19 Must See Art Exhibits & Cultural Events in LA

Charles White, "Frederick Douglass Lives Again (The Ghost of Frederick Douglass II)"

Charles White, "Frederick Douglass Lives Again (The Ghost of Frederick Douglass II)" | Photo: Sharon Mollerus, Flickr


From the grand opening of the spectacular Academy Museum of Motion Pictures to the 40th anniversary of MOCA, The Huntington Library centennial and much more, 2019 will be an unforgettable year of arts and culture in LA.

"Airplane Parts" by Nancy Rubins at MOCA Grand Avenue

Nancy Rubins, Airplane Parts (2003) at MOCA Grand Avenue | Photo: The Broad

MOCA 40th Anniversary

Beginning in spring 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) will dedicate its Downtown LA locations to multiple exhibitions celebrating the museum’s 40th anniversary and its permanent collection. Each location will feature special exhibitions highlighting different themes and stories found within the institution’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 objects.

40 FOR LA - MOCA GRAND AVENUE (APR 14 – SEPT. 16, 2019)
40 for LA celebrates the forty-year history of MOCA with a multimedia exhibition that features archival materials including rare photographs and lithographs, limited-edition objects, a detailed exhibition and programming timeline, excerpts from the museum’s YouTube video project MOCAtv, and a special homage to all of the artists to whom the museum is indebted. Visitors will get an in-depth look at some of the key elements that define the institution: the Grand Avenue location designed in 1986 by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Arata Isozaki; a celebrated permanent collection, groundbreaking temporary exhibitions, and the museum’s dedicated board members and patrons. Together, these elements tell the story of MOCA’s beginnings, explore the museum’s vital role in shaping the Southern California art community, and take stock of MOCA’s achievements as a pioneering contemporary art institution in Los Angeles.

OPEN HOUSE: ELLIOTT HUNDLEY - MOCA GRAND AVENUE (APR 14 – SEPT. 16, 2019)
As part of this celebration, MOCA will debut a new ongoing series of exhibitions titled Open House. For the first time in its history, MOCA invites LA-based artists to organize exhibitions drawn from the museum’s extensive collection of objects. The artists selected will work together with MOCA curators to explore how the museum’s permanent collection can continue to serve, educate, inform, represent, and delight the diverse and extensive community of artists in Southern California. Open House will give visitors a chance to see the depth and breadth of MOCA’s collection focused through the unique lens provided by the community of artists that it serves.

MOCA will begin this new exhibition series with Open House: Elliott Hundley. Multimedia artist Elliott Hundley will explore the architecture and origins of collage, exploring how the visual and material logic of this technique has informed artists in MOCA’s collection, as well as his own practice.

Since its founding in 1979, MOCA has built one of the most legendary permanent collections in the world.

THE FOUNDATION OF THE MUSEUM: MOCA'S COLLECTION (MAY 19, 2019 – JAN. 13, 2020)
Since its founding in 1979, MOCA has built one of the most legendary permanent collections in the world—a continually growing archive that reflects historical depth, recent experimentation, global awareness, and an outlook significantly informed by its home in Los Angeles. To mark the museum’s 40th anniversary, this exhibition presents selected artworks that speak to the diversity and prescience of MOCA’s collecting over the past four decades. With special emphasis on works associated with the museum’s remarkable history of exhibitions, The Foundation of the Museum: MOCA’s Collection shows the collection as a changing, evolving landscape of developments in contemporary art and curatorial focus, as well as the social and cultural backdrops that inform them. Featuring a diverse range of artists long- and newly-associated with the museum, the exhibition reflects a belief that MOCA’s histories and futures have always been multiple, ambitious, precious, and unique.

"Soul of a Nation" at The Broad

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, 1963-1983 | Photo: The Broad

Soul of a Nation - The Broad (March 23 - Sept. 1, 2019)

Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad, The Broad is a 120,000 square-foot contemporary art museum that houses more than 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is one of the world's most prominent collections of postwar and contemporary art. Since opening in September 2015, The Broad has welcomed more than 2.5 million visitors.

