Perry Rubenstein Gallery

Mar 01 2013

Iwan Baan: The Way We Live - In Association with MOPLA

Perry Rubenstein Gallery, 1215 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Admission: Free 

Iwan Baan’s work exists at a critical juncture between architectural photography and sociocultural inquiry at a time when urbanization is a driving force behind human evolution. 

Baan’s artistic practice examines how we live and interact with architecture, focusing on the human element, which brings buildings, intersections, and public gathering places to life. His images examine the choices we make through construction and building, whether it be to section off tracts of impoverished urban sprawl with massive traffic interchanges, reintegrate purposeful gathering areas into large-scale public buildings, or live in housing that stretches the boundaries of how a community functions.

 Most recently Baan came to broad prominence through The City and the Storm, an aerial image of a post-hurricane Manhattan that became a viral sensation following it’s publication on the cover of New York Magazine. This work will be a centerpiece in his first exhibition with the gallery, which will feature captivating large-scale images of Baan’s singular vision encompassing urban, architectural and home environments.


Mar 01 2013

Bruce Nauman: For Beginners - In Association with MOPLA

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Fee. Please check for more details. 

Early in his career, Bruce Nauman came to the conclusion that, “If I was an artist and I was in the studio, then whatever I was doing in the studio must be art. At this point art became more of an activity and less of a product.” 

For Beginners (all the combinations of the thumb and fingers) stacks two frames of video images of the artist’s hands with commentary on the different combinations he creates (like some sort of gestural painter, sans paint and canvas). His fingers shift as his voice delivers different commands.

Like his 1968 work Walk with Contrapposto, For Beginners… was created in the studio with a camera, the artist’s body and little else. Suggestive of a struggle between words and actions, the physical and the mental, Nauman forces us to look again at the simplest of our own gestures.

LACMA has collected works by Nauman representing each decade of the artist’s work since the late 1960s, not long after the artist graduated from the University of California, Davis.

                              © Chris McCaw

                              © Chris McCaw


Mar 01 2013

Moments Measured - In Association with MOPLA

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Fee. Please check for more details. 

 There is movement, there is stillness; photography exists in between. This selection of recent acquisitions emphasizes the indeterminate moments revealed by photography. The artists included in the exhibition embrace the notion that photography—despite early beliefs that it could stop time—is far more fluid in its interpretation of time and motion.

Jungjin Lee depicts the graceful arm of a chair that seems to stop midair. Richard Barnes presents a swarm of birds—referred to as a murmur—in the midst of shape-shifting motion between imagined destinations. Alison Rossiter uses  photo-sensitized paper to create a diptych that evokes an existential passage. Balloons at pause in Peter Holzhauer’s stark streetscape are the specter of infinite and abstracted shifts, obliquely referencing a concept of time.

The desire for photography to be unknowable, to refer to the metaphysical, may seem a wholly contemporary stance. However, even early experimenters did not focus solely on the factual photographic eye; they also explored the unmeasurable moments that make the pursuit of photographic imagery so uniquely engaging for artists.

On display through Sunday April 28, 20 


Mar 01 2013

Stanley Kubrick - In Association with MOPLA

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036Admission: Fee. Please check for more details. 

 Stanley Kubrick was known for exerting complete artistic control over his projects; in doing so, he reconceived the genres in which he worked. The exhibition covers the breadth of Kubrick’s practice, beginning with his early photographs for Look magazine, taken in the 1940s, and continuing with his groundbreaking directorial achievements of the 1950s through the 1990s. His films are represented through a selection of annotated scripts, production photography, lenses and cameras, set models, costumes, and props. In addition, the exhibition explores Napoleon and The Aryan Papers, two projects that Kubrick never completed, as well as the technological advances developed and utilized by Kubrick and his team. By featuring this legendary film auteur and his oeuvre as the focus of his first retrospective in the context of an art museum, the exhibition reevaluates how we define the artist in the 21st century, and simultaneously expands upon LACMA’s commitment to exploring the intersection of art and film. 



The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

Mar 01 2013

Cultivating California: Founding Families of the San Marino Ranch - In Association with MOPLA

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108 

Admission: $20 on weekdays/ $23 on weekends/ Free for Members 

A special exhibition marks the city of San Marino’s centennial with a look at three families who helped found it

One hundred years ago, Henry Huntington and several of his neighboring landowners decided to found the city of San Marino—a rural community covering four square miles of fertile agricultural land. The city took its name from Huntington’s property, known as the San Marino Ranch. But three families who farmed the land before Huntington’s arrival played key roles in the history of the region.

Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Mar 01 2013

This World Is Not My Home: Danny Lyon Photographs - In Association with MOPLA

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1130 State Street,Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Admission: $10 / Free for Members 

 This exhibition of more than 50 photographs and photographic montages, drawn from the artist’s studio and the Menil collection and spanning the period 1962 to the present, traces the fascinating and wide-ranging evolution of the career of New York- and New Mexico-based Danny Lyon. A leading and explosively creative figure in the American street photography movement of the 1960s, Lyon distinguished himself from peers like Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, and Lee Friedlander through his direct engagement with his subjects and his concern for those on the margins of society. His goal at the outset of his career, he says, was “to destroy Life magazine” by presenting powerful, real alternatives to the hollow pictures and stories permeating American mass media in that era of conformity. In the process he created thousands of images of striking psychological, political, and aesthetic power.

The Craft and Folk Art Museum

Mar 01 2013

Social Fabric - In Association with MOPLA

The Craft and Folk Art Museum, 5814 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: $7 / Free for members 

The Craft & Folk Art Museum presents Social Fabric, an exhibition of seven contemporary artists who confront the problems of mass production and consumption through fiber-based art that incorporates social engagement and public interaction. The exhibition will be on view from January 27 through May 5, 2013 and has been curated by Anuradha Vikram, Curator of Worth Ryder Gallery at the University of California Berkeley, Department of Art Practice.

Fabric is a rich material for contemporary American artists who are engaged with social critique and public engagement. Textiles communicate a range of ideas that reflect personal tastes and cultural identifications; yet, they also carry implications about larger concerns related to labor, global commerce, and sustainability. The emerging and mid-career American artists represented in Social Fabric use their fabric-based art as a conduit to question global economic and labor systems.

Museum of Photographic Arts

Mar 01 2013

30x: Three Decades - In Association with MOPLA

Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Admission: $6 / Free for members 

 In 2013, MOPA celebrates 30 years as a museum in Balboa Park dedicated to exhibiting photography, film, and video. Prior to MOPA’s founding in 1983, it existed as the “Center for Photographic Arts,” a nonprofit organization created in the early 1970s which exhibited and promoted photography as an art form. Since its founding, MOPA has presented dynamic world-class photography exhibitions in San Diego and built a world class photography collection. 30x: Three Decades highlights one acquisition from each of MOPA’s 30 years, showcasing a selection of influential figures in the history of photography, including works by Alexander Rodchenko, Loretta Lux, Thomas Struth, Lee Friedlander, Robert Adams, Marian Drew and other influential artists.

Museum of Photographic Arts

Mar 01 2013

Jessica Lange: Unseen - In Association with MOPLA

Museum of Photographic Arts, 1649 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Admission: $6 / Free for members 

 Jessia Lange has maintained a career as a fine art photographer for nearly two decades, alongside her work as an acclaimed actress. As a photographer, Lange documents diverse cultures from regional and international travels. Alternately comforting and disquieting, the artist’s striking and unexpected photographs possess a kind of moody mystery that is appropriately cinematic. MOPA is pleased to present the first United States exhibition of Jessica Lange’s mid-career retrospective unseen. The exhibition gathers work from Mexico, Ethiopia, Romania, Russia, Finland, Italy, France and the United States. 

                                                              © Richard Prince

                                                              © Richard Prince

Gagosian Gallery

Mar 01 2013

Richard Prince: Cowboys - In Association with MOPLA

Gagosian Gallery,456 North Camden Drive Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Admission: Please check fore more details. 

