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.
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.