Category Archives: Events

Clarence Holbrook Carter – Zoom tour with scholar Marianne Berardi

Art historian and Clarence Holbrook Carter scholar Marianne Berardi will present a Zoom tour and discussion on February 25 at 12pm PST/ 3pm EST hosted by VSF. Berardi holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh (1998: Science into Art: Rachel Ruysch’s Early Development as a Still-Life Painter). Throughout her art historical career, she has […]

Calida Rawles – CULTURED dinner

Billy Al Bengston: Paintings & Watercolors – Book signing

Book signing event for Billy Al Bengston Paintings & Watercolors, October 3, 2019. DeWoody residence, Los Angeles, CA.

Art and Ecology

AUGUST IS ART + ECOLOGY MONTH   In a time of environmental devastation, how can we artists, thinkers, and activists work together to decenter the human and reimagine ourselves as regenerative participants in nature?   Join us for two Saturdays of performances, screenings, and panel discussions on art and ecology in the VSF courtyard.   […]

Lauren Bon & The Metabolic Studio closing performance

February 2, 2019 3–5pm   Please join us for a closing performance of the Portable Wetland for Southern California by Lauren Bon and The Metabolic Studio.   The Portable Wetland for Southern California has been established. It has been three months since the work was first installed in the courtyard at Various Small Fires. A separate […]

Summer Solstice Sound Bath

Come celebrate the summer solstice with us! The summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest peak in the sky. It is the brightest and longest day of the year – symbolizing the triumph of light over dark. Cultures have celebrated this day as far back as the Neolithic age because magic was thought […]

Gong Sound Bath

VSF invites you to Healing Sound Bath, the second community-driven healing event hosted in Kathryn Garcia’s outdoor installation A Tanit. This Saturday, April 21, 5—5:45pm, Sat Purkh of Rama Institute will be playing an immersive 45-minute set on gong. We invite you to lay and experience the enchanting and transportive nature of the gong. We […]

Reiki Sessions

On the opening day of her courtyard installation, A Tanit, Kathryn Garcia invites the public to the first of three outdoor community events housed within her sculptures. The artist performs reiki and “cord-cutting” with various healing crystals inside the 10 ft tetrahydron, Ophidia.

Light Touch: ASMR NonSalon and Closing Event for Exhibitions

On Saturday, July 9, Paloma Powers will present “Light Touch”, a NonSalon exploring the art and science of ASMR through conversation, videos, and performance, at Various Small Fires. “Light Touch” will act as a closing event for the group exhibition No! I am No Singular Instrument and Claire Tolan’s work in the VSF sound corridor, Maybe it wants what […]

Amy Yao screens Allan Sekula’s The Forgotten Space

      Join us as Amy Yao shows Allan Sekula and Noel Burch‘s The Forgotten Space at VSF on Saturday, March 12, 6 p.m.     The Forgotten Space (2012) follows cargo containers aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. The […]

VSF Panel Discussion Subject To Change with Andrea Fraser, Amelia Jones, Vanessa Place, Hamza Walker

      A panel discussion Subject To Change was held on  Thursday, August 6 at the VSF courtyard. The panelists Andrea Fraser, Amelia Jones, Vanessa Place and Hamza Walker discussed the role of the artists, curators, and critics in addressing work that escapes its intended institutional frame, and the question of the unforseen audience response. The panel was moderated by Esther Kim Varet.   […]

ASH / LML book signing

Please join VSF on Saturday, January 31 at 12:30 for signings of Liz Magic Laser’s new catalogue, Public Relations (Sternberg Press, 2014), as well as the launch of the third issue of Area Sneaks Sheets, featuring Anna Sew Hoy. The afternoon will also include a reading from Sew Hoy. Both publications are currently available for […]

Mark So Performance of [readings 51 – “The Recital”]

Two readings by Mark So at VSF this Saturday! 4pm in the Outdoor Courtyard 5pm in the Main Gallery VSF and John Tain, co-curator of the sound program for Artificial Complexion, are pleased to present Los Angeles-based composer Mark So’s self-accompanied recording/reading of “The Recital” from John Ashbery’s Three Poems (1972) this Saturday, December 20, […]

Marie Karlberg Performance


Empress Pavilion, Chinatown Los Angeles   LAXART hosts a performance by Lucie Fontaine.

Ooga Booga Holiday Pop-up

VSF hosts Ooga Booga’s holiday retail outpost in Venice. Ooga Booga brings a wide selection of art publications, music, fashion, art and design objects to VSF’s storefront on Abbot Kinney.   For this occasion, Ooga Booga commissioned four print editions by artists Shannon Ebner, Raymond Pettibon, David Benjamin Sherry, and Bella Foster, which will be on view and available […]

Gilad Ratman Artist Talk

Gilad Ratman: Representative 2013 Venice Bienniale’s Israel Pavilion   Join Artis & Braverman Gallery (Tel Aviv) for a Los Angeles presentation by artist Gilad Ratman. Ratman will discuss his recent work and give a preview of his highly-anticipated project for the Israel pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.   This event will take place at ForYourArt (6020 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles) […]

LAXART Summer Garden Party

Various Small Fires in collaboration with LAXART presents a new performance work by Brendan Fowler. Buy presale tickets here.

Abbot Kinney Annex – Venice Beach Biennial

Hammer’s Venice Beach Biennial Weekend Curated by Human Resources LA 3-5 pm   Please join us on Abbot Kinney at VSF during the Venice Beach Biennial for a series of creative musical performances by SheKhan (Kathleen Kim and Kelly Coats), Paul Waddell, and SFV Acid.   Beverages sponsored by Blue Print Cleanse. Venice Beach Biennial map pick-up point.   Additional […]

X-TRA Summer Launch

X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly Summer Issue Launch Sunday, June 19, 2012 7-9 PM   Join us at Various Small Fires for an evening of short presentations and lectures curated by The Modeling Agency and X-TRA’s Managing Editor, Shana Lutker. Dedicated to the study of surfing and smoking, the night’s themes are pulled from the pages of X-TRA’s Summer Issue. This […]