On view at The Broad from March 23 to Sept. 1, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 celebrates the work of Black artists made over two decades beginning in 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement. The exhibition devotes individual galleries either to groups of artists working in a particular city — with three galleries dedicated to artists living and working in Los Angeles – or to a different kind of art production. The exhibition showcases communities engaged in robust artistic dialogues, while also revealing disagreements about what it meant to be a Black artist at this time. Artworks in the exhibition are both figurative and abstract, and range from collage, assemblage and photography to painting, sculpture and performance.

Grammy Museum Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton | Photo: Grammy Museum

Grammy Museum

For a fascinating journey into the history of music, don’t miss the Grammy Museum, located just steps from STAPLES Center at L.A. LIVE. Four floors of cutting edge exhibits, interactive experiences and films provide a one-of-a-kind visitor experience. The museum also hosts public events and educational programming that explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of recorded music.

Current special exhibits at the museum include Cheech & Chong: Still Rollin' (through Spring 2019), Diamond In A Rhinestone World: The Costumes Of Dolly Parton (through March 17), The Prison Concerts: Folsom And San Quentin (Jim Marshall’s Photographs Of Johnny Cash), on view through April 22; and Take Me Out To The Ball Game: Popular Music And The National Pastime (March 14 - Fall 2019).

LA Opera

EL GATO MONTES: THE WILDCAT (MAY 4, 5, 8, 11, 16, 19)
One of the greatest masterpieces of the Spanish lyrical theater, Manuel Penella's El Gato Montés tells the story of a beautiful woman who stirs a fatal rivalry between a renowned bullfighter and a bandit on the run. Long championed by Plácido Domingo, who performs the title role, El Gato Montés spins a quintessentially Spanish tale through passionate melodies, dazzling choreography and an atmospheric new staging from Madrid’s famed Teatro de la Zarzuela.

LA TRAVIATA (JUNE 1, 9, 13, 16, 19, 22)
Experience the glamour and romance of Verdi's essential opera, La Traviata. In the face of certain death, a beautiful courtesan dedicates her remaining days to decadent pleasures, dazzling parties, and wealthy admirers. But when a devoted suitor declares his true love, she must pay for the sins of her past with a heartbreaking sacrifice. With soaring arias and passionate duets performed against a stunning Art Deco setting in the Roaring 20s, this is quintessential Verdi: emotionally devastating and deeply, unforgettably human. Soprano Adela Zaharia, the 2017 winner of Operalia, stars as Violetta.

"At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America" at the Japanese American National Museum

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America at the Japanese American National Museum | Photo: Visual Communications

At First Light - Japanese American National Museum (May 25 - Oct. 20, 2019)

At First Light: The Dawning of Asian Pacific America is a multimedia exhibition that explores and celebrates the emergence of a politically defined Asian Pacific American consciousness and identity. A co-production between Visual Communications (VC) and the Japanese American National Museum, At First Light chronicles the transformation of the un-American categorization of “Oriental” to the political identity of “Asian Pacific American” that rejected racist stereotypes, stood up for human rights, recovered lost histories, and created new cultural expressions.

The exhibition draws from the collections of VC, the first Asian Pacific American media organization in the country, which formed in Los Angeles in 1970 to capture and cultivate the newfound unity that was Asian Pacific America. The resiliency and resistance embodied in At First Light serves as a reminder—as well as a call to action—of what can be accomplished when people unite as a community with commitment.

Greg Breda "Salt" at CAAM

Greg Breda, Untitled (Salt, woman w/ big hat) Detail, 2013. Acrylic on mylar, 62" x 40". Courtesy of the artist, CAAM

California African American Museum

Located at Exposition Park in Downtown LA, the California African American Museum (CAAM) exists to research, collect, preserve and interpret the history, art and culture of African Americans. The museum's permanent collection houses 4,000 objects that span landscape painting and portraiture, modern and contemporary art, historical objects and print materials, and mixed-media artworks.

