3 LA Art Exhibits To See Before They Close This Month

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It’s a new year and that means new art. While there are plenty of upcoming gallery and museums shows we’re looking forward to (and phase II of Pacific Standard Time focused on performance and public art ), there are a number of great shows that may have slipped through the cracks during all the holiday cheer last month. Here are four shows closing this month worth a look before they’re gone forever.

1. Collecting Eames, the JF Chen Collection
Another exhibition associated with PST, designer antique resource JF Chen opened its doors to the public to see the impressive collection of work from Charles and Ray Eames. The exhibit features 425 pieces of Eames objects including every style of Eames chair made by Herman Miller. The objects are arranged chronologically, beginning in 1939 and running through 1996. The doors close to the public again on January 14th, so this is the last chance to see this massive collection in a single space. Through Jan. 14, 941 North Highland Ave., LA.

Mirror, Glenn Ligon, 2002

2. Glenn Ligon: America, LAMCA
Confession: we actually visited this show twice in the past month. It’s a challenging show and a mid-career retrospective for Ligon, a black gay artist based in NY. Much of his work addresses race and sexuality, and spans multiple media, including painting, sculpture, video and neon. Especially provocative is Ligon’s “Notes on the Margin of the Black Book” installed across two adjoining walls. Ligon framed over 90 erotic photographs of black males cut from Robert Mapplethorpe’s 1988 “Black Book,” aranging two rows of printed snippets of text between the photos. The text includes comments on sexuality, race, AIDS, art and the controversy Mapplethorpe’s work ignited. The show closes Sun, so get there soon. Through Jan. 22, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323.857.6000.

Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969–1972, Revisited, Photography by Tom Vinetz.

3. Edward Kienholz: Five Car Stud, LACMA
We didn’t intend to put together a list of shows that explore racial difference in the US when we put this post together. Yet we’d be remiss if we didn’t advise you to see this piece before it closes on the 15th of January, also at LACMA. The 1972 installation had only exhibited in Germany until now, and has remained in storage in Japan for nearly forty years. This is the first time the work has had a public showing in this country, and it remains a powerful, violent reminder of the effects of racial segregation. It’s a life-size tableau on a dirt floor in a dark room depicting a lynching in progress and is no less jolting today than it must have seemed when it was first created.Through Jan. 15, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., LA, 323.857.6000.

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