los Angeles, Thomas explores the nature of color while also exploring the nature of representation in Hollywood. The pièce de résistance is a sculpture inspired by the General Lee, the car that appeared in television’s “The Dukes of Hazzard,” the Dodge Charger painted with a Confederate flag that was at the center of the action — an object of television nostalgia that also evokes histories of violence against African Americans. Through March 7. 1201 S. La Brea Ave., Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles, kaynegriffincorcoran.com.
Christopher Russell, “Cascades,” at Von Lintel. Russell has found new ways to manipulate photographs: creating prints that he uses as backdrops for carvings of patterns and ships. Through March 7. 1206 Maple Ave., downtown, vonlintel.com.
“A Message to Space,” at Supercollider. Space is the theme at Supercollider this month, which will feature an assortment of space-inspired, perspective-shifting works by a range of contemporary artists, including Richelle Gribble, Isabel Beavers, Alan Chin and Yoko Shimizu, among many others. Also featured will be a drawing made by astronaut Nicole Stott as well as audio from a disk created by Carl Sagan for NASA’s Voyager. But the pièce de résistance will be the Space Art DNA Time Capsule, an art project that will transfer crowdsourced drawings to synthetic DNA, which will be rocketed into space in 2023. The carbon footprint is strong with this one. Through March 8. 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, supercolliderart.com.
“Unseen: 35 Years of Collecting Photographs,” at the Getty Museum. In 1984, the museum’s precursor, the J. Paul Getty Trust, began to collect photography. Now the Getty has holdings of more than 148,000 prints, but only a fraction of those have ever been exhibited at the museum. This show gathers a small selection of some of those images, by photographers from all over the world, and puts them on display in thematic groupings that touch on themes related to the body, the city, animals and experimental technique. These include new acquisitions by Laura Aguilar and Osamu Shiihara, as well as images by other figures in the collection, including Anthony Hernandez, Carrie Mae Weems, Mary Ellen Mark, Veronika Kellndorfer and many more. Through March 8. 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood, getty.edu.
“Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs,” at the Skirball Cultural Center. Before he was a film director he was a photographer, taking pictures for Look magazine in the 1940s. This exhibition gathers images from the Look archive and maps the early aesthetic talents of one of cinema’s great eyes. Through March 8. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood, skirball.org.
“El Sueño Americano: The American Dream, Photographs by Tom Kiefer,” at the Skirball Cultural Center. Kiefer gathers objects seized by officials on the U.S. border — objects often deemed “potentially lethal” or “nonessential” — and creates tidy arrangements that he then photographs. The images serve as searing catalogs of the ways in which immigrants are treated upon arrival in the U.S. Kiefer came upon many of these items while working as a janitor at a Customs and Border Protection station in Arizona. Through March 8. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Brentwood, skirball.org.
“What She Said,” at ace/121 Gallery. The Association of Hysteric Curators, a loose collective of artists who explore feminist ideas in their work, has organized this group show that takes as its point of inspiration the ways in which moments of adversity call for divine speculation of the feminine sort. Among the artists featured in the show are Camilla Taylor, Lili Bernard, Michiko Yao and Carolyn Castaño. Through March 13. 121 N. Kenwood St., Glendale, ace121gallery.com.
Young Joon Kwak, “Dilectio,” at Cerritos College Art Gallery. Kwak explores the nature of plastics — how they can convey both ideas of flexibility and paranoias about contamination — in a solo exhibition that also dwells on queerness and the body. The show is the product of the artist’s recent Art+Tech residency at the college. Through March 13. 11110 Alondra Blvd., Norwalk, facebook.com/cerritosgallery.
Michael Tedja, “The Color Guide Series,” at Chimento Contemporary. The Dutch painter, known for his reuse and recycling of images, is presenting 280 works of paper that are part of a larger project that he gathered in the book “Holarium — Negeren Series.” Through March 14. 4480 W. Adams Blvd., West Adams, chimentocontemporary.net.
Lauren Halsey at David Kordansky Gallery. Halsey, known for sprawling installations that employ found objects and the signifiers of black vernacular culture, takes over the gallery in her first solo show with a series of works that take commercial signage as their point of inspiration. These she uses not as a way to highlight big chains but as a way of noting the small, independent business owners who are threatened by commercial development and gentrification. Through March 14. 5130 W. Edgewood Place, Mid-Wilshire, davidkordanskygallery.com.
