Museum Openings this Week: SoCal's Aerospace History, Video Art & More

From Blue Sky Metropolis at The Huntington: NASA pilot Bill Dana watches a Boeing NB-52B carrier aircraft fly overhead after a successful test flight of the Northrop HL-10 lifting body at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Calif., 1969 |  NASA photo.

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

University Art Gallery
Barbara T. Smith's 1980 artwork Birthdaze is revisited in The Radicalization of a '50s Housewife: A Solo Project by Barbara T. Smith, which will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the piece. "The Radicalization of a 50s Housewife further positions Birthdaze as the result of Smith's life's work - both as a feminist and an artist - beginning in the conservative post-war period of the 50s," explains the Pacific Standard Time website, "through the cultural revolution of the 60s/70s and culminating in the nascent moment of the Reagan era, when the culture wars were looming on the horizon."
October 6 - December 3

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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 by artist from 18 different countries.
October 7 - February 12, 2012

The Huntington
What would Southern California be without the aerospace industry? Probably a very different place. As part of the Aerospace History Project at The Huntington, Blue Sky Metropolis traces local aviation from its earliest days through the Cold War space race and beyond.
October 8 - January 9, 2012

Orange County Museum of Art
Two Pacific Standard Time-related exhibits open here: State Of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970 and Two Schools Of Cool. The former is touted as "he most comprehensive exhibition to date to focus on Conceptual art and related new genres in both Northern and Southern California during this pivotal period in contemporary art." The latter juxtaposes "cool" artists from the 60s and 70s with more contemporary artists from the last decade.

October 9 - January 22, 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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