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Fall Arts Preview

The best of the season

September 19, 2004|Jess Holl


The Bible and the People The transformation of the Bible from a complex religious text to an accessible book is traced in an exhibition of more than 130 Bibles drawn from the Huntington's rare book and manuscript collections. Includes illuminated manuscript Bibles and the first editions of major English translations. Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, ends Jan. 5.

Botanica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City of Angels Part spiritual center and part alternative healthcare facility, the botanica is explored in a show that includes altars dedicated to the deities of Espiritisimo, Afro-Cuban Santeria and Catholicism. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, ends Feb. 27.

Coming of Age in Ancient Greece: Images of Childhood from the Classical Past The lives of children in ancient Greece as told through painted vases, sculptures, grave monuments, toys and other objects. Getty Center, L.A., ends Dec. 5.

Drawn to Yellowstone: Artists in America's First National Park A visual history of Yellowstone Park looks at the changing image of the land, from romanticized, 19th century paintings by Thomas Moran to the 20th century environmental concerns about the unspoiled land and the crowds who come to enjoy it. Museum of the American West, L.A., ends Jan. 25.

Einstein A look at Albert Einstein's life -- as the scientific genius who reconfigured concepts of space and time and socially and politically conscious individual who spoke out against anti-Semitism, McCarthyism and nuclear armament -- through original manuscripts, personal belongings and interactive exhibits. Skirball Cultural Center, L.A., ends May 29.

Rodney Graham: A Little Thought This midcareer survey focuses on Graham's film and video work -- in which he is the lead actor in his absurdist costume dramas -- and traces its origins to his first outdoor-projection events of the late 1970s. MOCA at the Geffen Contemporary, L.A., ends Nov. 29.

L.A.: Light, Motion, Dreams More than 300 objects and works of art make for an interactive exhibit that explores the makeup of the City of Angels. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, ends Jan. 9.

George Nakashima: Nature, Form & Spirit More than 50 works by the furniture designer, woodworking artist and architect are on view, including benches, tables and cabinets from private collections as well as prints, photographs and sketches. Japanese American National Museum, downtown L.A., ends Jan. 2.

Proof of Genius: The Prints of Albrecht Durer More than 30 woodcuts, engravings and etchings, including rare impressions of the German Renaissance painter's best-known prints. UCLA Hammer Museum, ends Jan. 2.

Saluting Vodou Spirits: Haitian Flags from the Fowler Collection Made of satin, velvet or rayon and adorned with sequins, beads or applique, drapo or ritual flags are used to salute the spirits and channel the energies of devotees in voodoo rituals. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History, ends Dec. 12.

Robert Smithson The first comprehensive American retrospective of a pioneering earthworks artist, best known for his "Spiral Jetty," a 1,500-foot-long rock coil in Utah's Great Salt Lake, also examines other aspects of his work through the themes of landscape, language, the monument and the site. Museum of Contemporary Art, downtown L.A., ends Dec. 13.

Visions of the Great Goddess: The Divine Female in South Asian Art A focus on the cultural and artistic significance of goddess imagery in South Asia, with artifacts as varied as painted book covers, 17th century devotional images and copper sculptures. San Diego Museum of Art, ends March 13.


Specific Objects: The Minimalist Influence Exploring what Donald Judd termed, "specific objects," -- which describes artwork that challenged the traditional categories of painting and sculpture by exploring the ideas of structure, seriality and material, -- this exhibit features work by Sol LeWitt, Carl Andre, Robert Mangold and others. San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, La Jolla, next Sunday-Sept. 4, 2005.

Agustin Victor Casasola: Mirada y Memoria (Glance and Memory) One of the first Latin American photojournalists, Casasola captured images of the Mexican Revolution. Santa Barbara Museum of Art, next Sunday-Jan. 9.


African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum Celebrates the contributions of such African American artists as Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold and Sam Gilliam, whose works demonstrated an awareness of mainstream artistic traditions while exploring their cultural heritage. Long Beach Museum of Art, Oct. 1-Nov. 28.

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