edited by MAYER RUS
Nick Cave: Meet Me at the Center of the Earth is the first truly comprehensive presentation of work by the Chicago-based artist (not to be confused with the Australian frontman of the Bad Seeds). The show, at UCLA’s Fowler Museum, includes 35 of Cave’s signature Soundsuits—multilayered mixed-media sculptures that evoke African, Caribbean and other ceremonial ensembles, as well as haute couture. Alexander McQueen, eat your heart out. Free, Jan. 10–May 30, 310-825-4361, fowler.ucla.edu.
Architects Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee have joined with artist Walead Beshty to produce Later Layer, a site-specific installation at the Italian Cultural Institute that mixes models and drawings—for global real-estate company Develop Re and Italian emerging-arts foundation Depart—with photographs and sculptures from the latter’s collection. It’s a chance to explore ties between Johnston Marklee’s and Beshty’s work—plus, it’s cheaper than flying to Italy. Free, Jan. 15–Feb. 26. IIC, 1023 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles, 310-443-3250.
L’amour, l’amour, toujours l’amour. The Countess de Lave had it right—the important things in life all come down to matters of the heart. In Us: Americans Talk About Love, author John Bowe presents 44 firsthand stories—hideous, hilarious and ultimately hopeful—from the likes of teenagers, sex workers, Amtrak conductors, immigrants and octogenarians. Every day is Valentine’s Day in this profound, touching work of social anthropology. $15.
Finicky aesthetes and design junkies no longer have to read tarot cards or chicken entrails to divine the business hours of designer Jane Hallworth’s aptly named Occasional gallery, which has been rechristened simply Hallworth. Among its delights, the shop features botanical sculptures by Kevin Inkawhich, spiffy furniture by Victor DiNovi and idiosyncratic treasures of 20th- and 21st-century design. Don’t miss David Wiseman’s faceted crystal lights and bronze branch sconces—they’re heaven. Weekdays 11–5, Saturdays by appointment. 605 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles, 323-857-0550.