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The List: Art Openings

So much art, so little time. How to best navigate the Los Angeles gallery and museum scene? Here are critic's previews, openings and continuing shows for the week beginning Thursday, June 26.

Critic's Preview
Christopher Knight, Times Art Critic

MOCA Focus: Lisa Lapinski, the Fret and Its Variants. The word "fret" describes Lapinski's sculptures, which combine the kind of decorative interlaces associated with Middle Eastern fretwork and a sense of discombobulated worry -- what the heck is that thing? -- that the verb "fret" implies. Opens today. Museum of Contemporary Art, 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A. (213) 626-6222.

Openings, Galleries

THURSDAYGina Han: New Work and Group Show: Four Abstract Painters Paintings by Han; concurrent with a group exhibition of works by Robert Kingston, David Allan Peters, Sarah McIntosh and Tony Beauvy. Ruth Bachofner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends Aug. 30. (310) 829-3300.

Kyle Ng: We Hear It All An exhibition of mock "natural history" dioramas filled with taxidermied animals, artifacts and jewels. Flux, 326 Sunset Ave., Venice; ends July 18. (310) 295-2523.

FRIDAYArt Church Kyungmi Shin will lead an art performance modeled after a Southern Baptist church service presented in conjunction with "Rich," Shin's installation in the gallery's project room. Supper will follow the performance. 18th Street Arts Center, 1639 18th St., Santa Monica; ends Fri. (310) 453-3711.

SATURDAYBerenice Abbott: New York and Julius Shulman: Photographs Iconic architectural images from the two photographers,. Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; ends Aug. 30. (323) 934-2250.

Joe Clower: Past and Present Cardwell Jimmerson Contemporary Art, 8568 Washington Blvd., Culver City; ends July 26. (310) 815-1100.

Conversations That Never Happened: Tamala Poljak & Anna Oxygen An exhibition exploring the social rituals around eating. Dinner theater nights are scheduled for July 12 and 13, with a Mystery Cafe and closing performance slated for July 19 from 4 to 10 p.m. Telic, 975 Chung King Road, L.A.; ends July 19. (213) 344-6137.

Lawrence Gipe and Bruce Houston New paintings by Gipe; concurrent with an exhibition of sculptures by Houston in the Project Room. Lora Schlesinger Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends Aug. 2. (310) 828-1133.

Jeremy Lipking Track 16 Gallery, Bergamot Station 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 12. (310) 264-4678.

Modern Soil: Brooks Salzwedel & John Palmer Black Maria Gallery, 3137 Glendale Blvd., L.A.; ends July 26. (323) 660-9393.

Carlos Ramos: Natural History Museum Part I Corey Helford Gallery, 8522 Washington Blvd., Culver City; ends July 16. (310) 287-2340.

Ali Smith and David Ryan New paintings by Smith; concurrent with an exhibition of wall sculptures by Ryan in the Project Room. Mark Moore Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends Aug. 23. (310) 453-3031.

Miya Ando Stanoff An exhibition of works using metal finishing techniques on steel panels to create luminous and ethereal "metal paintings." Bandini Art, 2635 S. Fairfax Ave., Culver City; ends Aug. 9. (310) 837-6230.

Eva Struble: Poble Nou Angles Gallery, 2230 Main St., Santa Monica; ends July 26. (310) 396-5019.

Haegue Yang: Asymmetric Equality A site-specific installation by the Korean artist, her first solo exhibition in the U.S. The Gallery at REDCAT, 631 W. 2nd St., L.A.; ends Aug. 24. (213) 237-2800.

Jiang Zhi: Shine Upon Me DF2 Gallery, 314 N. Crescent Heights Blvd., L.A.; ends Aug. 23. (323) 782-9404.

Group Show: Cover Version Works by Scott Hug, Mathew Cerletty, Kadar Brock, Jennifer Sullivan, Ryan Callis and Frohawk Two Feathers. Taylor De Cordoba, 2660 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; ends Aug. 10. (310) 559-9156.

Group Show: Mind, Body & Soul Featuring works by Charles Arnoldi, Karlene Boxenbaum, John Baldessari, Debbie Han, Diana Levinson, Carlo Marcucci, Roland Reiss, Sinan Revell, Janet Slom and Brad Wright. LA Contemporary, 2634 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; ends July 26. (310) 713-0507.

Group Show: Red Wind Works inspired by and thematically related to the phenomenon of the Santa Ana winds. Blum & Poe, 2754 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; ends Aug. 23. (310) 836-2062.

Group Show: Sábado Gigante and Group Show: Pintores de Aztlán Patricia Correia Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends Aug. 30. (310) 264-1760.

