“In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art”
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Drive N
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Dates: Now through January 20, 2013
UCLA’s Fowler Museum presents: “In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st-Century Haitian Art.” Visitors can view, for the first time in the Southland, some of the most unique art in the world. Through political and natural disasters, Haitian artists view life subjectively. From ruin rises “new forms of art” from the streets of Port-au-Prince. Fifty-six “mixed media” art pieces fill 5,500 square feet of space with paintings, photos, sculptures and videos.
“The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design”
Getty Center in Los Angeles
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Dates: September 25, 2012 through February 24, 2013
On September 25, the Getty opens a new special exhibit: “The Photographs of Ray K. Metzker and the Institute of Design.” Born in 1931, the artist is known for an intense and experimental style. An innovator for half a century, he has used high-contrast, composite and multiple exposures creating a humanistic and objective view of the world. Metzker, a graduate of Chicago’s Institute of Design, is a novel and powerful photographer in an American tradition. In addition, many innovative, early 20th-century works from the Getty and the Institute are incorporated.
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“Graphic Design: Now in Production”
10899 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Dates: September 30, 2012 through January 6, 2013
“Graphic Design: Now in Production” is an exhibition of how the graphic arts revolutionized the field in the past decade. Opening September 30 and concluding in early January 2013, the exhibit shows how graphic design went from an exclusive profession to a widely available tool. The exhibit is an extraordinary fulfillment of the museum’s mission to present the “capacity of art to impact and illuminate our lives.” Co-organized with the Walker Art Center of Minneapolis, visitors will see the meshing of technology and art as living history.
A Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
Pacific Asia Museum
46 N Los Robles Ave
Pasadena, CA 91101
Dates: October 7, 2012
A Mid-Autumn Moon Festival is the culmination of the Pacific Asia Museum’s 2012 Chinese Culture Sundays that is being held throughout the fall. The day-long event promises immersion into Chinese culture through arts and crafts, special performances and complimentary refreshments. The event series explores art and culture with presentations and performances. Visitors will feel the ambiance of the traditional as well as modern Asia.
Native American Heritage Month
Museum of Tolerance
9786 W Pico Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dates: Throughout November
The Museum of Tolerance celebrates Native American Heritage Month for all of November. The 21st adds the performances of the Sherman Indian High School White Rose Singers, Harrison Lowe and Mylo IronBear (12 p.m. to 4 p.m.). These performers enrich communities across America with a genuine Native American musical style. It is a treasured past tempered into a new modern tradition. Short Native American films will be shown throughout the month.
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