Looking for an excuse to take your tween to a museum? Check out this trio of thought-provoking local exhibits.
LACMA (5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; www.lacma.org) is home to a fascinating retrospective on the visionary artist/educator László Moholy-Nagy. Walking through the galleries, you will be amazed at how many media Moholy-Nagy excelled in: painting, photography, sculpture, advertising and stage design. He was forward-thinking in his use of materials (such as Plexiglass) and theories of integrating technology and art. “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present” is up through June 18, and LACMA is open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon., Tues., Thur. and Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Admission is free for ages 17 and younger, $15 for adults.
The use of unconventional materials is at the core of an exhibit at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (490 E. Union St., Pasadena; www.pmcaonline.org) entitled “Interstitial.” Seven local artists have constructed uncommon artwork out of common items. With their unusual assemblages, these object makers want you to look at these repurposed pieces of everyday ephemera in a different way – and perhaps look at the world in a different way as well. Or maybe you’ll just be scratching your head in bemusement. The exhibit runs through Aug. 6 and museum hours are noon-5 p.m. Wed.-Sun. Admission is $7 adults, $5 students with ID, free for ages 12 and younger.
Explore the world of pioneering author Octavia Butler at the Huntington Library (1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino; www.huntington.org). On April 8, the library unveils an exhibit on this Pasadena native, who became the first African-American woman to win acclaim, and honors, as a science fiction writer. She also was the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur “Genius Grant” Award. “Octavia E. Butler: Telling My Stories” is on view from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed.-Mon. April 8-Aug. 7 and offers a glimpse into her life and her work, including examples of her writing process and affirmations she wrote to herself. Admission is $23-$25 adults, $19-$21 ages 12-18, $10 ages 4-11.