 Over the last thirty years, the American cowboy has given rise to some of Prince's most celebrated works. Dividing into several phases between the early 1980s and the present, his rephotographing of verité images inspired by cowboy Westerns and produced for the advertising industry, reveals as much about his shifting relationship to an American icon and its construction by the mass media as his use of evolving reprographic technologies.

In the earliest iterations, out of necessity Prince shot around advertising copy to obtain the final edit, resulting in tightly cropped, grainy close-ups of larger-than-life ranchers, printed in standard format. In the second stage, enhanced production techniques allowed him to substantially increase the scale and intensity of the final images, and move his subjects out into the landscape. In the third phase he was able to work from high quality images totally devoid of copy. Thus the cowboys were reduced to diminutive yet legible ciphers dwarfed by vast, bucolic American landscapes. Transposed into the world of art, these cinematic vistas evoked—not without a trace of irony—the great Romantic tradition in painting.

                 © Art Shay

                 © Art Shay

                 © Art Shay

                 © Art Shay

                 © Art Shay

               © Art Shay


Mar 02 2013

Art Shay: A Retrospective - In Association with MOPLA

drkrm, 933 Chung King Road Los Angeles, CA 90012

Admission: Visit 

"Art Shay's photography shakes you up, sets you down gently, pats you on the head and then kicks you in the ass." Roger Ebert 

A member of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) since 1957, Art Shay’s photography career spans nearly seven decades. He has published over 30,000 photographs, which include the likes of kings, queens, presidents, athletes and celebrities as well as the common man. Mr. Shay joined the staff of Life magazine in 1948, first as a reporter, then as a photographer. He became a full-time photojournalist in the early fifties shooting regularly for Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine, among others. He has covered subjects such as John F. Kennedy's 1960 presidential campaign, the fights of Muhammad Ali, Hugh Hefner's infamous bedroom office, and the Chicago police clubbing demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic Convention. Mr. Shay once told a reporter, of all his subjects, President Kennedy was his favorite, saying, “You can’t take a bad picture of that guy.”

At 90 years of age, Art Shay remains an active photographer. He recently completed a series of images for Smashing Pumpkins lead singer, Billy Corgan (who had become close friends with Mr. Shay’s late wife, Florence). Corgan said of Mr. Shay’s photography, “He has the gift of capturing that ‘decisive moment’ that separates the legends from the rest of us punters who press buttons and call ourselves photographers. Art’s eye extends to those overlooked aspects of the human condition that have informed his opinions of the world.”

Born in 1922, Art Shay grew up in the Bronx and later served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, during which he flew 52 bomber missions. Mr. Shay joined the staff of Life magazine in 1948, first as a reporter, then as a photographer. He became a full-time photojournalist in the early fifties shooting regularly for Time, Life, Fortune, Sports Illustrated and the New York Times Magazine, among others.

Having established a world-wide reputation for his unusual portraits, Art Shay has continually made entertaining and humorous photographs as well. He has spent his life crafting a visual biography of the people of this country, and the resulting images range from the serious to the silly to the sublime. His pictures of Marlon Brando, Nelson Algren, Judy Garland, Diana Ross and hundreds of other luminaries are not the usual portraits; they are people off-guard, memorable for their humanity rather than their celebrity.

Exhibition Runs Through April 13, 2013. 

               ©Bill Sosin

              ©Bill Sosin

                          ©Sharon Harper

                         ©Sharon Harper

dnj Gallery

Mar 02 2013

Bill Sosin: Proper Souls In Gallery II: Sharon Harper: From Above and Below - In Association with MOPLA

dnj Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1 Santa Monica, CA 90404

With “Proper Souls,” Sosin heads out into the rainy Chicago landscape to photograph the world through car windows. As Diane Calder has written, “Bill Sosin employs depth of field like a jazz musician whose mastery of basics allows his music to soar.” (ArtScene, April 2010). This time he expands on the aesthetic he developed in his earlier “City Rain” series, by inverting the colors of his subjects to create hazy silhouettes that suggest their energy and auras. Sosin dubs these nearly abstract figures “Proper Souls, common folk unknowingly enveloped in their thermodynamic essence.”

In “From Above and Below,” Harper looks to the skies with work from several different projects. “One Month, Weather Permitting” consists of long-exposure images of star trails in the night sky over Banff, Alberta, Canada. Using the camera, Harper is able to capture the otherwise imperceptible paths of stars. Similarly, in “Sun/Moon (Trying to See Through a Telescope),” Harper explores the limits of sight using a digital camera attached to a telescope. Neither the naked eye, nor the telescope with all of its distortions and reflections, can accurately see the moon and sun. As Harper explains, because our visual perception is not perfect, “[w]hat we are left with is the act of trying to see and understand.” A video installation of aerial views, entitled Landshift, will accompany Harper’s photographs.

                © Arnold Kramer

                © Arnold Kramer

                  © Arnold Kramer

                © Arnold Kramer

                  © Arnold Kramer

                © Arnold Kramer

                 © Arnold Kramer

               © Arnold Kramer

                    © Arnold Kramer

                  © Arnold Kramer

Joseph Bellows Gallery

Mar 02 2013

Arnold Kramer: Interior Views - In Association with MOPLA 

Joseph Bellows Gallery, 7661 Girard Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037

Admission: Free

 The Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to announce the first West Coast exhibition of the photographs of Arnold Kramer. This is also his first solo show in a gallery in 25 years. It will feature a pivotal group of pictures, showcased to critical acclaim in a 1978 exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. entitled Interior Views. 

These black and white photographs, with their sharp eye for the pattern and details of domestic settings, established Kramer as a distinct talent whose avoidance of “romantic bombast” and “emphasis on formal clarity,” in curator Jane Livingston’s view, made his pictures particularly fresh. In their emphasis on a emotionally restrained, frontal views of rooms they look back to the work of the 20th century American great Walker Evans. In their attention to pattern and line as visual motifs within everyday spaces, he reveals his bond with another 20th century photographic master, his mentor Minor White.

“Arnold has a wonderful way of creating a three dimensional scene within the sheet of photographic paper,” says Joseph Bellows. “In his photographs of rooms, objects and patterns that can appear to look haphazard and random are flattened out and pieced together to create a marvelous kind of collage effect.” “I try to strike a balance between commitment to craft and commitment to seeing,” Kramer once explained.

The impact of this thinking is evident in his seductive series of interiors, which began with pictures made in the Baltimore home of his wife’s parents. The spectrum of interiors expanded to include settings in homes of friends, family and others that spanned Baltimore, Washington and his hometown of Boston/Cambridge. Kramer displayed his keen attention to domestic arrangements in a picture like #13 family room, Randallstown, Maryland, with its concentration on a wonderfully quirky interplay of chairs and plants, offset by rectangles below (on the floor) and above (in picture frames and window frames). Alternately, his sensitivity to the ritualistic trappings of the home is at play in #39 bureau top, Washington DC, with its display of family photographs against the backdrop of the single framed image of Jesus on the wall directly behind them, as if he were presiding over these portraits. A single bulb above the head of Jesus is a deft flourish of visual wit. All of the photographs in this series reveal the same attention to formal detail and social nuance. Yet their everyday sights consistently add up to a cogent and evocative whole.

“These places transcend their own banality to become rather fabulously beautiful,” Kramer aptly asserted. For Kramer, meeting Minor White was pivotal. He enrolled in one of White’s classes while earning a Master’s Degree in Electric Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (completed in 1968). On the basis of some pictures he had made for his high school yearbook, White allowed him to enter his advanced class in photography at M.I.T. and ultimately became Kramer’s mentor. He studied with White for five years beginning in 1967 and it was White’s insistence that his students strive for original vision in their work as much as excellent technique that was crucial to Kramer’s development as an artist.