PLUMB LINE: CHARLES WHITE AND THE CONTEMPORARY (MARCH 6 - AUG. 25, 2019)
A prolific painter, printmaker, muralist, draftsman, and photographer whose career spanned more than half a century, Charles White’s artistic portrayals of black subjects, life, and history were extensive and far-reaching. Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary features contemporary artists whose work in the realm of black individual and collective life resonates with White’s profound and continuing influence.

From abstraction to figuration, the artists of Plumb Line, including Sadie Barnette, Diedrick Brackens, Greg Breda, Alfred Conteh, Kenturah Davis, Kohshin Finley, Yashua Klos and Toyin Ojih Odutola, find conversation with White through the largesse of their canvases, expansive renderings of black skin and black community, and in the treatment of black past and presence in ways that are both epic and intimate.

The plumb line, an architectural tool used to determine verticality, is a featured element in White’s Birmingham Totem, suggesting the work of black artists as architects of change. White himself can also be considered an artistic plumb line: a builder of black artistic opportunities and a compass directing us toward new aesthetic, liberatory possibilities.

THE LIBERATOR: CHRONICLING BLACK LOS ANGELES (1900-1914) (MARCH 20 - SEPT. 8, 2019)
The Liberator was an early 20th-century newspaper that documented the emerging African American population in Los Angeles. Founded in 1900 by Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, a former slave who advocated for improved social and economic conditions for black men and women, the publication reported on local, national, and international news and provided a source of racial upliftment for over a decade. As The Liberator’s editor, Edmonds portrayed LA as a city of hope for African Americans, particularly compared to the violence and hardship they experienced in the South, and the paper contributed significantly to the city’s rapidly increasing black population. Yet Edmonds also used it as a vehicle to denounce injustices both locally and nationally.

The Liberator: Chronicling Black Los Angeles, 1900–1914 sheds light on the expansion of the city’s African American community, its challenges in a post-Reconstruction era, and its hopes and accomplishments, as captured in the newspaper’s pages. More than a century since The Liberator’s final issue, this exhibition includes rare ephemera, photographs, and artifacts that offer a unique study of the narrative of black Los Angeles.

Patty Chang "Wandering Lake" at ICA LA

Patty Chang, still from Invocations for a Wandering Lake, Part I, 2015 | Courtesy the artist and BANK/MABSOCIETY, ICA LA

Patty Chang: The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 - ICA LA (March 17 - Aug. 3, 2019)

Patty Chang emerged from New York’s alternative art scene of the mid-1990s, producing works dealing with themes of gender, language, and empathy. On view at ICA LA from March 17 to August 3, The Wandering Lake, 2009-2017 is Chang’s most ambitious work to date - an eight-year project that redefines the role of artist, image, object and performance in the construction of narratives through an exhibition that integrates video projection, photography, sculpture, publication, and performance as one expansive body of work. The exhibition allows viewers to navigate through Chang’s personal, associative, and narrative meditation on mourning, caregiving, geopolitics, and landscape. The exhibition has been structured to replicate the complex way in which stories develop through geography, history, cultural mythology, fiction, and personal experience. While Chang’s multi-year project was in part inspired by turn-of-the-century colonial explorer Sven Hedin’s book The Wandering Lake (1938)—which tells the story of a migrating body of water in the Chinese desert—the project also chronicles the loss of Chang’s father as well as her pregnancy and the birth of her son.

An artist book has been conceived as an organically integral part of the project. The book conceptually mirrors the installation in the galleries and is comprised of a photo essay by Chang detailing her travels to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of Western China, the site of the wandering lake, and other aquatic locations, along with selected excerpts from the aforementioned literatures and other sources in relevant topics written by authors including Jill Casid, VALIE EXPORT, Herman Melville and Alice Walker.

Autry Museum of the American West

The Autry Museum of the American West is dedicated to exploring and sharing the stories, experiences, and perceptions of the diverse peoples of the American West. Located in Griffith Park, the Autry’s collection of over 500,000 pieces of art and artifacts, which includes the collection of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian, is one of the largest and most significant in the United States.

