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


Gina 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.


Art 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.


Berenice 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.