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Katsina in Hopi Life

Autry National Center Jun 29 — Jun 23, 2013 The Hopi consider the Katsinam (plural of Katsina) spiritual beings and divine messengers who deliver the people’s prayers to the higher power. There are many kinds of Katsinam, representing all aspects of life including various animals, elements, food or other Native cultures. They manifest in physical […]

Levitated Mass by Michael Heizer

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Jun 24, 2012 — ongoing “Levitated Mass” is Michael Heizer’s monumental sculpture consisting of a 340-ton granite boulder suspended over a 456-foot-long concrete channel constructed on LACMA’s campus. To experience the work, visitors have to descend the narrow, ramp-like slot and, at a center point, pass fifteen feet […]

Roger Medearis: His Regionalism

Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Jun 16—Sep 17, 2012 Roger Medearis studied under the noted Regionalist painter Thomas Hart Benton and later developed his own distinctive style, painting slowly and using short, meticulous brush strokes. Throughout his long career Medearis remained dedicated to Regionalism, a popular artistic movement during the 1930s and 1940s. […]

Made in L.A. 2012

Hammer Museum Jun 2—Sep 2, 2012 Made in L.A. 2012 is the Hammer Museum’s first large-scale biennial survey of the work of artists from the Los Angeles region. After visiting hundreds of artists’ studios across LA, the curators selected 60 emerging and under-recognized artists. They come from some 30 neighborhoods across Los Angeles and represent […]

Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) May 27—Sep 3, 2012 Organized by former MOCA Senior Curator Philipp Kaiser and co-curator Miwon Kwon, professor of art history at UCLA, this is the first large-scale exhibition to focus on land art. It begins with the 1960s, when artists started experimenting with the earth as a medium, and concludes […]

The Painting Factory: Abstraction After Warhol

MOCA Grand Avenue Apr 29—Aug 20, 2012 Comprising 57 works by 14 living artists and nine late Andy Warhol paintings, the exhibition explores the recent revival of abstract tradition of the New York School. The show examines the influence of Andy Warhol as an abstract painter on a new generation of abstract artists working today, […]

Visions of Empire: The Quest for a Railroad Across America, 1840-1880

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens Apr 21—Jul 23, 2012 The exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Pacific Railroad Act, which led to the rail connection between the Pacific Ocean and the rest of the continent. Drawing on the Huntington’s enormous archives on the topic, the exhibition illuminates the sweeping economic, […]

Cai Guo-Qiang: Sky Ladder

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Apr 8—Jul 30, 2012 One of the best-known contemporary Chinese artists, Cai Guo-Qiang, is renowned for his signature gunpowder technique, installations, and explosion events. For his first solo exhibition on the West Coast, the artist made three new gunpowder drawings and one installation. The first drawing, Chaos in Nature, depicts […]

Children of the Plumed Serpent: The Legacy of Quetzalcoatl in Ancient Mexico

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Apr 1—Jul 1, 2012 Featuring more than 200 objects including painted manuscripts, polychrome ceramics, textiles, gold objects, and turquoise and shell mosaics, this is the first large-scale exhibition focusing on the ancient kingdoms of southern Mexico. The royal families of these communities called themselves “Children of the Plumed […]

Aphrodite and the Gods of Love

The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa Mar 28—Jul 9, 2012 The first exhibition in the US devoted to this ancient Greek divinity includes 130 objects ranging from large-scale sculpture to exquisite jewelry. Aphrodite was universally worshipped throughout Mediterranean and this exhibition traces the goddess from her obscure origins in the ancient Near […]