He was the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts in both 1975 and 1979. From 1970 until 1981, Kramer was on the faculty of the School of Architecture at the University of Maryland, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in still photography. During the 1980s, he also had a flourishing practice as an architectural and commercial photographer in Washington, D.C. He has served on the staff of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum since 1987, heading up its Information Office and overseeing its technological initiatives for exhibitions and national outreach, as well as creating photographs for its archives and exhibits. Among collections in which Arnold Kramer is represented include: Birmingham Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, National Museum of American Art, Addison Gallery of American Art and The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Exhibition runs through April 19, 2013.

dnj gallery

Mar 02 2013

Sharon Harper, Book Signing and Exhibition - An In Association with MOPLA

dnj gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1 Santa Monica, CA 90404

Meet Sharon Harper at her reception and book signing for her most current show, From Above and Below. 

The G2 Gallery

Mar 05 2013

NATURE LA: Cyanotypes by Christine Caldwell - In Association with MOPLA 

The G2 Gallery, 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd Venice, CA 90291

Admission: $10 

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc

Mar 09 2013

Kevin Hass: Photographs - In Association with MOPLA 

Avenue 50 Studio, Inc, 131 North Avenue 50 Los Angeles, Ca 90042

Admission: Free 

Kevin Hass photographs with film cameras. He not only prints his own color photographs but also hand mats and frames them.

In his own words he describes his work to be, "...photographs [that] commonly utilize ordinary subject matter, enhanced by careful composition or isolation of the elements seen by the camera, and by taking advantage of exceptional lighting conditions. Unique rendering of a subject in a photograph is often aided by unique qualities of light which may be present at a particular time of day or season."

Exhibition runs through April 7, 2013.

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery

Mar 14 2013


MOPLA Pop Up Gallery, 725 S. Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

Duncan Miller Gallery

Mar 14 2013

Isabel Munoz - In Association with MOPLA

Duncan Miller Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Unit A7, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Please check for more details.

 Spanish photographer offers her first Los Angeles show. When she was 20 years old, she moved to Madrid and started studying photography in 1979 in Photocentro.

In 1986, she made her first exhibition, "Toques" and she has already made more exhibitions in several countries of the world for more than 20 years.

Her black-and-white photos are a study of people through pieces of the human body or pictures of toreros, dancers or warriors, by using a handmade and meticulous process of developing.

Her works are in the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, in Paris, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, in New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston or private collections.

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery

Mar 15 2013

New York Film Academy OneYear Photography Exhibition - A Featured Event of MOPLA

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery, 725 S. Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

             © Mike Brodie

             © Mike Brodie

             © Mike Brodie

             © Mike Brodie

              © Mike Brodie

              © Mike Brodie

M + B Gallery

Mar 16 2013

Mike Brodie: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity - In Association with MOPLA

M + B Gallery, 612 North Almont Drive Los Angeles, CA 90069

Admission: Please check for more details. 

 M+B is proud to present Mike Brodie’s highly anticipated second solo exhibition, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity. The exhibition of thirty new color photographs will be Brodie’s first solo exhibition in six years and opens in conjunction with the publication of Brodie’s first monograph bearing the same name, published by Twin Palms. The exhibition will be shown simultaneously in New York at Yossi Milo Gallery and run at M+B in Los Angeles from March 16 through May 11, 2013, with an opening reception and book signing on Saturday, March 16 from 6 to 8 pm.

For three intense and prolific years, Brodie crisscrossed the states hopping trains, hitchhiking and employing whatever freely available means to fuel his burning lust for movement. The resulting photographs weave a telling photo narrative relatable to Kerouac’s On The Road, capturing the raw spirit of adventure and unbridled freedom Brodie and his friends sought and lived. A natural, Brodie’s camera functioned as an extension of himself, an obsession. There was no thought-out intention to document or record, the resulting images just happened after Brodie found a Polaroid SX-70 on the backseat of a friend’s car. Soulfully and intimately depicted against a constant backdrop of movement are savages “riding suicide,” maps in filthy hands, tender moments of slumber and ruddy faces framed by wind-whipped hair eagerly leaning into the next adventure. Brodie’s tightly knit traveling community was bound by movement, ravenous for life’s varied experiences and interactions and fueled by an intense curiosity to see, to feel, to meet something and someone beyond the towns in which they had been raised. Living outside of society’s norms, this highly creative group lived neither on nor off, but parallel to the beaten path, gleaning society’s detritus along the way to support their chosen version of the American Dream.

The photographs also document a period of transition in Brodie’s life—just after puberty and just before manhood— when hitchhiking for the thrill of the open road, catching rides on freight trains bound for another nowhere town, eating the food left to rot by others and drinking the cheapest alcohol that crosses your lips seems like a perfectly logical and honest way to spend your days. Brodie’s tableau repurposes symbols of decline—trains, Polariods, 35mm film, thrift store clothes—into a seemingly alluring form of ad hoc glamour and freedom tinged with punk rock idealism. The characters drift through post-industrial America. The result: a balance of comeliness and crustiness, filth and beauty, all finely measured by movement, a desire to move on and, at some point, move out of the picture. Although Brodie was never trained, his photographs are an honest and sincere look at the practice of photography that can only come from historical unawareness of the medium. Unknowingly, Brodie’s images follow in the footsteps of photographers like Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Walker Evans and Nan Goldin.

Born in 1985, Brodie was raised between Phoenix and Pensacola along with his younger brother, Jake, by a single working mother. Perhaps one might assume Brodie had little to lose when he hopped his first train at seventeen, but Brodie wasn’t escaping, he was searching. Since that first train ride, Brodie has ridden over 50,000 miles through forty-six states, documenting the people and places he encountered along the way. From 2004 to 2006, Brodie shot exclusively on SX-70 Time-Zero film, earning him the moniker the Polaroid Kidd: a name he would tag on boxcars and walls. When Time-Zero film was discontinued, Brodie moved from these carefully framed gems to more candid moments shooting with a 1980 Nikon F3 with 35mm film from 2006 to 2009. The immediacy of the photographic medium combined with Brodie’s innocence of spirit and raw approach provides a distinct style and authentic voice within the lexicon of photographic history that is so uniquely his own, while simultaneously characteristically American.

Mike Brodie won the Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers in 2007 and has been included in exhibitions at the DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA) and the Sonoma State University Art Gallery (Sonoma, CA). Brodie’s work is held in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Berkeley Museum of Art. Brodie’s first exhibition in 2006 at M+B garnered critical attention, and his work went on to be reviewed in The New York Times,The New Yorker, American PHOTO, pdn and others. One never to gravitate towards attention, as soon as Brodie began gaining fame for his images, he retreated into obscurity, focusing his obsession on becoming a diesel mechanic: a job that he currently pursues in Oakland with the same passion he approached to image-making.

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Mar 17 2013

Spomenik: Photographs of the Monuments of Former Yugoslavia by Jan Kempenaers - In Association with MOPLA

Fowler Museum at UCLA , 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Admission: Please check for more details.
Futuristic-looking, yet dilapidated spomeniks, Serbo-Croatian for monuments—dot the hills and valleys of the former Yugoslavia like abandoned spaceships, monuments to a forgotten socialist future. From 2006–09, Antwerp-based artist Jan Kempenaers travelled through the region photographing these striking monuments. Erected by Josip Broz Tito in the 1960s and 1970s to commemorate World War II, the spomeniks were once the sites of state-orchestrated pilgrimages for adults and schoolchildren and a focus of efforts to construct a cohesive identity for a radically heterogeneous nation. After the breakup of the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s, many of the monuments were destroyed. Today, those that remain have fallen into disrepair and lie deserted and disused, subject to the indifference of a new generation.

Annenberg Space for Photography

Mar 23 2013

WAR / PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath - In Association with MOPLA

Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars #1000 ,Los Angeles, CA 90067

Admission: Free 

This unprecedented exhibit will open free to the public in Los Angeles on March 23, 2013 and run through June 2, 2013. This exhibtion has been organized by The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

WAR / PHOTOGRAPHY encompasses over 150 images going as far back as 1887 through present-day and is arranged by themes presenting both the military and civilian point of view including the advent of war, daily routines, the fight itself, the aftermath, medical care, prisoners of war, refugees, executions, memorials, remembrance and more.

The exhibit includes the work of award-winning portrait photographers and photojournalists, military photographers, amateurs and artists including iconic images such as Joe Rosenthal's Old Glory Goes Up on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima and Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J Day, Times Square, New York. Recognizable from news coverage is Eddie Adams' image of the execution of a Viet Cong prisoner on the streets of Saigon.

