Museum Openings This Week: The Plumed Serpent God, Photographic Fame & More

Herb Ritts American, 1952-2002, <em>Stephanie, Cindy, Christy, Tatjana, Naomi, Hollywood</em>, 1989, The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Herb Ritts Foundation © Herb Ritts Foundation | cropped image via artinfo

A weekly guide showing you what museum exhibitions are opening this week around Southern California. Browse more recent openings here.

Children of the Plumed Serpent: the Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico gathers art created by a collection of ancient kingdoms in Southern Mexico who believed themselves to be descendants of the the Plumed Serpent God. This super-star deity and the cultures that venerated him are explored in objects including mosaics ceramics and codices.
April 1, 2012-July 1, 2012

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The Getty Center
For a city known for paparazzi and the commodification of celebrity Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity couldn't be more appropriate. The exhibit examines the role of photography in the shaping of fame from the 1840s to the year 2000, drawn exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of photographs.
April 3-August 26, 2012

In a related exhibit, the work of fashion photographer Herb Ritts (1952-2002), is explored in Herb Ritts: L.A. style. His work often bridged art and commerce, resurrected the image of the classical nude, and captured the distinctive qualities of Los Angeles.
April 3-August 26, 2012


Robert Adams: 'The Place We Live' at LACMA


Calico: From Mining Center to Ghost Town