Events by Region

Santa Monica | Venice

Robert Swain: The Form of Color

Santa Monica Museum of Art

May 17 through August 23, 2014

New York-based Robert Swain has been working with color since the 1960s, and in his current exhibition he's exhibiting multiple big grids made up of individual color squares. The idea is that, because of the way he's arranged the squares, visitors will have especially visceral reactions to values and saturation levels.

West Hollywood | Midtown

Twin Visions: Jerome Witkin & Joel Peter Witkin

Jack Rutberg Gallery

June 1 through August 30, 2014

Estranged identical twin brothers who both became artists are being reunited after 50 years, and it's causing a stir, getting public radio coverage and becoming the subject of a documentary --  that stir is why Jack Rutberg is extending the show through the end of summer.

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

Jody Zellen: Time Jitters

Grand Central Art Center

June 7 through August 10, 2014

Using the New York Times as source material, Jody Zellen's done a series of looping animations and some gouache paintings that "illustrate the cycle of regeneration – birth and growth, death and decay."

Santa Barbara