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Diana-Sofia Estrada: Traveling Without Doing Harm

Elephant Art Space

Last Chance - November 21 through 30, 2014

Because people always do some kind of damage or leave something behind when traveling, L.A.-based artist Diana-Sofia Estrada is showing images and staging performances about the difficulty of not doing any harm as a traveler.

Dwyer Kilcollin: The View


November 1 through December 6, 2014

Artist Dwyer Kilcollin has created a temporary exhibition space in an Eastside park where her work, including a fence she built and relief sculptures she's attached to that fence, will be on view for three days. After those three days are up, her show will migrate to M+B in West Hollywood.

Landscape City

Center for the Arts Eagle Rock

November 8 through December 11, 2014

This show is supposed to be a place where "artist, audience, and landscape" meld -- it's an ambitious premise but an interesting artist's list. Allison Schulnik makes viscous, fantastical painting; Pearl C. Hsuing just made a film about watching a geyser that sometimes felt like a music video.

Keith J. Varadi: Nu Haiku

Smart Objects

November 7 through December 12, 2014

Abstract painter Keith Varadi-- is he a "New Casualist"?--is using three poetic lines in place of a press release for this show: "Revel in the might of a flashlight,/recognize how time flies over place,/and life costs like the backside of a dime."

Purple Electric Play (PEP!)

Machine Project

October 30 through December 13, 2014

Asher Hartman's new play is all about revolution, violence and the creative class, and two of its cast members are oversized puppets. This is the first time audience members of a Hartman production will actually sit in seats, but the actors will probably not stay on the stage.

Death Ship: Tribute to H.C. Westermann

The Pit

November 2 through December 13, 2014

"Funk art" forerunner H.C. Westermann made these death ships, sculptures of ships enclosed in glass or drawings of bright red vessels with "no port" written below them. This show pays tribute to Westermann with work from older and younger L.A. artists who "carry on aspects" of Westermann’s art-making approach. There's also going to be one death ship on view.

Renée Petropoulos and El Nopal Press: From the United States to Mexico, From Mexico to the United States

Commonwealth & Council

November 15 through December 20, 2014

Working with El Nopal Press, artist Renée Petropoulos made 17 prints called From the United States to Mexico, From Mexico to the United States, that are about geography and personal history. She also made a sculpture called Sculpture for an Art Opening and a Fashion Show, and the night the show opens, models wearing clothes by two other artists -- Cirilo Domine and Sandeep Mukherjee -- will parade around while composer Greg Lenczycki mixes music live.

Michael E. Smith

Reserve Ames

November 16, 2014 through January 25, 2015

Artist Michael E. Smith, who has made quirky sculptures out of blue Bic pens and a repurposed duffel bag,  is having a show at the small, relatively new Arlington Heights space. The gallery also always has a "curated library" along with its shows, and art historian Suzanne Hudson, who has been researching therapeutic uses of art during World War II, is curating this time around.


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?"

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.

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