Top 5 LA Exhibitions to Check Out This Summer

For those Angelenos looking to avoid the heat this summer, the city’s art galleries and museums not only offer cool, quiet places to relax, but several poignant and fascinating exhibitions to help challenge and expand the mind. From photography to sculpture, these are the five hottest shows are that the city currently has to offer.

VIVIAN MAIER: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE MALOOF COLLECTION AT KP PROJECTS

Location: 170 South La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Dates: Through August 26, 2017

Why We Picked It: Working mainly as a nanny near Chicago’s North Shore, Vivian Maier captured the daily magic of American city life through over 150,000 photographs in the mid-century. Although many of her pictures were never published during her lifetime, Chicago collector John Maloof acquired 90% of her work in 2007. This exhibition masterfully draws from that collection to present a striking account of the time period.

Image via KP Projects.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. HOCKNEY AT THE J. PAUL GETTY MUSEUM

Location: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Dates: Through November 26, 2017

Why We Picked It: To celebrate the beloved British artist’s 80th birthday, the J. Paul Getty Museum is currently hosting a wide-reaching retrospective dedicated to his playful, inventive self-portraits and seminal composite photographs, including the famed Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2.

Pearblossom Hwy., 11-18th April 1986, #2, April 11-18, 1986. Image via the J. Paul Getty Center.

DENNIS HOPPER: THE LOST ALBUM AT KOHN GALLERY

Location: 1227 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Dates: Through September 1, 2017

Why We Picked It: Hollywood’s Kohn Gallery is presently featuring a re-imagining of late American actor, director, and artist Dennis Hopper’s first photography show at the Fort Worth Art Center in 1970. Comprised of over 400 photographs taken in the 1960s, The Lost Album depicts the shifting cultural dynamic of the age and striking portraits of Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, Paul Newman, Jane Fonda, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Ruscha and Andy Warhol.

Ed Ruscha, 1964. Image via Kohn Gallery.

DEAR SID, WITH LOVE, SARI DIENES: THE HOLLYWOOD RUBBINGS AT MARC SELWYN

Location: 9953 South Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212

Dates: Through August 19, 2017

Why We Picked It: As a Hungarian/American multi-media artist, Sari Dienes (1898-1992) first rose to notoriety as a student of Fernand Léger and Henry Moore in the 1920s and 30s. It was during a trip to Los Angeles in 1955 that Dienes became taken with the sidewalk outside of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. She began studying all of the different handprints left by stars of the stage and screen and started to work on the series currently on display. Her “Hollywood Rubbings” add abstract qualities to the real inscriptions of Ginger Rogers, Carmen Miranda, the Marx Brothers and others.

Sari Dienes, The Blue of the Night, 1955. Image via Marc Selwyn Gallery.

PAUL MCCARTHY: WS SPINOFFS, WOOD STATUES, BROWN ROTHKOS AT HAUSER+WIRTH

Location: 901 East 3rd Street, Los Angeles CA 90013

Dates: Through September 17, 2017

Why We Picked It: Renowned for his whimsical, satirical video performances and sculptures, iconic LA-based artist Paul McCarthy is the subject of his first solo exhibition at Hauser & Wirth. The show features nine massive black walnut sculptures depicting characters from the 19th century German folktale ‘Schneewittchen’ (Snow White) and Disney’s 1937 animated classic ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. These striking pieces, full of veiled allusions to sexuality and violence are displayed alongside a series brown wall hangings which resemble the paintings of Mark Rothko in their verticality and monochromatic hues.

 Installation view, ‘Paul McCarthy. WS Spinoffs, Wood Statues, Brown Rothkos’ Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles, 2017. Image via Hauser+Wirth.