Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.).
Allen Ruppersberg: Intellectual Property 1968-2018 Major retrospective of the Cleveland-born Conceptual artist’s work includes photographs, assemblages, drawings, collages, immersive installations, etc. UCLA Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. Starts Sun.; ends May 12. Closed Mon. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Crumbling Empire: The Tom and Jeri Ferris Russian Collection of Glasnost and Perestroika Paintings Russian poster designs from the 1980s-90s paired with street art by contemporary American artist Shepard Fairey. Also on display: “Upside-Down Propaganda: The Art of North Korean Defector Sun Mu” and “Red Alert! Air Raid Sirens of Los Angeles: Art Installation by Nicole Weingart.” The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Starts Sun.; ends June 2. Free. (310) 216-1600.
Maryam Jafri: I Drank the Kool-Aid But I Didn’t Inhale First-ever U.S. solo exhibition of works by the conceptual artist features a new staging of Jafri’s “Product Recall: An Index of Innovation (2014–15),” combining framed text and photography spotlighting failed food products (starts Sun.; ends June 23). Also on display: “Lucas Blalock: An Enormous Oar,” featuring manipulated photographs of everyday items (starts Sun.; ends July 21). The Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, 1717 E. 7th St., L.A. Closed Mon.-Tue. Free. (213) 928-0833.
Glenn Ligon: Selections From the Marciano Collection Text-based paintings, a light installation, etc., by the Conceptual artist. Also on display: “California Artists in the Marciano Collection.” Marciano Art Foundation, 4357 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Starts Tue.; ends May 5. Closed Sun.-Tue. Free; advance reservations required. (424) 204-7555.
Charles White: A Retrospective Paintings, drawings, prints and photographs by the African American artist and activist. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Opens next Sun.; ends June 9. Closed Wed. $10-$25; 17 and under, free. (323) 857-6010. Also, “Life Model: Charles White and His Students,” a companion exhibit at LACMA’s satellite gallery features work by White and various artists he influenced. Charles White Elementary School Gallery, 2401 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Starts Sat.; ends Sept. 15. Open Saturdays only, 1 to 4 p.m. Free. (323) 857-6010.
Inheritance: Recent Video Art from Africa Video works by contemporary African artists exploring political, social, and environmental issues. Fowler Museum, UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood. Starts next Sun.; ends July 28. Closed Mon.-Tue. Free. (310) 825-4361.