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MICKALENE THOMAS’ Do I Look Like a Lady? (Comedians and Singers), video still, 2016. mickalene thomas, do i look like a lady? (comedians and singers) (video STill), 2016, two-channel video projection (color, sound), dimensions variable, 12:34 minutes, courtesy of the artist, Lehmann maupin, new york and hong kong, and artists rights society (ars), new york.
A detail from CHARLES GAINES’ Numbers and Trees: Central Park Series II: Tree #8, Amelia, 2016. PHOTO: Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects

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“Mickalene Thomas: Do I Look Like a Lady?” at the heart of the artist’s multimedia work is a deeper examination of black female identity. Oct. 16-Feb. 6; 250 S. Grand Ave., L.A., 213-626-6222; moca.org. • At Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, Berlin-based contemporary artist Isa Genzken mounts “I Love Michael Asher,” a sculptural tribute to the late conceptual art pioneer. After, feast on-site at the buzzy, newly opened Manuela. Oct. 15-Dec. 31; 901 E. Third Street, L.A., 213‑943-1620; hauserwirthschimmel.com. • Ry Rocklen reinterprets mundane objects into extraordinary sculptures using clay and industrial processes, juxtaposing the resulting 3-D objects with photos of the original forms. Through Oct. 22; 2622 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-837-0191; honorfraser.com. • Charles Gaines explores rule-based systems in his vibrant, hypnotic Numbers and Trees series at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Oct. 21-Dec. 3; 6006 Washington Blvd., Culver City, 310-837-2117; vielmetter.com. • Art-world insiders are abuzz about Jeff Zilm, a midcareer, Dallas-based abstract artist who creates petrified images using liquified emulsion from film reels mixed with acrylic paint. Catch his first L.A. solo show at Various Small Fires. Sept. 17-Oct. 22; 812 N. Highland Ave., L.A., 310-426-8040; vsf.la. • Gucci is again sponsoring LACMA’s Art+Film Gala, the sixth annual installment co-chaired by Eva Chow and Leonardo DiCaprio, which this year honors Light and Space artist Robert Irwin and Oscar-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow. Oct. 29; 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., 323-857-6000; lacma.org. • In collaboration with the Coppel Collection in Mexico, The Mistake Room gallery presents a sprawling, intentionally chaotic spatial collage by Swiss contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn. Oct. 8-Dec. 10; 1811 E. 20th St., L.A., 213-749-1200; tmr.la.