MASTERS OF THE AMERICAN WEST (THROUGH MARCH 24, 2019)
The Masters of the American West Art Exhibition and Sale is considered the country’s premier Western art show, featuring paintings and sculptures by 64 contemporary and nationally recognized artists. New artists for the 2019 Masters include Eric Bowman, G. Russell Case, and Howard Post, as well as returning artists Nicholas Coleman, Dennis Doheny, and Tim Solliday.

INDIAN COUNTRY: THE ART OF DAVID BRADLEY (OPENS MARCH 31, 2019)
For the past three decades, David Bradley (Minnesota Chippewa, born 1954) has been a recognized voice from Indian Country, confronting through his art questions of identity, self-determination, and self-representation, as well as definitions of “traditional” Indian art. Drawing influence from diverse sources such as Santa Fe–style painting of the 1930s–40s, Renaissance art, pop culture, advertising, and film, Bradley’s work is at once serious and fun, historical and contemporary.

Charles White, "Frederick Douglass Lives Again (The Ghost of Frederick Douglass II)"

Charles White, "Frederick Douglass Lives Again (The Ghost of Frederick Douglass II)" | Photo: Sharon Mollerus, Flickr

Charles White: A Retrospective - LACMA (Through June 9, 2019)

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes over 135,000 objects dating from antiquity to the present, encompassing the geographic world and nearly the entire history of art.

Charles White: A Retrospective is the first major 21st-century museum retrospective on this famed mid-century artist. Now on view at LACMA through June 9, the exhibition traces White’s career and impact in the cities he called home: Chicago, his birthplace; New York, where he joined social causes and gained acclaim; and Los Angeles, where he developed his mature art and became a civil rights activist. The exhibition includes approximately 100 drawings and prints along with lesser-known oil paintings. A superb draftsman, White focused on images of both historical and contemporary African Americans, depicted in ideal portraits and everyday scenes. He extolled their dignity, humanity, and heroism in the face of the country’s long history of racial injustice and encouraged his viewers and fellow artists of color to project their own self-worth.

Two concurrent and complementary exhibitions will be on view in Los Angeles. Life Model: Charles White and His Students will be on view through September 14 at LACMA’s satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School (formerly Otis Art Institute), where the artist taught for many years; and Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary (March 6 – Aug. 25) will be presented at the California African American Museum, an institution whose establishment White championed.

Winning Numbers - Petersen Automotive Museum (Feb. 23, 2019 - Jan. 19, 2020)

Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, the Petersen Automotive Museum is presenting a three-part California Collecting series that kicks off with Winning Numbers: The First, The Fastest, The Famous. Featuring groundbreaking race cars from the collection of Petersen Founding Chairman Bruce Meyer, the exhibit includes the first production Shelby Cobra, the winningest Ferrari road racer of all time, the 1962 Greer Black Prudhomme Dragster, the 1979 Le Mans-winning Kremer Porsche and more.

Affectionately known as the “car guy’s car guy,” Meyer is internationally recognized for his passion for all things automotive—specifically for his dedication to preserving hot rod history and historic motorsports—sharing his zeal with fellow enthusiasts and using his connections to promote the hobby. He was a close friend and neighbor of Petersen Publishing founder Robert E. Petersen when he and “Pete” hatched the idea for the Petersen Automotive Museum in 1992—officially opening its doors to the public in 1994. Twenty-five years later, Meyer remains one of the museum’s biggest supporters.

Craft Contemporary

With a focus on contemporary art made from craft media and processes, Craft Contemporary presents dynamic exhibitions by established and emerging artists and designers who are often underrepresented in larger art institutions.

THE RIDDLE EFFECT (JUNE 2 – SEPT. 8, 2019)
The RIDDLE Effect
presents a survey of artist John Riddle’s (1933–2002) sculptural work and examines his influence as a foundational member of the Black Arts Movement in Los Angeles. The exhibition highlights Riddle's innovative art practice with several works exhibited for the first time in Los Angeles. Works by his students and colleagues will also be presented alongside Riddle’s to honor his expressive practice and impact on the LA arts community.

