The holidays are upon us and the art world is slowing down to take a lil’ break, but there are still a few shows going off this weekend worth your time. We’ll be back in a couple weeks with a lil’ recap of all the goodness coming up this January. Check out all the holiday festivities after the jump.

Thursday, December 17, 7-10pm
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave (in the ART 170 Building) in Los Angeles
‘Holiday Celebration & Canned Food Drive’ featuring works from Victor Castillo, Shepard Fairey, Camille Rose Garcia, Mercedes Helnwein, Todd Schorr, Kathy Staico Schorr, Miss Van, Edward Walton Wilcox, Kent Williams, and many more – RSVP is required for this event. There will be a guest list at the door. RSVP to [email protected]. Please note RSVP does not guarantee admittance. Even with RSVP, at least one can of food is required for admission. Each person attending opening night will receive a free show poster (while supplies last). All guests will also receive 10% off prints on sale if they bring an extra can of food. In conjunction with Gen Art’s Holiday Collectors Circle reception showcasing works by Mercedes Helnwein, showing through December 19, 2009. Join in a discussion of the artist’s techniques and influences, and enjoy complimentary beverages by Bear Flag and tasty treats by Divine Chocolate.

Sat, Dec. 19th 7-10PM (21 and over)
110 E. Winston Street @ Main St in Los Angeles / 213.627.8272
Holiday party + release of the new wine bottles from Plata Wine Company featuring labels from Man One and Chaz Bojorquez + live music from DJ Phyz Ed

Sat, Dec. 19th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
Washington Blvd in Culver City
“Immortal Artifacts” featuring new works from KuKula
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2010)

Sat, Dec. 19th 7-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
‘A Furious Heartbeat’ – an evening of art and music featuring live performances and more – ‘Let Fury Have The Hour’ prints and copies of ‘A Heartbeat and a Guitar’ signed by Fairey and D’Ambrosio will be available for sale + a special musical performance by D’Ambrosio, the legendary Wayne Kramer of the MC5, and special guests and much more
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2010)

Sat, Dec. 19th 7PM-Midnight
Synchronicity Space
4306 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles
“First Years” silent art auction to celebrate their 1 year anniversary + Beautiful/Decay Book 2 release party – silent auction bids start at $1 – see site for full lineup of artists and contributors to the auction
(On view through Jan. 16th, 2010)

San Francisco:

Fri, Dec. 18th 7-10PM (18 and over event)
1AM Gallery
1000 Howard St (cross street 6th) in San Francisco
“Circles Of Life” presented by ArtNowSF features over 35 established and emerging artists creating their interpretation of the meaning of life – including the likes of Angry Woebot, John Stuart Berger, Oliver Black, Wythe Bowart, Chor Boogie, Conor Burns, Kris D, Katie Gutierrez, Henry Lewis, Skinner, Adriana Sparkuhl, Sorrow, Nate Valensky, Ricky Watts, Jeremiah Allen Welch, and many more

Fri, Dec. 18th 7-11PM
Gallery 6
66 Sixth Street in San Francisco
“Every Single Where” featuring new works from Pakayla Biehn
(On view through Jan. 8th, 2010)

Sat, Dec. 19th 5-9PM
Michael Rosenthal Gallery
365 Valencia Street in San Francisco
“Mutant Anxiety” featuring works from Derek Weisberg, R. Nicholas Kuszyk, Veronica de Jesus, Clara Fialho, Kelly Allen, Matt Furie, Jane Fine, James Benjamin Franklin, Megan Whitmarsh
(On view through Jan. 9th, 2010)

Sat, Dec. 19th
151 Third Street (between Mission and Howard) in San Francisco
“The Anniversary Show” – SFMOMA marks its 75th year as a pioneering force in art, locally and globally. From mounting Jackson Pollock’s first solo museum exhibition in 1945 to exhibiting vernacular photographs and championing the emerging Mission School scene in the mid-1990s, SFMOMA has consistently broken new ground, challenging the conventional wisdom of what an art museum should present and collect. The Anniversary Show brings together more than 400 works from the collection, including paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, videos, photographs, architectural models, and design objects. Beginning with SFMOMA’s founding in 1935, the exhibition highlights moments when the history of the museum has intersected meaningfully with the history of art. It includes a range of artists whose early career work SFMOMA had the foresight to collect, such as Bruce Conner, Jay DeFeo, Frida Kahlo, Jeff Koons, Sherrie Levine, Mike Mandel and Larry Sultan, Barry McGee, Pollock, and Leslie Shows. The Anniversary Show also gives visitors an insider’s view of SFMOMA’s evolution through correspondence, photos, and videos from key moments in the museum’s history.
(On view through Jan. 16th, 2010)

Greater United States:

Sat, Dec. 19th 6-109PM
Clandestine Landmark Store
952 W. Newport Ave in Chicago, IL
New works from Lora Zombie and the release of her Clandestine Industries Landmark exclusive Lora Zombie Lemon shirt

As always, please be sure to check out www.sourharvest.com for a more in-depth look at additional events taking place in the Los Angeles new contemporary art scene.