Museums This Week: Voices From the Civil War, Giant Robot, Spider, & More

Lola Álvarez Bravo (Mexico, 1907-1993), Diego Rivera, 1945, Gelatin silver print, Familia González Rendón Collection, © 1995 Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona Foundation | image via MOLAA

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

Openings

The Huntington
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", which opens in October.
September 22, 2012-January 14, 2013

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Japanese American National Museum
The Giant Robot Biennial 3 features a gallery of eight emerging artists and a "customized vinyl figure collection." The exhibit, which has previously drawn thousands of visitors, is created in collaboration with Eric Nakamura, owner of Asian American pop culture hub Giant Robot.
September 23, 2012 - January 20, 2013

MOLAA
The works of Colombian artist Débora Arango arrive in the United States in collaboration with Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin MAMM for the exhibit Sociales: Débora Arango Llega Hoy. Arango worked as an artist in an extremely conservative and Catholic environment, and her female nudes were the topic of much controversy between the 1930s and 1970s.
September 23, 2012 - January 20, 2013


Lola Álvarez Bravo: The Photography of an Era
, examines one of Mexico's most important photographers from the 20th century. Although often overshadowed by her husband and other contemporaries, "Lola Álvarez Bravo's production combined commercial practice and teaching with her personal artistic concerns, including experimenting with various photographic techniques such as photomontage and photocollage, and the exploration of political issues of her time, which contributed to the development of modern Mexican photography."
September 23, 2012 - January 20, 2013

Natural History Museum
It's baaaack! The Spider Pavilion is reopening, allowing brave visitors to inspect the arachnids in their free-range environment. Check out KCET's video from a visit last year.
September 23 - November 4, 2012

Additional Recent Openings
Santa Barbara Museum of Art
Scene on the Street: Doug Busch, a collection of the artist's over-sized black and white photographs.
August 25 - December 2, 2012

Closings
The Getty
It all begins with a simple line. At least that's what Gustav Klimpt discovered. He based his seminal modernist works on drawings, particularly of female nudes. "It was through drawing that Klimt developed his momentous themes of human suffering, longing for love and happiness, and the cycle of life from birth to death." The Magic of Line is the first retrospective fully dedicated to Klimpt's drawings.
Watch a demonstrative video of the exhibit here.
Ends September 23, 2012

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