Events by Region

Santa Monica | Venice

Amir H. Fallah: Perfect Strangers

18th Street Arts Center

January 12 through March 27, 2015

Local school kids have been helping Amir Fallah during his residency at 18th Street, bringing objects they care about to the studio and posing for group portraits and also making portraits of their future selves. Santa Monica City College students are helping too, working on the "environment" in which all Fallah's and his collaborators' portraits can be installed.

Hollywood

Renée Green: Begin Again, Begin Again

Schindler House (1921-22)

January 22 through March 29, 2015

Artist Renee Green is treating Rudolf Schindler's King's Road house as an “evocative object,” and she's installing new and slightly older work in and around the house. The film she shot in Albert Einstein's summer house, Climates and Paradoxes, will be on view.

Culver City

Claire Anna Baker: Transitive Horizon

Moskowitz Bayse

February 21 through April 11, 2015

Claire Anna Baker does romantic, landscape-informed abstract paintings and is interested in those really tangible, painterly things, like touch and surface. She paints on polyester with synthetic ink, and she's the first artist Moskowitz Bayse gallery is showing.

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

America Martin: How the Sun Goes

Joanne Artman Gallery

February 5 through March 31, 2015

America Marin's paintings of Americana (a jazz band, a Native American) recall Cubist and other iconic styles but also, apparently, "retains the rare quality of uncontrived spontaneity and vigor."

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