Of Note: A Broad Spectrum of Culture

Park Life {San Marino} The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens May 14–September 3 The Huntington Library is doing an admirable job commemorating the 100th birthday of the U.S. National Park Service. Geographies of Wonder takes a look at how the National Parks have had an impact on American life while attracting tourists, adventure-seekers, […]

March 24, 2016

Park Life
{San Marino} The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
May 14–September 3

The Huntington Library is doing an admirable job commemorating the 100th birthday of the U.S. National Park Service. Geographies of Wonder takes a look at how the National Parks have had an impact on American life while attracting tourists, adventure-seekers, and scientists. A highlight of the exhibit is the 1873 photo album by photographer William Henry Jackson; his photos of Yellowstone will be on display. The pieces will also look at the treatment of Native Americans who inhabited the land of the National Parks.
huntington.org

Thomas Moran,'s “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone,”

Thomas Moran’s “Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone”

Style of the Centuries
{Los Angeles} Los Angeles County Museum of Art
April 10–August 21

Fashion is not confined to the fairer sex. Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715-2015, examines how fashion trends throughout the centuries have been shaped by men’s dress as much as women’s. The exhibition looks at five thematic sections: Revolution/Evolution, East/West, Uniformity, Body Consciousness, and The Splendid Man. The 200 pieces are drawn from LACMA’s own collection of costume and textiles curated by Sharon S. Takeda, Kaye D. Spilker, and Clarissa M. Esguerra. Exhibit highlights include a French Revolutionary period aristocrat’s at-home robe (banyan) and an authentic 1940s zoot suit that took over a decade to find.
lacma.org

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20th Century Memories
{Los Angeles} MOCA
Through July 11

Don’t Look Back: The 1990s at MOCA offers a look into the decade and its key ideas and movements. The exhibit is divided into six thematic sections: Installation; The Outmoded; Noir America; Place and Identity; Touch, Intimacy, and Queerness; and Space, Place, and Scale. Many of the pieces are being shown for the first time since their original installation and include artists such as Catherine Opie, Cady Noland, Sarah Sze, and Paul McCarthy. The exhibit was organized by MOCA Chief Curator Helen Molesworth who aimed to showcase the large-scale installation technique of artists of the 1990s.
moca.org

"Left Handed Guitarist" by Evan Holloway

“Left Handed Guitarist” by Evan Holloway

Pop Art Star
{Pasadena} The Norton Simon Museum
Through August 29

Pop Art began in the mid-1950s as a reaction to an increase of production and consumerism. Marcel Duchamp was a strong influence on Pop Art and one of the leading artists of the movement. This exhibition contains 40 artworks, 13 of them being Duchamp works; the others pay tribute to his genius and impact. Warhol’s Jackie Kennedy II hangs across from Duchamp’s L.H.O.O.Q. or La Joconde, the Mona Lisa with a mustache. These well-known faces show how both artists were captivated with the concepts of pop culture and identity. Curatorial Associate Tom Norris organized Duchamp to Pop and many events will accompany the exhibit.
nortonsimon.org

"Untitled (Hand and Cigar)" by Marcel Duchamp

“Untitled (Hand and Cigar)” by Marcel Duchamp

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