Events by Region

Santa Monica | Venice

Brian Weil, 1979-95: Being in the World | Moshe Ninio: Rainbow Rug

Santa Monica Museum of Art

January 17 through April 18, 2015

Brian Weil once trailed Miami homicide detectives and found people through classified ads who let him photograph them having sex. He was heavily involved in AIDS related activism when he died in 1996, and this is his first retrospective. Israeli Moshe Ninio, who's work will be in the Project Room, made a rainbow-colored hologram of a folded Middle Eastern rug.

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

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

Nobuhito Nishigawara: Seeing

Grand Central Art Center

February 7 through April 12, 2015

Nobuhito Nishigawara, who teaches at Cal State Fullerton, makes ceramic sculptures informed by religious iconography, J-Pop, Manga and, of course, American consumerism.

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