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Six L.A. Art Exhibits to See With Your Mom This Mother's Day

LACMA exterior. (Photo by Sarah Kate Wong via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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If you've neglected to make plans for Mother's Day (it's this Sunday, April 14, you ingrates), don't worry; the L.A. art scene's got your back. Nothing says "I carefully put together this day of culture for you because I love you, Mom" like a trip to one of the city's many museums and galleries, so we've rounded up a selection of art exhibitions taking place in L.A. this weekend.

Installation view of "Power" (Photo courtesy of Sprüth Magers Los Angeles)
"Power: Work By African American Women From The Nineteenth Century To Now" at Sprüth Magers Los Angeles. This Mother's Day, celebrate the work of African-American women artists at Sprüth Magers gallery's exhibit "Power." Curated by Todd Levin, the show features work from 37 artists, including art-world luminaries like Faith Ringgold, Ntozake Shange and Kara Walker. "Power is not the first exhibition of its kind, but there is no question that artists of color and female artists are under-represented in the institutional art world," The Guardianexplained in their review of the show. “It’s not that there haven’t been serious curatorial exhibitions,” Levin told The Guardian, “but in general it seems to be at a slower pace than it is for other genders and other colors.”

Sprüth Magers is located at 5900 Wilshire Boulevard across the street from LACMA in Miracle Mile. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sundays and Mondays. (323) 634-0600.

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"Bathers Tossing Reeds," Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 1910 (Photo courtesy of LACMA)
"Form in Fragments: Abstraction in German Art, 1906-1925" at LACMA. This exhibition of German Expressionist abstraction just went up at LACMA's Ahmanson Building on May 6, so you and your mom can be among the first Angelenos to take in the Otto Dix, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner Kirchner and Paul Klee works on display. Afterward, repair to LACMA's C&M Cafe for an iced latte and an in-depth discussion of pre-WWI German history. Fun!

LACMA is located at 5905 Wilshire Boulevard in Miracle Mile. They are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. (323) 857-6010

Jackie and friends with Versace handbags at a private opening at the Versace store, Beverly Hills, California, 2007. (© Lauren Greenfield, image from the Annenberg Space for Photography exhibition, Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield)
"Generation Wealth" at the Annenberg Space for Photography. We've written before about Lauren Greenfield's photo survey of globalized materialism and wealth culture, which the documentarian described to LAist as "a dark vision about who we have become as a culture." Bring your mom to the Annenberg this weekend and eye-roll together about what this world is coming to (admission to the exhibit is free, so don't worry, you won't be contributing to consumer culture.)

The Annenberg Space for Photography is located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars in Century City. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. (213) 403-3000

(© The Estate of Jason Rhoades/Courtesy the estate, Hauser & Wirth and David Zwirner/Photo by Fredrik Nilsen)
"Jason Rhoades. Installations, 1994 - 2006" at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. You know what you and your mom haven't talked about enough lately? Sex. You won't be able to escape the subject at Hauser & Wirth's exhibition of California artist Jason Rhoades's oeuvre, which features works like "My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage…", a vast collection of 'neon pussy words', or slang terms for female genitalia. The Rhoades exhibition closes May 21, so go see it while you still can (if you think you and your mom can weather the awkwardness.)

Hauser & Wirth is located at 901 E 3rd Street in the Arts District. They are open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. (213) 943-1620.

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Still from Jeanine Oleson's "Crossed Wires," 2017 (Image courtesy of the artist)
"Jeanine Olson: Conduct Matters" at the Hammer Museum. New York-based conceptual artist Jeanine Oleson is rounding out her recent residency at the Hammer Museum with "Conduct Matters," a multi-media exhibition of "catalytic instruments and objects that interrelate the body’s function and relationship to materials and representation." The exhibition also features a video of an absurdist ensemble performance work based on the production process of copper—which should give you something new to talk about over Mother's Day brunch. This weekend only, catch Jeanine Oleson's live musical performance "Breathe in the World" at 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

The Hammer Museum is located at 10899 Wilshire Blvd. in Westwood. They are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. (310) 443-7000.

(Photo via Getty Villa website)
"Roman Holidays" at the Getty Villa. Because your mom deserves a trip to Rome—or at least to Malibu. While the beachside Getty Villa is still under repair, its weekend "Roman Holidays" program is going on through September 3. "Discover the sights (and smells!) of ancient Rome, offer your prayers to Venus, read your future in a sheep’s liver," the Villa's website coaxes—if that sounds up your mom's alley, make sure to reserve your free tickets in advance here.

The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades. They are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.

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