Artificial biology, anti-gravity clowning, everyday absurdity, fusion with you of magic, prehistoric futures, ancestors in community, critical satire, cryptoart steeped in pop and tradition, activist classic, salvaged material constructs, late Warhol automotive paintings and more arts for your heat wave – uh, calendar.
Thursday July 21
Sophie Crespo: Brief stories of simulated life forms in Vellum LA. When most people think of artificial intelligence, they imagine inorganic hardware and machines. Sofia Crespo has established herself as a pioneering artist working with AI through an alternative approach: asking how algorithms could allow us to explore biology, nature and evolution with fresh eyes. 7673 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood; Opening: Thursday July 21, 7-9 p.m.; On view until August 7; free; vellumla.com.
Acrobuffos: Aerial game on the big stage. Umbrellas fly, fabrics soar above the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls around, filling the stage. A visual poem, without words, brings the air we breathe to life. With stunning images and laughter, Aerial game bounces off the edge of definition: half-comedy, half-sculpture, half-circus, half-theatre, while transforming ordinary objects into out-of-this-world beauty. 1310 11th St., Santa Monica; Performances from July 21 to 31; $35 to $65; broadstage.org.
Loser Angeles: Balls at the Green Street Collective. Using a variety of mediums, Loser Angeles’ work spontaneously presents common subjects and characters throughout his works, which explore and emphasize what he describes as “the strangeness of the ordinary.” Her frequent use of bright, primary colors, bold graphics and text in her work is inspired by the primal desire to see harmony in discord. 718 S. Hill Street, Downtown; Opening: Thursday July 21, 6-9 p.m.; free with rsvp; 718southhill.com.
friday july 22
Fossilized and Realized: Tar Pits Video Festival at La Brea Tar Pits Museum. A selection of videos submitted by the public, a screening of a new film on La Brea Tar Pits by moderator and host Nic Cha Kim, and a discussion on the importance of Tar Pits in art and popular culture with l Natural History Museum Archivist Yolanda Bustos and Artist-in-Residence Marc Dionwhose work examines how dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. 5801 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; Friday, July 22, 8:30 p.m. (food trucks and live music start at 5 p.m.); free; tarpits.org.
The observer and the observed at Art Share LA. A collective exhibition of mixed artists, painters and photographers Michael Massenburg, Emila Cruz, Gabor Ekecs, and its curators Juliane Backmann and Eloy Torrez. These artists have spent decades observing and documenting the people and historical events of Los Angeles, and as history advances and repeats itself, they continue to chronicle their ever-changing environments. 801 E. 4th Pl., Downtown; Opening: Friday, July 22, 5 p.m.; On view until August 27; free; artsharela.org.
Sandra Low, Keiko Fukazawa and Kim-Trang Tran: staggered at the USC Pacific Asia Museum. The exhibition highlights the artists’ shared adventurous and experimental attitudes towards their chosen mediums and their astonishing ability to address socio-political issues with immediacy, power and pathos. Using satire and critical commentary, their work highlights the power of women of color in shaping social change. 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena; On view from July 22 to September 4; $10; pacificasiamuseum.usc.edu.
Saturday July 23
Morteza Khakshoor: Numbness in the five-car garage. Khakshoor works with a range of subjects, but it’s his attention to the male – in all his weaknesses, struggles and pathos – that remains a core feature of his output. As frequent protagonists in his paintings, like all his subjects, they result from circuitous paths through images and memories found, seen and remembered, or fabricated from scratch. Opening: Saturday July 23, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.; Santa Monica address provided with rsvp; free; emmagrayhq.com.
