Fall Into Art-ober With These 21 Exhibitions

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In honor of the city-sponsored public art triennial, Current: L.A., designed by the Department of Cultural Affairs to make the art experience more inclusive, we wanted to give you a guide to the best art experiences this month. Whether you’re in the mood to consider the scientific effects of migration or how information is manipulated into ideology, or even just look at some beautiful concepts of light and color, these are your best bets for intellectual, aesthetic, and imaginative intrigue. Let your mind wander, expand, and enjoy.

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Current: L.A.
Democratizing art through changing the way it’s experienced and accessed, Current: L.A. reinvents the traditional triennial by doing away with the museum experience. Instead, residents and visitors are invited and encouraged to explore the city in an experiential hunt for temporary public art projects centering on this year’s theme: food. Including gardens, concrete parks downtown, and recreation centers throughout all of the Los Angeles area, Current: L.A. is a citywide initiative in which a public programmer was paired with a selected international artist, who then collaborated to build and erect a site-specific installation. The goal is to engage in civic dialogue that taps into a primal force of what makes us all human or even alive: the need to eat, and the relationships we forge with pleasure and peril because of it. October 5– November 3. Locations around the city; see website for details.

“Brittney Leeanne Williams: To Tarry in Prayer/To Terri in Prayer”
Chicago-based Williams presents new paintings and works on paper that explore the experience of womanhood and blackness in reference to the mother-daughter relationship in the biblical story of Naomi and Ruth. Through October 26. Zevitas Marcus, 2754 South La Cienega Boulevard

Photo by Joshua White/Courtesy of Baert Gallery

“Jebila Okongwu”
Through new paintings and sculptural works, African artist Okongwu critiques stereotypes of Africa and African identity, drawing on symbolism, spirituality, and history. His work repurposes ubiquitous commercial symbols, such as banana boxes that retrace old slavery routes in Africa, the Caribbean, and South America. Through November 9. Baert Gallery, 2441 Hunter Street

“Trude Viken: Unmasked”
The thickness and materiality of the artist’s paintings match the psychological issues she explores in self- and group portraits. Through October 12. M+B, 612 North Almont Drive

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“Yola Monakhov Stockton: Notes From the Bottom”
In this new body of work, Stockton collaborated with ecologists who study the fauna and flora of the Great Lakes. The art reflects the relationship between artist and scientist, and the effects of migration. Through November 2. Garden, 1345 Kellam Avenue

“Daniel Boccato and Loup Sarion: Cannibal Valley”
Absurdist works by New York–based artists Boccato and Sarion. They collaborated to create sculptures in varying materials that oscillate between sensual abstraction and garden ornamentation. Through November 9. M+B, 612 North Almont Drive

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“Don Edler: Two Minutes to Midnight”
In this exhibition, Edler examines the urgency and absurdity of the current political environment in the United States. Through sculpture and video, the artist takes a critical look at how information is manipulated into ideology. Through October 27. Hunter Shaw Fine Art, 5513 West Pico Boulevard

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“Nathaniel Mary Quinn: Hollow and Cut”
New composite portrait paintings and works on paper by Quinn. Drawing from contemporary media images that reflect his studio practice of inner contemplation, the artist meticulously puts disjointed images together by hand with oil, charcoal, pastels, and gold leaf. Through October 19. Gagosian, 456 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills

“Michael Berryhill: Romancing the Stoned”
Boldly colorful geometric paintings that reference figures and landscapes in the artist’s signature dry-brush technique. Through October 19. Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th Street

“Cynthia Diagnault: Elegy”
Daignault presents a series of new black and white paintings exploring environmental collapse. Created in monochrome, images of trees, glaciers, and disasters serve as an elegy of life and death, love and loss. Through October 19. Night Gallery, 2276 East 16th Street

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“Resilience: Philip Guston in 1971”
The first solo show in Los Angeles in more than a half century from American artist Guston. On view are works from two series done in the year 1971: the Roma paintings and the Nixon drawings. Through January 5, 2020. Hauser & Wirth, 901 East 3rd Street

“Louise Fishman: The Tumult in the Heart”
New abstract paintings by legendary feminist artist Fishman. Her bold, gestural strokes in dark hues generate emotion yet reference a strict adherence to technique. Through November 2. Vielmetter Los Angeles, 1700 South Santa Fe Avenue #101

“Charles Gaines: Palm Trees and Other Works”
For his first solo show with Hauser & Wirth, Gaines—noted American artist, educator, and recipient of the 2019 Edward MacDowell Medal—debuts new works from his signature Gridwork series, utilizing the rigorous application of his numbered systems that is integral to his art. Through January 5, 2020. Hauser & Wirth, 901 East 3rd Street

Photo courtesy of the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery

“No Wrong Holes: Thirty Years of Nayland Blake”
The first solo and comprehensive survey of queer artist and activist Blake, whose multidisciplinary practice considers the complexity of representation, particularly racial and gender identity. Through January 26, 2020. ICA LA, 1717 East 7th Street

“Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon”
Oakland-based Barnette has her first institutional show in Los Angeles, for which she reimagines the Eagle Rock Saloon, the first black-owned gay bar in San Francisco. It was established by her father, Rodney Barnette, founder of the Compton chapter of the Black Panther Party, and here she resurrects it with her drawings, sculptures, and the 500-page FBI surveillance file kept on Rodney. Through January 26, 2020. ICA LA, 1717 East 7th Street

“Tomory Dodge”
The artist’s highly colorful, active paintings show his gestural brushstrokes and use of layering to create his complex and exuberant abstract works. Through November 2. Philip Martin Gallery, 2712 South La Cienega Boulevard

Beyond The Streets
Drawing inspiration from his longtime Cosmic Caverns series, Pop Surrealist Kenny Scharf has specifically commissioned this space-y scene. / Photo by Sayaka Ueno

“Kenny Scharf: Optimistically Melting!”
A new series of paintings and ceramics based on still lifes and cartoon themes. Imbued with his signature acid palette and playful figures, the works have all the animation expected in Scharf’s work. Through November 16. Honor Fraser Gallery, 2622 La Cienega Boulevard

“Enrique Martínez Celaya: The Tears of Things”
In the artist’s first show in Los Angeles in four years, large-scale paintings revolve around promise and risk, imbued with poetry and literature. With references to individual loss and memory, the works are beautifully, hauntingly melancholic. Through October 11. Kohn Gallery, 1227 North Highland Avenue

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“February James: A Place to Belong”
For the artist’s first solo show, the gallery is converted into a homelike setting, filling the rooms with her blurred watercolor portraits. Through October 27. Wilding Cran Gallery, 939 South Santa Fe Avenue

“Judy Chicago”
Deeply influential feminist artist Chicago—known for her large installations exploring birth, the female body, perceptions of color, and female relationships—examines the role of women in history and culture. This exhibition features the remarkable body of work she created in California from 1965 to 1972, largely unseen over the past 50 years. Through November 2. Jeffrey Deitch, 925 North Orange Drive

“Nick Aguayo: Wake the Town and Tell the People”
In this new body of work, the artist presents colorful, symbolically rich paintings in line with his collage-based practice. Through October 19. Vielmetter Los Angeles, 1700 South Santa Fe Avenue #101