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Five Art Shows To Take Your Family To Over Thanksgiving

Five Art Shows To Take Your Family To Over Thanksgiving

So, your family is coming to town or is already in town and you didn’t plan anything for them to do. You planned a wonderful Thanksgiving meal and you already took them to the Auto Show and everyone is on a tight budget and has something to complain about and excuses, excuses, excuses. Well, one thing you must do is take everyone to an art museum, to get them culturally preoccupied, quiet for a few hours, and knowing just how much taste you have. We’ve selected five great exhibits that are affordable and geared toward “certain family members.”

Five Art Shows To Take Your Family To Over Thanksgiving

Untitled, 1965, John Altoon. Lithograph. 22 x 30 in. Norton Simon Museum, anonymous gift, 1967.
© 2011 Estate of John Altoon.

FOR EVERYONE IN YOUR FAMILY TO UNDERSTAND: Proof at Norton Simon Museum
Proof: The Rise of Printmaking In Southern California is something the whole family can enjoy and, better yet, not be intimidated by. On view at Pasadena’s beautiful Norton Simon Museum, the show details LA’s Tamarind Lithography Workshop in the 1960s, which aimed to create “a pool of master artisan-printers.” The show features works by powerhouse familiar artists like Ed Ruscha, Robert Rauschenberg, John Altoon, Louise Nevelson, and many others. After the show, take them around Colorado Blvd for some shopping and a bite at Intelligentsia, perhaps.

Five Art Shows To Take Your Family To Over Thanksgiving

La Chaise, 1948 (1996, this example), Charles and Ray Eames. Plastic, steel, wool. 34 1/4 x 59 x 35 1/2 in. Collection J.F. Chen. Photograph by Grant Taylor.

FOR YOUR RICH RELATIVE YOU WANT TO GIVE YOU MONEY: Eames Designs at A+D and Indoor Ecologies at Eames House Foundation
If there’s one thing most of us all need this time of year, it’s a little more $$$$ in our pockets. And, if there is one thing we all definitely need every day of our lives, it’s Eames’ furniture and designs in our houses/apartments/residences. So, take this well off relative to your place (ideally, a studio on the Eastside) and then to one of the two Eames’ shows up now. Eames Designs showcases the designers works and philosophies and process while Indoor Ecologies explores their space in the Pacific Palisades. The A+D show is likely your best bet since Indoor Ecologies requires you to make reservation 48 hours in advance, etc. Plus, after you go to A+D, it’s very easy to skip over to Modernica and other modernist destinations on Beverly and Third where, of course, that relative will buy you everything (including a house).

Five Art Shows To Take Your Family To Over Thanksgiving

The Group Shoe, 1962, Roberto Chavez. Oil on canvas. 50 x 60 in. Image courtesy of the artist © Roberto Chavez.

FOR YOUR HISTORY OBSESSED RELATIVE: Art Along The Hyphen at Autry National Center
My father and older brother are both carnivores for history. Me? I couldn’t care less. I appreciate it and I understand it, yes, but I don’t enjoy reading book upon book of related events to some historical event that I didn’t even know happened. So, to appease your artistic cravings and their history cravings, take them to the Autry National Center’s Art Along The Hyphen, which examines how Mexican-American artists contributed to the visual vocabulary of California’s artistic iconography in the forties through the sixties. The show will undoubtedly get every history person doing their favorite thing every: saying to themselves as they read, “Huh. I didn’t know about this.”

For the rest of the shows we recommend you take your family to over Thanksgiving, check out the Pacific Standard Time blog here!

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