Events by Region

Santa Monica | Venice

Tanya Batura and Brian Cooper: Head Space

JAUS

March 6 through April 19, 2015

Jaus is celebrating its five year anniversary with a show of new sculptures by Tanya Batura and new paintings and drawings by Brian Cooper. Both artists "playfully allude to their inner thoughts and ruminations," hence the show's title.

Hollywood

Krysten Cunningham: Procession of a Rectangle

Varola at the Pacific Design Center

January 23 through May 8, 2015

Krysten Cunningham made wall drawings out of jute, a hairy fiber, and nails that mimic the rectangular shape of Varola's gallery. These drawings will, ideally, prompt viewers to think about "architectural custom, proportion and how we shape our surroundings."

Culver City

Between Forms: The Nature of Painting and Photography

Sonce Alexander Gallery

March 14 through April 25, 2015

Layered paintings by Jonathan Apgar and more abstract, textured paintings by Donel Williams are paired with portrait photographs by Carrie Yury and process photographs by Colin Patrick Smith. It's all about the relationship between figuration and abstraction and painting and photography.

Chinatown | Downtown

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

Japanese American National Museum

October 11 through May 31, 2015

This show, about Hello Kitty's history and full of products, contemporary art and archival material, is something of a phenomenon. People walk down the streets of Little Tokyo in Hello Kitty hats and shirts. Christine Yano and Jamie Rivadeneira, who owns an L.A. pop culture boutique called JapanLA, curated it.

LA Other | Eastside

San Diego

Laugh-in: Art, Comedy, Performance

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - La Jolla

January 23 through April 19, 2015

Artists do comedy -- like Stanya Kahn, who wears a suit that looks like a penis, or Jayson Musson (aka Hennessey Youngman), who gives wry advice on being an artist while wearing silly hats -- while others document or incorporate comedy into their work in MCASD's new show. There will also be an evening of live comedic performance (date TBA).

Orange County

Alien She | Fred Tomaselli: The Times |Selections: Dieter Roth's Picadillies

Orange County Museum of Art

February 15 through May 24, 2015

"Alien She" explores the influence of Riot Grrrl culture on artists and includes work by the likes of Miranda July, Tammy Ray Carland and Faythe Levine. At the same time, the museum is showing unconventional painter Fred Tomaselli's altered front pages of the New York Times and the late Swiss artist Dieter Roth's multiple, printed-over, photographic blow-ups of a tourist postcard of Piccadilly Circus.

Santa Barbara

Artist-in-Residence Eric Beltz: The Cave of Treasures

Art, Design, & Architecture UC Santa Barbara (AD&A)

September 12 through May 1, 2015

In making his new, wall-sized drawing in silver ink, Eric Beltz was thinking about Medusa, poison oak, and the swastika, as well as about the research he'd been doing into "legends, tragedies, misinterpretations" and other such subjects.

Westside

Pasadena | Inland Empire