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It’s Time to Canvas the City
A calendar of this season’s can’t-miss art events
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Whether you’re looking for high modern sculpture or high times, there’s an outing for you
As many as 35,000 people gather on the second Thursday of the month for an art walk involving scores of galleries, bands, a craft market, and booze.
On September 21 you can tour 16 studios and see the work of dozens of artists across the L.A. River from Glassell Park. Live music adds to the boho-ness.
In a converted Pabst Blue Ribbon plant by the 5, the giant art colony welcomes all on April 27 and 28 to view work-live lofts—and maybe even buy something.
Covering parts of Eagle Rock, Glassell Park, and Highland Park, Northeast L.A. Gallery Night, held every second Saturday of the month, is spread out, but the crowds don’t seem to mind.
Studio and architecture tours, music, food—the Venice Art Walk (May 19) is a crowd-pleaser that raises funds for a local clinic.
Thursdays, year-roundL.A.’s only photocentric museum holds (free) lectures with artists, photographers, and experts.
Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
March 27-September 29A multivenue exploration of the city’s postwar architecture and the broad impact it has had. pacificstandardtimepresents.org
Through May 19The L.A. pop trailblazer who punctuates mixed-media works with Mickey Mouses and bloodied heads finally gets a retrospective. hammer.ucla.edu
Ends and Exits
Through August 4The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Broad show off contemporary works whose origins can be traced to L.A. lacma.org
In Focus: Ed Ruscha
April 9-September 29See prints and other materials tied to Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Some Los Angeles Apartments, and other visionary photo books from the L.A. pop hero at the Getty.
4 Hours Solid
April 20Art Center shows off projects and themes from, among others, its graduate art and broadcast cinema programs on the south campus. artcenter.edu/4HoursSolid
Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always open
April 25-August 18The man behind ChouChous and HotChaChaChas shares his artwork and family heir-looms at the Skirball.
Paris Photo L.A.
April 26-28The first U.S. edition of this prestigious French fair debuts at Paramount studios, featuring film, galleries, and select artists. losangeles.parisphoto.com
May 11At Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sale, each 8-by-10-inch work is $350; learn whether someone famous created yours when you pay. smmoa.org
UCLA Graduate Open Studios
May 18Get ahead of the curve at this open house for the next generation of art makers from one of the leading MFA programs. art.ucla.edu/gallery/gradstudios.html
James Turrell: A Retrospective
May 26-April 6, 2014The L.A. native is central to the Light and Space movement. Along with his luminous works at LACMA, you’ll see his decades-long transformation of Arizona’s Roden Crater. lacma.org
Art Weekend LA
September 27-29The second of the twice-yearly festival focuses on the Westside—from Venice to Bev Hills—with panel discussions, talks, salons, and fairs. artweekendla.com