By Alexis Johnson le guier| October 31, 2014 |
Get a hit of artistic enlightenment this winter at the city’s primo museums.
Untitled (Gate), 1991, by Jim Hodges, is part of the artist’s exhibit, “Give More Than You Take,” at the Hammer Museum.
“Public Work, Lines of Desire: Peter Shire” is the first exhibition centered on multidisciplinary artist (and Echo Park native) Peter Shire’s architectural commissions. Known for his bold colors, interest in popular culture, and exuberant design aesthetic, the exhibition traces Shire’s most iconic structures, beginning with his work for the 1984 Olympics. November 8–January 31.6032 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-932-9393
California Science Center
Forget your ticket to Italy; the ancient city of Pompeii—famous for its catastrophic volcanic destruction in 79 AD—comes to Downtown LA, replete with all the opulent trappings (garden frescoes, marble statues, shrines, gladiator armor) of this Roman archeological wonder. Don’t miss the incredible CGI re-creation of the disaster. Through January 4. 700 Exposition Park Dr., LA, 323-724-3623
The Getty Center
Culled from the Getty Research Institute’s special collections, “World War I: War of Images, Images of War” juxtaposes the reality of battlefield brutality with the visual propaganda of the First World War. November 18–April 19. 1200 Getty Center Dr., LA, 310-440-7300
New York-based artist Jim Hodges begins with the most unsuspecting of everyday materials—from doodled paper napkins to disassembled silk flowers—which he subtly and poignantly uses to explore issues of loss and longing as well as the creation of gay identity post-AIDS. Don’t miss talks with the artist November 12 and 19. Through January 18. 10899 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 310-443-7000
Covering more than two decades of French artist Pierre Huyghe’s career, this first major retrospective of his work will transform the Resnick Pavilion into a single, spectacular environment in which visitors become part of the action. Working with a focus on cinema, Huyghe delves into art’s ability to shape reality. November 23–February 22. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323-857-6000
Andy Warhol’s interest in repetition reached new heights of exploration with his epic work Shadows (1978-79). A series of 102 panels featuring photographs of shadows cast in Warhol’s infamous studio, The Factory, the work is dark, glamorous, and deeply immersive, even though it lacks Warhol’s typical pop-culture references. This is the first time Shadows has been exhibited on the West Coast. Through February 15. 250 S. Grand Ave., LA, 213-621-1794
National History Museum
A taste of history comes in the form of this gigante exhibit—there are more than 800 works!—featuring contemporary folk art from Mexico, South America, and Portugal. “Grandes Maestros” showcases pieces of exceptional artisanship and works of Ibero-American folk art. November 9–September 13. 900 Exposition Blvd., LA, 213-763-3466
Norton Simon Museum
The name of this exhibit—“Lock, Stock and Barrel: Norton Simon’s Purchase of Duveen Brothers Gallery”—sums it up: Millionaire industrialist, philanthropist, and art collector Norton Simon bought the whole lot of the world’s largest and most successful gallery’s inventory, library, and archive, snapping up works by European old masters and staking his (very serious) claim to build a world-class art collection based in Pasadena. Through April 27. 411 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 626-449-6840