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The Best LA Exhibitions To Look Forward To In 2017

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Updated: 2 January 2017
As the new year begins, embrace the incredible culture that Los Angeles has to offer by visiting some of our favorite local museums. The exhibitions coming up this year are some of the best in Los Angeles history, from an overview of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s life at the Skirball Cultural Center to a collection of Infinity Mirrored rooms at the Broad.


Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors

Most locals have already seen photos of the gorgeous Infinity Mirrored Room by Yayoi Kusama on display at the Broad Museum, but this October the exhibition will be taken to an entirely new level. From October 2017 to January 2018, the Broad will be hosting Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors, a special exhibition that will feature six unique infinity rooms by Kusama. You read that right – there will be six of them, all showcasing some of Kusama’s work from throughout the past two decades. In addition to the six rooms, there will be large installations and significant paintings by Kusama on display, as well.

The Broad, 221 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985

From September 15th to December 31st, the Hammer Museum in Westwood will be hosting Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985. This exhibition will highlight the contemporary works of Latin American women artists, as well as those of Latino and Chicano heritage. The exhibition will feature over 100 artists from 15 countries, compiling 260 photos, videos, and other works. Look forward to pieces from the likes of Lygia Clark, Ana Mendieta, Marta Minujín, Zilia Sánchez, Feliza Burztyn, and Leticia Parente.

Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Starting in October 2017, the Skirball Cultural Center will be hosting Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This exhibit was inspired by the book of the same name and is presented in conjunction with writers Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik. The exhibit will explore the life and work of Justice Ginsburg, featuring photographs, documents, art, media, and interactive pieces that are guaranteed to intrigue and entertain. Visit the exhibition to delve into Ginsburg’s experience in the American legal system and the civil rights movement.

Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA


Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media

From December 20 2016 to April 30th 2017, the Getty museum will be hosting Breaking News: Turning the Lens on Mass Media. This exhibition will explore ‘how artists have looked at and commented on news images, from the Vietnam War in the 1960s to the so-called “War on Terror” in the 2000s.’ Look forward to photographs and videos that put a unique perspective on the media. There are also several events hosted in conjunction with the exhibit, including discussions with artists Martha Rosler and Alfredo Jaar, as well as exhibit-specific tours.

The Getty, 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA, USA


The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts

From February 26th to July 9th, the Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art will be hosting The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts in the museum’s Resnick Pavilion. The exhibition will feature 100 sculptures and textiles, exploring ‘how the arts and their visual regimes enable transitions from one stage of life to the next and from one state of being to another… [and the] various ways of seeing… encourag[ing] viewers to notice how works were made to look upon, gaze within, and see beyond ordinary limitations.’

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA, USA