Museums This Week: 2 Openings, 15 Exhibits Closings

Ocean Soul by Brian Skerry. | Image via Aquarium of the Pacific

Museums This Week is a guide to what's going on with exhibitions around Southern California. Browse recent openings, here.

Openings
The Caltrans Museum, District 7
Educate yourself about the latest developments on L.A. freeways. The Metro Expresslanes exhibit consists of displays, videos and photos that provide information to the public about ExpressLanes and obtaining transponders, a historical look at the Harbor Freeway (I-110) and the San Bernardino Freeway (I-10) carpool lanes, as well as L.A. Express Park.
(The Caltrans museum space is located 100 S. Main Street in downtown Los Angeles. Open 8am - 5pm, M-F.)
January 7, 2013 - February 1

Additional Recent Opening

Aquarium of the Pacific
National Geographic nature photographer Brian Skerry has traveled the globe for thirty years documenting the planet's oceans and aquatic wildlife. Access to his Ocean Soul art exhibit, which captures spectacular and intimate marine moments, is included with Aquarium admission.
January 1 - March 1, 2013

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Closings
The Autry
California's Designing Women, 1896-1986 pays homage to more than 50 women who helped establish California as an epicenter of the design world. "Many of its approximately 240 examples of textiles, ceramics, furniture, lighting, tapestries, jewelry, clothing, and graphics are being exhibited for the first time."
Ends January 6, 2013

Bowers Museum
Fabergé: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars displays the works of goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé. "Perhaps best known for Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family, the House of Fabergé also fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe, as well as other wealthy patrons."
Ends January 6, 2013

California Science Center
Cleopatra: The Exhibitionis the largest collection of Cleopatra-era artifacts from Egypt ever assembled in the U.S.
Ends January 6, 2013

Craft and Folk Art Museum
L.A. Skin & Ink explores the evolution of tattoos as art over the last 60 years, with a particular focus on L.A.'s contributions.
Ends January 6, 2013

Long Beach-based Steve Klein is a sculptor and teacher who interprets original works of architecture, visual art, and natural landscapes as stylized contemporary glass sculptures. Balancing Act: The Glass Sculpture of Steve Klein is a survey of his work.
Ends January 6, 2013

The Hammer
Graphic Design: Now in Production looks at the evolution of modern graphic design from magazines to movie credits.
Ends January 6, 2013

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu are team of Chinese artists, who tap into fears and anxieties and challenge world views. I Am Here (2006), their piece on display at the Hammer, confronts East-West relations.
Ends January 6, 2013

LACMA
Drawing is often the catalyst for experimentation, as exemplified in Drawing Surrealism, which features 200 surrealist works, representing 90 artists from 16 countries.
Ends January 6, 2013

Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective follows the artist's development from "luminously glazed ovoid forms to his suggestive, molten-like slumps, positioning him within the larger narrative of modern American sculpture." Price was born in Los Angeles in 1935.
Ends January 6, 2013

The Muckenthaler
In partnership with the International Printing Museum, Type Matters: The Artistry of Bookbinding and Letterform explores the artistry of books and their new role in the digital age.
Ends January 6, 2013

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu, I Am Here, 2006 | image via The Hammer

The Geffen Contemporary
A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters was produced between 2008 and 2011, during which the artist, Taryn Simon, traveled around the world researching and recording bloodlines and their related stories. The documented images appear as a story, both related and random.
Ends January 7, 2013

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.
Ends January 7, 2013

The Huntington
Alpine Skeletons: Marsden Hartley Silverpoint Drawings capture the artist's sparely geometric, ghostly view of the Alps.
Ends January 7, 2013

What Caused the Civil War? A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War explores the war-time debate on the reasons and goals of the war through correspondence, pamphlets, cartoons, prints, diaries, and more. Complements the major photographs exhibition, "A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning and Memory in the American Civil War."
Ends January 7, 2013

MOCA
Blues for Smoke is an interdisciplinary exhibit centered around the blues as culture. "Turning to the blues not simply as a musical category, but as a web of artistic sensibilities and cultural idioms, the exhibition features works by more than 50 artists from the 1950s to the present."
Ends January 7, 2013

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