Museum Openings and Closings This Week: Chinatown, Visions of Empire, and More

Currier & Ives, The Express Train, lithograph, 1870. From the private collection of James Brust | image via The Huntington

Museum Openings and Closings is a weekly guide showing you what's going on this week with exhibitions around Southern California. Browse more recent openings here.

In a world of Facebook and media hyper-activity, the portrayal of the self is an ever-present project. Artists Katy Grannan and Charlie White explore the art of photographic portraiture, fame and identity in The Sun and Other Stars, from the off-beat boulevards of the American West to average, blonde, teenage girls.
July 22, 2012 - October 14, 2012

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The Getty Center
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783) was a renowned German sculptor at the Habsburg court in Vienna. In Messerschmidt and Modernity, his "character heads" are examined for their "expression and physiognomy during the eighteenth century European Enlightenment" and influence on contemporary artists.
July 24 - October 14, 2012

Chinese American Museum
Local artists are invited in (de)Constructing Chinatown, and re-imagining a more relevant artistic portrayal of the iconic community.
July 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012

Long Beach Museum of Art
Sometimes tourists see places in a unique light. Buena Vista: California Painters in Mexico (Hecho en México: Terra Cotta Post Cards) displays the Californian vision of Mexico.
July 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012


The Huntington
Through a dense collection of diaries, photographs and newspaper clippings drawn from the Huntington's vast holidings about railroading in America, Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840-1880 reminds viewers "that the monumental achievement of spanning the continent was not merely a story of high adventure in the trans-Mississippi West but an epic of national development that unfolded during much of the 19th century."
Ends July 23, 2012

French Travelers to the East: Jean de Thévenot and Cultural Exchange in the 16th and 17th Centuries is a small exhibit focused on a 17th-century portrait of Jean de Thévenot by Philippe de Champaigne, one of France's most important Baroque painters.
Ends July 23, 2012

Vincent Price Art Museum
re:present L.A. explores the various perspectives and representations of Los Angeles through art. Curated by Claremont College graduate students.
Ends July 27th, 2012


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