As the temperatures begin to cool in Los Angeles, the city continues buzzing with activities for the new season. by LA Tourism Mar 14, 2019

Arts & Culture

Academy Museum (Mid-City) – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is building the world’s leading movie museum in the heart of Los Angeles. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano, the six story Academy Museum will contain state-of-the-art galleries, exhibition spaces, movie theaters, educational areas, and special event spaces. The museum is planned to open in 2019.

Ahmanson Theatre (Downtown) – Kicking off the 2018-2019 season, Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptation opened at the Ahmanson Theatre on August 21, 2018 and runs to September 30, 2018. Ain’t Too Proud is a dazzling documentation of the life of the historic Motown group The Temptations, their moving rise to fame and their impact on modern music. After premiering at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, it has become the highest grossing musical in their 50-year history and is expected to make its way to Broadway. Additionally, the six-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen will be performed October 17, 2018 – November 25, 2018 at the Ahmanson. As part of a national tour of over 50 cities, the hit contemporary musical is both an audience and critic favorite as it highlights life and the ways we live it. Continuing the Ahmanson season is the Broadway musical Come From Away, set to play November 28, 2018 – January 6, 2019. Come From Away tells the moving true story of 7,000 air passengers stranded in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland in Canada after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 and the kindness of the small town’s residents.

Autry Museum of the American West (Griffith Park) – Things You Know But Cannot Explain represents Bartow’s first major retrospective and contribution to the substantial growing body of scholarship on contemporary Native artists. Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot) established his art career in the 1980’s, following service in Vietnam and a period of recovery from PTSD and alcoholism. His work consists of large-scale paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures that often feature haunting combinations of animal and human forms and are often both deeply personal and culturally relevant. This exhibition speaks directly to the personal and cultural aspects of traditional Native art with Bartow’s oeuvre while demonstrating his close engagement with the work of 20th-century masters including Francis Bacon, Robert Rauschenberg, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The exhibition will be on display through January 6, 2019.

The Broad (Downtown) – From June 30 – February 2019, A Journey That Wasn’t will be on view at The Broad. The exhibition brings forth the rich array of artworks in the Broad collection that capture the passage of time by including artists who use devices such as rhythm, repetition, duration artifice and appropriation to investigate and distort our perceptions, memories and emotions. It explores complex representations of time and its passage. The Broad’s new exhibition includes more than 50 works drawn from the museum’s collection of postwar and contemporary art. The featured works in the exhibition -ranging from painting and sculpture to photography, film and installation – examine the passage of time by alluding to nostalgia or sentiments about aging, often depicting specific places in states of decay; these works can act as documentation, memorial or symbol.

The California African American Museum (Downtown) – The California African American Museum will open two exciting solo exhibitions during fall 2018. The first, Robert Pruitt: Devotion, will run September 12, 2018 – February 17, 2019. Houston-born, New York–based artist Robert Pruitt brings his first major Los Angeles museum exhibition to TCAAM. Through drawing, sculpture, animation and photography, he illuminates connections between spiritual traditions, fictional narratives, and technology, investigating how black identity can reside at the intersection of these arenas. Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush will be co-hosted at TCAAM and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from September 23, 2018 –January 20, 2019. Royal Flush is her first solo museum survey featuring paintings, watercolors, and collages created during the past ten years. Abney draws on mainstream news media, animated cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites, and tabloid magazines to create paintings replete of symbolism.

California Science Center (Downtown) – A new chapter of ancient Egyptian history will be unearthed to the world with the debut of KING TUT: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh, an extraordinary and exclusive exhibition celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the discovery of his tomb. Presented by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, Exhibitions International, IMG and the California Science Center, the new immersive exhibition will display more than 150 real artifacts from Tutankhamun’s (also known as King Tut) tomb. On display from March 24 – January 2019 will be many items the Boy King himself used in life and in death, including: golden jewelry, elaborate carvings, sculptures, and ritual antiquities.

Felix LA (Hollywood) – Set to coincide with Frieze Los Angeles, Felix LA is a new art fair by collector Dean Valentine at The Hollywood Roosevelt from February 13 – February 17, 2019. This festival of contemporary artworks is expected to display art from 35 dealers. Still to be announced, the lineup galleries will hail from its host city of L.A., New York, Mexico, China and Japan.

FIDM Museum and Galleries (Downtown) – The 12th annual exhibition Art of Television Costume Design returns to the FIDM Museum from August 21, 2018 to October 6, 2018. In partnership with The Television Academy, the exhibit celebrates television costume designers and costume supervisors as well as the 70th Emmy Award nominees for outstanding costumes. Art of Television Costume Design is free, open to the public and features more than 100 costumes from 20 TV shows.