ON THE INSIDE (JUNE 2 - SEPT. 8, 2019)
On the Inside
is a group exhibition of LGBTQ+ artists who are currently incarcerated. The artworks are made from basic materials the prisoners have access to behind bars - mostly letter-sized paper, dull pencils, ballpoint pen ink tubes, and unlikely innovations such as an asthma inhaler filled with Kool-Aid to create an airbrushed painting. The project started with a call-for-art in the Black and Pink newsletter, a monthly publication filled with prisoner-generated content, giving birth to this collective exhibition.

RAW: CRAFT, COMMODITY, AND CAPITALISM (SEPT. 29, 2019 - JAN. 5, 2020)
Opening this fall, Raw: Craft, Commodity, and Capitalism features ten contemporary artists working with a range of colonial-era commodities as material to construct works that reflect upon the history of colonialism, slavery, and globalization. Many artists in the exhibition view the commodities they utilize as a form of historical record, and their use of these materials acknowledges the layers of repressed histories encapsulated in each commodity. Works in the exhibition will include sculptural pieces and installations created from cotton, sugar, precious metals, salt, clay, river water, and other materials.

Takashi Murakami "Qinghua" at Gagosian Beverly Hills

Takashi Murakami Qinghua at Gagosian Beverly Hills | Photo: @takashipom, Instagram

Takashi Murakami: GYATEI² - Gagosian Beverly Hills (Feb. 21 – April 13, 2019)

The annual "Oscars show" at Gagosian Beverly Hills is a fixture on the LA culture calendar. This year's edition is GYATEI², featuring 30 new works by acclaimed Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The exhibition title comes from the Buddhist Hannya Shingyo (Heart Sutra), a popular sutra in Mahayana Buddhism. In an Instagram post, Murakami says, "the title of the show references the climactic mantra, 'gyatei, gyatei, haragyatei, harasogyatei,' that comes at the end of the Heart Sutra. This phrase could be full of meaning or devoid of meaning—some say it imitates an infant’s cry and, when chanted loudly, signifies rebirth."

GYATEI² reveals myriad variations of interconnected imagery, each permutation, and combination generating new meaning. Murakami’s first character, Mr. DOB—a whimsical, sharp-toothed Mickey Mouse–like character—reappears in different forms, as does the ubiquitous rainbow flower. Elsewhere, images of doorways, graffiti of the word “viral,” and a self-portrait of the artist and his dog are overlaid onto dense graphic patterns.

In the same Instagram, Murakami says, "One of the works I’d like people to pay attention to in this show is a large painting featuring fish." The 17-panel Qinghua (2019) reinterprets a motif originally painted on a vase from the Chinese Yuan Dynasty (c. 1206–1368), whose imagery mingled in Murakami’s memory with childhood trips to the river with his father, where fishers would haul enormous carp. At almost eight feet high and 58 feet wide, the image proceeds panel by panel, like an enormous storyboard, or a vase that has been unrolled like a long scroll along the gallery’s walls.

"LA has been very important to me as an artist." - Takashi Murakami

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murakami said, "LA has been very important to me as an artist," adding that he's "especially grateful for my relationship with MOCA, because it built the foundation for my career that has led up to the present," and is how "I became known in the American art scene."

"CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop" at Annenberg Space for Photography

CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop | Photo: Annenberg Space for Photography

Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop - Annenberg Space for Photography (April 26 - Aug. 18, 2019)

To celebrate the photographers who have played a critical role in bringing hip-hop’s visual culture to the global stage, the Annenberg Space for Photography presents CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop - an inside look at the work of hip-hop photographers, as told through their most intimate diaries: their unedited contact sheets.

Curated by Vikki Tobak—produced in partnership with United Photo Industries (UPI)—and based on her book of the same name, CONTACT HIGH includes over 120 works from more than 60 photographers. The photographic exhibition includes original and unedited contact sheets from Barron Claiborne’s iconic Notorious B.I.G. portraits, to early images of Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West as they first took to the scene, to Janette Beckman’s defining photos of Salt-N-Pepa, and Jamel Shabazz and Gordon Parks documenting hip-hop culture. CONTACT HIGH invites visitors to look directly through the photographer’s lens and observe all of the pictures taken during these legendary photo shoots. The exhibit also includes rare videos, memorabilia, and music to demonstrate how the documentation of a cultural phenomenon impacts not just music, but politics and social movements around the world.

