Museums This Week: Caravaggio, Pre-Renaissance, & More

Georges de La Tour (France, Vic-sur-Seille, 1593 - 1652) <br />
The Magdalen with the Smoking Flame, circa 1638-1640 | image via LACMA (cropped)
Museums This Week is a guide to what's going on with exhibitions around Southern California. For recent openings, browse them here.

The Huntington
The Huntington is going experimental, showcasing contemporary paintings and sculpture, along side the traditional European works, for the first time. The lucky artists are a couple: Lesley Vance and Ricky Swallow.
Nov. 10, 2012-March 11, 2013

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Caravaggio was a late 16th century artist, rivaling Da Vinci and Michelangelo. "The stories of Caravaggio's life are legend, more myth than history, describing traits of personality, including passion and brutality, that came to describe the unique qualities of his work." Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy displays an impressive eight original works alongside those influenced by his style.
November 11, 2012-February 10, 2013

The Getty Center
Florence at the Dawn of the Renaissance: Painting and Illumination, 1300-1350, thoroughly examines the artistic community that gave rise to the renaissance awakening. This major international loan exhibition includes an online multi-media component, which you can explore from the comfort of your own home.
November 13, 2012-February 10, 2013

Disegno: Drawing in Europe, 1520-1600 examines the drawing style of the late renaissance period -- marked by "contorted, elongated forms and dramatic, animated compositions" -- and its various iterations across Europe.
November 13, 2012-February 3, 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.
November 15, 2012 - January 6, 2013


The Armory
Roadside Attraction is a new temporary outdoor gallery at 733 North Fair Oaks Avenue, aimed at immersing commuters in art. The first exhibit is entitled Water & Power.
Ends November 10, 2012

Small Skyscraper, is a temporary, large-scale, outdoor sculpture by world-renowned artist Chris Burden. Head to Pasadena before Chris Burden: Small Skyscraper @ One Colorado is deconstructed.
Ends November 11, 2012


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