Special Events

Another Promised Land:  Anita Brenner’s Mexico:  Skirball Cultural Center,   2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)   Mexican-American Jewish trailblazer who inspired great artists and fostered goodwill across the border.  Through more than 150 objects including artworks by Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco, Edward Weston, Jean Charlot and Frida Kahlo, this exhibition underscores her efforts to build cultural understanding between the United States and Mexico.  This exhibition is part of the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time LA/LA initiative.

Art of Motion Picture Costume Design and Acquiring Beauty:  FIDM Museum, 919 S Grand Ave., 1st level, Los Angeles (213/623-5821 x3275) More than 125 costumes from 25 films from 2017 including all five Academy Award nominees for Best Costume Design. Thru July 7.

Art Past and Present: Wende Museum of the Cold War, 10808 Culver Bl.,  Culver City.   (310/216-1600)  A dynamic season of public events, many of them free of charge.  The season starts on Feb. 18 with Art–Past–Present, the popular interactive discussion series..renowned artists speak with the community about the connections between history and and current events.

Chinese New Year Festival:  The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino  (626/405-2100)  The festival includes lion dancers, mask changing performances, music and dance, food and much more.  Two performances by the Hunan Province Song and Dance Theater, on Sunday.   Visitors can enjoy two full days of fun and festivities, Feb. 17 and 18.

Cinema Tuesdays: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda B., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)  Free movies featured on the first two Tuesdays of each month, 1:30 p.m.

Cuba Is:  Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars. Century City (213/403-3000)  Revealing the complexities of Cuban life both on and off the island, the new multimedia exhibition captures a range of subjects from defiant youth known as Los Frikis to the hard-partying children of the country’s elusive 1%.  Featuring more than 120 photos that challenge historical preconceptions and enlighten its viewers to the nation’s current reality.  Thru March 4, 2018.

Culinary Events at the Gettys: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405.  Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades (310/440-7300)   The J. Paul Getty Museum is offering a number of culinary events in the coming months spotlighting the lush gardens and bountiful herbs at both locations. Tea by the Sea, at the Villa, ongoing Thursdays and Saturdays. Limited tickets.

Exhibitions and Events at the Norton Simon Museum:   Norton Simon Museum, 411 W. Colorado Bl., Pasadena 

Harlem Globetrotters Amazing Feats of Basketball World Tour:  www.harlem  Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, Feb. 17, 2018; Honda Center, Anaheim, Feb. 18 and 24; Staples in Los Angeles, Feb 25.

Harald Szeemann: Museum of Obsessions:  Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)   One of the largest collections the Getty Research Institute has ever acquired has led to a major exhibition surveying the extraordinary practices of Harald Szeemann (1933-2005) the world renowned curator of modern and contemporary art who championed radical art and was a fascinating art world figure.The life and career of this exhibition maker from his groundbreaking involvement with the avant garde movements of the ’60s and 70s and his global contemporary exhibitions of the 90s and 2000s to his personal reading of early 20th century modernism.  Feb. 6-May 6.

Imaginology: Orange County Fair & Event Center 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa  With its cool steampunk theme and lots of hands on activities, Imaginology brings free family friendly fun with a focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math, April 13-15.

IRIS Nights Lecture Series:  Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/403-3000)  Attendees can hear first hand from photographers featured in the newest exhibition.  Call for specifics.

Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth:  The Broad,  221 S. Grand Ave., downtown Los Angeles (213/232-6200) This landmark exhibition features more than 120 works by the iconic American artist.  John’s artistic achievements will be illuminated through the juxtaposition of early and late works throughout the exhibition.   More than 120 of the artist’s most significant paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings are featured with loans from more than 50 public and private collections from around the world.  The exhibition traces the evolution of the artist’s six-decade career through a series of thematic chapters.   The Broad will present a series of programs over the exhibition’s 13-week run, including Cross-Hatched, a series consisting of three live performances of music, vocal performances and dance films programmed with live accompaniment and Fluxus performances.  Tickets on sale now. Feb. 10-May 13.

Jazz at LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)  Free jazz concerts every Friday night at 6pm at the Grand Entrance.

Los Angeles Conservancy Preservation Awards: Millennium Biltmore Hotel, downtown Los Angeles, May 2.

LAX Presents: Los Angeles International Airport .   Live music program where guests will be treated to a variety of live music, dance and theatrical performances and special events at Los Angeles International Airport year round. These performances aim to enrich the airport environment, ambiance and guest experience with moments of cultural enlightenment.  The performances will alternate throughout terminals to ensure an LAX guest experience that is continually fresh, exciting and inviting in the entertainment capital of the world.

Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale: The Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000)   Explore the American West though paintings and sculptures by 70 premier Western artists.  Thru March 25.

Meet and Greet Series:  Skylight Studios, Annenberg Space for Photography, 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Century City (213/403-3000)  Multi-media venue located directly across from the Space for Photography offers a free lecture series with attendees given the opportunity to interact one on one with the featured guest speakers.  Free. No reservations necessary.

Natural History Museum Events:  900 Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-DINO)  First Fridays — Walk on the Wild Side after hours features cocktails, KCRW DJ  lounge, LA bands, tours and talks…a unique adventure.  Live music and discussion series continues. 

Outcasts: Prejudice & Persecution in the Medieval World: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300) Medieval manuscripts preserve stories of faith, romance and knowledge but their luxurious illuminations can sometimes reveal hidden prejudices as well. The exhibition presents individual case studies that examine the way art, like language, was used to articulate a rhetoric of exclusion whether for reasons of race, class, gender, religious identity or sexual difference. The vivid images and pervasive subtexts in illuminated manuscripts can serve as stark reminders of the power of rhetoric and the danger of prejudice.  Jan. 30-April 8.