Specific to the Los Angeles exhibit will be the Annenberg Space for Photography's original short documentary film and digital image presentation produced by Arclight Productions. Together, the documentary and digital gallery will feature over 500 photographs exclusive to the Photography Space from six acclaimed contemporary conflict photographers: Alexandra Avakian, Carolyn Cole, Ashley Gilbertson, Edouard H .R. Carolyn Cole, Ashley Gilbertson, Edouard H.R. Glück, David Hume Kennerly and Joao Silva.

The film offers intimate interviews that reveal experiences of sacrifice and courage as well as the life-threatening situations faced by war photographers and their subjects. The stories include photographer Joao Silva revisiting sites in South Africa, recalling the violence that led up to that country's first democratic elections in 1994. Ashley Gilbertson is filmed in 2 Midland, Texas, on the final shoot of Bedrooms of the Fallen, a book project examining the bedrooms of young soldiers who never returned home from war. Other photographers share their experiences documenting conflict in Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and the Middle East.

ALEXANDRA AVAKIAN - Photojournalist Alexandra Avakian has been published in National Geographic, Time, LIFE, The New York Times Magazine and more. Her photographic and written memoir, Windows of the Soul: My Journeys in the Muslim World, was named as one of American Photo's year-end best.

CAROLYN COLE - Carolyn Cole is a multiple award-winning photographer and a staff photographer for the Los Angeles Times. She has covered conflicts in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghan istan, Haiti and Liberia, where she earned the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage of the siege of Monrovia.

ASHLEY GILBERTSON - Ashley Gilbertson is a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Bedrooms of the Fallen and the Overseas Press Club's Robert Capa Gold Meda l for his work in Fallujah. Gilbertson's first book, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, chronicles his arrival on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq as a 25 year-old photojournalist.

EDOUARD H.R. GLÜCK - American photojournalist Edouard H.R. Glück began his photographic career as an American soldier in the Iraq War. His work has been published in the International Herald Tribune, the Wall Street Journal, GQ, the Guardian, Newsweek and Time. He is a contributor to the Associated Press and Bloomberg.

DAVID HUME KENNERLY - David Hume Kennerly won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Vietnam War. He has been shooting on the front lines of history for more than 45 years and has photographed 8 wars, as many U.S. presidents, served as Chief White House photographer for President Gerald R. Ford and was named "One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography" by American Photo.

JOAO SILVA - Award-winning photographer Joao Silva co-authored The Bang-Bang Club: Snapshots from a Hidden War, a factual account of news photographers in South Africa who covered the end of apartheid. Silva was severely wounded in October of 2010 after stepping on a land mine while on assignment for The New York Times in Afghanistan, sustaining life-threatening injuries and losing both legs. He continues with surgical procedures at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

WAR / PHOTOGRAPHY arrives in Los Angeles from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston before it travels to the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Brooklyn Museum.

Rose Gallery

Mar 23 2013

John Chiara: Los Angeles - In Association with MOPLA

Rose Gallery, Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave. BLDG G5, Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Free. 


The Getty Center

Mar 26 2013

Japan's Modern Divide: The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto - In Association with MOPLA

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive CA 90049 Los Angeles 

Admission: Free, Parking $15 

 This exhibition presents the work of two photographers whose careers spanned much of the twentieth century, or the Showa Era (1926–1989) as it is known in Japan. Hiroshi Hamaya (1915–1999) and Kansuke Yamamoto (1914–1987) began as teenagers to experiment with various formal approaches and techniques in photography. As their work matured, however, they took very different paths. Through the display of works from Japanese as well as U.S. collections, the exhibition examines two important strains in Japanese photography: the documentary investigation of regional traditions and social issues, represented in the work of Hamaya; and the avant-garde movement that developed in the context of Western surrealism and advanced through the work of Yamamoto. These two trends not only reflect significant, though rarely shown, activity in the history of Japanese photography but also reveal the complexity of modern life in that nation since the Meiji Restoration.

Fahey/Klein Gallery

Mar 28 2013

Diane Arbus Photographs - In Association with MOPLA

Fahey/Klein Gallery, 148 North La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036 

Admission: Free

Cohen Gallery

Mar 28 2013

Falling from Great Heights Siri Kaur, John Knuth and Heather Rasmussen - In Association with MOPLA

Cohen Gallery, 7354 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free. 

The Cohen Gallery is pleased to announce Falling from Great Heights, a group exhibition featuring photographic works by Siri Kaur, John Knuth, and Heather Rasmussen. While each of the three Los Angeles-based artists owns a distinct style, all have a fascination with photography as a vehicle to abstract locations and space.  Each artist’s work transcends the materials used to dislocate the viewer by means of manipulation, scale, and movement. All of them engage with the sublime, the beauty and fear of the spectacle of nature and the unknown. This poetic leitmotif draws their work together, however each artist manifests this in different ways. 

Siri Kaur will show images from her Half of the Whole series—a photographic exploration of deep space through a telescope lens. She manipulates the color and depth of the celestial forms with chemicals in the darkroom to create new images that look like “real” photographs of distant galaxies. With this series the artist plays with photography’s uncanny ability to dislocate space and time. Kaur received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and is currently an Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design. Her work will be included in the forthcoming 2013 California Triennial of Photography. 

John Knuth’s Polaroid images from High Harbor and Faded Siren, are based upon a simple process of photographing survival materials that echo patterns in the natural world. The result yields little jewels of one-of-a-kind Polaroid prints. High Harbor includes abstract images of crumpled, light-reflecting Mylar blankets tossed into the night sky and upon being photographed result in abstract images of what could be glimmering mountains and valleys. Faded Siren exposes billowing clouds of orange smoke from emergency flares photographed with flash that cause fractal patterns in the black night sky. Knuth’s corresponding video displays his practice of working with the smoke flares in the desert landscape. Knuth was the director of Circus Gallery from 2007 to 2010.  He has shown his work in Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Iceland and Mexico and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Art and in galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco.  He received an MFA from USC. 

DestructConstruct by Heather Rasmussen is a series inspired by the artist’s ongoing investigation into shipping container disasters as systems of dysfunction. Colorful, handmade paper sculptures are stacked, scattered or crumpled into formations that replicate found images on the Internet of actual cargo accidents. These abstracted incidents remove the viewer from a dangerous scene and into an exploration of shape, color and pattern with deceivingly fragile materials, representing the delicate foundation of man’s trophies to globalization.  Heather received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Mixed Greens in NYC and numerous galleries across the country.


Broadway Art Space

Mar 29 2013

Women Make the World Go Round - In Association with MOPLA

Broadway Art Space, 929 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Admission: Free 

Woman Make the World Go Round celebrates women artists in all its expressions. 

Featuring work from: Lisa Bartleson, Shari Belafonte, Tatiana Botton, Claire Cregan, Rebecca Gottesman, Sharon Johnson-Tennant, Rose Masterpol, Elizabeth Mauceli, Lisa Shchulte, Moye Thompson, Christine Weir, Valerie Wilcox. 

The night will start at 5:30pm for Venice Family Clinic VIP artist reception and wine tasting. Music from DJ Valida.

The Event will be open to the public from 7 - 10pm. 

20% of all artist proceeds will benefit The Venice Family Clinic. 

Exhibition runs through March 30, and April 1-2, 2013. 

Saturday March 30 , 7pm - 10pm

One Shot: Spaces - Inside, Outside, The Space Between - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

The Loft at Liz's 453 S. La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free 

Featuring winning work from 2012 International Photography Awards' annual single-image, themed competition, One Shot. Artist Reception March 30 - May 3, 7pm - 10pm. Exhibition runs through May 3, 2013.  An Official MOPLA Exhibition.