Frieze Los Angeles (Hollywood) – The phenomenon of the contemporary art world that is Frieze makes its debut in Los Angeles at Paramount Pictures Studios from February 14 – February 17, 2019. Originally launched in the U.K. and since expanded to New York City, Frieze Los Angeles will bring together nearly 60 of the most significant and forward-thinking contemporary galleries from across the City of Angels and around the world. It will also include a curated program of conversations, site-specific artists’ projects and film. Frieze L.A. is set to become an annual cultural celebration in the city.

The Ford Theatres (Hollywood) – The Ford Theatres offers over 20 performances through October for the 2018 season. This 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater located in the Cahuenga Pass offers cultural experiences including music, dance, theatre, film and family events that represent the diversity of the region. Highlights this season are Hollywood Shorts presented by HBO, a monthly screening program in American and international short filmmaking, Angel City Jazz Festival presents Xenia Rubinos, The 11th annual Angel City Jazz Festival and Fusicology presents Louie Vega & E.O.L. Soulfrito Live with Grammy Award-winning bandleader Louie Vega.

The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (Downtown) – November 11, 2018 to March 25, 2019 will see two new exhibitions at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA. The first, Zoe Leonard: Survey, is the inaugural large-scale overview of Zoe Leonard’s American work in photography and sculpture. Leonard has created works combining vision and form over the past 30 years focusing on themes of gender and sexuality, loss and mourning, migration and displacement as well as the urban landscape. The second exhibition titled Laura Owens is a mid-career survey of the Los Angeles-based, innovative painter Laura Owens. Lauren Owens highlights the significant strides Owens has made in recent years and shows how her early work since the 1990s sets the stage for gripping and groundbreaking new paintings and installations.

The Getty Center (West Los Angeles) – The J. Paul Getty Museum at The Getty Center will host four exhibitions during the fall season. All that Glitters: Life at the Renaissance Court is on display through December 2, 2018 and explores how the luxury arts, including such materials as illuminated manuscripts to textiles, helped construct the identities of the court elite. From to October 13, 2018, Eighteenth-Century Pastel Portraits explores the mediums of pastels which were at their utmost popularity in eighteenth-century Europe. The dry, satiny colors which came in every hue were the medium of choice for portraitists at this time. On display now, The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context celebrates the acquisition of Giandomenico Tiepolo’s late 1790s piece “The Punchinello Riding a Camel at the Head of a Caravan.” The exhibit showcases three drawings reflecting the biblical Flight into Egypt from the Getty Museum’s collection. Lastly, The Renaissance Nude will be on view October 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019 and display more than 100 objects by renowned European Renaissance artists like Da Vinci, Raphael, Michaelangelo and Dürer. The Renaissance Nude will examine how classical nude sculptures were controversial for their time and the transformative affect they had on art and culture in the Western world.

The Getty Villa (Beach Cities) – On April 18, 2018, the Getty Villa – sister museum to the Getty Center that houses its Greek and Roman collection and first opened to the public in 1974 – debuted newly reinstalled galleries after a yearlong renovation. Previously displayed thematically, the new presentation features a chronological arrangement that follows the historical development of classical art from the Neolithic Period through the late Roman Empire (ca. 6000 BC – A.D. 600). With almost 3,000 square feet more gallery space and redesigned display cases, the new installation also showcases the extraordinary artistic quality of the most important objects in the collection, such as the Statue of a Victorious Youth, which can now be viewed beside other works of art of similar date and style. Opening Halloween, October 31, 2018 and running through March 18, 2019, the special exhibition Underworld: Imagining the Afterlife debuts. Organized around a monumental funerary vessel, on loan from National Archaeological Museum in Naples and recently conserved at The Getty Villa, this exhibit explores depictions of the Underworld in the art of Greece and southern Italy. The works on view highlight the desire for a blessed existence after death and the ways in which individuals sought to achieve a happier afterlife.

Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (Downtown) – Two new exhibits will open at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (ICALA) along the blossoming 7th Street in the Arts District. As part of a co-hosted effort with The California African American Museum, on September 23, 2018 Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush will display five works at ICALA through January 20, 2019. Abney’s narrative figurative paintings focus on social commentary that is informed by mainstream news media and a combination of cartoons, video games, hip-hop culture, celebrity websites and tabloids. Following on September 30, 2018 – January 27, 2019, B. Wurtz: This Has No Name will feature Wurtz’s sculptures and assemblages constructed after 1980 and revolving around the use of objects that refer, directly or indirectly, to the “acts of eating, sleeping and keeping warm.” Pieces in the collection are constructed from food tins, clothing, plastic bags, mesh produce bags and yogurt containers which ultimately highlight Wurtz’s commitment to the ethics of reuse.

