Friday, June 25, 2010

Your Social Life

It's Summer, 4th of July is around the corner, everywhere in the transglobal art world galleries and museums are installing bland group shows before taking off for a long vac, and here in LA, we have more and more stuff happening. Summer in LA means there's always some opening somewhere. Being on a few deadlines that unexpectedly piled up recently, FBC! will likely miss most of the festivities.

It's all about LACMA this week, what with the recently opened John Baldessari retrospective (in conversation Sunday at 2 PM), the Freewaves organized "video on the loose" (maybe to make up for the lack of a real video art collection at the Miracle Mile institution) tomorrow, and on Sunday the big Fallen Fruit "Eat LACMA" exhibition/street entertainment/participatory experience.

Signs of Life opens at Richard Telles this Saturday. At the Torrance Art Museum, Zoom series kick off, several consecutive Saturdays of performances, etc. with one organized by Warren Neidich on July 10. and Doctor Zomb opens tomorrow too at the Glendale College Gallery. I find that one super exciting and I'm bummed I'll miss it.

Aside from this, a few exhibitions are closing (an I know I'll miss them, dammit), such as Alice Neel at LA Louver or Tim Hawkinson at Blum & Poe.

Continuing:at MOCA, Arshile Gorsky, the lone good exhibition for a long, long time at what is now the equivalent of a totally unexciting lesser branch of the entertainment industry. Though, if LACMA really brings in the Tim Burton show next year, I guess the collective world of non-profit museums in Los Angeles should give in and sell out to Disney.
Luckily, "there's always the Hammer", and this Summer the exhibition to see there is Outside The Box celebrating the joint acquisition of printmaker/publisher Jacob Samuel.
And, if you go to the LACMA lovefest this weekend, don't neglect to swing by the 'hood branch of the MAK/Schindler House for Fractional Systems, at the Mackey Apartments/Garages on Cochran & Longwood in the 90019. You can even get coffee and pastries on the way at La Maison du Pain, it's down the street (closed on Sunday, but you can get their goodies in the morning at the new Wellington Square farmer's market on Washington

Have a good weekend, art lovers.

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