State of the Art LA: The Valentine’s Day Edition

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Photo: Carlos Martiel

State of The Art is Remezcla’s weekly guide to Latin art openings in your city each week. Mingle with art admirers, collectors and casual passersby to check out these new works. And don’t forget to grab a free glass of wine…or three.


The Art of Love with Gregorio Luke — MOLAA

If you and your boo love art and you want to kick it up a notch this Valentine’s Day, consider spending a special night at the museum. The Museum of Latin American Art knows how to celebrate the sweet day in style, with an entire program that ends in salsa dancing. Yes, salsa dancing. But before you bust all the moves out, you can sip champagne and walk through the galleries, then sit down to a three course dinner. Checking out the Gregorio Luke show, “The Art of Love,” will cap off the memorable night. The night goes from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. on February 14 and tickets are $75 per person for non-members so definitely a date for someone really special in your life. You know, that special someone that can keep up with your salsa skills.

628 Alamitos Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
(562) 437-1689

A Night in Focus: Goya — Norton Simon Museum

If you haven’t checked out the Norton Simon Museum’s current show on Goya, “Unflinching Vision: Goya’s Rare Prints,” this February, February 14 looks like a great day to visit. The museum will host an event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. that will feature Chief Curator Carol Togneri and Curator Leah Lembeck discussing Goya’s work and the pieces in the museum. The evening will also involve some art-making activities – and if all that art makes you hungry, you can head to the cafe and check out a special wine and tapas menu. If you’ve got a sweetheart that’s into Goya’s art, this might be the artsy way to spend your Valentine’s Day.

Norton Simon Museum
411 W. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105
(626) 449-6840

Carlos Martiel — Steve Turner Contemporary

If you’re not into the sappy stuff of Valentine’s Day, Carlos Martiel’s show at Steve Turner Contemporary is a good alternative. The show is much more about personal issues, about the body and its relationship to the world. In “Plegaria Muda (Silent Prayer)” the artist will get strands of nylon sewn into his hand. The strings will then reach the walls of the gallery; bells attached to the strings will make noise as the artist moves. The performance will be recorded and played for the remainder of the show. Catch Carlos Martiel February 14 from 8 p.m to 10 p.m. – it definitely won’t be your average gallery show — or Valentine’s Day activity.

Steve Turner Contemporary
6026 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-3721