Passing the Torch–From Selma to Today: Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda B., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)   Join celebrated movement leaders Andrew Young, Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., and Dr. Clarence B. Jones with moderator Stosh Cotler as they reflect on the key actions that led to significant civil rights gains in the 1960s and what strategies can transform unjust public policy today.  Feb. 22.


Paper Promises: Early American Photography: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)  The exhibition features rare 19th century paper negatives and paper photographs from an era of American experimentation including portraits of some of the country’s most notable political and cultural figures as well as searing images from the Civil War. Feb. 27-May 27.

LA/LA at LACMA: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Bl., Los Angeles (323/857-6000)   Found in Translation: Design in California and Mexico, 1915-1985:  a groundbreaking exhibition and accompanying book about design dialogues between California and Mexico, Sept. 17-April 1, 2018. Painted in Mexico: Pinxit Mexici, 1700-1790, a groundbreaking exhibition devoted to 18th century Mexican painting, Nov. 19-March 18, 2018.


Public Gardens of Santa Barbara: Tour these spectacular gardens but check websites in advance. Casa del Herrero; Ganna Walska Lotusland; Alice Keck Park Memorial Garden; Santa Barbara Botanic Garden 

Public Programs and Exhibitions at The Huntington: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd.,    An assortment of fascinating topics and displays with talks and book signings, garden tips, music, film, lectures, exhibitions and tours.  Marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with an exhibition that explores the power of the written word as a mechanism for radical change.   Included are 50 rare manuscripts, books and prints made between the 1400s and 1648.  Thru Feb. 26, 2018.  Check for the variety of programs and events.

Robert Polidori Photographs Exhibition: Getty Museum: Getty Center, 1200 Getty Drive off the 405 (310/440-7300)   In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Getty Center, an exhibition of 20 works by renowned photographer Robert Polidori, the first public exhibition photographs showing the first installation of the Getty Center in the month leading up to its opening in December 1997.  Thru May 6, 2018.

Standing Rock: Art and Solidarity:  The Autry Museum of the American West, 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles (323/667-2000) In April 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North Dakota launched a large public campaign to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Over subsequent months  an unprecedented movement developed among allies from hundreds of other indigenous nations as well as large numbers of non-Native activists, organized around the Dakota/Lakota principle “Mni Wiconi,” translated as “Water is Life.”  Artists joined in this effort, producing works that connected this issue to broader questions of resource use, climate change and tribal sovereignty.   Thru Feb. 18, 2018.

Surface Tension by Ken Gonzales-Day: Murals, Signs and Mark-Making in LA:  Skirball Cultural Center,   2701 N. Sepulveda Bl., Los Angeles (310/440-4500)      Experience Los Angeles through a new lens.  The show features more than 140 new photographs that capture murals, street art, graffiti an sign painting across the city from East LA to Venice Beach, from Pacoima to Watts.  The exhibition illustrates how murals portray the experiences of diverse communities and degine the visual landscape of Los Angeles.  Part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.  Oct. 6-Feb. 25, 2018.

Tall Ship Sails  Into Ventura:  1586 Spinnaker Dr., Ventura (800/200-5239) A rare opportunity to see a historic sailing vessel in action. Feb. 13-March 5.

Taking Shape: Degas as Sculptor:  Norton Simon Museum, 411 West Colorado Bl., Pasadena  This exhibition marks the centenary of Degas’s death by presenting the museum’s entire collection of bronze models for the first time,  thru April 9, 2018.

Taste of Solvang:  From iconic sweets and award-winning wines, beers and spirits plus farm to table, rustic wine country cuisine to New American and modern Danish fare, this popular celebration features a variety of food and beverage experiences featuring Solvang area chefs, bakers, farmers, winemakers, brewers, distillers and artisans showcasing the bounty of the region since 1993.  March 14-18. Advance purchases of passports or ala carte tickets are highly recommended.

Tattoo: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles: 900  Exposition Bl., Los Angeles (213/763-3218)  This international touring exhibition explores more than 5,000 years of history culture and art connected to ink through specially commissioned tattooed silicone forms, hand-drawn art, videos of tattoo ceremonies, interview footage of luminary practitioners and the technology and tools of the trade — all while spotlighting the vibrant tattoo scene in Los Angeles. Thru April 15, 2018,

The Wende Cold War Museum Opens: 10808  Culver B., Culver City The 1949 National Guard Armory Building has begun a second life as the headquarters for this newly opened museum preserving  and displaying a vast collection of Soviet and East German artifacts to illuminate the complexities of our fraught Cold War past.   The building housing the collection paradoxically designed to fight the enemy showcases the objects of the enemy. The philosophy of the newly opened museum is to allow people to think about different layers of history.

Tiffany Favrile Glass: Masterworks: The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Rd.,     Thirty two exquisite glass vases designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany, on loan from a private collection, will survey the full range of Tiffany Favrile  glass vase production from experimental pieces made in the 1890s to the widely admired peacock vases produced in the early 20th century.  Thru Feb. 26, 2018.

UCLA Public Arts Program:  UCLA Westwood campus (310/825-2101) and     Programs include distinguished lectures by luminaries such as Pritzker Prize-winning architect Thom Mayne and Phillipe Vergne, student exhibitions showing work from UCLA’s top ranked fine arts programs, student performances directed by renowned faculty and the rich offerings of the Fowler Museum, the Hammer Museum and the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA.  Many of the events are free and all are open to the public.

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