Herald Nix, “Paintings,” and Martin Werthmann, “Woodblock Prints,” at Wilding Cran Gallery. The gallery has a two-part show this month, with a series of 30 meditative landscape paintings by Canadian artist Herald Nix that revisit the same location over three years, as well as large-scale abstract wood-block prints by the Berlin-based Werthmann. Through March 14. 1700 S. Santa Fe Ave., #460, downtown Los Angeles, wildingcran.info.
OCMAEXPAND: Six new artist installations at the Orange County Museum of Art. The museum, still in its temporary space in an old furniture showroom near South Coast Plaza (do visit — this is a great space), has a whole new rack of installations by six artists working on the Pacific Rim, all of which are inspired by the environment and the natural world. This includes installations by Carolina Caycedo, who pays tribute to a pair of local rivers in a pair of new commissions, as well as works by Daniel Duford, Ximena Garrido-Lecca, Mulyana, Robert Zhao Renhui and Yang Yongliang. Through March 15. South Coast Plaza Village, 1661 W. Sunflower Ave., Santa Ana, ocmaexpand.org.
“Sound Off: Silence + Resistance,” at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Part of LACE’s Emerging Curator series, this exhibition, organized by artist Abigail Raphael Collins, explores the idea of silence as a political act. Artists featured include Pauline Boudry, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Sharon Hayes, among others. Through March 15. 6522 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, welcometolace.org.
Lia Halloran, “Double Horizon,” at Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery. To create large-scale filmic views of Los Angeles, Halloran takes to the air, mounting four cameras to an airplane that she piloted during more than 30 flights. She has put the footage together into an immersive, three-screen projection that is accompanied by a score created by Allyson Newman. Through March 15. ArtCenter South Campus, 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena, artcenter.edu.
“Beyond Embodiment,” at the Brand Library Art Center. Twenty-five female, nonbinary and trans artists — including Sandra de la Loza, Kelly Akashi, Kelly Nipper, Martine Syms, VJ Um and many others — explore the body’s form and function in video, animation, sculpture and virtual and augmented reality. The opening reception will feature a special interactive live performance by Tiffany Trenda. Through March 20. 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale, brandlibrary.org.
Claire Christeron, “Through the Window Up the Stairs,” at AA/LA. Through painting, ceramics and video, this exhibition tracks the emotions of childhood in works that channel whimsy, longing and the search for self. Through March 21. 7313 Melrose Ave., Fairfax, aala-gallery.com.
Betsabeé Romero and José García Moreno, “Caravan,” at the Laband Art Gallery. The two artists deploy traditional craft techniques (such as cut paper) to address the conditions currently faced by immigrants to the United States. Tech plays a role, too — in the form of an animation by Romero. Through March 28. Loyola Marymount University, 1 LMU Drive, Westchester, cfa.lmu.edu.
Alice Wang at Garden. The Shanghai-Los Angeles artist has a solo show on view that makes of science, art: electromagnetism, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. This includes air plants and glass beads that transmit light. Through March 28. 1345 Kellam Ave, Echo Park, gardn.la.
“Arte, Mujer y Memoria: Arpilleras From Chile,” at the Museum of Latin American Art. Hand-stitched and hand-woven textiles from Chile feature narratives of daily life — often touching on issues of struggle and politics. The show gathers more than 30 arpilleras produced by Chilean artisans between 1976 and 2019. Through March 29. 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach, molaa.org.
Shio Kusaka, at Neutra VDL Studio and Residencies. The Los Angeles artist is known for creating ceramic works that play with geometries and imperfections. In this exhibition, Kusaka’s work will be placed around the Neutra VDL Studio in ways that respond to the home’s architecture. Also included will be an installation of her playful ceramic animals. Through April 4. 2300 Silver Lake Blvd., Silver Lake, neutra-vdl.org.
Charles Arnoldi, “Four Decades,” at the USC Fisher Museum of Art. This survey of the Venice Beach artist brings together work drawn from the collection of Jordan Schnitzer and his family foundation. The show traces his evolution since he landed in Southern California in the mid-1960s, making assemblages out of sticks, carving up plywood pieces with a chainsaw and more traditional paintings. Through April 4. USC, 823 W. Exposition Blvd., University Park, Los Angeles, fisher.usc.edu.
