Art In & Around L.A. – Something for Everyone
Looking for a little cultural while the relatives are in town? Something different for a day-date? Read on!
The Norton Simon Museum has a wonderful show up right now, By Day & by Night: Paris in the Belle Époque. Belle époque, a French expression meaning “beautiful era,” refers to the years between 1871-1914 when Paris was beginning its urban development and cultural innovation. Think the Eiffel Tower having just been built, Parisians seeing street lights for the first time and the rise of the Montmarte district, the epicenter of arts and entertainment. (The Norton Simon is also holding a Drawing Workshop on 12/15 where you can learn quick sketching techniques and compositions. Register here.)
There is still time to visit LACMA’s “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China.” It’s a beautiful show featuring pieces from the museum’s collection coupled with contemporary spins on Chinese culture from artists using commonplace and unconventional materials. This is definitely an exhibit the whole family can enjoy. (Note that that many of LACMA’s galleries are closed for renovation, but there’s still plenty to see. And of course you can always pose for the obligatory selfie in front of Chris Burden’s Urban Lights.)
The Huntington Library Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens kicked off their Centennial Celebration with “Nineteen Nineteen, displaying over 250 objects from the museum’s collection from 1919. The show explores themes of “Fight,” “Return,” “Map,” “Move,” and “Build,” to exemplify an era of flux after World War I. Runs through January 20, 2020.
We love heading to downtown LA for The Broad, which sits next door to another LA icon, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The contemporary Broad museum is currently showing internationally-acclaimed artist Shirin Neshat’s largest exhibition to date, “Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again.” The immersive exhibit houses over 230 photographs and videos diving into Neshat’s journey as an artist in an exploration of “topics of exile, displacement, ad identity with beauty, dynamic formal invention, and poetic grace.” On view through February 16th. Find tickets here.
Walk across the street to the Museum of Contemporary Art for their ongoing series of exhibitions entitled Open House. The second iteration of this series is Open House: Gala Porras-Kim: “Kim’s exhibition showcases ways in which museums play an active role in the conservation, display methods, archiving, interpretation, and even the physical form of the world in its permanent collection.” Also on view is With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972-1985, a “full-scale scholarly survey of this groundbreaking American art movement, encompassing works in painting, sculpture, collage, ceramics, installation art, and performance documentation, covering the years 1972 to 1985.” Over 50 national artists, including some local LA-based artists, comprise this show that’s received great critical acclaim. Runs through May 2020.