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Sticking to Los Angeles This Summer? Here Are the 10 Must-See Exhibitions Around the City

Gordon Parks, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Mobile, Alabama, 1956. Image courtesy of The Gordon Parks Foundation and Pace.

"Gordon Parks"
When: July 12 - August 30, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: For the first time, work by one of the most influential artists of the 20th century will be on view at Pace this month. Curated by Kimberly Drew, the exhibition showcases 40 pieces spanning four decades of Parks's coverage of civil rights, poverty, spirituality, sports, fashion, and more.
Know Before You Go: To celebrate the opening of the show, the gallery will be hosting a guided meditation on July 13 led by teacher, writer, and speaker Manoj Dias from noon to 1 p.m.

"Hail Mary" by Marie Angeletti
Gaylord Fine Arts
When: July 6 - August 17, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: The Marseille native lands in California with a new showing at apartment gallery Gaylord Fine Arts. For this presentation, she crafted a floor sculpture in situ from found gold aluminum sheets, adding more than 600 rivets to the piece, and capturing the changing light throughout the day in LA.
Know Before You Go: The gallery, opened in 2021, has already become a reliable spot for fresh programming, located within Los Angeles’s historic Gaylord Apartments building.

Herbert Gentry, On The Way, 1984. Image courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery.

Bruts,” curated by Rashid Johnson
David Kordansky Gallery
When: July 2 - August 24, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: Artist Rashid Johnson is curating a collection of work from 15 artists whose pieces are the product of particularly aggressive or strong-armed approaches to their materials. “Bruts” works like a poem: Abstractions weave themselves throughout the literal and figurative with works by Isa Genzken, Jeff Sonhouse, and Herbert Gentry, among others.
Know Before You Go: The show is heavily inspired by the foundational work of artists including Jean Dubuffet and Bill Traylor, with the former coining the term "art brut."

"Freeway, Runway, Beach" and "Here for You!"
Serious Topics
When: July 6 - August 10, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: Designed as a show-within-a-show, this two-part exhibition begins with works by Jaqueline Cedar, Annabel Osberg, and Faris McReynolds, with each artist’s work representing a word in the title, respectively. Like the grown-up version of an exquisite corpse, “Here for You!” features collaborative painting by a laundry list of artists who were tapped by the gallery to blend their individual visions into one.
Know Before You Go: To create “Here for You!,” Serious Topics sent a USPS priority box-sized canvas as an invitation to the artists involved in the exhibition.

March Avery, Amaryllis, 2003. Photography by Hannah Mjølsnes, © 2024 March Avery / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

“Quiet Inside” by March Avery
When: July 13 - August 30, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: With “Quiet Inside,” Avery depicts domesticity the best way the artist knows how to—intimately, silently, and with an abundance of vibrancy. The gallery’s fourth exhibition with the painter features her collection of still lifes spanning nearly six decades, all coming together to depict Avery's vision of a quotidian lifestyle.
Know Before You Go: A monogram, titled March Avery: A Life In Color, will be released alongside the exhibition, showcasing over 80 years of the artist’s practice.

"GO WILD!" by Kenny Scharf
Honor Fraser
When: June 29 - August 24, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: Scharf brings the urban landscape of Southern California inside Honor Fraser’s space with his latest exhibition (his 10th with the gallery). The artist employs his iconic characters, bending them along a plethora of city infrastructures—the concrete, asphalt, repair shops, car washes, and palm trees, to name a few. 
Know Before You Go: The exhibition features an intimate reading room that houses Scharf’s trove of art proposals and preparatory drawings made for public interventions throughout the city of Los Angeles.

Genevieve Gaignard, AND STILL WE BLOOM: BLACK GIRL MAGIC IS SOMETIMES BLUE, 2022. Image courtesy of the artist and Rele.

"Culture Diaries," curated by Dominique Clayton
When: June 28 - July 27, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: CULTURED Contributing Editor Dominique Clayton delves into the contemporary African American identity in this exhibition, looking at what it means today to be both of African descent and American. Here, 18 artists tackle the topic in a range of photography, watercolor portraits, collage work, and more.
Know Before You Go: Another pressing point for Clayton is how art spaces, like Rele, might fill in gaps in the narrative and serve as sites for community building.

"Days of 2024" by Eve Fowler
Morán Morán
When: June 28 - August 17, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: With this exhibition, Fowler continues her exploration of the ways in which political notions of queerness and gender bias are encoded in our cultural communications. Her second showing with the gallery is one part painting, one part video installation. 
Know Before You Go: “Days of 2024” borrows its title from James Merrill’s poem, “Days of 1964,” an examination of how society shapes and reshapes itself around one's personal identity. 

"Interconnected Landscapes"
Marian Goodman Gallery
When: July 13 - August 17, 2024
Why It’s Worth a Look: With this exhibition, Marian Goodman Gallery reveals the state of current landscape artistry. The work of four artists is presented in conversation: Lothar Baumgarten, James Coleman, An-My Lê, and Oscar Tuazon. Each focuses on a different medium and style, yet, as the title suggests, they are more interconnected than one might assume.
Know Before You Go: Marian Goodman Los Angeles was inaugurated just last year with a solo exhibition showcasing the work of filmmaker Steve McQueen.