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (Downtown) – The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles (IAMAL) will host its 10th annual fundraiser Taste of Italy on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Known for its authenticity in cuisine and wine, promotion of health-focused, high-quality Italian products and historic charm, Taste of Italy is a quintessential Los Angeles event that welcomed more than 2,500 guests and 40 vendors in 2017.

Japanese American National Museum (Downtown) – Kaiju vs. Heroes: Mark Nagata’s Journey through the World of Japanese Toys will be on display at the Japanese American National Museum from September 15, 2018 – March 24, 2019. Mark Nagata was 9-years-old when he received a package of Japan’s most popular toys from his aunt and uncle who were serving on a U.S. military base in the country. Inspired by these toys and Japanese pop-culture, Nagata became a toy collector and toy designer, finding his life-long passion. Kaiju vs. Heroes is a dazzling array of hundreds of vintage Japanese vinyl toys from his own extensive collection. Ultraman, Godzilla, Kikaida, Kamen Rider, and more will be represented along with Nagata’s own colorful creations.

Jeffrey Deitch Gallery (Hollywood) – Once art director at MOCA, Jeffrey Deitch returns to the Los Angeles art scene with a new Hollywood gallery opening September 29, 2018. The space is near a row of galleries off Highland Avenue being referred to as Hollywood’s arts district. Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will be the first artist to have an exhibit on display in the space, one of two exhibits on display in the City of Angels this fall.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Mid-City) – The fall season at Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) will feature three upcoming exhibitions. Robert Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece is a 190 panel, 1,000 feet work completed over the course of 17 years. The piece, a quarter mile in length marking the distance between Robert Rauschenberg’s studio and home on Captiva Island, Florida, will be on display for the first time on the West Coast from October 28, 2018 through June 9, 2019. It is composed from eclectic materials including textiles, images from mass media, photographs, paint, chairs, cardboard boxes and traffic lights. Prolific 20th century choreographer Merce Cunningham will be celebrated at LACMA from October 28, 2018 to March 31, 2019 with Merce Cunningham, Clouds and Screens. Having had a 60-year career, the exhibit will present two large works by Andy Warhol and Charles Atlas as well as two screenings of Cunningham’s dances in an adjacent gallery. Lastly, LACMA will host the West Coast presentation of Outliers and American Vanguard Art starting November 18, 2018 until March 17, 2019. This exhibit will present over 250 works across a range of mediums by more than 80 self-taught artists as it explores the key moments in American art history when avant-garde artists changed the American art landscape in the early 1900s and again in the 1960s.

Los Angeles Philharmonic (Downtown) – The world-renowned Los Angeles Philharmonic is celebrating its 100th season in 2018-19. On Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, all of Los Angeles is invited to join in a free, day-long festival called LA Phil 100: Celebrate LA! The extraordinary day will include CicLAvia, an open streets event with performances by professionals and amateurs from Grand Avenue in front of Walt Disney Concert Hall all the way to the Hollywood Bowl. The street festival will later flow into a free, massive kick-off concert at the Bowl, featuring Gustavo Dudamel conducting the LA Phil and guest artists in a celebration of all the artistic communities that make L.A. such a vibrant, creative city. Adding color and movement to the celebration, the LA Phil will also light up Walt Disney Concert Hall with a dynamic media installation, WDCH Dreams, created by the award-winning artist Refik Anadol. Launching at the end of September 2018 in conjunction with the 2018 Gala California Soul, featuring the works of California artists from John Adams to Frank Zappa, the installation will animate the night-time façade of Walt Disney Concert Hall, announcing to the entire city that the centennial year has begun.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Downtown) – Los Angeles will welcome an exciting new museum from George Lucas’ personal collection of art, which consists of about 10,000 paintings and illustrations including works by Rockwell, N.C. Wyeth and R. Crumb, along with Hollywood memorabilia from films such as “Star Wars” and “The Ten Commandments.” The planned 275,000-square-foot, $1-billion museum will be located in Downtown’s Exposition Park and targeted to open by 2021.

