Museums This Week: Double Mapplethorpe, Iranian Jews, Blues for Smoke & More

Thomas, Robert Mapplethorpe, negative 1987, print 1994. Jointly acquired by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, with funds provided by The David Geffen Foundation, and The J. Paul Getty Trust. © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation | image via The Getty

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


Bowers Museum
During her service, Secretary of State and Ambassador Madeleine Albright found that jewelry had the power to convey a foreign policy message. Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection displays her signature brooches.
October 20, 2012 - January 13, 2013

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The Huntington
Alpine Skeletons: Marsden Hartley Silverpoint Drawings capture the artist's sparely geometric, ghostly view of the Alps.
October 20, 2012 - January 7, 2013

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China adopts a "novel, thematic approach centered on the concept of yin, or reclusion, this presentation brings the viewer deeply into the world of the literati -- the educated elite who were at the forefront of historical change and voiced their thoughts and ideals through art."
October 20, 2012 - January 20, 2013

The Fowler Museum at UCLA
Light and Shadows: The Story of Iranian Jews explores one of the oldest Jewish populations -- dating back 3,000 years to the time of Babylonian exile -- through a variety of medium and artifacts.
October 21, 2012-March 10, 2013

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."
October 21, 2012 - January 7, 2013

Drawing is often the catalyst for experimentation, as exemplified in Drawing Surrealism, which features 200 surrealist works, representing 90 artists from 16 countries.
October 21, 2012-January 6, 2013

Pulled from the permanent collection, L.A.-based artist Jim Shaw's Dream Drawings accompany the surrealism exhibit, displaying his critical approach to the history of surrealism, and his insatiable interest in popular culture.
October 21, 2012-February 24, 2013

Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ features three of the photographer's portfolios. They are: homosexual sadomasochistic imagery (X); floral still lifes (Y); and nude portraits of African-American men (Z). Appears concurrent with the Mapplethorpe exhibit at the Getty, celebrating a landmark joint acquisition.
October 21, 2012-March 24, 2013

The Getty Center
In Focus: Robert Mapplethorpe accompanies LACMA's exhibit, exploring the provocative still lifes, portraits and nudes of the trend-setting photographer.
October 23, 2012-March 24, 2013

California African American Museum
Coloring America: Selection from the California African American Museum's Permanent History Collection is broken into four thematic chapters of history (West African & The African Diaspora, Local history, Sports, and entertainment), showcasing and honoring the contributions of African Americans.
October 25, 2012 - January 27, 2013

Image via The Hammer

Ongoing this Week
The Hammer
Jonathan Horowitz's Your Land / My Land: Election '12 is a "convening space where visitors can watch and discuss the unfolding presidential election and its aftermath."
September 30, 2012 - November 18, 2012

Laguna Art Museum
14th Annual Laguna Beach Plein Air Painting Invitational is a week-long landscape painting festival focusing on the community, the environment, and art education.
October 14-21, 2012

Additional Recent Openings

The Hammer
A Strange Magic: Gustave Moreau's Salome
September 15, 2012 - December 9, 2012

Sun Yuan and Peng Yu
September 22, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Graphic Design: Now in Production
September 29, 2012 - January 6, 2013

Imagining the Modern Self: Photographs from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection
September 29, 2012-January 21, 2013

Go Tell It On the Mountain
October 4, 2012- April 7, 2013

Norton Simon Museum
Studies in Desperation: A Suite by Connor Everts
October 05, 2012 - February 11, 2013

Pacific Asia Museum
The Arts of Korea
Opened October 5, 2012

The Armory
Facing the Sublime in Water, CA
October 7, 2012-January 20, 2013

OC Collects
Oct 7, 2012 - Dec 30, 2012


The 6th Annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design salutes the work of 2012's Primetime Emmy® -- Nominated Costume Designers and Costume Supervisors. "Featured television shows include Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones, Once Upon a Time, Pan Am, Smash, Magic City, and many more."
Ends October 20, 2012

Hats off to you! A Century of Millinery Style: Hats from the Helen Larson Historic Fashion Collection, 1820s - 1920s offers visitors a chronological overview of 19th and early 20th century millinery fashions.
Ends October 20, 2012

Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book shows the artist's ability to adapt the foreign art of bookbinding for a distinctly Japanese audience.
Ends October 21, 2012

The Annenberg Space for Photography
Featuring 166 prints from iconic photographers, a slideshow, an original behind-the-scenes documentary film, and an accompanying live music series, Who Shot Rock & Roll delves deep into the image-making of music.
Ends October 21, 2012

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