We’ve selected nine exhibitions across Los Angeles that you will not want to miss!
From art icons such as Robert Mapplethorpe and Marcel Duchamp, to historic Japanese photography, and American baseball… LA’s cultural landscape has got something for everyone.
(Plus, don’t forget to visit our Free Days List to see if the venue you choose offers free admission.)
1. Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957
On view through May 15, 2016
The first comprehensive museum exhibition in the United States about the experimental liberal arts college where influential artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Josef and Anni Albers, and Merce Cunningham studied and taught.
2. Come In: DTLA!
March 24 – June 23, 2016
A+D Architecture and Design Museum
Explore the minds and studios of the most cutting edge, innovative designers of Los Angeles – from architecture, products, graphics, fashion, murals, and more.
3. Making Waves: Japanese American Photography, 1920 – 1940
On view through June 26, 2016
Japanese American National Museum (JANM)
Many of the greatest avant-garde photographs of the early twentieth century were produced by young Japanese Americans on the West coast of the United States between the two World Wars. Unfortunately, most of their work was lost or destroyed when Japanese Americans were sent to concentration camps following Pearl Harbor. This exhibition is dedicated to some of the incredible works that remain.
4. Alex Israel
On view through July 11, 2016
The Huntington Art Gallery
LA artist Alex Israel takes over The Huntington’s celebrated European art collection. Israel’s sculptures and paintings are strategically placed throughout the classical inspired galleries, creating an intervention and discourse between the the new and the old.
BODY AND FORM
5. Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
On view through July 31, 2016
Robert Mapplethorpe is among the most influential visual artists of the late twentieth century. This two-venue retrospective includes over 300 of Mapplethorpe’s works, exploring themes of gender, race and sexuality.
6. Duchamp to Pop
On view through August 29, 2016
Marcel Duchamp was a pioneer of the Pop Art movement and a pivotal influence of great artists such as Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha and others. Enjoy their eye catching works and see the American art evolution that took place.
7. Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016
On view through September 4, 2016
Hauser, Wirth & Schimmel
For it’s inaugural exhibition, downtown LA’s hottest new art space presents a historic display of nearly 100 works made by 34 woman artists.
8. Claire Falkenstein: Beyond Sculpture
April 17–September 11, 2016
Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA)
Falkenstein’s body of work goes far beyond the sculpture she is best known for. This comprehensive exhibition includes examples of her extensive career including sculpture, printmaking, jewelry, glass, film, murals, and monumental architectural commissions.
HEROES & LEGENDS
9. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American
April 7–October 30, 2016
Skirball Cultural Center
A celebration of America’s favorite pastime, Chasing Dreams highlights the role of baseball’s diverse game changers, who challenged the status-quo and inspired the nation.