SUNDAYA Conversation in Art: Jirayr Zorthian & Richard Feynman Works produced by the collaboration between artist and scientist. Armory Center for the Arts, 145 N. Raymond Ave., Pasadena; ends Aug. 31. (626) 792-5101.

Continuing, Galleries

SANTA MONICA/WESTSIDEEye of the Storm: War Through the Lens of American Combat Photographers Reform Gallery, 816 N. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; ends July 5. (310) 854-1033.

D.J. Hall: Full Circle An exhibition of works in the painter's signature hyper-real style depicting Southern California women in their sun-drenched backyards. Koplin Del Rio Gallery, 6031 Washington Blvd., Culver City; ends July 12. (310) 836-9055.

Tillman Kaiser Honor Fraser, 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (310) 401-0191.

Joel Morrison: Circus Gagosian Gallery, 456 N. Camden Drive, Beverly Hills; ends July 18. (310) 271-9400.

Joshua Podoll and Takehito Koganezawa Christopher Grimes Gallery, 916 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 5. (310) 587-3373.

Keith Puccinelli: The Wondercommon New drawings, sculptures and an interactive installation. Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd., L.A.; ends next Thu. (310) 665-6905.

Steve Roden An exhibition of new paintings, drawings, sculptures and film. Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, 5795 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City; ends Aug. 2. (323) 933-2117.

Noah Sheldon Cherry and Martin, 12611 Venice Blvd., L.A.; ends July 5. (310) 398-7404.

Juan Uslé LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd., Venice; ends July 5. (310) 822-4955.

BERGAMOT STATIONPat O'Neill and Nancy Jackson Rosamund Felsen Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 12. (310) 828-8488.

Michel Alexis: Syllabary and Thomas Pathé: Bloom Large-scale paintings by Alexis; concurrent with an exhibition of thickly layered works by Pathé. Ruth Bachofner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 19. (310) 829-3300.

Piot Brehmer: Maedchen und Landungen Samuel Freeman , 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 5. (310) 449-1479.

Robert Graham: Ceramic Sculptures & Drawings Frank Lloyd Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 12. (310) 264-3866.

Greg Miller: Unforeseen Frontier William Turner Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., E-1, Santa Monica; ends July 19. (310) 453-0909.

Astrid Preston Paintings. Craig Krull Gallery, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica; ends July 12. (310) 828-6410.

WEST HOLLYWOOD/L.A.China Adams and Anibal Catalan Steve Turner Contemporary, 6026 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (323) 931-3721.

James Brooks: Works From the 70s Paintings. Manny Silverman Gallery, 619 N. Almont Drive, West Hollywood; ends Aug. 2. (310) 659-8256.

Jean Conner: Collages Works by the San Francisco-based artist. Michael Kohn Gallery, 8071 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; ends July 19. (323) 658-8088.

Brian Finke: Flight Attendants A series of documentary-style photographs of workers in the airline travel industry. Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd., L.A.; ends Aug. 2. (323) 937-5525.

Emilie Halpern: Abracadabra An exhibition of photographs, sculptures and an off-site sound piece. Anna Helwing Gallery, 2766 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (310) 202-2213.

Ralph Humphrey: Selected Paintings 1957-1980 Daniel Weinberg Gallery, 6148 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (323) 954-8425.

Lullabies for the Dark Ages: Tino Rodriguez & Virgo Paraiso Merry Karnowsky Gallery, 170 S. La Brea Ave., L.A.; ends July 5. (323) 933-4408.

Nathan Redwood: Constant Speed and Jenny Herrick: A Series of Reflective Arrangements New paintings by Redwood; concurrent with an exhibition of large-scale mixed media works on paper by Herrick. Carl Berg Gallery, 6018 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (323) 931-6060.

Jennifer Steinkamp ACME, 6150 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (323) 857-5942.

Jerome Witkin: Revelations in Drawing Jack Rutberg Fine Arts, 357 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; ends July 31. (323) 938-5222.

HK Zamani: Shelter From the Storm Solway Jones, 5377 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends July 19. (323) 937-7354.

Andrea Zittel: Energetic Accumulators and Token Exchanges Regen Projects II, 9016 Santa Monica Blvd., L.A.; ends Sat. (310) 276-5424.

Guillaume Zuili: Exposed Cities Couturier Gallery, 166 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; ends Aug. 9. (323) 933-5557.

Group Show: Against the Grain Works using the theme of decadence as a point of departure, by Tom Allen, Brian Bress, Robert Fontenot, Wendell Gladstone, Julian Hoeber, Anna Sew Hoy, Brian Kennon, John Knuth, Ryan Taber, Ami Tallman, Kelly Sears and Cheyenne Weaver. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, 6522 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; ends Aug. 10. (323) 957-1777.

