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A Walk through the Past, an interactive family archaeology Tour, created by the whole family, Skirball Cultural Center, through August 13, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 440-4662.
Nick Brandt, On This Earth: Portraits from East Africa, through August 27, Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd.(323) 937-5525 or visit www.stephencohengallery.com.
Patty Chang: Shangri-La, Fiona Tan: Through October 16, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd. Gallery talks free with Museum admissions, (310) 443-7000.
City of Angels, recent work of the Echo Park Film Center, a compilation of 19 films produced by teenage students of the center, The Skirball Cultural Center, through August 14, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., (310) 440-4500.
Collected Recordings, an exhibition of sex artists who work is derived from recordings, collectings, and cumulations of those basic parts of life easily unnoticed or disregarded, d.e.n. Contemporary Art, 6023 Washington Blvd., through August 20, (310) 559-3023.
COLLAPSE? – How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed. The exhibit journeys through time and place-from a serene, present-day campground in Montana, complete with bright red Winnebago, to the stoic remains of a Maya temple- to explore the links between environments and societies, asking why some civilizations decline while others flourish. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles – Through January 2006. (213) 763-DINO. www.nhm.org.
Compulsive Repetition: (Re) reading the Object in Space, works by Joe Davidson and Sandra Tucci, and “The Principal object of Faith,” works by Jen Heaslip and Tamar Kardashov, 18th Street Arts Gallery, 1639 18th Street, through September 30, (310) 453-3711.
Steven Deo’s new work and Henry Royer’s “Sculpture and Furniture,” Gallery of Functional Art, Bergamot Station, through September 5, (310) 829-6990.
Embracing 90 Years … the Artistry of Sylvia Cooper, through August 7, BGH Gallery, Bergamot Station, (310) 315-9502.
Evolution, paintings by Alex Beard, Schomburg Gallery, Bergamot Station, through September 7, (310) 453-5757.
Kindsight, photographs and Texts by Robert Zuckerman, through September 7th, Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main Street, (310) 576-7517.
Roger Herman’s “Pots,” Jill Bonovitz’ “Penetrable Vessels,” Santa Monica Museum of Art, through August 13, Bergamot Station, G1, 2525 Michigan Avenue. SMMoA is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed Sunday, Monday, and all legal holidays. For further information about exhibitions and educational programming, please call 310 586-6488 or visit www.smmoa.org.
Curtis Hoekzema’s Recent Work, through July 30, First Independent Gallery Contemporary Art, Bergamot Station, (310) 829-0345.
Groves of Gold, California Fruit Box Labels, California Heritage Museum, 2612 Main St., through August 14, (310) 392-8537.
Tomas Kubinek’s Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible, one-man show, Skirball Cultural Center, 7 p.m., 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, L.A., (866) 468-3399.
Tom Lieber’s “Paintings,” and Julius Shulman’s “Death Valley,” Craig Krull Gallery, through August 6, Bergamot Station, (310) 828-6410.
David Lyle, new paintings, and Erika Kohr, Portland glass artist, and Josh Dorman’s mixed-media paintings, George Billis Gallery, 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd., through July 30, (310) 838-3685.
New Work by Harry Ally, Dusty Griffith and Thrush Holmes, The Lowe Gallery, 2034 Broadway, through August 25, (310) 449-0184.
Oliver Michaels, New Video Works, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Bergamot Station, through July 30, (310) 453-1595.
Moments, photographs by Lyndie Benson, Edgemar Center for the Arts, a non profit state of the art two theater and art gallery complex, 2437 Main Street, (310) 576-7517.
New Slang, a group show at Ruth Bachofner Gallery, through September 3, (310) 829-3300.
North by Northwest, a group show, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Fine Art, Bergamot Station, through August 20, (310) 828-1133.
Prints by the Masters, lithographs, linocuts, serigraphs and etchings by various artists, M. Hanks Gallery, 3008 Main Street, through August 20, (310) 392-8820.
Ellwood T. Risk, new paintings, and the first solo exhibition at the Berman Turner Projects, Bergamot Station, through August 9, (310) 453-0909.
Rogue Wave ‘05 – Nineteen Artists from Los Angeles – First and Second Floor Galleries, an exhibition of work by nineteen artists that sets out to capture the spirit and vitality of the new art currently being made in Los Angeles, through September 3, LA Louver, 45 N. Venice Blvd. Venice, (310) 822-4955.
SMC Emeritus College Juried Student Show, Natural Impressions,” located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St. in downtown Santa Monica, through August 19. Parking is available next door in Santa Monica Public Parking Structure No. 2. Emeritus College is SMC’s widely praised program, founded 30 years ago, that serves about 3,500 older adults with 150 classes and special programs. (310) 434-4306 or visit www.smc.edu/emeritus.
Sterling Chow,”Following the Tsunami.” The Artists Gallery, 2903 Santa Monica Blvd (at Yale), (310) 829-9556.
Triumph of Terror Exhibit of Paintings at Ruskin Group Theatre, 3000 Airport Drive at Santa Monica Airport, through July 30. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. (310) 397-3244 or go to http://www.ruskingrouptheatre.com.
Will Vinton’s Animation Art Collection, through August 31st., The Art Institute of California, 2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, (310) 752-4700.
Women, featuring the photographs of John Divola, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Lisette Model and Henry Wessel, Gallery Luisotti, Bergamot Station, through August 20, (310) 453-0043.