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Keeping up with cultural goings on is one of the joys and burdens of living in a big city. As July draws to a close, LAist recommends catching the following exhibitions before the opportunity vanishes.

Inventing Race: Casta Painting and Eighteenth-Century Mexico (La invención del mestizaje. La pintura de castas y el siglo XVIII en México) is at LACMA through August 8. As described by the museum, this extensive exhibition "explores the complex process of mestizaje, or racial mixing, that has shaped life in the Americas." Works featured in the exhibition date back hundreds of years and yield fascinating insights about the construction of race. Quite relevant to current-day Los Angeles.

Help express your dissent to the Cuba embargo-focused Bush administration and check out the stunning graphic art of Cuban posters now on display at The Cuban Poster—A Retrospective. The posters at Bergamot Station Art Center’s Track 16 Gallery are culled from the collections of Global Graphics, the Center for Cuban Studies, and the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of Political Graphics. This exhibition closes August 7th, so if you want to be both dazzled by the skill and ingenuity of Cuban poster artists as well as become better informed about Cuban politics, head out to Santa Monica ASAP. Also be sure to catch CSPG's other exhibitions around town, especially the Presidential Rogues Gallery—Satirical Posters 1960s-Present at Art Center Williamson Gallery in Pasadena.

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The final gathering of the "On the Map" series, which LAist has covered in previous posts, happens this Thursday, July 29. (Email to reserve). Featured this week is the edgy building Neil Denari designed for the Endeavor Talent Agency at 9601 Wilshire Blvd in Beverly Hills. What better way to experience a talent agency than seeing it with a minimal presence of Hollywood agents? If you’re turned away at the door, you can always go see Denari’s work at the long-awaited L.A. Eyeworks boutique on Beverly Boulevard.

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