LA Agenda: Featuring Mulholland Dérive, Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait, and Lacie Stiewing

Most of the art world may be in Miami until Sunday, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of art events going on in Los Angeles between now and then. Find our favorites below.

FRI 12/7 Lacie Stiewing: “Lucky Bunny” at Trunk Gallery, 12818 Venice Boulevard, 6 – 9 pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Lacie Stiewing that features a collection of colorful, sculpted bunnies, musk ox, and snowshoe hares. On view through December 30, 2012.

FRI 12/7 New Bohemia Signs: “East on Sunset” at Subliminal Projects, 1331 West Sunset Boulevard, 8 – 11 pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring works by artists from New Bohemia Signs, a shop in San Francisco that has employed a collective of designers, artists, and sign makers to produce hand painted and gilded signs since 1993. The signs and installations in this exhibition were inspired by NBS members spending time on the portion of Sunset Boulevard that runs through Silverlake, Echo Park, and Downtown Los Angeles. On view through January 12, 2012.

FRI 12/7 “Buried in Dandora: Waste and Livelihood” at Apolis: Common Gallery, 806 East 3rd Street, 7 – 9 pm
Opening reception for an exhibition featuring works by photojournalist Micah Albert that features photographs depicting Nairobi’s Dandora, one of the world’s largest urban trash dumps. The event features a discussion between Albert, journalist David Conrad, Pulitzer Center Managing Director Nathalie Applewhite, and Apolis Co-Founders Raan and Shea Parton.

FRI 12/7 Van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait” at Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Boulevard, 12 – 9 pm
Opening day of an installation of Vincent van Gogh’s “Self-Portrait,” on loan from the National Gallery of Art’s 19th-century collection. One of Van Gogh’s 36 self-portraits and among the last he painted, the work was executed in 1889 as the artist recovered from a breakdown in Saint-Rémy. This is the first time the painting has been on display on the West Coast. On view through March 4, 2013.

SAT 12/8 Eliot Eames Saarinen: “Rubber Tree” at Frank Pictures Gallery, 2525 Michigan Avenue, A5, 5 – 8 pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Eliot Eames Saarinen. The mixed media works featured in “Rubber Tree” explore human rituals and habits through the manipulation of  familiar objects. On view through January 15, 2013.

SAT 12/8 Jason Meadows at Marc Foxx, 6150 Wilshire Boulevard, 6 – 8 pm
Opening reception for an exhibition of works by artist Jason Meadows. This show features installations, including freestanding pieces made of metal. On view through January 19, 2013.

SAT 12/8 “East Coast, West Coast” at Actual Size, 741 New High Street, 8 – 10 pm
This one-night only performance event features artist Yelena Zhelezov using sculptural objects and projection to interpret “East Coast, West Coast,” a video documenting a 1969 conversation between artists Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson. Amy Howden-Chapman reads the part of Robert Smithson and Eugene Kotlyarenko reads for Nancy Holt. The dialogue explores the bi-coastal approaches to art making and the dynamic between structure and intuition in the act of examining one’s environment.

SAT 12/8 “Print Isn’t Dead” at WWA Gallery, 9517 Culver Boulevard, 7 – 10 pm
Opening reception for a group show featuring a print artists. A portion of art sale proceeds goes to Art With a Heart, which benefits the American Red Cross and the Hurricane Sandy relief effort. On view through December 22, 2012.

SUN 12/9 “Mulholland Dérive” along Mulholland Drive, 12 – 6 pm
This day long event features a series of site-specific projects in unused public outdoor spaces along the length of Mulholland Drive’s 21 miles. Presented by Los Angeles Road Concerts, the event includes installations, carpool happenings, spontaneous readings, and live music along the route. “Mulholland Dérive” features works from more than 110 Los Angeles artists including David Burns, Akina Cox, Eli Langer, Austin Young, and Samantha Cohen.

MON 12/10 Stephan Backes: “1st Come, 1st Served” at Light and Wire Galley, 24 hours
“1st Come, 1st Served” is a web-based project by London-based artist Stephan Backes. Engaging with the digital realm of information dissemination, Backes explores the concepts of unlimited accessibility and guaranteed quality that exist in technological systems. The exhibition offers a signed and numbered digital painting available for download on the Light & Wire Gallery website. On view through January 4, 2013.

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(Image: Lacie Stiewing’s “Box of Ox” with Ingrid at the Robert G. White Large Animal Research Station)