Enjoy the view: Art exhibits to see in LA right now
Los Angeles’ thriving art scene is arguably one of the most exciting cultural beats of the city.
“Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?” at the heart of the artist’s multimedia work is a deeper examination of black female identity. Oct. 16-Feb. 6; 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213-626-6222; moca.org.
At Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Berlin-based contemporary artist Isa Genzken mounts “I Love Michael Asher,” a sculptural tribute to the late conceptual art pioneer. After, feast on-site at the buzzy, newly opened Manuela. Oct. 15-Dec. 31; 901 E. Third Street, L.A., 213‑943-1620; hauserwirthschimmel.com.
Ry Rocklen reinterprets mundane objects into extraordinary sculptures using clay and industrial processes, juxtaposing the resulting 3-D objects with photos of the original forms. Through Oct. 22; 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-837-0191; honorfraser.com.
Charles Gaines explores rule-based systems in his vibrant, hypnotic Numbers and Trees series at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Oct. 21-Dec. 3; 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-837-2117; vielmetter.com.
Art-world insiders are abuzz about Jeff Zilm, a midcareer, Dallas-based abstract artist who creates petrified images using liquified emulsion from film reels mixed with acrylic paint. Catch his first L.A. solo show at Various Small Fires. Sept. 17-Oct. 22; 812 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 310-426-8040; vsf.la.
Gucci is again sponsoring LACMA’s Art+Film Gala, the sixth annual installment co-chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, which this year honors Light and Space artist Robert Irwin and Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. Oct. 29; 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323-857-6000; lacma.org.
In collaboration with the Coppel Collection in Mexico, The Mistake Room gallery presents a sprawling, intentionally chaotic spatial collage by Swiss contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Oct. 8-Dec. 10; 1811 E. 20th St., L.A., 213-749-1200; tmr.la.