It’s Time to Canvas the City

A calendar of this season’s can’t-miss art events

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  • Art Walks

    Whether you’re looking for high modern sculpture or high times, there’s an outing for you

  • Downtown
    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.
  • Frogtown
    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.  
  • The Brewery
    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.  
  • NELA
    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.
  • Venice  
    Studio and architecture tours, music, food—the Venice Art Walk (May 19) is a crowd-pleaser that raises funds for a local clinic.

  • Iris Nights

    Thursdays, year-round

    L.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 29

    A multivenue exploration of the city’s postwar architecture and the broad impact it has had.

  • Llyn Foulkes

    Through May 19

    The L.A. pop trailblazer who punctuates mixed-media works with Mickey Mouses and bloodied heads finally gets a retrospective.

  • Ends and Exits

    Through August 4

    The Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Broad show off contemporary works whose origins can be traced to L.A.

  • In Focus: Ed Ruscha

    April 9-September 29

    See 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 20

    Art Center shows off projects and themes from, among others, its graduate art and broadcast cinema programs on the south campus.

  • Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always open

    April 25-August 18

    The man behind ChouChous and HotChaChaChas shares his artwork and family heir-looms at the Skirball.

  • Paris Photo L.A.

    April 26-28

    The first U.S. edition of this prestigious French fair debuts at Paramount studios, featuring film, galleries, and select artists.

  • Incognito

    May 11

    At Santa Monica Museum of Art’s sale, each 8-by-10-inch work is $350; learn whether someone famous created yours when you pay.

  • UCLA Graduate Open Studios

    May 18

    Get ahead of the curve at this open house for the next generation of art makers from one of the leading MFA programs.

  • James Turrell: A Retrospective

    May 26-April 6, 2014

    The 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.

  • Art Weekend LA

    September 27-29

    The second of the twice-yearly festival focuses on the Westside—from Venice to Bev Hills—with panel discussions, talks, salons, and fairs.

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