This Weekend in LA: Escape the ‘Busy’ Trap

We know you’re “‘Crazy busy’,” but this weekend we join Tim Kreider, author of last week’s viral New York Times essay “The ‘Busy’ Trap,” in encouraging you to “come outside and play.” So, leave your busyness at home and discover what happens when 25 women invade a museum or take in an art film on Venice Blvd.

Miracle Mile: COME IN! les femmes
On view now is the A+D Architecture and Design Museum > Los Angeles’ third installment of its no-holds-barred summer exhibition series COME IN! Entitled COME IN! les femmes, the exhibition features the work of 25 women designers—but not in the traditional sense. A+D invited the women to come in and transform the entire museum—bathrooms included—with whatever they wished. On view through September 8, 2012. 6032 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.


Hollywood: Unfinished Business
This Saturday the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design (LA Forum), unveils its 25-year retrospective show at the WUHO Gallery. An organization that has been at the center of the city’s architectural discourse since 1987, the LA Forum will air out an extensive archive of discourse that is just as relevant now as it was back in the day. If you can’t make the party, join the LA Forum for two great panel discussions earlier in the day. Saturday, July 14, 6-9 p.m., 6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles. On view through August 26.


Santa Monica: UNIQUE LA
Seek refuge in the Barker Hangar and shop directly from (and meet) over 325 hand-selected designers and artists at the largest independent design show in the country. Everything for sale is made in the USA, so your indulgences will be supporting the local economy. Ten bucks gives you unlimited re-entry for both days. We’re there. Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., 3021 Airport Avenue, Suite 203, Santa Monica.

Venice: Mash Up
L&M Arts, the somewhat elusive brick and glass gallery on Venice Blvd is showing Mash Up: Collage from 1930 to the present. The exhibition examines the use of collage in contemporary art with an emphasis on artists working today as well as some of their predecessors. Each evening for the duration of the exhibition, L&M Arts will project three films by Joseph Cornell and Stan Brakhage on the façade of the East Gallery. On view through August 31, 2012, 660 South Venice Blvd.

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