Allora & Calzadilla: Apotomē

Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater (REDCAT)

Last Chance - June 27 through August 24, 2014

Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, who have been working together since 1995 and never shown in L.A., based the work in this show on two long dead elephants. The remains of the elephants, which were kidnapped during Napolean's reign, are stored in Paris, and Allora and Calzadilla are thinking through all the historical ramifications.

Unbound: Six Women Artists

Los Angeles Center for Digital Art (LACDA)

July 10 through August 30, 2014

Three of the six women artists who work digitally -- including Deborah Cornell, who's showing her funnily layered digital prints with hands in them -- have solo installation. Three are expatriates, working in video and in a group show.

Carol Selter: Outdoor World

Charlie James Gallery

July 26 through August 30, 2014

Artist Carol Selter has a background in biology and she's always working nature into her art. But this time she's doing so in a really hands-off way, by taking photos of landscape photos printed in books she's made.

The Cartographer, curated by Alise Spinella

Charlie James Gallery

July 26 through August 30, 2014

An L.A. artist who's done exquisite corpse paintings and performances about landscapes, Alise Spinella curated a show that has to do with mapping. Artists in it record how things change over time or keep the stains on a napkin as evidence of some experience.

Guan Rong: Relax

Metro PCS

July 31 through September 6, 2014

Guan Rong, who often pokes fun at her own naiveté, made three large, colorful paintings for a show loosely about relaxation. The press release is a series of quotes, like one from novelist Elizabeth Jane Howard: "A massage is just like a movie" except "you don’t miss anything by falling asleep!”

May Contain Explicit Imagery


July 27 through September 7, 2014

Artist Tucker Neel curated this show of work that all references the body in more and less explicit ways. Kiki Seror made montages of vintage porn imagery, Nancy Baker Cahill's graphite drawings reference skin and hair and John Weston works body parts into his psychidelically patterned paintings.

Patrick Nagel

2A Gallery

July 27 through September 7, 2014

Patrick Nagel got a gig illustrating for Playboy in the 1970s, and drew aggressively stylish, stylized women into the early 1980s (he died in '84). This show is happening because a gallerist, for whom Nagel represents "an entire era," met a collector who began acquiring Nagel's work in the 1980s.

Korakrit Arunanondchai: Letters to Chantri #1

The Mistake Room

July 18 through September 13, 2014

Korakrit Arunanondchai does performance and video projects with comical titles, like "painting with history in a room filled with men with funny names." You're led through this highly produced show by an attendant dressed in white, you watch two videos and you get a bar of soap at the end.

Another Cats Show

356 Mission

August 16 through September 14, 2014

356 Mission is a spacious building that, until recently, had big Alex Katz paintings hanging on its walls. All of it is soon to be filled with "feline-affiliated" artwork made by about 200 artists.