Views of the Central Garden and Pacific Ocean at the Getty Center   |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Views of the Central Garden and Pacific Ocean at the Getty Center

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

Getty Center

Perched on a hilltop above Brentwood, the Getty Center is world renowned for its collection of European art from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century, and international photographs from its inception to the present day. Upcoming exhibits include:

  • Mapping Space: Recent Acquisitions in Focus (Feb. 26 – July 14) - A display of photographs from the museum’s collection that explore the work of artists who have departed from the traditional rules of landscape composition to document specific geographic locations in new ways.
  • Encore: Reenactment in Contemporary Photography (March 12 – June 9) - The re-staging of past events presents an opportunity for contemporary photographers to highlight underrepresented stories and to critique established narratives. Presented in three topics - personal history, political history, and art history—the works showcase very different approaches to engaging with the past.
  • Oscar Rejlander: Artist Photographer (March 12 – June 9) - Often referred to as the “father of art photography,” Oscar G. Rejlander has been praised for his early experiments with combination printing; for his collaboration with Charles Darwin; and for his influence on the work of Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first major retrospective on Rejlander, highlighting new research and a selection of works brought together for the first time.
  • The Wondrous Cosmos in Medieval Manuscripts (April 30 – July 21) - The cosmos inspired study and devotion among scientists, theologians, and artists alike during the Middle Ages. The belief in angels, demons, and spirits moreover materialized in wondrous works of art, especially on the pages of illuminated manuscripts.
  • Book of Beasts: The Bestiary in the Medieval World (May 14 – Aug. 18) - Abounding with vibrant and fascinating images, the bestiary was a popular medieval book that brought creatures to life before the eyes of readers. The beasts also often escaped from its pages to inhabit a glittering array of other objects. With over 100 works on display, this major loan exhibition will transport visitors into the world of the medieval bestiary.
"Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich" at Skirball Cultural Center

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich | Photo: Skirball Cultural Center

Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich - Skirball Cultural Center (May 9 – Sept. 1, 2019)

Los Angeles fashion designer Rudi Gernreich introduced the topless bathing suit, the thong, unisex clothing, pantsuits for women, and enough inventive clothing to earn him a worldwide reputation. His democratic and dynamic fashions continue to resonate today. Opening at the Skirball Cultural Center on May 9, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich explores the visionary and progressive fashion ensembles that trespassed rigid social expectations and liberated those who wore his clothing.

A Viennese Jew, Gernreich immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1938, fleeing the oppressive and anti-Semitic Nazi regime. The exhibition spans his early career as a dancer for the Lester Horton Dance Theatre to his role as a founding member of The Mattachine Society, a pioneering gay rights organization. The exhibition features over fifty Gernreich ensembles, along with accessories, original sketches, photographs, ephemera, and newly filmed interviews of friends and colleagues. All mannequins for this exhibition were custom produced with flat feet—a deviation from the industry standard. Flat feet were a design feature Gernreich emphasized, dressing his models barefoot or in sensible short-heeled or flat shoes. Affirming women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community as full participants in the public sphere, Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich celebrates how the designer utilized fashion to embrace cultural diversity and social inclusion.

Hammer Museum

Widely regarded as one of the world’s leading cultural venues for emerging artists, the Hammer Museum in Westwood was founded in 1990 by Armand Hammer as a venue to exhibit his extensive art collection. The Hammer houses a permanent collection with masterpieces by Rembrandt, Van Gogh and Sargent, as well as one of the world’s finest collections of works on paper.

