The Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk is back this Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m. The event can feel a bit overwhelming on the streets, so use this guide as your way to the art, not the party. I recommend starting off at the Art Walk Lounge in the historic MALDEF Building ( 634 S. Spring St); there you can pick up an event map (also, check out the free iPhone app). And be warned: the galleries are free, but museums entrance fees may still apply.
Route 66 on Broadway: At one time, 7th and Broadway was the end of the Mother Road, which photographer Mark Peacock wants to remind downtown residents of. "From 1923 to 1936 the end of Route 66 was on Broadway whose golden years as Hollywood's theatre district was in full swing. This show is a collection of photographs of the remnants of that era on Broadway and what is left along the old Mother Road in the southwest and California." Opening night will be held during Art Walk night, Oct. 11 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Loft 905 in the Eastern Columbia building (849 South Broadway)
Counterparts shows photographer Phil Stern collaborating with Hollywood photographer Robert Zuckerman. Together they showcase selections from their portfolio of celebrity photos that find a "human element."
Phil Stern Gallery I 602 S. Los Angeles Street
The Rise of Cthulhu is a collection of 30 artists from Japan joined by Hive artists inspired by fantasy and sci-fi author H.P. Lovecraft. Through Oct. 27
The Hive Gallery I 729 S. Spring Street
Obligado a Desobecer is Mexican street artist Satterugly's first U.S. solo exhibition featuring drawings, paintings, sculptures, and installation that tap into "forbidden references." "The central axis in the series that Satter presents, relates to religion as a body of double standards that hides the sexual impulse."
Crewest Gallery I 110 Winston Street
Nothing New is Lowell Nickel's photographs of flotsam and beached found objects, and his playing and assembling those odd finds into structure. These "formal clusters are flowing within an atmospheric darkness suggesting a transitional or ephemeral contact" says LACDA. The muse for Nickel are the Los Angeles beaches where the "sewer meets the sea." Through November 11.
Los Angeles Center for Digital Art I 102 W. Fifth Street.
Bidibidiba is the playful mind of Edith Beaucage, who uses multi-colored brush strokes to make abstractions that still form figures. "The imagery is built with paint that reverts the figure/ground conversation to a figure/figure construction by building what used to be 'ground onto the same plane as the figure so they can interact." Sounds complex for idealistic fun images. See the hipsters with mustaches for yourself. Through November 11, 2011, and an artist reception will be Saturday, October 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. In CB1's West Gallery, Traces of Spaces by Whitney Stolich is "a photographic series of 11 large-scale color photographs of four closed Paris metro lines (St. Martin, Champ de Mars, Arsenal, Croix-Rouge), which ran underneath the current functioning metro in Paris and closed in early 1939."
CB1 Gallery I 207 West 5th Street
The Human Pyramids Collective at XVY Gallery will host international group of artists who worked together on creative exhibitions and projects. CMYK is their third collaborative group exhibition, now on a European and American tour throughout 2012.
XVY Art Gallery I 137 E. Third Street
MIA is Crimson Society's home base studio and gallery that explores and showcases "the role and application of technology, in specific computational technology, within the creative process." Investigate the influence of machines on creativity and self-expression with this month's exhibition Numeric Paradigms.
Machine Inspired Art Gallery I 530 S. Main Street
Sprang Out is an exhibition of paintings by Machiko Naganuma that takes Japanese heritage and "compromised American culture" and synthesizes them to unite Japanese culture, history, art, and spirit within an American context. Through Oct. 30, 2012. Opening Reception is Oct 13.
Gallery Mujo I 548 S. Spring Street (113 entrance off 6th)
Barbarians At The Gates: Paintings by Jason Miracle is a collection of over twenty paintings by the Kentucky-born and Florida-raised Jason Miracle. The paintings "are both carnal and lustrous" says DAC, as influenced by a "fascination with theological icons, fringe science, graphic novels, and pop-culture icons."
- Los Angeles-based artist Jean Robison's Camera Ready continues at WindowBox Gallery at Raw Materials (436 S Main Street)
- Robert Reynolds Gallery continues at 408 South Spring Street
- The photographs by photojournalist Ed Feingers that makes up the exhibition "Remembering Marilyn" continues at drkrm (727 S. Spring Street)
SPECTRUM is eleven artists taking on illustration, graphics, photography, and graphic arts for Norbertellen Gallery's group show. Continues through November 30.
Norbertellen Gallery I 215 W. 6th Street #110
- It is the last chance to see FIDM's 6th Annual Outstanding Art Of Television Costume Design as it closes October 20. (919 S. Grand)
- The Grammy Museum exhibits include Whitney! Celebrating the Musical Legacy of Whitney Houston. (800 W. Olympic Blvd)
- REDCAT's continues Retro (Pop, Terror, Critique) by Tony Cokes. (631 W. Second St).
- The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles has Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962 at MOCA Grand Avenue. (250 S Grand Ave).