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Ongoing museum exhibitions
Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium
The J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will both be taking part in "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium." The two museums will run concurrent exhibitions about the late, provocative portrait photographer. The Getty's technical-leaning show (March 15–July 31, 2016) will delve into Mapplethorpe's disciplined studio practice, figure studies and legacy, while LACMA's creative-minded exhibition (March 20–July 31, 2016) will focus on his methods, sources and creative processes. More than 300 mostly black-and-white portraits, still lifes and nudes will be on display between the two museums—they jointly acquired most of the art and archives from the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 2011, including private correspondence, books and ephemera from the late artist's estate. In addition, LACMA will be featuring 30 complementary works from other artists as part of "Physical: Sex and the Body in the 1980s." Photograph: Self-Portrait, 1980, Robert Mapplethorpe. Photograph: Courtesy Getty/LACMA
Made in L.A.
The third in an ongoing series of biennial exhibitions focuses on work created by 26 emerging and under-recognized LA artists. Within every gallery of the Hammer Museum, you'll find debut and recent work across all mediums: painting, installation, video, sculpture, photography and performances created expressly for the event. The exhibition, this year titled "a, the, though, only," accompanies an expansive roster of free public events. Speaking of free, the Hammer now offers gratis admission, giving you no excuse not to attend.
Reigning Men: Fashion in Menswear, 1715–2015
High fashion doesn't always mean femininity. From the 19th-century dandy to the 20th-century mod, men have staked their own claim on elegant dress. LACMA has assembled about 200 works to examine how men have cinched and padded their bodies throughout the ages in a way that isn't exclusive to women.
Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road
Take a tour of three hand-painted, full-scale replica caves constructed on the plaza of the Getty Center, rare works of art from the Mogao Caves and a virtual immersive experience of the Dunhuang site in this Buddhist art exhibition.
In Focus: Electric!
Peruse selections from the Getty's permanent collection with historic images that show the allure of artificial illumination as well as recent photographs that express unease about life tethered to the grid.