Events by Region

Santa Monica | Venice

West Hollywood | Midtown

Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

November 24 through July 27, 2014

Alexander Calder, best known for his large-scale mobiles, weirdly has never had a solo exhibition in a Los Angeles museum, even though the LACMA commissioned him to design a public fountain when it officially opened on Wilshire Boulevard in 1965. This new retrospective, designed by architect Frank Gehry whose serious appreciation of fun probably matches Calder's, ranges from the 1930s through the 1960s and includes about fifty specifically selected works. This means you can look at each work without being distracted by the others.

Culver City

Country: Portraits of an American Sound

Annenberg Space for Photography

May 31 through September 28, 2014

Les Leverett was a staff photographer at the Grand Old Opry for three decades. Leigh Wiener photographed John Cash looking rough and tumble. They're in the show and featured in the half-hour documentary that will play at the center of the Annenberg's weird, circular space -- lots of photographers and musicians talking shop.

Downtown

Mike Kelley

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

March 31 through July 28, 2014

The traveling survey of local icon Mike Kelley's work finally made it to L.A. It's cavernous and includes ambitious installations like Blackout, an homage to Detroit, and squirm inducing early videos like The Banana Man.

LA Other

Michael Parker: The Unfinished

The Unfinished

March 16 through September 16, 2014

Michael Parker, who's always combining infrastructure (or some kind of established structure) and community activity, is digging an obelisk-shaped ditch along the very industrial banks of the channelized LA River. It's a "137-foot to-scale replica" of an Ancient Egyptian site known as “The Unfinished Obelisk,” hence Parker's title. He'll host various events throughout the process, which will probably be listed here.

San Diego

Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain

San Diego Museum of Art

March 29 through September 9, 2014

American artist Robert Henri (1865-1929) kept traveling to Spain in the first two decades of the 1900s, painting portraits while there of bull fighters, singers, gypsies and others. His Spanish paintings have rarely been shown together before now.

Orange County

Sarkisian & Sarkisian

Orange County Museum of Art

April 13 through July 27, 2014

Peter Sarkisian makes video sculpture, sometimes projecting footage on all sides of a cube or putting a screen inside the window of a sculpted car. His dad, Paul Sarkisian, makes photo-realistic paintings that look like collages (for instance, his subject might be pieces of colored paper and postcards arranged around each other).

Santa Barbara