By Mario Vasquez
Did you know that Los Angeles is one of the most dynamic and influential art centers in the world? Los Angeles is happening and Ivy Plus members have an opportunity to see some of the most cutting edge art that is being produced in the 21st century. Art galleries and museums are showing their best almost every week. Summer is upon us. So here is a quick guide to the best art museums, galleries, and resources to take advantage of this most exciting time.
Art galleries are growing and expanding all over the city. Many have special programs and talks where the public can participate. There are a few websites and apps where someone can use to find out what is opening, closing, and where to do some gallery hopping on a hot summer afternoon. The most comprehensive website is For Your Art. For Your Art describes itself as “nimble, non-hierarchical, and independent” and “seeks to advance a spirit of patronage and a culture of dialogue by perceiving all media, sites, and relationships as potential for artistic transformation.” For Your Art lists, weekly openings and events all over Los Angeles and Southern California.
See Saw app is a comprehensive app that give you the latest gallery openings and listings throughout Los Angeles. When you go to the weekly openings link, and push the “+”symbol, the app creates a map and itinerary for your night out at the galleries.
Curate L.A. is both a website and an app. Both the website and the app gives a daily calendar of gallery and museum openings and events. Download the app, and the schedule is accessible on your smart phone. “This interactive platform allows viewers access to the LA art world, making it easier to find information on upcoming shows, exhibitions, gallery info featured in your neighborhood.”
One of the most exciting additions to the art scene is Hauser & Wirth. Opening in March of 2016, Hauser & Wirth opened with an exhibition on women abstract sculptors. Recently the gallery had an exhibition of the controversial installations by the late artist Jason Rhodes. On July 1, 2017, Hauser & Wirth opens with new work by another provocative Los Angeles based-artist, Paul McCarthy. The gallery is normally opened late on Thursday night with performances and gallery talks. For more information, please go to the website.
Art museums in Los Angeles offer an array of events and performances throughout the summer. Here are some suggestions for your summer pleasure.
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art offers programs throughout the week. Jazz at LACMA happens every Friday from 6 pm to 8 pm. The galleries are open until 8 pm. This is a great place for people to meet friends and picnic while listening to cool sounds of jazz while taking in some art.
The Getty Center in Brentwood offers a musical program during the summer called Saturdays Off the 405. June 10th, 24th, July 29th and August 26th are the dates of this summer’s performances. Saturdays Off the 405 is free and starts at 6 pm and ends at 9 pm. For more information click here.
This summer, The Hammer Museum will feature an exhibition of the work by Marisa Merz, the only female member of the 1960’s Italian Avant Garde group “Arte Povera. “Art Povera” emphasized the use of ordinary materials in sculpture. Along with Marisa Merz and on every Thursday for the month of July, the Hammer Museum and KCRW present Summer Nights. On Thursdays, the galleries are open until 9pm, there is an open bar, and music goes from 7 pm to 10 pm. The crowd is dancing and the scene is electric. You can dance on the floor, or take a break and view some art. Please check the website for updates on musical performances here.
The Los Angeles Art Scene offers a lot of opportunities to enjoy the summer with both exciting music and cutting edge art. The art scene also gives the young professional an opportunity to collect. Galleries, museums and other institutions are always looking for people who will support the arts community and begin collecting the art that helps enrich the city of Los Angeles.By going to these events during the summer, the art scene will both excite you and challenge you to support an emerging art community.
Mario Vasquez is a freelance art writer based in Los Angeles. He has written for Art and Cake and Armseye magazine. He maintains a blog Super Mario Art: Art in the Fast Lane mariosartworld.blogspot.com.