Miami has its Basel blitz, New York its amply-satellited Armory Show, but where’s a left coaster to go for an annual megadose of art and design? The creative types at Black Frame (who dazzled us back in February with their top-notch production of Rodarte‘s fall ’08 runway show) have been working — in collaboration with the new website ForYourArt — on an answer to that very question. They call it Los Angeles Art Weekend, and it kicks off on Thursday, as all good weekends should.
After two years as a pilot program for media and art world insiders, L.A. Art Weekend’s 2008 incarnation invites a broad audience to engage with local artists, curators, and cultural leaders at special events, public programs, and exhibitions happening throughout L.A during the weekend. Par exemple, there’s the opening of an Enzo Mari exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, a Hammer Museum screening and book signing with uberfilmmaker Albert Maysles, and over at Regen Projects II, a new show of Catherine Opie‘s photographs of high school football players — and that’s just Thursday! The full schedule is here. Take it slow and keep hydrated or you’ll never make it through to Sunday, when at 2pm, MoMA’s own Barry Bergdoll will be among the participants in a conversation on Soviet architecture in the 20th century (a topic near and dear to our heart) at the Storefront for Art and Architecture’s pop-up gallery on Sunset Boulevard.