Museum Openings this Week: Spider Pavilion, Chicano Art and Pomona Furniture

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

Natural History Museum
[Update: Watch KCET's video about the pavilion here.] When the season turns to fall, the Butterfly Pavilion takes a themed turn toward Halloween. Yes, it's time again for the Spider Pavilion, an opportunity to walk into a spider zoo -- of sorts -- but with no barriers (there's no better way to conquer your fear of arachnids, right?). The goal of this exhibit is to show people that spiders are more than just creepy crawlies that are out to bite you. In fact, this exhibit brings you up close and personal with a variety of spiders that are not even inclined to approach you. And no, the two poisonous spiders that live in the L.A. area -- black and brown widows -- will not be present.
September 25 - November 6

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Fowler Museum
One of the many Pacific Standard Time exhibitions across Southern California, Icons of the Invisible: Oscar Castillo will display 38 photographs by the photographer Oscar Castillo who documented the Chicano community in Los Angeles. The selected photos, taken between 1969 and 1980, run the gamut between everyday barrio life and social movement to approaches like photojournalism and portraitures. "These iconic images of the community run counter to the stereotypical or exotic images often circulated by the mass media and museums, and have been rarely seen over the last four decades," describes a museum press release. Another Chicano exhibit (Mapping Another L.A.: The Chicano Art Movement ) will open on October 16th)
September 25 - February 26, 2011

The Huntington
Also part of Pacific Standard Time, The House That Sam Built: Sam Maloof and Art in the Pomona Valley, 1945-1985 explores this native woodworker's work through a major survey showcasing 30 pieces. Maloof was part of the American studio furniture movement, which emphasized craft and handmade objects, not machine-made and mass production. The exhibit also features 30 of his friends and colleagues, such as painters, sculptors, wood turners and fiber artists.
September 24 - January 30, 2012

Additionally, two exhibits, Pre-Raphaelites and Their Followers and Out of the Shadows, will close after this weekend.

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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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