“The Medea Insurrection: Radical Women Artists,” at the Wende Museum of the Cold War. In the years before the fall of the Berlin Wall, artists in Eastern Europe turned to mythology to challenge authority and question the roles of women in society. This show features work by underground women artists working in Eastern Europe alongside their cohorts from Southern California. Through April 5. 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City, wendemuseum.org.
Betye Saar: “Call and Response,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Saar is one of the icons of the Black Arts Movements, a Los Angeles assemblagist known for taking some of the ugliest pieces of our culture’s detritus and making out of them things that are stirring and beautiful. This solo show examines the arc of her practice, pairing early schematic sketches with finished versions of her work from throughout her career. Through April 5. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, lacma.org.
lauren woods, “American Monument,” at the Beall Center for Art + Technology. In this timely exhibition, the artist explores the ways African Americans have lost their lives due to police violence. Painstakingly compiled through government records requests, the central work is a sound installation in which viewers can employ the installed turntables to play audio from police killings. The audio is broadcast within the gallery space and to other exterior locations too. The installation generated headlines after the director of the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach, where it was supposed to be shown, was fired — and woods silenced the work. This is an opportunity to see (and hear it) in full. Through April 7. UC Irvine, 712 Arts Plaza, Irvine, beallcenter.uci.edu.
Richard Wiesel, “Objects from the Concentration Camps, at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust. Wiesel, the cousin of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, takes objects from the archives at a pair of German concentration camps — a key, a child’s stuffed animal — and shoots them on mournful black backgrounds. Through April 10. 100 S. The Grove Drive, Fairfax, lamoth.org.
“All of Them Witches,” at Jeffrey Deitch. A group show that takes its inspiration from the witchy began as a conversation between painter Laurie Simmons and curator and writer Dan Nadel. Together they have put together a constellation of artists whose work touches on wishes and curses and incantations and the supernatural, including Kiki Smith, Ana Mendieta, Niki de Sainte Phalle, Sylvie Fleury, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and many others. Through April 11. 925 N. Orange Drive, Hollywood, deitch.com.
Ruben Ortiz Torres, “Plata o Plomo o Glitter,” at Royale Projects. The show’s title is partly inspired by a famous phrase attributed to drug trafficker Pablo Escobar: “Plata o Plomo” (silver or lead), which meant the subject of his attention had the choice of taking his money or a lead bullet. A version of that drug war is now ravaging Mexico, something that serves as inspiration to Ortiz Torres, a Los Angeles artist who hails from Mexico City. He fuses Escobar’s famous saying with the revolución diamantina, the glitter revolution, in which feminists activists in Mexico have been using glitter as a symbolic way of highlighting the ways in which the state has been complicit in issues of violence against women. Through April 11. 432 S. Alameda St., downtown, royaleprojects.com.
Shizu Saldamando, “L.A. Intersections: The Politics of Visibility,” at Oxy Arts. Throughout her career, Saldamando has captured her circle of friends and acquaintances in rich detail, often set against blank backgrounds. This has resulted in a rich representation of Angelenos affiliated with L.A.’s Latinx punk and artistic scenes. This show gathers a range of new and existing works. Through April 17. 4757 York Blvd., Highland Park, Los Angeles, oxy.edu.
“Natural History of Horror,” at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. This exhibition explores our fascination with movie monsters with a display that includes film posters and props but also elements of the natural world that inspired their narratives. This includes a coelacanth fish, which served as the basis for the design of “The Creature From the Black Lagoon.” Through April 19. 900 Exposition Blvd., Exposition Park, nhm.org.
Tatsuo Miyajima, at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. This is the Japanese artist’s first museum exhibition in the United States in more than 20 years. Miyajima is known for employing LED lighting in ways that toy with the conventions of lighting generally employed for commercial signage. Here, he uses it to create installations that are luminous and contemplative. Through April 19. 1130 State St., Santa Barbara, sbma.net.
“The Body, The Object, The Other,” at Craft Contemporary. The museum’s second annual clay biennial is already rolling, with a wide range of works by 21 artists who are in some way using clay to depict or evoke the body, be it through vessels or more conceptually minded installations. These are works that deal with feminism, the queer body, craft theory and postcolonialism by artists such as Roxanne Jackson, Anabel Juarez, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Cassils and Galia Linn. Through May 10. 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, cafam.org.
