Museum Closings This Week: Ai Weiwei's Zodiac Heads & More

Andrew Wilf, Dead Ends, 1980 | Image via MOCA
See them before they're gone! Here's a list of what museum exhibitions are closing this week.

The Getty Center
What makes an artist? How do artists see themselves? Images of the Artist explores these questions through various media, examining how, exactly, artists and artistry are portrayed. The exhibit is divided into four categories: Portraits and Self-Portraits, Allegories of the Artist, Work Life and Space, and Traces of the Artist.
Ends February 12, 2012

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The Hammer Museum
Patricia Esquivias examines contemporary culture through video-blog-type compilations of art and commentary. According to the Hammer website, "Esquivias acts as narrator in these vignettes, in which she presents clips from videos and magazines, photos, drawings, and other small objects."
Ends February 12, 2012

LACMA
Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads is Ai Weiwei's first major public sculpture. The bronze heads, often evoking Chinese nationalist sentiments, are recreations of a piece formerly in the Zodiac Fountain in Yuan Ming Yuan in Beijing, which was looted by Anglo-French troops in 1860. Ai's work "suggests a dialogue about the fate of art objects that exist within dynamic and sometimes volatile cultural and political settings."
Ends February 12, 2012

Long Beach Museum of Art
The video art program here had significant influence on the art form, providing support for artists from all over the world. Exchange and Evolution: Worldwide Video Long Beach 1974-1999 tells that story in its exhibition, which features single-channel video and installations by artists from 18 different countries.
Ends February 12, 2012


Museum of Contemporary Art
California, 1970s, was a time after the Vietnam War, during Nixon's resignation (and move to Southern California) and before Governor Ronald Reagan's transition to President. MOCA's Under the Big Black Sun: California Art 1974 - 1981 at the Geffen Contemporary puts on display a survey of some 130 artists and a retrospective of diversity of practices in the state during this decade.
Ends February 13, 2012

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