Museums This Week: Pompeii, California's Largest Gold Nugget , and More

The Eruption of Vesuvius, 24 August A.D. 79, 1813, Pierre Henri de Valenciennes (French, 1750-1819). Oil on canvas, 58 1/16 x 76 15/16 in. (147.5 x 195.5 cm). Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, 78.1.1. Photo: Daniel Martin | image via The Getty

Museums This Week is a weekly guide showing you what's going with exhibitions around Southern California. For recent openings, browse them here.

Openings

University Art Museum at CSULB
There are a number of fall openings at UAM, with a focus on the abstract:

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Patrick Wilson's Pull presents recent geometric abstract paintings by the artist. Linda Day: Swimming in Paint highlights abstract paintings, collages, and drawings by the late artist. From the Vault focuses on the evolution of abstraction in painting over the 20th Century, drawing from the museum's permanent collection.
September 8 - December 9, 2012

The Getty Villa
The images are jarring: bodies encased in the ashes of Mount Vesuvius, frozen in time. For centuries, people have been trying to make sense of Pompeii. The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection explores our cultural obsession with this ancient Roman enclave, through art.
September 12, 2012 - January 7, 2013

Badwater, Death Valley, California 2002, archival pigment print, 16 x 48 by Karen Halverson | image via The Autry

Closings

The Autry
The Marks We Make: Western Panoramas by Karen Halverson approaches Western landscapes, old and new. Halverson was the winner of the Autry's first Theo Westenberger Award for Artistic Excellence.
Ends September 09, 2012

Bowers Museum
Now is your chance to see the largest gold nugget ever to be found in California. The Mojave Nugget, weighing in at 10 pounds, is accompanied by other coins, bullion, recovered treasure from sunken ships, gold leaves, crystals, and other nuggets in the California Gold exhibit.
Ends September 09, 2012

Craft and Folk Art Museum
Baseball: The All-American Game explores baseball's impact on American folk art made between the late-1800s to present day.
Ends September 9, 2012

Ehren Tool: Production or Destruction is a solo exhibition of ceramist and former Marine, Ehren Tool using handmade ceramic cups to address the theme of armed conflict.
Ends September 9, 2012

LACMA
A multi-media exhibit, Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol is artist Sharon Lockhart's meditations inspired by the work of Israeli dance composer and textile artist Noah Eshkol.
Ends September 9, 2012

...Is James Bond examines the opening credits of 007's films as works of art. Girls, guns, and music --need I say more?
Ends September 9, 2012

Orange County Museum of Art
Jack Goldstein X 10,000 is the first American retrospective of the artist, a central figure in Postmodernist discourse of the 1970s and 1980s, who experimented with just about every medium.
Ends September 09, 2012

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