Photographers included are :

  • Alma Photos 
  • Thomas Ahern
  • Marioandrea Barbantini
  • David Barbe
  • Mary Ellen Bartley
  • Drora Bashan
  • Franck Bohbot
  • Corrado Chiozzi
  • Matteo Cirenei
  • Kathy  Corday
  • Gabriele Croppi
  • Seulki  Ki
  • Thiemo Kloss
  • David Seung Lee
  • Angie McMonigal
  • David Oliete
  • Thomas Pololi
  • Vin Rathod
  • Andy Rudak
  • Laura Sauchelli
  • Yingting Shih
  • Kathrin Simon
  • Marleen Sleeuwits
  • Kjetil Vatne
  • Zoe Wetherall
  • Georg Worecki

This event is hosted by

Verge Gallery

Mar 30 2013

Verge: Five Los Angeles Photographers on the Verge - A Featured MOPLA Exhibition

Duncan Miller Gallery, 10959 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90034

Admission: Free 

Verge Photographers is a group of five talented, emerging artists dealing with photo-based artwork.  This initiative is sponsored by Duncan Miller Gallery. Verge artists include Liz Huston, Jamie Johnson, Claire Mallet, Rico Mandel and Marjorie Salvaterra. 

Thursday April 04 , 6pm - 10pm

Pulp Art Book Signing and Exhibition featuring Neil Krug and Joni Harbeck - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

MOPLA Pop-Up Gallery Space 15 Twenty 1520 N. Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028

Admission: Free with RSVP  

Pulp Art Book- the multi-media collaboration between photographer Neil Krug and model Joni Harbeck. With the release of their second bool entitled Pulp Art Volume 2, the artists will be on hand to speak about their work, and sign copies of their recent book. A selection of prints from both books will be on view from April 4 through April 10.

Artist Reception April 4, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Artist Talk + Book Signing 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Exhibition Runs Through April 10, 2013.


Friday April 05 , 7pm - 10pm

En Foco/In Focus: Selected Works From The Permanent Collection - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

Venice Arts Gallery, 1702 Lincoln Boulevard Venice, California 90291

Admission: Free 

This national traveling exhibition highlights a plurality of photographic visions from 48 artists affiliated with the New York-based nonprofit En Foco over the past four decades. Venice Arts is particularly excited to host this exhibition because En Foco’s dedication to promoting cultural diversity in the field of photography closely mirrors our own mission to foster opportunities for underrepresented communities to create and share stories through photography, film, and multi-media.?? Photographers included are

Adál, Jaishri Abichandani, Max Aguilera Hellweg, Sama Alshaibi, Don Gregorio Antón, Chuy Benitez, Louis Carlos Bernal,Dawoud Bey, Charles Biasiny-Rivera,Terry Boddie, Samantha Box, Roger Cabán, Valdir Cruz, Gerald Cyrus, Phil Dante, Ana de Orbegoso, Luis Delgado, Dean Dempsey, Lola Flash, Ricky Flores, Myra Greene, Muriel Hasbun, Germán Herrera, Kenro Izu, Nitza Luna, George Malave, Frank X. Méndez, Héctor Méndez Caratini, Stephen Marc, Rania Matar, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Larry McNeil, Groana Melendez,Tony Mendoza, Néstor Millán, Delilah Montoya, Pipo Nguyen-duy, Dulce Pinzón, Bonnie Portelance, Sophie Rivera, Juan Sánchez,Kunié Sugiura, Jane Tam, Hank Willis Thomas, Hong-An Truong, Kathy Vargas, Víctor Vázquez and Wendel White.

Opening Reception April 5, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. 

6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Gallery Talk with En Foco's Executive Director Miriam Romais

Exhibition Runs Through May 5, 2013


Smashbox Studios Culver City

Apr 05 2013

Smashbox Assistants Show: Supporting LA's Photo Assistants Since 1995 - In Association with MOPLA

Smashbox Studios Culver City, 8549 Higuera Street Culver City, CA 90232

Admission: Free 

 Smashbox is committed to getting assistants work seen by top working photographers, reps, producers and the photo community.

Currently still accepting submissions through March 18, 2013. 

Exhibition Runs Through April 12, 2013. 

This event is hosted by

Robert Berman Gallery, B7

Apr 06 2013

MOPLA's Official Opening Night featuring a MOPLA Group Show curated by Robert Berman and The Pin Up Show

Robert Berman Gallery, B7, Bergamot Station Arts Center Santa Monica, CA 90404

Admission: Free with RSVP

The 5th Annual Month of Photography Los Angeles' Official Opening Event will feature an incredible group show organized by Robert Berman. Artists include:

Karen Bystedt

Jeff Charbonneau and Eliza French

John Colao

Christopher Felver

Marc Fichou

Sharon Johnson-Tennant

Lauren Marsolier

Marla Rutherford

John Valadez

Dietrich Wegner

Artist Reception April 6, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Exhibition runs through April 27, 2013.

Also on view at Robert Berman is the first-ever, experimental and interactive Pin-Up Show will be on view with over 60 photographers "pinning-up" images that speak to the theme Desire.On view for one night only. 

Special exhibition of vintage photography by Jean Clemmer: Collaborations Salvador Dali / Paco Rabanne

Bergamot Station Arts Center Galleries participating in MOPLA’s Opening Night also include an opening at Frank Pictures featuring Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher, in addition to Colin Finlay. ADC Contemporary & Building Bridges International will present the installation and photography work of Jessica De Muro, and dnj Gallery hosts two exhibitions, Bill Sosin and Sharon Harper. Additionally, artist John Chiara will be on view at Rose Gallery.


Regan Projects

Apr 06 2013

Marilyn Minter - In Association with MOPLA

Regen Projects, 6750 Santa Monica Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90038

Admission: Free. 

Regen Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by New York artist Marilyn Minter. For her second show at the gallery, Minter will debut five monumental paintings.  Accompanying this body of work will be Minter's earliest black and white photographic series. Taken in 1969, these photos of her drug-addicted mother set the stage for Minter's career-long exploration of the pathology of glamour.

Three years in the making, these new large-scale paintings deepen Minter's investigation of how we communicate with the illusion of glamour via advertising in public spaces.  Cracked glass, swaths of vibrant graffiti, and dripping water confront the viewer and obscure Minter's archetypal images of stiletto heels and eyes caked with makeup.  Meticulously painted in Minter's signature style, the paintings are constructed using many translucent layers of enamel paint, creating an image that at once crystallizes and dissolves for the viewer. 

The early photographic series Coral Ridge Towers depicts Minter's mother on an ordinary weekend at home in her Florida condominium. She is pictured performing her daily rituals of beautification and torpor through the lens of addiction.  

Marilyn Minter has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions at museums internationally. These include the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Fotomuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; The Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; La Conservera, Murcia, Spain; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA; The 2006 Whitney Biennial, New York, NY. A large solo exhibition of her work opened at the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany on April 29 2011. Recently her work was exhibited in Riotous Baroque, originating at the Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland and traveling to the Guggenheim Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain.  An upcoming solo museum exhibition will open in 2015 and tour numerous venues, yet to be announced.  Monographs of Minter's work include Marilyn Minter published by Gregory Miller, 2010 and Marilyn Minter published in conjunction with her exhibition at La Conservera also in 2010.

An opening reception for Marilyn Minter will take place on Saturday, April 6th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. For further information please contact Jennifer Loh, Heather Harmon, or Donna Chu at the gallery.

Exhibition will run through May 11, 2013. 

This exhibition is brought to you by

Camera Club Los Angeles Presents: Myths _In Association with MOPLA Exhibitions

Apr 06 2013

Camera Club Los Angeles Presents: Myths

Santa Monica Art Studios 3026 Airport Avenue Santa Monica, CA 90405

Admission: Free 

Camera Club Los Angeles is pleased to announce our group show in Association with Month of Photography Los Angeles, featuring work by the following artists: 

Christy Lee Rogers

Ryan Schude

Zack Herrera

Maciek Jasik

Yuki Shingai

Jessica Yatrofsky

Albert Roman

Clay Lipsky

Janna Ireland

Mark Fernandes

Chang Kyun Kim

Haley Jane Samuelson

Collin Avery

Courtney Newvine

Melissa Mercier



Bergamot Station Arts Center

Apr 06 2013

(Unspeakable) A Solo Exhibition by Jessica De Muro - In Association with MOPLA

Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Ave., Unit F2 Santa Monica, CA 9404 

Admission: Free

 Jessica De Muro's work focuses on both installation and photography. Born in Ann Arbor MI, before prusing photography, she received BA in Journalism from Michigan State Universirty. Later, she earned an Associate Degree in photography from Harrington College of Design in Chicago and a Master of Fine Arts in photography from Brokks Institue of Phography in Santa Barbara. 