Marciano Art Foundation (Mid-City) – Debuted in late July, Yayoi Kusama’s 2011 sculpture installation With All My Love For The Tulips, I Pray Forever is the newest ongoing exhibition at the museum. This marks the pop-art display’s first viewing on the West Coast. The oversized flower-potted tulips made from fiberglass-reinforced plastic are painted with the same red polka dots as the floor, ceiling, and walls, creating an immersive viewing experience while at the same time diminishing the appearance of depth. September 28, 2018 through March 3, 2019, famed Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will be the third Project Series artist to make use of the Foundation’s Theater Gallery in a solo exhibition titled Ai Weiwei: Life Cycle. Life Cycle is a sculptural response to the world’s refugee crisis and references his 2017 monumental sculpture Law of the Journey. In this new iteration he depicts an inflatable boat through the technique used in traditional Chinese kite-making, exchanging the PVC rubber from Law of the Journey for bamboo.

MOCA Grand Avenue (Downtown) – Starting October 14, 2018 and running through March 11, 2019, One Day At A Time: Manny Farber And Termite Art is an exhibition that draws its inspiration from American film critic and painter Manny Farber and his legendary 1962 essay “White Elephant Art vs. Termite Art.” This experiment in exhibition is a cross between a monographic exhibition and a group show. One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art takes Farber’s idea of termite art as a starting point for assembling works by a diverse group of contemporary artists who explore the problems and pleasures of the everyday. Thirty artists and more than 100 works of painting, sculpture, film, video and photography are featured.

The Paley Center For Media (Beverly Hills) – Essentially Marilyn: The Auction/The Exhibit is on display at The Paley Center For Media through September 30, 2018. Profiles of History presents a collection of costumes and artifacts from the life and career of Hollywood screen legend Marilyn Monroe. The exhibit will be framed by stunningly beautiful large format photographs of Monroe captured by her friend, famed fashion and celebrity photographer Milton H. Greene. All items from the showing will go up for auction in late October 2018.

Pantages Theatre (Hollywood) – Returning to the Pantages September 12, 2018 – September 30, 2018 Beautiful – The Carole King Musical stars Melissa Benoist of “Supergirl” and “Glee” fame and tells the true story of the life and career of Carole King. Detailing King’s remarkable rise to stardom, the production features a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin and King. Beautiful – The Carole King Musical holds two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award.

Reagan Library (Simi Valley) – In the year 79 A.D., the eruption of the infamous Mount Vesuvius buried the town of Pompei, Italy alive. From October 6, 2018 through April 21, 2019, The Reagan Library will display Pomepeii: The Exhibition. Featuring nearly 200 artifacts, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until rediscovered over 250 years ago, Pompeii: The Exhibition includes frescoes, mosaics, gladiator helmets, armor, weapons, plates, furniture, jewelry, statues and more.

Skirball Cultural Center (Westside) – On display October 19, 2018 – March 10, 2019, NOTORIOUS RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg comes to the Skirball Cultural Center marking the first-ever exhibition about the trailblazing Supreme Court Justice-turned-cultural icon. Inspired by the book of the same name written by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik, the exhibit celebrates the 25-year anniversary of RGB’s appointment to the high court in 1993. Through archival photographs and documents, historical artifacts, contemporary art, media stations, and gallery interactives, the exhibition explores the American legal system and civil rights movements through the lens of RBG’s personal experiences and public service.

UTA Artist Space (Beverly Hills) – The ever-popular Ai Weiwei continues making his creative footprint around Los Angeles this fall with the debut of UTA Artist Space in Beverly Hills – a new gallery designed by the Chinese artist and activist. Fans of Weiwei’s work will find his artistic touch in the layout, floor plan, doors and exterior details of the 4,000-square-foot building. Starting in October, a selection of his own art will be in display in the gallery.

Vermont Hollywood (Hollywood) – A new 10,000-square-foot music venue is coming to the intersection of Vermont and Santa Monica in the rapidly changing East Hollywood neighborhood. Conveniently located across from a Metro Redline station, the Vermont Hollywood will fit an audience of 1,200 and book shows four nights out of the week. It is set to open in 2019.

The Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts (Beverly Hills) – September 21, 2018 through September 27, 2018 will see The Wallis Annenberg Center for the performing arts host the LA Film Festival, a celebration of new-American and International films, which officially kicks off their 2018 season of cultural happenings. From October 24, 2018 to October 27, 2018 Jacob Jonas The Company will return with a four-night Company-In-Residence. The weekend of October 20, 2018, The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) will give two performances of Lagrime Di San Pietro/Tears Of St. Peter by Orlando di Lasso, directed by Peter Sellars and conducted by LAMC Associate Conductor Jenny Wong. On October 27, 2018 the Grammy-nominated Chris Walden Big Band, which is comprised of top L.A. studio musicians, will play a program dedicated to the “Rat Pack” era.