Robert Swain: The Form of Color
Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica) 4-6pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by New York-based artist Robert Swain. The Form Of Color features explores 4,896 chromatic units and their effects on perception. This event includes “Color, Light, and Consciousness,” a conversation with Swain, Elsa Longhauser, and Jeffrey Uslip from 4-5 pm. Watch an interview with Swain here. Nonfictions: Jeremiah Day, Simone Forti and Fred Dewey, Andrew Cannon: Chemical Computer, and Park Studio: Tree House also open this evening at the museum. The Form of Color on view through August 23, 2014.
Other events at Bergamot Station include Yuko Someya at Richard Heller Gallery 5-7pmand Chair as Art, Back to Our Roots, along with Tim Prythero: On the Road at the Gallery of Functional Art/Lois Lambert Gallery from 6-9pm.
Santa Monica and Venice Events and Openings
Norm Laich opens at Paradise Garage from 7-9pm. At 18th Street Arts Center, EZTV, Hacking the Timeline v3.0: Digilantism and the LA Digital Art Movement (1985-2005), an exhibition exploring the evolution of digital art in Los Angeles over two decades of recent history, and Patricia Fernandez, Points of Departure (between Spain and France), in which the artist explores narratives from her land of origin through a series of walks over the Pyrenees, open from 6-9pm.
MAK Architecture Tour Weekend 2014
How Hous (Silverlake) 5-7pm
The MAK Center celebrates its 20th anniversary with a programming series that begins at the 1925-built How House. The night includes a cocktail reception and a talk with Judith Sheine. This event is the first of a series that opens houses by architect R.M. Schindler to the public. Tickets for this reception are $50 and available online. The tour of homes including the How House, the Elliot House, and the Bubeshko Apartments happens on Sunday, May 18 between 11am and 5pm. Tickets for this event are $75 and available online. Read a tour preview in the Los Angeles Times here.
The Oldest Living Things in the World: Panel + Launch Party
Culture Brain Academy at Maker City LA (Downtown) 5:30-8pm
ArtsTechLA and ForYourArt present a panel discussion and launch party celebrating Rachel Sussman’s new book The Oldest Living Things In the World. Sussman will be joined by Senior Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA Paula Antonelli, research scientist Michael Russell, and Professor Woodward Fischer for a discussion about deep time, the focus of Sussman’s book. Drinks, food, and limited edition signed copies are available during the event. Tickets are $10 and available online. Read a preview of The Oldest Living Things In the World from oprah.com here.
Downtown and Chinatown Events and Openings
Create:Fixate Presents: Serendipity at 613 Imperial Street takes place from 7pm-2am. This one night art exhibit features more than 40 emerging artists, designers, DJs and musicians. Fellows of Contemporary Art in Chinatown present The Third Ear, an exhibition of works exploring the visual elements of sound, from 6-9pm. At KesselsKramer, The Jangs X Los Angeles, featuring the photography of Michael Jang, opens from 7-10pm. Downtown’s Wilding Cran Gallery hosts an opening for Inaugural Show #2, a group exhibition, from 6-8pm. The Music Center presents performances by Daughters of the Purple Sage at 11am and 12:30pm. This female trio sings music of the American West as portrayed in Hollywood’s films of the 1930s and ‘40s. At Papillion in Leimert Park, solo exhibition of new works by Noah Davis opens from 6-9pm.
Wyatt Kahn and Jennifer Guidi: Field Paintings
LA><ART (Culver City) 6-8pm
Opening reception for exhibitions by Wyatt Kahn and Jennifer Guidi. Both shows on view through June 28, 2014. The large-scale abstractions by Los Angeles-based painter Jennifer Guidi are a break from her recent work. Inspired by woven patterns, she makes small marks across the surface that have an optical, undulating effect. A selection of the paintings use sand to build up the canvas that she then carves into to create distinct markings. Calling them ‘field paintings,’ the works have a meditative, minimal effect at a distance that becomes organic on closer inspection. Also in Culver City, Sub-verbal: Mike Kelley, Raymond Pettibon, and Ed Ruscha opens at Maloney Fine Art.
Surface to Air: 12 Los Angeles Artists of the ’60s and the Materials That They Used
Kayne Griffin Corcoran (Mid-City) 7-9pm
Curated by Robert Dean, this exhibition features pieces by artists working Los Angeles in the 1960s who shared similarities in their use of materials and fabrication techniques. Surface to Air examines parallels between these works, particularly as they relate to Southern California, but also their divergence from one another. Featured artists include Peter Alexander, Hobie Alter, Craig Kauffman, John McCracken, Ken Price, Ed Roth, and Ed Ruscha. On view through July 5, 2014. Also check out Frances Stark: Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater from 6-8pm at Marc Foxx.