Museum Openings this Week: 22 Exhibits to Check Out

On Display at The Getty: Freeway, 1966, Vija Celmins. Oil on canvas. 17 1/2 x 26 3/8 in. Collection of Harold Cook, Ph.D. Image courtesy McKee Gallery, New York. © Vija Celmins

A weekly guide showing you what museum exhibitions are opening this week around Southern California. Check out what opened last week here.

This is it. The big week. Pacific Standard Time is here. Below are all exhibition openings, most which are PST related --marked with the pink icon -- and a few that are not. In all, there are 22 openings at 15 spaces. And that's just this weekend.

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The Door (Admissions Office), 1969, David Hammons. Wood, acrylic sheet and pigment construction. 79 x 48 x 15 in. Collection of the California African American Foundation. Courtesy of the California African American MuseumCalifornia African American Museum
Stepping back to the 1920s, Places of Validation, Art, and Progression helps give a complete picture of visual arts in black Los Angeles through 1980, and shows visitors important artists and places such as the Watts Summer Festival and Art Center to the Brockman Gallery and St. Elmo's Village.
September 29 - April 12, 2012

The Getty
Forget going through a gallery, Greetings from L.A.: Artists and Publics, 1950-1980 shows how artists like Wallace Berman and John Baldessari got their works out to the public.
October 1 - February 5, 2012

Think of Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970 as a good overview of painting and sculpture from the late 40s to early 70s, from hard-edge paintings to hard-edge assemblage sculpture and large-scale ceramics.
October 1 - February 5, 2012.

Norton Simon
Did you know Southern California was an epicenter of printmaking? Proof: The Rise of Printmaking in Southern California and The Original Print: An Introduction to Printmaking in the Powtwar Period will show you.
October 1 - April 02, 2012

California Design, 1930-1965: "Living in a Modern Way" is touted as "the first major study of modern California design," examining "the state's role in shaping the material culture of the entire country with more than 350 objects, comprising furniture, ceramics, metalwork, graphic and industrial design, film, textiles, and fashion." While there, make sure to also check out Indoor Ecologies: The Evolution of the Eames House Living Room
October 1 - March 25, 2012

Although Monet/Lichtenstein: Rouen Cathedrals is not part of PST, there was an exhibit at the Pasadena Art Museum that inspired Lichtenstein to appropriate Monet's Rouen Cathedrals Pop art pieces in 1969. Here, both of their work is together.
October 1 - January 1, 2012

A+D Architecture and Design Museum
Yes, more Eames! Eames Designs: The Guest-Host Relationship takes a look a the more unknown side of Charles and Ray Eames' lives and their penchant of quotidian and useful tools that made up an interminable canvas for them.
October 1 - January 16, 2012

On display at MOCA: Theaster Gates, Civil Tapestry I and II, 2011, decommissioned fire hose and wood, courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta CHICAGO I BERLIN.

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.
October 1 - February 13, 2012

Mixed-media sculpture and installation art in An Epitaph for Civil Rights by Chicago-based artist and urban planner Theaster Gates explores urban blight and power of the 1963 Birmingham Campaign where African American demonstrators and their confrontations with authorities brought about change in the racially divided city.
October 1 - January 16, 2012

Crossroads School, Sam Francis Gallery
It was women art dealers who have been under-recognized for their role in advancing nontraditional art forms in the late 60s to late 70s, and She Accepts the Proposition: Women Gallerists and the Redefinition of Art in Los Angeles, 1967-1978 seeks to add that narrative to L.A.'s story.
October 1 - November 23

Bowers Museum
Life-size Terra Cotta Warriors, ornate stone tomb doors, gold dragons and more are among the 200 works of ancient Chinese art coming to Orange County for Warriors, Tombs, and Temples: China's Enduring Legacy. The exhibit will develop a picture of three dynasties that formed the foundation of the country's civilization: the Qin (221 - 206 BCE), the Han (206 BCE - 220 CE) and the Tang (618 - 907 CE).
October 1 - March 4, 2012

Untitled (Sailor with Schlitz), 1952, Sidney Bronstein. Oil on canvas. 12 x 9 in. Courtesy of the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives. © ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives.Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts
The work of Sam Maloof, also featured in an exhibit that opened last week at The Huntington, is back in In Words and Wood, which also features woodturners Bob Stocksdale and Ed Moulthrop.
October 1 - January 28, 2012

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives
Two of the three exhibitions that make up Cruising the Archive: Queer Art and Culture in Los Angeles, 1945 - 1980 open at each of ONE's two locations. Wink Wink will be on display in West Hollywood and Rare Looks in West Adams. The exhibits look at the parallels between artwork by queer artists and archival materials from the community -- like protest posters, etc. -- during the same period.
October 1 - April 1, 2012 (Wink, Wink) | October 1 - May 31, 2012 (Rare Looks)

California Museum of Photography, University of California, Riverside
What role did California play in transforming landscape photography? Seismic Shift: Lewis Baltz, Joe Deal and California Landscape Photography, 1944-1984 will follow that history leading up to Deal and Baltz, who crossed paths at a show in this very exhibition space.
October 1 - December 31

Aftershocks: The Western Landscapes Today continues that look at western landscape photography through today via six photographers.
October 1 - December 31

Otis College of Art and Design, Ben Maltz Gallery
"Doin' It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman's Building comprises an exhibition, two scholarly publications, and series of public events that document, contextualize and pay tribute to the groundbreaking work of feminist artists and art cooperatives that were centered in and around the Los Angeles Woman's Building (downtown L.A.) in the 1970s and 1980s."
October 1 - January 28, 2012

Mel Ramos, The Atom, 1962 50 x 44, Oil on canvas. Crocker Art Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Thiebaud. © Mel Ramos / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NYNatural History Museum
Natural history museums tend to be better known for dinosaurs and the such, but this institution once was the Los Angeles County Museum of History, Science, and Art before LACMA consumed the "Art" part. Artistic Evolution: Southern California Artists at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 1945-1963 recalls those days once again.
October 2 - January 15, 2012

Armory for the Arts
Bringing together the work of two influential L.A. artists in one show for the first time is Speaking in Tongues: Wallace Berman and Robert Heinecken, 1961-1976. "Our exhibitions hopes to show that Berman and Heinecken were transitional figures, who took as their point of departure the art of the historical avant-garde and updated its subjects, techniques, and irreverent stance for contemporary use. Their friendship adds a new chapter to the story of how post-modernism arrived in Southern California," said curator Claudia Bohn-Spector.
October 2 - January 22, 2012

Hammer Museum
The Ferus Gallery, Artforum magazine and artists like Ed Ruscha, Judy Chicago and others often get their due. But what about the Brockman Gallery, "Black Art: An International Quarterly" (now the "International Review of African American Art") and artists Fred Eversley, John Otterbridge and others? Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 hopes to give a more complete view of 20th century American art by representing important Los Angeles African American visual artists.
October 2 - January 8, 2012

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Zach Behrens is KCET's Director of News, Region and State, working on digital and on-air news products that relate to Southern California and beyond.
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