Her current workd addresses dealing with trauma, dissociation, and sexual violence. In her installations De Muro expresses a fragmented state of mind - which often results from sexaul trauma - and generates in a physical form the compartmendtalized alienation of viewer's own body and mind. In her installations a kinetic movement and engery is achieved by suspended prints which brings a sense of life to the work, giving breath not only to the pieces themselves but also to what they represent. 

Addressing the emotional consequences of rape, as opposed to the act itself, gives viewers a unique and genuine insight commonly overlooked when examining sexual violence. 

Curated by Anna Dusi and Marisa Caichiolo. 

Exhibition runs through May 9, 2013. 

MOPLA Pop-Up Gallery

Apr 07 2013

Caroll Taveras Photo Studio Project - An Official MOPLA Photo Studio + Exhibition

MOPLA Pop-Up Gallery, Space 15 Twenty, 1520 N. Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Admission: Free. 

Fowler Museum at UCLA

Apr 07 2013

Ernest Cole Photographer - In Association with MOPLA

Fowler Museum at UCLA , 308 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Admission: Please check for more details. 

 Ernest Cole (1940–90), one of South Africa’s first black photojournalists, passionately pursued his mission to tell the world what it was like to be black under apartheid. With imaginative daring, courage and compassion, he portrayed the lives of black people as they negotiated through apartheid’s racist laws and oppression. Lines of migrant mineworkers waiting to be discharged from labor, a schoolchild studying by candlelight, parks and benches for “Europeans Only,” young men arrested and handcuffed for entering cities without their passes, worshippers in their Sunday best, crowds crammed into claustrophobic commuter trains; these are just some of the scenes that Cole captured between 1958–66.

Cole, who became interested in photography as a teen, landed a position in Johannesburg as a darkroom assistant atDRUM magazine in 1958. There he began to mingle with other talented young black South Africans—journalists, other photographers, jazz musicians, and political leaders in the burgeoning anti-apartheid movement—and became radicalized in his political views. In the mid-1960s Cole set out at great personal risk to produce a book that would communicate to the rest of the world the corrosive effects of South Africa’s apartheid system. In 1966 Cole was forced to leave South Africa. His book, House of Bondage, was published in 1967, and immediately banned there.

Ernest Cole Photographer brings together 125 original, extremely rare black-and-white silver gelatin prints from Cole’s stunning archive, now housed at the Hasselblad Foundation, which toured the exhibition across South Africa in 2010-11.Ernest Cole Photographer will be seen in the United States for the first time at the Fowler Museum. Together with Cole’s own incisive and illuminating captions, these beautiful photographs bear stark witness to a wide spectrum of experiences during the apartheid era.

                  © Ed Ruscha

                  © Ed Ruscha

J. Paul Getty Museum

Apr 09 2013

In Focus: Ed Ruscha - In Association with MOPLA

J. Paul Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive CA 90049 Los Angeles

Admission: Free, Parking $15 

 In Focus: Ed Ruscha, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum, at the Getty Center, April 9–September 29, 2013, offers a concentrated look at Ruscha’s deep engagement with Los Angeles's vernacular architecture and the urban landscape. The exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in Los Angeles, and opens simultaneously with Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990, another exhibition presented at the Getty Museum as part of this regional initiative. The Overdrive exhibition also contains images by Ruscha.

One of the most influential American artists working today, Ed Ruscha moved to Los Angeles in 1956 and continues to live and work in the city, incorporating local architecture, streets, and even the city’s attitude into paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs that are known for their graphic directness. Starting in the 1960s, he began publishing photobooks and using photographs to document thoroughfares in the Los Angeles area.

Throughout his career, photography has played an important role in Ruscha’s exploration of the vernacular architecture, urban landscape, and car culture of Los Angeles,” commented Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “By bringing together photographs from our collection and archival materials from the Getty Research Institute, we have been able to present a much richer understanding of Ruscha’s work and process.”

Highlighting an important joint acquisition of the artist’s work by the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Getty Research Institute in 2011, this exhibition features a selection of vintage prints related to Twentysix Gasoline Stations (1963) and Some Los Angeles Apartments (1965), the original camera-ready maquettes for Every Building on the Sunset Strip (1966), and contact sheets from this documentation of the Pacific Coast Highway (1974). The exhibition is co-curated by Virginia Heckert, curator in the Department of Photographs at the Getty Museum, and John Tain, assistant curator in Collection Development at the Getty Research Institute.     

“Gas stations and apartment buildings are among the quintessentially Southern Californian motifs that feature in Ruscha’s work,” says Heckert. “The Getty Museum’s acquisition of photographs made in conjunction with his photo books of the early 1960s gives us the opportunity to share his enthusiasm for the logos, signage, and language that enliven even the most banal architecture.”

Adds Tain, “What’s exciting about the photography that came out of Ruscha’s documentation of the Sunset Strip is that it really altered the sense of what was possible with street photography, which had always been from the viewpoint of the pedestrian.  Today we have the Google Maps roving fleet of camera cars, but Ruscha was doing this kind of photography more than forty years ago.”

The exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to appreciate Ruscha’s photographs not as halftone reproductions in modest, mass-produced books, but as prints of the period. One of the best known images included in the exhibition is Standard, Amarillo, Texas (1962), which Ruscha used as the basis for his iconic oil painting Standard Station, Amarillo, Texas (1963). Other unpublished images from the iconic series of gasoline stations will be on view as well.

Also included are the original camera-ready maquettes and press pulls for Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Ruscha’s fourth and arguably best-known photobook.  Due to light sensitive annotations, each panel will be on view for eight weeks.  The complete set of three maquettes will be on view during the first week of the exhibition only, April 9–14.

On display for the first time is a selection of contact sheets of the Pacific Coast Highway, representing a small sample of this monumental undertaking. Ruscha’s documentation captures the dramatically different landscapes of both the view west toward the Pacific Ocean and the view east toward the cliffs. The Pacific Coast Highway is just one of several streets that Ruscha has photographed over the past four and a half decades, beginning in 1965 with Sunset Boulevard.

These contact sheets are part of Ruscha’s Streets of Los Angeles archive, including thousands of photographic negatives, proof sheets, contact prints, and related documents and ephemera, which was acquired by the Getty Research Institute in 2011. Nearly sixty photographs were acquired by the Getty Museum at the same time, making the Getty a preeminent resource for understanding the role of photography in Ruscha’s practice. 

The Getty Center

Apr 09 2013

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 - In Association with MOPLA

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive CA 90049 Los Angeles 

Admission: Free, Parking $15 

 During the period 1940 to 1990, Los Angeles rapidly evolved into one of the most populous and influential industrial, economic, and creative capitals in the world. This dynamic exhibition provides an engaging view of the region's diverse urban landscape, including its ambitious freeway network, sleek corporate towers, whimsical coffee shops, popular shopping malls, refined steel-and-glass residences, and eclectic cultural institutions. Drawings, photographs, models, films, animations, oral histories, and ephemera illustrate the complex dimensions of L.A.'s rich and often underappreciated built environment, revealing this metropolis's global impact as a vibrant laboratory for cutting-edge design. Co-organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum, this exhibition is part of the initiative Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A. 


Friday April 12 , 8pm - 12midnight

Instagram Jam - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

Graffiti House, LA 310 N. Madison Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90004

Admission: Free with RSVP

 Donations at the door will be taken for SNAPSHOP! Lucie Foundation\'s annual youth workshop.

MOPLA's first annual Instagram show featuring work from several Instagram sensations!Select Instagrammer prints will be available for purchase to help raise money for SNAPSHOP!, Lucie Foundation’s at-risk youth, photography workshop.

