Museums This Week: Open Your Eyes, Barkcloth, and More

Mickalene Thomas, various | images via SMMoA

Museums This Week is a weekly guide showing you what's going on this week with exhibitions around Southern California. Browse recent openings here.

The Muckenthaler
Open Your Eyes/ Abre Los Ojos celebrates Fullerton's Sister City of Morelia, Mexico through art focusing on Mexican and Mexican-American Art in the Michoacan region.
August 30-November 4, 2012

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The Fowler Museum at UCLA
Do you like trees enough to wear them? Second Skins: Painted Barkcloth from New Guinea and Central Africa compares and contrasts the regions' "vibrantly graphic" clothing crafted from the inner bark of trees.
Ends August 26, 2012

Japanese American National Museum
Paper art is fun, simple, and kids love it. But did you know that Origami, or Japanese folding paper, began centuries ago as part of a religious ritual? Or that the art holds the key to mathematics, fashion and maybe even world peace? Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami is the first exhibition of its kind. More about this exhibit at KCET's Artbound.
Ends August 26, 2012

Xploration Lab 2012 is a hands-on examination of culture and identity. Sections include: "Who Are You?", "World War II & Beyond," "Ways to Tell If You're Japanese American," and "Decision 2012."
Ends August 26, 2012

Santa Monica Museum of Art
Mickalene Thomas: Origin of the Universe is the first major solo museum exhibition for the New York-based multi-media artist best known for exploring female figures against surprising landscapes, black female sexuality, and glittery "bling" adorning her pieces.
Ends August 25, 2012

Park Studio: Complex Elements exhibits the original, glass-blown works of 24 high school students from the Park Studio interdisciplinary arts education program.
Ends August 25, 2012


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