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David Adamo

Ibid. Los Angeles

Last Chance - March 31 through May 30, 2015

David Adamo, who works in Berlin, has been hacking away at the idiosyncratic wooden totems for his new exhibition out behind Ibid. Projects for over a month. Now, finally, the sculptures are moving into the gallery, perhaps along with some piles of wood shavings.

Hello! Exploring the Supercute World of Hello Kitty

Japanese American National Museum

Last Chance - October 11, 2014 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.

William Pope.L: Trinket

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

March 20 through June 28, 2015

The center piece for William Pope.L's "Trinket" is a massive flag blowing in wind generated by a number of high-powered fans. The flag will fray over the course of the exhibition, and footage of Civil War reenactment plays around the galleries, where there are also a number of rotting onions painted red, white and blue.

Sturtevant: Double Trouble

MOCA Grand Avenue

March 20 through July 27, 2015

A show that traveled here from MoMA, Sturtevant's "Double Trouble" features years of the "copies" the artist, who died last year, made of work by her peers. She copied Duchamp, Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenburg and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, but her copies are interpretive, never exact.

Kahlil Joseph: Double Conscience

MOCA Grand Avenue

March 20 through August 16, 2015

Filmmaker Khalil Joseph made a long video to accompany Kendrick Lamar's new memoir-ish album last year, and it's a free-form, two-channel meditation on life in South L.A. It showed at the Underground Museum, and now it's at MOCA, in a smart-looking, all-black video gallery.

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