Photographers include Frank Ockenfels (@fwo3), Shaughn Crawford (@Shaughncrawford), Lauren Randolph (@laurenlemon), Alejandro Chavetta (@silvermule), Theron Humphrey (@thiswildidea), Bryce Duffy (@bryceduffy), Coral Von Zumwalt (@coralvz), Joe Pugliese (@joepug), Susana Blasco (@descalza), John Crawford (@johnkraw), Justin Fantl (@Fantl), Sian Kennedy (@thirstynomad), Brendan Snake Craighill (@snakedumpster), Sharon Kim (@sharonkim_), Andre Hermann (@shutter_se7en), Matt Sartain (@matty_sartain), Daniel Arnold (@arnold_daniel), Michael Oneal (@Moneal), Ronn Brown (@Rbtsinc), Wayne Lawrence (@waynelawrence), and  Jared Mechaber (@Jaredmechaber).

Artist Reception April 12, 8:00 p.m. - midnite.

Exhibition Runs Through April 14 (12-6 p.m. daily). 

Generously hosted by Graffiti House LA.

This even is hosted by


Friday April 12 , 7pm - 10pm

46 Pictures - A Featured MOPLA Exhibition 

Union Editorial, 12200 Olympic Blvd #140 Los Angeles, CA 90064 

Admission: Free with RSVP 

46 Pictures and Union Editorial presents an evening of photography. This evening is part of an on-going series presented since MOPLA 2009 entitled ON PAUSE:photography in the creative workspaces of commercial production houses.

Photographers include:

  • Sabrina Hill
  • John Huba
  • Charles Imstepf
  • Mike McGill
  • Michael Miller
  • Jen Rosenstein
  • Sean Thonson

This event is hosted by


MOPLA Pop-Up Gallery

Apr 12 2013

New Frontiers - An Official MOPLA Exhibition

MOPLA Pop-Up Gallery, Space 15 Twenty 1520 N. Cahuenga Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028 

Admission: Free. 

Exhibition on View April 12 - 14th

Handpicked from our archives, this exhibition shows off of favorite Impossible images taken by west coast based photographers who have been early pioneers of our experimental analog film. Stunning large scale enlargements, combined with originals, show off the wide range of colors and characteristics of our unique film chemistry as it has developed over the past 3 years. 

Saturday April 13 , 6pm - 9pm

On main exhibit: Kirk Pedersen: Urban Asia.

In Special Projects room: Susan Swihart: Passing/Outdoors with Jamie Burris-An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery, 725 S. Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

The impetus for KIRK PEDERSEN: URBAN ASIA grew organically from a trip by the artist to Bangkok in December 2005. Wandering the streets and alleys, Pedersen observed the city's unique signage and symbolism, corners and crossings, sidewalks and cracks. Inspired by what he found there, Pedersen continued his explorations to photograph ten additional cities, documenting what he calls “Urban Asia”: Taipei, Hong Kong, Shenyang, Kuala Lumpur, Tokyo, Shanghai, Dalian, Beijing, Singapore, and Phnom Penh. Revealing the magic in the mundane, and with an eye for detail, poetic juxtapositions, and immaculate composition.

KIRK PEDERSEN: TRADEOFFS is the second installment of Pedersen’s sweeping photographic project. In keeping with his characteristically intuitive, yet acutely perceptive approach, Pedersen captures an entirely new series of happenstances and fleeting moments. Fueled by a spirit of exploration and inquiry, TRADEOFFS turns its gaze to a dizzying state of information overload; signs, simulacra, semiotics all seem to push to the very edges of works, implying advertising’s aggressive horror vacui. And yet, despite the overabundance of chaotic choice, of scurrying masses, of bustling humanity; the subjects in Pedersen’s works all seem strikingly alone.

This exhibition features a broad range of images selected from the entire series that was published in two volumes. Both books will be available to allow an even deeper understanding of the project. 

Artist Reception April 13 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Runs Through April 19, 2013. 

In the special projects room, we will feature the work of Susan Swihart. PASSING/OUTDOORS with JAMIE BURRIS is a collaboration of performance art and photography. Susan Swihart’s images document days spent capturing Burris’ investigation of nature to explore dance and movement.

During the opening of the photo exhibition, Jamie will be bringing a bit of that exploration indoors. 

Artist Reception April 13, 2013 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Exhibition Runs Through April 19, 2013. 


Kopeikin Gallery

Apr 13 2013

Tabitha Soren: Running - In Association with MOPLA

Kopeikin Gallery, 2766 South La Cienega Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90034

Admission: Visit 

 Tabitha Soren was born into a military family and grew up all over the world. Snapshots were one of the few ways she had to remember the details that made up her life in the last town or base — so she took them incessantly and spent many afternoons cataloguing them. She headed to New York for college where she received a BA in Journalism and Politics at New York University. After a career in television news shooting 30 frames a second, Soren decided she wanted to concentrate on one frame at a time and spent a year studying photography at Stanford University. Over the past ten years, her projects have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Canteen, Vanity Fair and New York, among others. Soren's work speaks to the twists of fate in life that can unhinge us. Her pictures address what havoc human beings can survive — and what they can't. Public collections include the Oakland Museum of Art, in California, the New Orleans Museum of Art as well as the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, both in Louisiana. Her Running series debuted at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Indianapolis this summer.

The Loft at Liz's

Apr 16 2013

Open Show Los Angeles #18 - In Association with MOPLA

The Loft at Liz's, 453 S. La Brea Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90036

Admission: Free

Open Show LA and The Loft at Liz’s are excited to co-host an event featuring the artists in the upcoming gallery’s show “ONE SHOT Spaces: Inside, Outside and the Spaces Between.” Join us to celebrate the Month of Photography in LA (MOPLA) and hear these fantastic artist talk about their work.


Helen K. Garber |

Clayton Campbell |

Ave Pildas |

Louis Jacintov |

Open Show Los Angeles provides a forum for our local community of visual storytellers to share their projects. Each month photographers, filmmakers and multimedia producers of L.A. gather at different venues around town for an evening of live presentations and lively conversations.

Starter food and drink is provided, but Open Show is potluck style, so please bring your favorite finger food or donation.

This event is hosted by

Wednesday April 17 , 7pm - 10pm

MOPLA + Smashbox Group Show - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

Smashbox Studios West Hollywood, 1011 N. Fuller Avenue West Hollywood, CA 90046

Admission: Free with RSVP

A group show, curated by Dee deLara (Smashbox Studios), Jen Jenkins (Giant Artists), and photographer Diana Koenigsberg. 

Participating artists:

Eric Akashi, David Alley, Benjo Arwas, Dan Boardman, Liz Bretz, Valerie Chiang, Beth Coller, Behram Dacosta, Sean DuFrene, Eduardo Durao, Ger Ger, Tatiana Gerusova, Tatiana Grigorenko, Tom M. Johnson, Soohyun Kim, Joyce Kim, Tamar Levine, Christopher Malcolm, Cheryl Medow, Rick Mendoza, Lou Mora, Martha Naranjo Sandoval, Sabine Pearlman, Hana Pesut, Robert Poll, Ryan Rickett, Sara Swaty, Robert Rutoed, Marjorie Salvaterra, Judy Starkman, Alison Turner, Dindi van der Hoek, Stephen Weissberger, Betsy Winchell, Dianne Yudelson.

Artist Reception April 17, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Runs Through May 12, 2013 


Friday April 19 , 7pm - 10pm

On Main Exhibit: Tom Paiva:Loss-The LA Auto Dealership Series.

In Special Projects room: Stephen Weissberger:MysteriaLA-An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery, 727 S. Spring Street Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

In 2011, Tom Paiva worked on a major project photographing closed and abandoned new car dealerships in Los Angeles.  An article in the LA Times on the state of the auto dealerships locally drew his attention.  The sheer number of closed dealerships is a dramatic indication of the damage of the current recession.  Because of the historical and cultural importance of this project, he photographed this project using an 8 x 10 camera with color film.

