Zentopia

This week, we’re celebrating MOCA’s 40th birthday, seeing a pair of trippy pop ups, checking out underground art at the Petersen and admiring the work of the late Charles White.

40 for LA

The Museum of Contemporary Act (MOCA), 250 S. Grand Ave., is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibition looking at its past. The multimedia exhibition features archival materials from the museum’s vault, including rare photographs and lithographs, limited-edition objects, a detailed exhibition and programming timeline, excerpts from the museum’s YouTube video project MOCAtv and a special homage to all of the artists to whom the museum is indebted.

MOCA Grand Avenue is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and  11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

General admission is $15. Children under 12 get in free. Admission is free every Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

Kaleidoscope Experience

Another day, another pop up. The Kaleidoscope Experience, described as a “whimsical multi-sensory playground for adults,” will take over The Globe Theatre, 740 S. Broadway, April 19-20.

“When was the last time you crawled through a homemade Pillow Fort, or stuffed yourself with Unlimited Tater Tots? Nowhere else can you fall Down the Rabbit Hole in an Alice in Wonderland themed black-light mini-golf course, challenge your friends to Free Play Arcade Games, or be amazed with up close Magic with magicians from Magic Castle,” aleidoscopeexperience.com says. “Watch a live band perform Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin synched to animated movies. Dance the night away in the Silent Disco, relax in the Cosmic Prophet Zen Lounge, or show off with Dress Up Karaoke. Get your creative juices flowing while Coloring on Human Robots, Sculpt with Playdoh, and so much more.”

There are three sessions for the experience, 8 p.m., Friday; and 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday. There are three tiers in the tickets, general admission, a “munchies package,” which includes access to the unlimited tater tot bar and other snacks, and a VIP Tea Party, which includes access to the balcony, complimentary tea and expedited check-in.

Saturday afternoon tickets run from $35-$70, while tickets for the evening sessions run from $45-$80. Tickets are available through aleidoscopeexperience.com

Zentopia

Also promising a trippy experience, but one that is more wallet-friendly and family-friendly, is Zentopia.

Zentopia is described as a one-of-a-kind visual festival. It is a 3D experience created by artist Debi Cable that promises guests “enchanting and spellbinding Instagrammable moments.”

“Zentopia is a ‘Dark’ Immersive art experience with advanced UV/Black light creating a world of 3D glowing magic,” www.showclix.com/event/zentopia says.

Zentopia is being hosted at 2927 S. Sepulveda Blvd. with selected dates through May 19. It runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ,Sunday.

Tickets are $22, but I saw some listed on Goldstar for half-price.

Lowbrow No More

Through June 30, the Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd., is hosting the exhibition “Auto-Didactic: The Juxtapoz School.”

The exhibition’s name refers to Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, a publication started in the mid-’90s to define and celebrate urban alternative and underground contemporary artwork called “lowbrow art” because it featured such subjects as hot rods, skateboarding, B-movie monsters, graffiti and street art.

Artists on display will include skateboarder, designer and OBEY Clothing Founder Shepard Fairey, famous pinstriper of the “Kustom Kulture” movement Von Dutch and painter, cartoonist and Juxtapoz Magazine founder Robert Williams.

In addition to the selection of art pieces, the exhibition will highlight notable art cars including the 1932 Ford Roadster named “Prickly Heat” by Robert Williams, “The Orbiton” by Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, “The Kenford Truck” by Von Dutch and the 1959 Cadillac titled “The New and Improved Ultima Suprema Deluxa” by Kenny Scharf.

“Our new exhibit will be unlike any other exhibit we’ve ever curated at the Petersen during the last 25 years,” Petersen Executive Director Terry L. Karges said. “While the focus is still on the automobile, the range of artwork on display will appeal to both car enthusiasts as well as the progressive art connoisseur.”

The Petersen is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday. Tickets are $16 for adults and $11 for children 4 to 17

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‘Charles White:

A Retrospective’

Through June 9, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., is hosting “Charles White: A Retrospective.”

The exhibition includes approximately 100 drawings and prints along with lesser-known oil paintings.

“A superb draftsman, White focused on images of both historical and contemporary African Americans, depicted in ideal portraits and everyday scenes. He extolled their dignity, humanity and heroism in the face of the country’s long history of racial injustice and encouraged his viewers and fellow artists of color to project their own self-worth,” lacma.org says. “White created non-violent images despite escalating racial tensions; only in the mid-1960s did he become frustrated with the slow progress and begin to infuse his work with allusions to the continuing violence, poverty, and disparity of educational, housing, employment, and voting opportunities.”  

Two concurrent and complementary exhibitions will be on view in Los Angeles. “Life Model: Charles White and His Students” (running through Sept. 14) will be on view at LACMA’s satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School, 2401 Wilshire Blvd., and “Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary” (running through Aug. 25) will be presented at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, 600 State Dr.

LACMA is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed on Wednesday.

General admission is $20, but if can go After 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, admission is free. Youth 17 and under get in free.

Also at LACMA, at 6 p.m., April 21, in the Bing Theater, there will be a free concert by pianist Inna Faliks.

Faliks will perform “Schumann: Symphonic Etudes, Opus 13” and “Scriabin: Sonata No. 5 in F-sharp minor, Opus 53.”

Faliks is professor of piano and head of piano at UCLA. Her music has been called “adventurous and passionate” by The New Yorker.

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