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El Segundo Museum of Art (ESMoA)

October 12, 2014 through February 1, 2015

The El Segundo Museum of Art, built out of a vacant lot and less than a year old, is focusing on art in the domestic space with this group show that includes Eduard Vuillard, Joseph Cornell and youngsters like Cole Sternberg. The press release is full of questions, like, "Does any artwork in your home remind you of your grandparents?"

Deadbeat Club - Mentally Retired

Slow Culture

January 9 through February 1, 2015

The gallery and retail space Slow Culture is showing street photographs by skateboard- and youth-preoccupied Ed Templeton, Cheryl Dunne and others equally attracted to a "deadbeat" idea of cool.

Paramount Ranch 2

Paramount Ranch

January 31 through February 1, 2015

For the second year in a row, an old, fake wild west town -- Paramount shot movies there -- becomes the site of an art fair. Mostly, there are smaller galleries and artist run space, and also some performances and good hiking nearby.

Danielle Dean: Hexafluorosilicic

Commonwealth & Council

Last Chance - January 10 through February 7, 2015

Danielle Dean is still playing with political and commercial rhetoric, and she’s still exploring her Houston, Texas connections with her new video installation, “Hexafluorosilicic.” She filmed it in her Third Ward apartment, and, with this project, she’s particularly interested in health and death as “radically materialistic, and highly ambivalent.”

Mark A. Rodriguez: Cup or Lovers

Park View

January 11 through February 15, 2015

Mark A. Rodriguez wanted his show to fit into the "consumer-industrial sector" and took inspiration from domestic objects, making both wall-mounted and floor-standing work. He used found objects to make his own version of a lamp and various keepsakes. He also made puzzles out of life insurance ads.

Grant Shumate: Ouroboros

The Underground Museum

January 15 through February 18, 2015

Ouroboros, the symbol of eternity that consists of a serpent eating itself, informed Grant Shumate's new paintings. Shumate, who photographs his paintings then inkjet prints them onto canvas, also organized a series of collaborative, ritualistic performances involving artists like Nana Ghana, Futuristic Yao and Jeremy Soundwave.

Jennifer Moon: Will You Still Love Me - Learning To Love Yourself, It Is The Greatest Love Of All

Equitable Vitrines

December 19, 2014 through February 20, 2015

Jennifer Moon is among the first artists to exhibit at Equitable Vitrines, a new public art space at the Equitable Life Building on Wilshire. According to the show announcement, Moon "differs from the average tenant of the Equitable Life Building in that she actively avoids the traditional distinctions . . . between home and office." So can/should her work in two lobby vitrines help those tenants, of which there are over one thousand, think about distinctions differently?

Mending Wall

The Pit

January 11 through February 22, 2015

The work in Mending Wall explores "borders and divisions" in construction, and since the gallery used to be an auto mechanic shop and later a machinist's shop, the subject seems well-suited to the space. All the artists guest curator Alexis Rose invited dissect or analyze the way things work.

Light & Noir: Exiles and Émigrés in Hollywood, 1933–1950 | The Noir Effect | Café Vienne

Skirball Cultural Center

October 23, 2014 through March 1, 2015

The Skirball is digging into Hollywood history with one show about Jewish exiles working in movies and another about the ripple effects of film noir. A third show, an installation by Austrian artist Isa Rosenberger, pays tribute to a Viennese coffee shop and a little-known Jewish writer named Gina Kaus.

Everything Speaks Twice

VACANCY

January 22 through March 5, 2015

“Everything Speaks Twice,” the first show at Vacancy, includes work by four artists, including Tanya Brodsky, whose sculptures have a sense of humor, and painter-sculptor Trina Turturici. The four initially got together for dinner with the space’s co-founders and their exhibition developed from there. The press release is written in the voice of someone who works at a fancy hotel: “The guests come in. . . . The lobby and the objects in it speak to them, direct them, transform them . . . .”

Sincerely Yours | Manifest American Mythic

Torrance Art Museum

January 17 through March 7, 2015

Max Presneill curated a show of New(isn) Romantic painters, "Sincerely Yours," and it includes artists who host "belief in the act of painting." A number, like Jessica Williams and Sarah Dougherty, tell stories in their work. In the second gallery, a smaller group show looks at connections between contemporary art and the old West.

Jory Rabinovitz: EBB

Martos Gallery

January 30 through March 14, 2015

Jory Rabinovitz, who often makes wonky columns, has an exhibition and a tragicomedy opening this weekend. Hopefully, the exhibition will be tragic and comic, too.

Lakwena Maciver: I Remember Paradise

Papillion

January 17 through March 15, 2015

London-based Lakwena Maciver borrows from the history of sign painting and graphic design to make her work, which she sometimes shows on streets in the form of signs or murals. She'll be in a gallery this time, exhibiting "sculpture paintings" inspired by a trip to Uganda and exploring the idea of artist as a kind of "mythologist."

Mark Steven Greenfield: Lookin’ Back in Front of Me

California African American Museum (CAAM)

September 25, 2014 through April 5, 2015

Mark Steven Greenfield has been working in Greater L.A., both on fringes and in centers, for years. A lot of the work in this survey deals with history, like 19th century minstrel shows, as well as cosmology, genealogy and specific L.A. neighborhoods. He's also been known to toy with African American stereotypes.

Eduardo Consuegra: Lifetime Guarantee

Commonwealth & Council

January 10 through April 18, 2015

Artist Eduardo Consuegra is embedding three collages of magazine ads for technical equipment in acoustic foam and suspending them above Commonwealth & Council's back stairway. He will also install "an impenetrable wall" of nickel-plated, steel beads against the stairwell.

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