Thanks to Museum Free-For-All-Day, all my exhibition picks will be free Sunday, January 28, 2018. This annual event offers free admission to dozens of museums from Orange County to Santa Barbara. Visit SoCal Museums for more info and to see a list of participating museums.
LOS ANGELES PICKS
Getty Museum: Last chance to see Golden Kingdoms: Luxury and Legacy in the Ancient Americas. Part of the Getty’s PST:LA/LA initiative, this not-to-be-missed exhibition of over 300 spectacular ancient treasures closes Sun, Jan 28.
Hammer Museum: Opening celebration for Stories of Almost Everyone and Unspeakable: Atlas, Kruger, Walker. Enjoy late night gallery hours at the public opening for the Hammer’s winter exhibitions with a photo booth, music, cash bar, and food trucks. Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 8–11pm. RSVP here. Free.
Craft and Folk Art Museum: Reception for the new group exhibition Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay. The exhibition features the work of twenty-two artists who expand the boundaries of ceramics through innovative sculpture, site-specific installation, time-based work, and performance. Sat, Jan 27 from 6–9pm. $12 entry, free for members.
SANTA BARBARA-VENTURA PICK
Santa Barbara Museum of Art: Sunday marks the opening of Crosscurrents–two new exhibitions about portraits in American and European art. One exhibition explores painted portraits from 1750-1850, and the other portrait photography from 1840-1900. The later includes nearly 100 photographic works rarely on view. Both exhibitions “attest to the endless fascination of the human face and form in art and in life.”
Octopus Frontlet, 300–600, Moche culture; gold, chrysocolla, shells. Museo de la Nación, Lima, Peru, MN-14602. Ministerio de Cultura del Perú.
Self Portrait, Posed in a Balloon Basket, Nadar, 1862. Albumen print carte-de-visite. SBMA, Museum purchase, 19th century Art Acquisition Fund.