Museums This Week: The Civil War & More

Andrew J. Russell (1829-1902), Scene after the Battle of Fredericksburg, May 3, 1863. Albumen print; 9 ¼ x 12 ⅞ in. Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.| image via The Huntington

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
The Civil War coincided with the advent of photography, creating some of the country's earliest war photographers and exposing the nation to captivating images. A Strange and Fearful Interest: Death, Mourning, and Memory in the American Civil War pulls from the Huntington's permanent collection of photographs from this seminal era. The exhibit is part of The Civil War at the Huntington, commemorating its 150th anniversary, and is accompanied by a manuscript exhibit, A Just Cause: Voices of the American Civil War.
Oct. 13, 2012-Jan. 14, 2013

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Additional Recent Openings
The Armory Center for the Arts
Chris Burden: Small Skyscraper @ One Colorado
Water & Power @ Roadside Attraction

Closings
The Getty Center
Franz Xaver Messerschmidt (1736-1783) was a renowned German sculptor at the Habsburg court in Vienna. In Messerschmidt and Modernity, his "character heads" are examined for their "expression and physiognomy during the eighteenth century European Enlightenment" and influence on contemporary artists.
Ends October 14, 2012

Fowler Museum at UCLA
Pearl of the Snowlands: Tibetan Buddhist Printing from the Derge Parkhang features twenty-five woodblock prints from the collection at Parkhang, a cultural, religious, historical institution, and printing center in Tibet. Accompanying photographs highlight the architecture of the Tibetan printing house and "its ancient hand-printing process."
Ends October 14, 2012

LACMA
In a world of Facebook and media hyper-activity, the portrayal of the self is an ever-present project. Artists Katy Grannan and Charlie White explore the art of photographic portraiture, fame and identity in The Sun and Other Stars, from the off-beat boulevards of the American West to average, blonde, teenage girls.
Ends October 14, 2012

Pasadena Museum of California Art
Edgar Payne: The Scenic Journey explores the work of this beloved California early plein-air painter. "With its majestic, vital landscape subjects and a bravura application of pigment, Payne's work exemplifies the power and dynamism that distinguishes California Impressionism from the more genteel French Impressionism of the 18th century."
Ends October 14, 2012

Layer: A Loose Horizon is a sculptural installation, combining "a computational approach with a perceptual one."
Ends October 14, 2012

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