Group Show: Cool and Austere Featuring works by Bobbie Oliver, Alicia Sterling Beach, Joan Perlman, Dawn Arrowsmith, Gina Werfel, Sarah Hinckley and Rebecca Gilbert. Jancar Gallery, 3875 Wilshire Blvd., No. 1308, L.A.; ends Sat. (213) 384-8077.

DOWNTOWN / EASTSIDEValérie Jacobs: New Paintings and Mixed Media Works and Jeff Gillette: Desert Interventions Bert Green Fine Art, 102 W. 5th St., L.A.; ends Sun. (213) 624-6212.

Beanie Kaman and Michael Freitas Wood LA Artcore Brewery Annex, 650A S. Ave. 21, L.A.; ends Sun. (213) 617-3274.

Susan Logoreci: There Is Always More for People Like You Drawings. Cirrus Gallery, 542 S. Alameda St., L.A.; ends Sat. (213) 680-3473.

Bonni Reid and Cameron Tiede La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd., L.A.; ends Sun. (323) 666-7667.

Rachel Rojany: Body of Work The Happy Lion, 963 Chung King Road, L.A.; ends July 5. (213) 625-1360.

THE VALLEYSGroup Show: Reclaiming the F-Word: Posters on International FeminismS Political graphics documenting the global feminist movement in its many permutations from the 1970s to the present. Cal State Northridge Art Galleries, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge; ends next Thu. (818) 677-2226.

ORANGE COUNTYGroup Show: Enclosed, Encased & Enrobed An exhibition of works exploring the iconography and symbolism of body coverings; featuring works by Darlyn Susan Yee, Christina Ponce, Yun Bai and the Nipple Project. Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore St., Santa Ana; ends Sat. (714) 667-1517.

Openings, Museums

THURSDAYAl Held: The Evolution of Style Twenty-five works spanning 1958 to 2005 by the Abstract Expressionist artist. Cal State Long Beach University Art Museum, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach; ends Aug. 10. (562) 985-5761.

Continuing, MuseumsAnd Then Again: Printed Series, 1500-2007 Works charting the development of printed serial imagery from the early Renaissance to the present. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood; ends July 13. (310) 443-7000.

August Sander: People of the Twentieth Century and Bernd and Hilla Becher: Basic Forms An exhibition of 150 photographs by Sander documenting different stata of early 20th Century German society; concurrent with an exhibition of photographs of the industrial architecture of Western Europe by Becher and Becher. Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, L.A.; ends Sept. 14. (310) 440-7300.

Bruce Busby: Super Faulty Reconfiguration A series of Creativity Enhancement Shelters hand-sewn from nylon in what could best be described as collapsible, transportable tents meant to be a haven from artist's block, creative frustration and inefficiency. Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building G1, Santa Monica; ends Aug. 9. (310) 586-6488.

Philip-Lorca diCorcia A survey of the artist's photographic works from the last 25 years, including series "Hustlers," "Streetwork," "Heads" and "Lucky 13." The exhibition includes a formidable installation, "Thousand," made up of 1,000 Polaroid photographs. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Sept. 14. (323) 857-6000.

Allan Kaprow: Art as Life Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, 152 N. Central Ave., L.A.; ends Mon. (213) 626-6222.

Los Angelenos/Chicano Painters of L.A.: Selections From the Cheech Marin Collection Works on paper and paintings by Chicano and Chicana artists, including Carlos Almaraz, Chaz Bojorquez, Diane Gamboa, Gronk, Gilbert "Magu" Lujan, Frank Romero, John Valadez and Patssi Valdez. L.A. County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Nov. 2. (323) 857-6000.

Mami Wata: Arts for Water Spirits in Africa and Its Diasporas The mythological water spirit is celebrated in a multimedia exhibition made up of sculpture, painting, masks and other artifacts. Fowler Museum at UCLA, Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza, Westwood; ends Aug. 10. (310) 825-4361.

Marcel Duchamp Redux An exhibition marking the 45th anniversary of the Pasadena Museum of Art retrospective of the Dadaist's work. Norton Simon Museum of Art, 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena; ends Dec. 8. (626) 449-6840.

Mingei East and West Pacific Asia Museum, 46 N. Los Robles Ave., Pasadena; ends Jan. 6. (626) 449-2742.

Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; ends Sept. 1. (323) 857-6000.

This Side of Paradise: Body and Landscape in LA Photographs Photographs from the 1860s to the present exploring the interplay between the city and the photographers who documented it. Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino; ends Sept. 15. (626) 405-2100.

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