Enjoy the view: Art exhibits to see in LA right now

A detail from Charles Gaines’ Numbers and Trees series at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

A detail from Charles Gaines’ Numbers and Trees series at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects.

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.