Must-See Museum Exhibits

If the summer heat is too much for you to handle, why not spend it indoors? In a museum that is. Los Angeles is filled with museums that allow us to experience cultures and worlds miles, or years, away from us. This summer, explore walls and hallways heavily decorated with paintings, clay, artifacts and relics of people from all walks of life. To start off, KCET brings you a list of museum exhibitions in and around L.A. and its neighboring cities to keep you busy and intrigued.


Home Lands: How Women Made the West is a compilation of women's history through art, photographs, and biographies that gives an insight to the struggle of women and their maintenance of "home, family, and community" through the Western landscape. This exhibit at The Autry is a diverse showcase of the mothers, aunts, sisters, wives and grandmothers who have led change in the West.

When Dutch artist Adriaen De Vries completed Juggling Man in 1610, did he know of the impact and influence his masterpiece would hold--400 years later? Foundry to Finish: The Making of a Brown Sculpture will be in exhibition at The Getty from June 23rd till January 2nd will demonstrate the process of bronze casting, a technique that in De Vries' time, was a difficult one. Photographs and video will explain the three stages that De Vries practiced to perfect Juggling Man: modeling, casting, and finishing.

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) will feature a retrospective of contemporary artist John Baldessari's work from June 27-September 12. His career began in 1962 and continues on to present day The exhibit will feature more than 150 works on canvas, photography, videos and artist's books. His extensive work has been recognized as "pivotal to Conceptual Art." The name of the exhibition? The exhibition is appropriately called Pure Beauty.

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Located relatively close to Los Angeles (Pasadena to be more specific) the Pacific Asia Museum will feature an exhibition entitled Visualizing Faith: Buddhist Art in Thailand from June 17th till the end of this year. The museum, working closely to the North Hollywood community of Wat Thai, is one of the biggest temple temples outside of Thailand, is excited to invite visitors to explore and interact with authentic Buddhist art unique and valuable to those in Thailand.

In the heart of South L.A., you will find the California African American Museum, in which now until July 7th, you can explore pieces such as costumes, and other multi-media art that gives us a first hand look into Harlem's dance world. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts will leave many pleased by capturing the choreography, costumes and dancers that made the dance in Harlem iconic.

Before, or even after, embarking throughout Southern California's natural landscape firsthand, you can see what an array of 20th century artists had to say about it through this small exhibition at the Huntington Library filled with beautiful paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints and photographs. From vistas, coastlines, deserts, agricultural fields, hill sides and mountains, like California, this exhibit features everything. California Landscapes: Gifts to the Huntington's Art Collections is currently on display until September 6th.

Filmmaker, actor and artist Dennis Hopper passed away last month, but his work and life's memory still lives on. MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) will feature Hopper's work in an exhibition titled "The Double Standard," from July 11th to September 26th. For those of you who are surprised to hear that the acclaimed actor was also an accomplished artist, this is your chance to see his long career work of photography, abstract impressionism and even 1960s Pop Art.

Hiroshige: Visions of Japan comes from the Norton Simon Museum's extensive Japanese woodblock-print collection. It features approximately 175 prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), one of most influential and prolific artists of his time. His print work includes a variation of landscapes decorated with beautiful flower, bird prints and other delicate details.

MANCHURIA: Peripheral Vision- A Felipe Ehrenberg Retrospective will feature over 200 works of Mexican artist Felipe Ehrenberg's eccentric art work. Ehrenberg, a self-defined neologist, someone who invents new words and forms, certainly has led way towards new implementation of digitalized media into art. His work is currently on display at MOLAA (Museum of Latin American Art) until August 15th.

Finally, Weaver's Stories from Island Southeast Asia will, according to the Fowler Museum of Cultural History at UCLA"[break] new ground where previous exhibitions have left off." It will feature the basic understanding of textile arts that are the prevalent forms of women's labor in Southeast Asia.This exhibit will feature video and interviews from the women laborers in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia and East Timor starting August 1st to December 12nd.

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The images above were taken by Flickr users Gary Soup and Tsja!, respectively. It was used under the Creative Commons License.

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