New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei
The Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo will feature New Frontiers: The Many Worlds of George Takei through August 20, 2017. The exhibit, curated by writer Jeff Yang, will survey the life of actor and LGBT activist George Takei. Takei rose to fame with his portrayal of Mr. Sulu on Star Trek, but this detailed exhibit will explore both Takei’s professional and personal life, including items from his family’s forced stay in an internment camp during WWII. Takei is a founder of the museum and married his husband, Brad Altman, there in 2008.
Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield
This exhibit from photographer and documentarian Lauren Greenfield explores not those who are wealthy but rather those who desire wealth by examining “the globalization of materialism, celebrity culture and social status.” Greenfield writes that the exhibit is the culmination of 25 years spent documenting “the influence of affluence,” both consciously and unconsciously. This exhibit is the artist’s first solo show and includes nearly 200 color prints, 42 first-person interviews, and short films.
Generation Wealth runs April 8 – August 13, 2017.
Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will host Pause, Saudi Arabian artist Abdulnasser Gharem’s first solo show in the United States. The exhibit features 11 unique pieces Gharem created following the event of 9/11. Gharem, a Muslim and a member of the Saudi Arabian army, watched the tragedy unfold on television, his horror only growing when he realized that two of the suspects had attended school with him. According to a release from LACMA, “Gharem deeply absorbs the notion of pause into his work as an occasion to examine certain universal dichotomies that lead one to choosing his or her path in life.” The 11 pieces span multiple mediums, including stamp paintings, film, and sculpture, and contain many motifs found in Islamic art.
Abdulnasser Gharem: Pause runs April 16 – July 2, 2017, in LACMA’s Ahmanson Building, Level 4.
LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 323 857 6000
African-Print Fashion Now
This vibrant show at The Fowler Museum explores African sartorial style, with an emphasis on 21st-century African-print fashion. The show features over 60 fashions, numerous photos, over 100 cloths, and seven modern pieces from visual artists spread among four distinct sections. According to a release, “The works featured throughout the exhibition demonstrate the vital role that African-print has played in the expression of beauty, fashion, and heritage while creating transcultural connections across Africa and into the larger world.”
African-Print Fashion Now is on display from March 26 – July 30, 2017.
Shining Like A National Guitar
Downtown Los Angeles’ GRAMMY Museum presents an exhibit of instruments crafted by the now defunct, yet notable Los Angeles-based manufacturer National String Instrument Corporation. The company was founded in the late 1920s by instrument designer and repair tech John Dopyera, his brother Rudy Dopyera, and musician George Beauchamp after Dopyera figured out how to improve the quality of sound in amplified instruments. National would later merge with Dopyera’s other company, Dobro Manufacturing Company, which was acquired by Gibson in 1993. Shining Like a National Guitar offers a look at these beautifully designed instruments.
Shining Like a National Guitar begins on April 11, 2017, and runs throughout Spring 2017.
GRAMMY Museum, 800 W Olympic Boulevard, A245, Los Angeles, CA, USA, +1 213 765 6800
Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories
The Huntington will present the first large-scale exhibit exploring the life of author Octavia E. Butler. Butler, who was born in Pasadena in 1947, was a best-selling science-fiction author and the first author of her genre to receive the MacArthur Fellowship. The exhibit is formatted in chronological order and contains nearly 100 items, including photos, books, and journal entries. This show is only a sample of The Huntington’s complete collection; in 2008, two years after Butler’s death, the Huntington received over 8,000 of Butler’s personal effects. The Huntington notes that this archive, out of all of their collections, is one of the most sought after by researchers.
Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA, USA, +1 626 405 2100
No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992
On April 29, 1992, simmering racial tensions broke out in riots across Los Angeles after four LAPD officers were acquitted of using excessive force in the arrest of an African-American man named Rodney King. Now 25 years later, No Justice, No Peace: LA 1992 at the California African American Museum will examine the history and context of the riots, using photos, video, posters and other items. According to a release, this powerful show “considers decades of complex socio-political history that contribute to underlying tensions among Los Angeles’ marginalized groups and communities, and examines race relations, socioeconomics, and equality in America today.”
It’s always fun to visit the Natural History Museum, but from March 6 through April 26, 2017, you can go underwater via an immersive virtual reality experience, titled theBlu, from Wevr and director Jake Rowell. You can swim through a sunken ship and down to the ocean floor without even getting wet in this six-minute experience. You also might run into a few marine friends, including a blue whale, jellyfish and manta rays. Timed tickets are required and cost $8 for members or $10 for non-members on top of general admission.
California Art Club’s 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition
The Autry Museum of the American West will present California Art Club’s 106th Annual Gold Medal Exhibition April 9–30, 2017. Over 200 paintings and sculptures will be on display, each one intrinsically tied to California. The California Art Club has its history in California Impressionism and the Plein Air movement, though modern showings are apt to feature both beautiful landscapes and thought-provoking depictions of urban life too.