The work of Stephen Weissberger will be featured in the Special

Projects room. MysteriaLA is an attempt to showcase the unseen Los Angeles — our physical surroundings that are often ignored as we conduct the business of our daily lives.

Artist Reception April 19, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Runs Through April April 30, 2013.

West Hollywood Library

Apr 19 2013

Living in Limbo, Lesbian Families in the Deep South, photographs by Carolyn Sherer: - In Association with MOPLA

West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Blvd. West Hollywood, CA 90069

Admission: Free. 

Living in Limbo: Lesbian Families in the Deep South, photographs by Carolyn Sherer is a contemporary exhibition honoring the current complexities of lesbian family life in the South. The exhibition provides an intimate view of a population that has been largely invisible or underrepresented in public art. The images challenge viewers to envision a world without prejudice and discrimination— a world that celebrates commitment, family and inclusion for everyone—a world without limbo.

Living in Limbo was a resounding success at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) in Birmingham, Alabama, attracting nearly 17,000 visitors from across the country during the ten-week run in the spring of 2012. The BCRI will now manage travel of the exhibition.

Open from Mon-Thurs 11am-7pm, Fri-Sat 10am-6pm. Closed Sundays and major holidays.

Exhibition runs through July 10, 2013. 

Artist’s Corner Gallery & Bookmaking

Apr 20 2013

Blush...Click. Send a Pic - In Association with MOPLA

Artist’s Corner Gallery & Bookmaking, 6585 Santa Monica Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90038 

Admission: Free with RSVP

Women have it rough. With female sexuality not even fully acknowledged in the Western world until the beginning of the 20th century, women have had a difficult journey to understand and to be in charge of themselves as sexual beings.  Women's sexuality remains an under-explored frontier, despite being sporadically fleshed out in a whispered national discourse that included such monumental oeuvres as The Kinsey Report, Playboy Publications and perhaps the work of Gloria Steinem.

Jennifer Bardot and Alia Funaro, two artist inhabitants of smart phone cyber trysting, take a brave new look at this phenomenon as expressed in these highly personal, frankly intimate, nude self-portraits shot through the artist’s camera phones.    Funaro’s  portraits are demure and reflective. Bardot's bold images are pictorially graphic.  Together, they complement and contrast two antipodes of 21st century female sexuality.

FOR MORE INFO ABOUT THE GALLERY: All of the works shown on the gallery walls are printed, assembled and finished with the machines that litter and surround the gallery floor.  Each exhibition has a highly unique, signed and numbered, limited edition, show catalog that contain original artworks and is printed by the gallery’s proprietor, master printer Carlos Benitez. As an opening night special, the catalog is usually sold for half price.  The gallery director and curator is Phil Tarley, a Fellow of The American Film Institute and an artist member of the Los Angeles Art Association.  As an art and pop culture critic, Tarley regularly posts stories on The WOW Report; he writes about art and photography for Fabrik Magazine; files stories for Art Week LA and is a juror on the Lark International Art Competition. Artist’s Corner Gallery and Bookmaking is Hollywood's newest fine art photography gallery.

Exhibition dates: April 20 - May 25, 2013

Saturday April 20 , 7pm - 10pm

Los Angeles and Beyond - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery, 725 S. Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

A group exhibition featuring Los Angeles Based photographer B+ and international photographers Thibault Brunet (France), Maria Josè Sesma (Mexico),  Stéphanie Roland (Belgium) and Motonori Shimizu (Japan), each showing work never before exhibited in the United States.

Also featured is the Fresh Look Reviewer Picks Projection showcasing the work of reviewer-selected photographers: Gale Weatherby, Melissa Avilez, Natalie Franco, Loretta Law, Megan Schoenbachler and Carla Richmond.

Helms Bakery Building Washington Corridor

Apr 20 2013

Off the Clock 2013 APA LA Curated Personal Photography Exhibition - In Association with MOPLA 

Helms Bakery Building Washington Corridor, 8723 Washington Blvd, Culver City 90232

Admission: Free. 


Thursday April 25 , 7pm - 10pm

Wish You Were Here - An Official MOPLA Exhibition 

MOPLA Pop Up Gallery, 725. S. Los Angeles Street Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90014

Admission: Free 

MOPLA presents Wish You Were Here, a group postcard show of 30 photographers from Los Angeles and beyond, curated by Stephanie Gonot. The work will be presented on a series of postcards which viewers can purchase, write and mail directly from the gallery space. Come help send contemporary photography around the world, via snail mail.

Featuring the work of 30 photographers including:

  • Amy Lombard
  • Andy J. Scott
  • Angie Smith
  • Bea de Giacomo
  • Ben Goddard
  • Bobby Doherty
  • Bobby Scheidemann
  • Charlie Engman
  • Corey Arnold
  • David Brandon Geeting
  • Delaney Allen
  • Elizabeth Weinberg
  • Emiliano Granado
  • Grant Cornett
  • João Canziani
  • Maryanne Casasanta
  • Matt Tammaro
  • Maxime Guyon
  • Michael Hernandez
  • Nathaniel Wood
  • Nico Krijno
  • Osma Harvilahti
  • Philippe Jarrigeon
  • Ramon Haindl
  • Stefano Marchionini
  • Synchrodogs
  • Thomas Prior
  • Trey Wright
  • Van Robinson
  • Zen Sekizawa

Artist Reception April 25, 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Runs Through April 30, 2013. 

Photographers include Bobby Doherty, Charlie Engman, Corey Arnold, Synchrodogs and Bobby Scheidemann. 


Art Works Studio

Apr 25 2013

OFFSITE: LA STORY_In Association with MOPLA Exhibitions

Art Works Studio, 660 N. Larchmont Blvd Los Angeles CA 90004

Admission: Free. 

 At the ART WORKS STUDIO, corner of Larchmont and Melrose - only two blocks away from Paris Photo Los Angeles @ Paramount Pictures Studios - photographers ALINE SMITHSON, ANN MITCHELL, ASHLY STOHL, REBECCA SITTLER & SARA JANE BOYERS capture Hollywood and its iconic signatures, LA's bridges and buildings, the Queen Mary, skateboarders at Venice Beach, historic Chinatown and traffic.

Celebrating the sensibility of a pop-up space, the young art students at Art Works Studio are creating directional arrows on the Melrose/Larchmont windows to bring visitors to the space.

Curated by Sarah Lee of Sarah Lee Artworks - a longtime Los Angeles gallerist, art and photography curator,critic and art consultant. 

Closing Reception is Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m. - 7p.m.

Duncan Miller Gallery

Apr 26 2013

Verge: New Works - An Official MOPLA Exhibition

Duncan Miller Gallery, 10959 Venice Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90034

Admission: Free 

Verge Photographers is a group of five talented, emerging artists dealing with photo-based artwork. This exhibition will feature new work.

This initiative is sponsored by Duncan Miller Gallery. Verge artists include Liz Huston, Jamie Johnson, Claire Mallet, Rico Mandel and Marjorie Salvaterra.

Saturday April 27 , 7pm - 10pm

MOPLA'S Official Closing Event 

Admission: Free. 

MOPLA's Official Closing will be a celebration of photography not to be missed! This invitation-only event will feature projections, exhibitions and a special auction to raise money for SNAPSHOP! 2013, Lucie Foundation’s four-Saturday workshop program that serves talented yet under-served, Los Angeles highschool students who are passionate about photography.

This year's auction will include photographs and publications by Joes Meyerowitz, Greg Gorman, Nick Veasey, Roxanne Lowit, Michael Muller, Jamey Stillings, Doug Menuez, Helen K. Garber, Kwaku Alston, Pulp Art Books, Ian and Erick Regnard, Chris Anthony, Jason Florio, and many more!

Pieter Wisse of is curating a projection that will include the following:

Eliot Lee Hazel, Maxwell Snow, Pim Top, Billy Kidd, Richard Learoyd, Adeline Mai, Laurence Demaison, Sayaka Maruyama, Nico Krijno, Christian Tagliavini, Jeff Bark, Thomas Devaux, Nicol Vizioli and AlexandFelix.