The original scheme for LAX, by the firm of Pereira and Luckman. From the exhibition Never Built L.A., at the Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles; opening Sunday. (Courtesy LAX Flight Path Learning Center.)
- Honolulu: A secret pop-up exhibition in honor of Craig Kaufmann, installed by Billy Al Bengston, at the Honolulu Museum. Opens today.
- L.A.: Werner Herzog: Hearsay of the Soul, at the Getty Center. Through January 19, in West L.A.
- L.A.: Sign Painters, a screening of a film by Faythe Levine, at the Fowler Museum. On Thursday, at 7pm, at UCLA.
- Reno: Modernist Maverick: The Architecture of William L. Pereira, at the Nevada Museum of Art. Opens Saturday.
- Aspen: Lorna Simpson: Works on Paper, at the Aspen Art Museum. Opens Thursday.
- Chicago: MCA Chicago Plaza Project: Amanda Ross-Ho, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Through November.
- NYC: Robert Irwin, in Conversation with Donna De Salvo, at the Whitney Museum. This Thursday, at 6:30pm.
Party Wall, by CODA, at MoMA PS1. Through August 31. (Photo by Charles Roussel.)
- L.A.: Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, at LACMA. Opens Sunday.
- S.F.: Doing Your Dirty Work Two: A Sample of Contemporary Art About Sex, at the Center for Sex and Culture. Opens Friday at 7pm, South of Market.
- Chicago: BMO Harris Banks Works: José Lerma, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Through December 3.
- New Orleans: Wisdom is Fleeting: New Collaborative Works by Rex Dingler and Ken Kenan, at Ten Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
- Washington, D.C.: Ellen Harvey, The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C., at the Corcoran Gallery. Opens today.
- NYC: Unhinged, a group exhibition, at Pierogi. Opens Friday, in Williamsburg.
- NYC: Eliot Porter, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
- NYC: From the Street Up: Street Sculpture Exhibition, at Woodward Gallery. Opens Saturday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Robert Arneson, Early Work, at David Zwirner Gallery. Opens Monday, July 8, at 6pm, at the 20th Street location in Chelsea.
- Online: Heba Amin, I’m the Son of the Nile, at Light & Wire Gallery. Through July 25.
Got a look at Peter Zumthor’s proposed design for the new LACMA building. It is all kinds of amazing. Find my write-up in ARCHITECT Magazine.
Above is one of my favorite features of the new design: the eastern portion of the building cantilevers over the La Brea Tar Pits’ biggest tar lake. In my view, this is one of L.A.’s most underrated sights. I’m glad to see the museum paying attention to it. (Photo by C-M.)
A detail from the LAX Theme Building, by Pereira and Luckman. (Photo by C-M.)
You’ve got until June 9 to see Cuban sculptor Alexandre Arrechea’s No Limits on Park Avenue in Manhattan. More deets here.
I’ve got an update in ARCHITECT Magazine about Denise Scott Brown and the Pritzker Prize situation. Nine weeks after the story broke, and many media stories later, the committee has yet to announce whether it will give her the Pritzker retroactively for the joint work she did with her husband Robert Venturi (and for which he alone was honored with the award).
Plus: I have a walk-up to a performance by artist Carmen Papalia in Santa Ana on Saturday. The artist, who is blind, will will navigate downtown with nothing more than the sounds of a local marching band.
Two L.A. shows — one at LACMA and the other at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture — serve as interesting bookends to Modernism. Read my take at Hyperallergic.