HAMMER PROJECTS: YUNHEE MIN (MARCH 30 - OCT. 27)
A native of Seoul, South Korea, Yunhee Min has been a longtime resident of California and an active participant in the Los Angeles contemporary art community. While the core of Min’s practice is painting, she also studied design and architecture, which has led to a number of large-scale sculptures and installations. For the Hammer Museum, she adapts the vibrant abstract imagery of her recent paintings on canvas to the steps of the lobby staircase, in the first Hammer Project to be oriented to the floor rather than the walls. Min completely alters the surface of the stairs themselves, while also making subtle modifications to the walls and lighting in the lobby to underscore how context impacts experience and enhance the visitors’ awareness of the architecture.

SARAH LUCAS: AU NATUREL (JUNE 9 - SEPT. 1)
Over the past 30 years, Sarah Lucas has created a distinctive and provocative body of work that subverts traditional notions of gender, sexuality, and identity. The first American survey of one of the UK's most influential artists, Sarah Lucas: Au Naturel will exhibit more than 150 works in photography, collage, sculpture, and installation. Alongside new sculptural works created for the exhibition, Au Naturel features some of Lucas’s most important projects, including early sculptures from the 1990s that substitute domestic furniture for human body parts and enlarged spreads from tabloid newspapers from the same period that reflect objectified representations of the female body.  

Outer Peristyle Garden at the Getty Villa

Outer Peristyle Garden at the Getty Villa

 |  Photo: Yuri Hasegawa

After Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri - Getty Villa (June 26 – Oct. 27, 2019)

Perched above Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, the Getty Villa welcomes visitors to experience ancient Greek and Roman art in a setting that recreates a first-century Roman villa. Home to the J. Paul Getty’s antiquities collection, the two-floor museum displays art that spans the 7,000 years from the end of the Stone Age to the fall of the Roman empire.

The Getty Villa is modeled on the Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Buried by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79, the ancient villa was rediscovered and explored by subterranean tunnels in the 1750s and again in the 1990s and early 2000s. It has yielded spectacular colored marble and mosaic floors, frescoed walls, a large collection of bronze and marble statuary, and a library of more than a thousand papyrus scrolls. Opening June 26, After Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri presents rare original artifacts and traces attempts to unroll and decipher the carbonized papyri.

Huntington Library Chinese Garden Pavilion Bridge

Pavilion of the Three Friends and the Jade Ribbon Bridge at Garden of Flowing Fragrance | Photo: The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library Centennial Celebration (September 2019 - September 2020)

The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens is home to the largest private library to one of the world’s great independent research libraries, with more than 9 million items, spanning the 11th century to the present. The Huntington’s art collections focus on European art from the 15th to the early 20th century and American art from the late 17th to the late 20th century. Spanning 120 acres of the 207-acre grounds, the Huntington's botanical gardens contain more than a dozen principal garden areas, including the acclaimed Garden of Flowing Fragrance and the historic Japanese Garden.

The Huntington's Centennial Celebration opens in September 2019 with Nineteen Nineteen, a major exhibition that draws from the library, art, and botanical collections to examine that historic year across the globe and the founding of The Huntington in the context of international events. Throughout the celebration year, The Huntington will present special programs that look at the collections in new ways and explore their potential impact into the future.

Opening in October 2019, What Now: Collecting for the Library is the first exhibition of a two-part series highlighting a wide variety of recent acquisitions of rare books and manuscripts. Also opening in the fall of 2019 is the fourth installment of The Huntington's /five initiative, a collaboration in which contemporary artists respond to a theme drawn from The Huntington's collections, culminating in an exhibition.

The "Huntington's Hundredth" commemorative rose will be available for sale at the monthly Second Thursday Garden Talk and at the Spring Plant Sale from April 26 through 28. The pastel yellow and orchid pink floribunda was hybridized in 2009 by Tom Carruth, The Huntington's E. L. and Ruth B. Shannon Curator of the Rose Collection. "This could easily be one of the top 10 roses from my 40-year rose breeding career," said Carruth, who enjoyed a long career as an award-winning hybridizer before joining The Huntington's staff in 2012 as curator of the rose collection. The rose is a cross between one of Carruth's most popular roses, "Julia Child," with the French variety, "Stormy Weather."