“Paul McCarthy: Head Space, Drawings 1963-2019,” at the Hammer Museum. This is the first U.S. survey of the Los Angeles artist’s drawings and works on paper, which offer an insight into the video, photography and sculpture for which he is best known. This includes wry representations (a self-portrait in which he portrays himself as a gorilla) and others that explore the darker themes of violence and masculinity that appear in his other works. Through May 10. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood, Los Angeles, hammer.ucla.edu.
“With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. In the 1970s, artists across the United States began to embrace forms of artistic production frequently described as feminine or domestic, traditions such as quilting, embroidery, weaving and interior design (such as wallpaper patterns). Artists took those ideas and media and pumped up the volume. This show, the first comprehensive, scholarly survey of this American art movement, will feature works by figures such as Merion Estes, Kendall Shaw and Takako Yamaguchi, as well as artists who aren’t directly associated with Pattern and Decoration but whose work bears tangential or indirect links. Through May 11. MOCA Grand Ave., 250 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles, moca.org.
“The Hilton Als Series: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye,” at the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens. The Pulitzer Prize-winning critic has organized an exhibition that places the invented figures created by Yiadom-Boakye alongside the highly formal 18th century British portraits found in the museum’s Thornton Portrait Gallery. Through May 11. 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, huntington.org.
“Julie Mehretu,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. This mid-career survey by the New York-based painter brings together 35 paintings and nearly 40 works on paper that tackle themes such as architecture, landscape, the flows of capital and the displacement of people in abstract ways. Through May 17. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, lacma.org.
“In Focus: Platinum Photographs,” at the Getty Museum. Drawn from its collection, the museum is displaying a trove of platinum prints, a type of photo processing technique that gives images a velvety, matte surface. The technique first came into existence in 1873 and was regularly employed until the scarcities of World War I made securing platinum difficult. Since then, however, the process has been regularly revived by artists who seek its wide tonal range. Through May 31. 1200 Getty Center Drive, getty.edu.
Rufino Tamayo, “Innovation and Experimentation,” at the LACMA gallery at Charles White Elementary School. An exhibition drawn from LACMA’s collection focuses on the celebrated Mexican painter’s works on paper — where he often worked out formal and technical issues. The show includes 20 works on paper that center on his depictions of the human figure, as well as five Mesoamerican sculptures (Tamayo was an avid collector of ancient indigenous objects). As part of the exhibition, L.A. artist Raul Baltazar will work with students at the school to create a collaborative installation inspired by Tamayo’s work. Through July 11. 2401 Wilshire Blvd., Westlake, Los Angeles, lacma.org.
“Collective Constellation: Selections From the Eileen Harris Norton Collection,” at Art + Practice. Norton is a Los Angeles collector known for her support of emerging artists at key points in their career. This exhibition focuses on work by women of color in her collection, including Wangechi Mutu, Adrian Piper, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Carolyn Castaño and Amy Sherald (best known for her portrait of Michelle Obama). Through Aug. 1. 3401 W. 34th St., Leimert Park, artandpractice.org.
“Hostile Terrain 94,” at the Art, Design & Architecture Museum. This participatory work, organized by the Undocumented Migration Project, consists of 20-foot-long map of the U.S.-Mexico border that will be populated with toe tags to commemorate the thousands of immigrants who have died trying to cross into the United States. Through Dec. 6. UC Santa Barbara, museum.ucsb.edu.
Do Ho Suh, “348 West 22nd St.,” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A recent gift to the museum, this installation is a 1:1 scale reproduction of an apartment the artist once inhabited in New York City. The piece, made from transparent polyester, gives the architecture a ghostly effect and evokes issues of memory and home. On long-term view. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-Wilshire, lacma.org.
Daniel Hawkins, “Desert Lighthouse.” The Los Angeles-based artist is obsessed with producing works that toy with ideas of grandiosity, failure and gestures that border on the Sisyphean. (One of his goals as an artist is to ultimately build a scale replica of the Hoover Dam.) Now, Hawkins has installed a 50-foot-tall, fully functioning lighthouse in the Mojave Desert in the vicinity of Barstow. The piece even features a light to guide travelers through this rugged landscape. Directions and coordinates can be found on the website. On long-term view, Hinkley, Calif., desertlighthouse.org.
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