Iranian currency at Advocartsy. An inaugural launch event featuring emerging NFT marketplace MetaMural, bridging the gap between physical fine art and blockchain spaces. The collective exhibition addresses the themes of heritage, fairy tales, identity and memory through a selection of works by artists of Iranian origin – Pouya Afshar, Kourosh Beigpour, Ali Dadgar, Siavash Jaraiedi, Mobina Nouri, Hadi Salehi, Shadi Yousefian, Xâmuš and NFT veteran Z-Hovak. 434 N. La Cienega, West Hollywood; Opening: Saturday July 23, 7-10 p.m.; On view until August 6; free; advocartsy.com.
Julius Eastman and Wild Up at the Broad Museum. A live concert from feminine by maverick composer Julius Eastman, co-presented and performed by acclaimed classical music ensemble Wild Up. Eastman questioned the exclusive foundations of European classical music and organized his compositions as tools for social change. Like the artists featured in The Broad’s special exhibition, This is not the American flagEastman was also an activist who deployed his experiences living as a gay African American as an impetus to question what it means to be American and an artist. 221 S. Grand Ave., downtown; Friday July 23, 8 p.m.; $20; thebroad.org.
Kalli Arte: Suenos Real at Self-Help Graphics. Kalli Arte (artists Adriana Carranza and Alfonso Aceves) are known for impactfully transforming two-dimensional prints into large-scale environments deeply influenced by their ancestral and contemporary traditions, neighborhood, culture, and social justice issues. Paying homage to the cultural ecosystem that is Boyle Heights, the exhibition will be based on a symbolic installation of the artists’ house. This central sculpture will connect, like roots and branches, to various images of elements, people and iconography that are central to their creative practice and family unit. 1300 E. 1st St., Boyle Heights; Opening: Saturday July 23, 5-8 p.m.; On view until September 23; free; selfhelpgraphics.com.
Andy Warhol: Cars: Works from the Mercedes-Benz Art Collection at the Petersen Automotive Museum. Commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the automobile, Warhol’s unfinished 1986/87 Cars The series was to include 80 images recording automotive history from the Daimler Motor Coach and the Benz Patent Motor Car, both dating from 1886 to the present day. The last series of images to be undertaken during his lifetime, only 36 serigraphs and 13 drawings depicting eight different Mercedes-Benz models were made. It’s those images and it’s a rare thing indeed – Warhols you may have never seen before. 6060 Wilshire Blvd., Miracle Mile; On view from July 23 to January 22; $19 general museum admission; petersen.org.
Sunday July 24
Suzanne Feldman: Move in matter at Matter Studio Gallery. Feldman is a mixed media artist, working with scrap wood, found objects, plexiglass, paint, photographs and various other recycled materials to create works that are both sculptural and architectural, referencing landscapes, passages and reflections. As viewers move through the spaces of his installations, Feldman’s work engages and transforms our own physical boundaries while referencing fragments of experiences. 5080 W. Pico Blvd., Mid-city; Opening: Saturday July 24, 4-7 p.m.; On view until August 21; free; matterstudiogallery.com.
Wednesday July 27
Sean Higgins at LA Louvre. LA Louver’s new Rogue Wave project features new photography and sculpture by Los Angeles-based artist Sean Higgins. In his new series of photographic works, Higgins stitches together multiple views of real landscapes to create imaginary terrains. A form of digital cubism, in each of his compressed images, Higgins evokes the experience of moving and existing in the landscape. 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; Opening: Wednesday July 27, 6-8 p.m.; On view until September 2; free; lalouver.com.
Krystyn Lambert at the Wende Museum (Virtual). The seventh program in the Wende’s In search of the truth series is a conversation about magic and witchcraft. Krystyn Lambert, mentalist, medium and mystic, will speak about the alternate dimensions of reality. Lambert has been a well-known figure in the magic world since the age of twelve, known for her solo acts in Criss Angel’s live show in Vegas, and currently presents a showcase mixing witchcraft with demonstrations of her uncanny ability to get into the minds of audience members. , Lambert has a unique perspective on what truth is and what it really means to seek it. Wednesday July 27, 4 p.m.; free with rsvp; wendemuseum.org.