Betye Saar: Call and Response | Thomas Joshua Cooper: The World’s Edge | Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Sep 22, 10 AM - 7 PM — ends Apr 05, 2020
Betye Saar's work addresses race, gender, and spirituality; her assemblages combine symbols with objects found across Africa, Mexico, Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and L.A.

Betye Saar: Call and Response looks at the relationship between preliminary sketches in small sketchbooks, which Saar has made throughout her career, and finished works. In addition, the show will include approximately a dozen small travel sketchbooks with more finished drawings–relating to leitmotifs seen throughout Saar’s oeuvre–that she has made over a lifetime of journeys worldwide.

The exhibition will cover the span of Saar’s career, including work from her early years up through a new sculptural installation. A fully illustrated publication will accompany the exhibition, taking physical form in response to Saar’s sketchbooks. This will be the first exhibition at a California museum to address her entire career and the first anywhere to focus on her sketchbooks.

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Thomas Joshua Cooper has been making large-scale, black-and-white photographs outdoors for the past five decades. This exhibition comprises 65 large and 75 smaller photographs.

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Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art celebrates the depiction of animals in the country's spiritual heritage of Shintō and Buddhism.