Museums This Week: Closings Galore

The Butterfly Pavilion | image via The Natural History Museum

Museums This Week is a weekly guide showing you what's going on this week with exhibitions around Southern California. This Labor Day weekend marks the end to many exhibits that you may want to check out before they're gone. For recent openings, browse them here.


Many do not recognize the significant contributions of African-American artists. This is not the case for Arthur Primas. Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Selection displays 73 of the collector's works, which span 150 years including a focus on the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement.
Ends September 2, 2012

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The Getty Center
For a city known for paparazzi and the commodification of celebrity Portraits of Renown: Photography and the Cult of Celebrity couldn't be more appropriate. The exhibit examines the role of photography in the shaping of fame from the 1840s to the year 2000, drawn exclusively from the J. Paul Getty Museum's collection of photographs.
Ends September 2, 2012

In a related exhibit, the work of fashion photographer Herb Ritts (1952-2002), is explored in Herb Ritts: L.A. style. His work often bridged art and commerce, resurrected the image of the classical nude, and captured the distinctive qualities of Los Angeles.
Ends September 2, 2012

The Hammer Museum
MADE IN L.A. 2012 is a new L.A. biennial in collaboration with LAXART, which features emerging and under-recognized artists from the L.A. region.
Ends September 2, 2012

Play with Me explores contemporary art and installation art in a hands-on approach, featuring 15 medium and large-scale installations by 14 artists "interested in interaction and the relationship of the object with the spectator."
Ends September 2, 2012

The Skirball
Jewish Homegrown History explores immigration, identity, and intermarriage through a series of home videos, projected on 3 large screens.
Ends September 2, 2012

Jewish American interest in Mah Jongg inspires this exhibit, Project Mah Jongg, at the Skirball. Learn about the history of the Chinese game, how it came to America and its place in Jewish life. "Also on view are inventive novelty items that marketers produced in response to the 1920s American mah jongg craze, such as incense, dolls, swizzle sticks, and drumsticks." You can even learn how to play!
Ends September 2, 2012

MOCA: The Geffen Contemporary
If you like to blow things up and explore extraterrestrials for the sake of art, don't miss the end of Cai Guo-Quiang: Sky Ladder. "Known for his explosion projects and gunpowder drawings, Cai's work integrates manual technique and new, highly sophisticated developments in pyrotechnic technology."
Ends September 3, 2012

Does the earth inspire you? Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 explores the way artists experimented with use of land in their media to comment on a social, as well as physical, landscape.
Ends September 3, 2012

Natural History Museum
It's your last chance to catch the Butterfly Pavilion 2012 until next year. This annual exhibit of more than 53 different butterfly and moth species fluttering freely around various plant life (and maybe you!) will be closing for the season. Next up: the Spider Pavilion, opening September 23.
Ends September 03, 2012

Norton Simon Museum
A hundred years after the Japanese presented Washington D.C. with the gift of 3,000 Cherry Blossom trees, the exhibit Lessons of the Cherry Blossom: Japanese Woodblock Prints honors the centennial of this diplomatic gift with 16 prints from the Norton Simon's permanent collection.
Ends September 03, 2012

Recent Museum Openings

Vincent Price Art Museum
Carlos Almaraz: A Life Recalled
August 25 - December 8, 2012


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