6 Not-To-Be-Missed Art Happenings in Los Angeles

By Gabé Hirschowitz | January 20, 2018 | Culture

New year, new opportunities to discover inspiring art exhibits throughout the City of Angels. Take time to explore enriching experiences by both emerging and established artists as we celebrate the beginning of 2018! Here are six truly art-inspired events every arts and culture aficionado should experience.

1. Rafa Esparza's Museum of Contemporary Art Performance

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Rafa Esparza with Sebastian Hernandez, No Water Under the Bridge, 2014, site-specific performance, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

This newly commissioned work by Rafa Esparza is an ambitious, three-part performance at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. Esparza’s point of departure is a meditation on bridges and bodies of water as sites of connection and healing, division, and risk. The artist’s performancehappening this Sunday at 3 p.m.responds to personal, familial histories of immigration into the United States, and the deeply complex history of downtown Los Angeles. Esparza will be joined by artist Sebastian Hernandez for a special collaboration in the final segment of the afternoon’s performances. 152 N. Central Ave., moca.org

2. Gisela Colon: New Sculpture at Diane Rosenstein Gallery

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Gisela Colon, Untitled (Parabolic Monolith Titanium), 2017, Engineered aerospace composite, 144 x 72 x 36 inches.

Now through March 3, Diane Rosenstein Gallery will present the solo sculpture exhibition of Los Angeles-based artist Gisela Colon. This exhibition—the artist’s second with the gallery—will present two large-scale Parabolic Monoliths, an evolving series of blow-molded acrylic Pods, and a new freestanding Light Slab. “Gisela Colon’s sculpture is, in her words, “a pursuit of the infinite sky,” of the intangible through the material. It offers an interaction between the viewer using variable ambient light and is activated by changing environmental conditions and the viewer’s perceptual experience. Although her work is informed by the ideals and practices of the California Light and Space movement, the results are futuristic and transformative” says founder Diane Rosenstein. The artist will also present a major series of her biomorphic wall-work—the acrylic Pods, which will feature various shapes of Oblates and Spheroids, as well as a tall and narrow Elongated Rectanguloid that measures nine and one half feet. 831 N. Highland Ave, dianerosenstein.com

3. Rives Granade’s Rainbows Inhale at Ochi Projects

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Ochi Projects will present Rainbows Inhale, a solo exhibition of new paintings and sculptures by Rives Granade through February 24. This is the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Granade is interested in the architecture of language and creates paintings that incorporate signs and symbols as aesthetic objects. In his latest works Granade generates 3D-looking computer drawings and then hyper realistically paints them. The images consist of plastic and surreal sculptural forms rendered in an organic realistic style—at once corporeal and synthetic. Of the work he says, "As strange as it may sound, there is a spiritual dimension to all my work in that it seeks to induce a psychological state in the viewer that brushes the metaphysical." 3301 W. Washington Blvd., ochiprojects.com

4. LACMA’s A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America

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Devyn Galindo's "We Are Still Here" is featured at the Charles White Elementary School Gallery.

As part of the multi-site exhibition A Universal History of Infamy, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art presents an exhibition curated by artist and educator Vincent Ramos at the museum's satellite gallery within Charles White Elementary School. By displaying works by contemporary Latino artists, writers, and activists exploring loss, resilience, and the political potential of poetic expression alongside several pieces from LACMA’s collection, Ramos exposes a shared impulse across generations to use art as a powerful method of resistance. “The works borrowed from LACMA’s collection run the historical gamut, from ancient times to today,” said Vincent Ramos, whose exhibiton runs through October 8. “It should be mentioned that there are other cultural voices present in the show as well. There are contributions from Native American artists, such as the late Fritz Scholder, as well as non-Latino artists directly from the 20th-century art historical canon. All of the artists, regardless of their specific cultural background, have been fearless in their approach to commenting on their respective times. That is ultimately where their connectivity lies.” 2401 Wilshire Blvd., lacma.org

5. Curatorial Hub

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Curatorial Hub is launching its own online gallery featuring affordable (all works are under $1,000) and diverse work by well-known and emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond. The concept for Curatorial Hub was created by artist Bettina Hubby who generously devotes part of her practice to collaboration and connection, both of which are central to this new initiative. Hubby’s collaborator, Saskia Wilson-Brown, is the founder of The Institute of Art and Olfaction, a non-profit devoted to experimentation and access in perfumery and experimental scent. Teaming up, they form a partnership in this new arts-venture that draws on their combined strengths of curating, collaborating, and poetic outreach. curatorialhub.com

6. Nancy Baker Cahill’s Virtual Reality Drawings

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"Hollow Point 101," is just one of the commissioned virtual reality pieces from Nancy Baker Cahill.

The IF Innovation Foundation is featuring the virtual reality work of Los Angeles artist Nancy Baker Cahill, through February 28. This exhibition marks a first in digital public art. Six pairs of digital films excerpted from the artist's experiential VR drawings have been commissioned exclusively by IF Innovation Public Domain for its January/February exhibition period on the tandem two-channel digital billboards at 8410 Sunset Boulevard, every hour at ten minute intervals. “For the first time ever, we are placing original, Virtual Reality time-based media on the digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard," said IF Innovation Foundation Curator Jessica Rich. 8410 Sunset Blvd., nancybakercahill.com



Photography by: Photography courtesy MOCA; courtesy Gisela Colon/Diane Rosenstein Gallery; courtesyJeff McLane/Ochi Projects; courtesy Devyn Galindo/LACMA; courtesy Curatorial Hub; courtesy Nancy Baker Cahill