Museums This Week is a weekly guide showing you what's going with exhibitions around Southern California. For recent openings, browse them here.
Haiti often marks the headlines, and not in a happy way. Politics, earthquakes, hurricanes, epidemics, instability, and poverty have plagued the small nation. And what do artists have to say about it? In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st‐Century Haitian Art brings together 70 artists, established and upcoming, in various media, to react to Haitian life. Look out for Vodou Deity Bawon Samdi and his trickster children, the Gedes.
September 16, 2012-January 20, 2013
Santa Monica Museum of Art
Michael Queenland: Rudy's Ramp of Remainders is a new sculptural installation inspired by Rudis Resterampe -- which roughly translates to "Rudy's Pile of Leftovers" -- and a German discount store filled with surplus scraps of textile and ephemera, which Queenland discovered in Berlin.
September 15 - December 22, 2012
Agnes Denes was an influential pioneer of the Environmental and Conceptual Art movements, using mathematics, cartography and physical sciences to create a "visual philosophy" of existence. Agnes Denes: Body Prints, Philosophical Drawings, and Map Projections, 1969 - 1978 displays key works by this Land (and body) artist. Includes images of genitalia impressed onto graph paper.
September 15-December 22, 2012
Kianja Strobert: Nothing to Do but Keep Going exhibits site-specific installations and abstract, urban, and architecturally inspired paintings by the artist. Sculptures include "pumice, sand, flexible LED wire, concrete, cinderblocks, and gilded chicken bones."
September 15 - November 28, 2012
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.
September 16, 2012-January 6, 2013
David Askevold: Once Upon a Time in the East is a retrospective of Askevold's works in sculpture/installation, film and video, photo-text works, and late digital images. He was considered a pioneer in the development of conceptual video and photo-based art.
Ends September 15, 2012
Loïs Mailou Jones was a 20th century African-American, female artist. A Life in Vibrant Color explores her work "from the late Harlem Renaissance to her contemporary synthesis of African, Caribbean, American and African American iconography."
Ends September 16, 2012
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Portrayal/Betrayal looks at over 100 different portrait photographs, mostly drawn from the permanent collection, and questions: "What does a portrait reveal? Does the subject portray the person's real self or betray things about the self?" KCET's cultural journalism project, Artbound, covered the exhibit here.
The adjoining Family Resource Center on Portraits will also be closing.
Ends September 16, 2012
Birthed in the 1930s, Regionalism depicted American life by location. Roger Medearis: His Regionalism explores Medearis' Regional works, best known for "carefully observed depictions of the life and landscape of the Midwest, East Coast, and California."
Ends September 17, 2012
Additional Recent Closing
Recent Print Acquisitions
Ended September 2, 2012