This week, dessert melts over an army of eyeballs in one artist's work and six young Bollywood actors give sage advice in another artist's video installation.
5. Small marvels
Artist Kelly Kleinschrodt made four oval-shaped soap bars out of breast milk, glycerin and castor oil and then centered them perfectly on slim acrylic plates. They're arranged in a grid on a chest-high wrap-around white shelf, which also holds all the other small objects in Carter & Citizen's “heroes” exhibition. Something about those soap bars' placement and their nearly transparent, pale yellow and amber surfaces makes them like precious gems. 2648 La Cienega Ave., Culver City; through Nov. 23. (213) 359-2504, carterandcitizen.com.
4. Convertible infrastructure
As its title suggests, Rachelle Rojany's sculpture Make me a home, over there, two positions has two positions. It either looks like the frame of a conventional storybook house when its wooden, V-shaped top is centered atop the beige metal pedestal. Or it looks like a diving board when repositioned so that one side of the wooden V is flush with the pedestal with the other sticking out. It's elegantly precarious, like everything else in the show, “Make No Shibboleth,” which Rojany installed in the Impermanent Collection, a spare loft space that's been open since February. 1610 W. Seventh St., Loft 504, MacArthur Park; through Nov. 28, by appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org, theimpermanentcollection.com.
3. All eyes on ice cream
Samara Golden's Diet Piece: Moral Kinship, a diamond-shaped wall work in a wood frame, looks abstract from far away. Then you get close and you're looking into dozens of porcelain eyeballs, which are more reddish and bloodshot on the right, whiter on the left, perhaps because the vanilla ice cream from the 3-D cone superimposed over the eyeballs has melted onto and around them. A creepy take on the “watch what you eat” mantra, it's among the standouts in MOCA's youthful-feeling show of recent acquisitions. 250 S. Grand Ave., dwntwn.; through Jan. 12. (213) 626-6222, moca.org.
2. Art critic takes on Twitterverse
“I want my style to be conversational, to be an everyday voice, only funnier, more compressed and more provocative,” Roberta Smith said in 2009. She has been an art critic at The New York Times since 1986, is clearheaded and almost always makes sense, not easy to do when talking about contemporary art. She's in town this week and will give a lecture at New Roads School called “Art Criticism in the Expanded Field,” on the ways in which art criticism works in the era of blogging and tweeting. 3131 Olympic Blvd., Santa Monica; Tuesday, Nov. 5, 7:30 p.m. newroads.org
1. Playing grown-up
Berlin-based artist Candice Breitz shot The Rehearsal in a plush hotel in Mumbai. She invited six Bollywood child stars to come in, sit on upholstered chairs and recite lines from an interview an adult Bollywood star had given. So they're real stars acting the role of grown-up stars, and, since there are six rectangular screens in the back room at Perry Rubenstein gallery, you often see all of them on-screen at once, not talking over one another but each contributing. It's a chorus of precocity, and one of three expertly edited, immersive video works in Brietz's current show. 1215 N. Highland Ave., Hlywd.; through Dec. 15. (310) 395-1001, perryrubenstein.com.
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