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Shows To See Over Your Holiday Break


So, you’re not going anywhere over the next two weeks. You’re staying in Los Angeles through Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, and other end-of-year holidays. This is a good time for you to relax and take advantage of everything you’ve wanted to do in Los Angeles that you’re usually “too busy” to do. This town is approaching ghost town status and will remain as such through the new year. Get out of your apartment! Do something cool! Go shopping! See some movies! And, most importantly, get to some art shows!!

There’s a lot going on and you have no excuse to not visit a few shows over break because you–like me–are always like, “Well. I don’t have any time now to go to LACMA or MOCA or the Hammer or The Getty or wherever because it’s soooo far and I’m soooo busy.” Bull. That excuse is removed and now you just have to pick a neighborhood or institution and attack it, to visually and intellectually feast on art. Of course, check for holiday hours before trekking to a show but–without further words–here’s the breakdown…

The Miracle Mile Art Walk
The above title isn’t a “real” art walk but, rather, something you could do yourself since all these places are within blocks of each other. So, go to LACMA for California Design, Mural Remix, Filmroom: Smoke, and the jarring Five Car Stud. Take some time, try to catch the food trucks on Wilshire Boulevard, and wander on across the street to Eames Designs at A+D. Another great place to see, a few skips away, is the Golden State of Craft and The Alchemy of June Schwarcz at the Craft And Folk Art Museum. Both are at the top of our list to see in the area and–like Eames Designs–they’ll be closing very soon in the new year!!

Spend A Day At The Getty
The Getty is everyone’s favorite art destination to forget because it’s too far or because they think it isn’t as sexy as other local museums. Well, it is just as sexy and you now have the time to trek Northwest, as the streets will be empty, the museum will be ready for you, and the skies will be clear for great city views. There are four shows here: Greetings From L.A., the academic look at the art history of Los Angeles; Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970, the thesis show for the art movement (which includes some FANTASTIC pieces); From Start to Finish, a first time look at De Wain Valentine’s 12 x 8 foot solid polyester slab, and In Focus, the newly opened photography exhibit. This is a great place to spend a day. And, as a bonus, for those of you who are visiting before December 24, you can catch the Oakes Brothers, who are publicly drawing in the garden through that date.

For more on shows to see over the next few weeks (and a handy list of shows closing soon), check out the Pacific Standard Time blog!

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