We were delighted to be able to enter a museum again this year. With the return of full-fledged exhibition calendars, we are even more excited to have months of remarkable art exhibitions to look forward to in 2022. The return of a major art fair, the next exhibit from LA’s newest museum and some fascinating historical collections: These are the 11 LA art exhibits we already plan to visit in 2022.
Psst: You can see almost all of our picks below without paying entry if you get familiar with LA’s free museum days first.
The return of Yayoi Kusama Infinite Mirror Room
Le Broad, reopens January 5
Okay, it’s not really a new exhibit, but it marks the long-awaited return of LA’s most popular installation, with some notable upgrades. From January 5, Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room – Souls Millions of Light Years away will reopen at the Broad after an absence of almost two years, and you can now book in advance to see it and spend a few more seconds inside.
The Huntington, January 15 to May 2
Immerse yourself in literary maps, both figurative in the case of a typed draft by James Joyce Odysseus and literal with JRR Tolkien’s map of Middle-earth, in this exhibit from the Huntington Library collection. Among the 70 objects on display, other imaginary maps include Lewis Carroll’s 1876 edition of Snark hunting, Robert Louis Stevenson’s maps of Treasure island and Kidnapped and Octavia E. Butler’s maps from notes for Parable of the talents.
“Ulysses Jenkins: Without Your Interpretation”
Hammer Museum, from February 6 to May 15
The Hammer stages the first major retrospective of LA video artist and performer Ulysses Jenkins, who has questioned history through the prism of race and gender for more than half a century.
“Chick and the dance”
Getty Center, February 15 to May 8
The Getty combines the depictions of nymphs and satyrs by influential 17th-century French painter Nicolas Poussin with contemporary dance films by choreographers from LA.
Los Angeles frieze
Beverly Hills, February 18-20
After having taken off last year, the New York export is coming to LA for its third art fair, showcasing works from around 100 international galleries. But this time around, Frieze leaves the surreal setting of the Paramount backcountry and scrambles to a space next to the Beverly Hilton, as well as a sculpture park near the Beverly Hills brand.
“Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I want to say Me. I mean you. “
LACMA, from March 20 to July 17
His works can be found in just about every contemporary collection in the city, and his daring Futura legends have been repeatedly ripped off. But LACMA is preparing a true retrospective of the influential artist: The videos, large-scale vinyls and audio soundscapes on display in this campus-wide presentation span four decades.
“For the race and the country: Buffalo soldiers in California”
African American Museum of California, April 13 to October 30
This historic inclusion unveils the romanticism behind the Buffalo Soldiers, regiments of black soldiers who served on the Western Frontier in the late 19th century. Through artifacts, audio interviews, photographs, uniforms and journals, CAAM will explore how their personal and non-uniform lives shaped California in an era of government-sanctioned racial segregation and confronts their role in war and civilization. violence against indigenous populations.
“Lee Alexander McQueen: spirit, myth, muse”
LACMA, from April 24 to October 9
Conceptually stimulating but approved on the red carpet, the designs of the late Alexander McQueen were technically exquisite. Here, LACMA delves into the myriad of inspirations behind couture with an exhibit of McQueen clothing alongside inspiring artwork from the museum’s own collection.
“Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody” + “Judith F. Baca: The Wall of the World” + “Tala Madani”
Le Geffen Contemporain at MOCA; September 10, 2022 – February 20, 2023
Following the finale of its Pipilotti Rist retrospective, MOCA will unveil a trio of interesting exhibitions in its Little Tokyo space next fall. Garrett Bradley’s first solo exhibition in a museum will bring together recent films at one or more channels that call out systemic racism and America’s social problems. The nine massive panels from local chicana muralist Judy Baca’s long-running global project will be on display in a cathedral-like installation. And cultural fears will be highlighted in the first North American investigation of Iranian-born artist Tala Madani.
“Regeneration: black cinema 1898-1971”
Museum of the Academy of Cinema, 2022
To follow its retrospective of beloved animator Hayao Miyazaki, the LA museum will focus on nearly an entire century of much lesser-known cinema history. A collaboration with the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, “Regeneration” delves into the works of black filmmakers from the birth of the film industry to the era of civil rights. Scheduled to debut in the second half of 2022, the research-driven exhibition has filmmakers Ava DuVernay and Charles Burnett among its advisers.
“” I will have what she eats “: the Jewish charcuterie”
Skirball Cultural Center, 2022
Stacks of pastrami over rye, simmered bowls of matzo ball soup, crispy pickles and, in the case of When Harry meets Sally …, a particularly orgasmic turkey sandwich: Jewish staples have taken root in American menus and pop culture. The Skirball sets up this display of neon signs, menus, advertisements, and packaging to tell a story of the 20th century Jewish experience in America through the prism of the deli (including some LA favorites).
Bonus: three of the best art exhibitions of 2021
While these three excellent exhibits all debuted in 2021, they stretch far enough into 2022 that we can’t fail to highlight them in this list. The portraits of Obama will be gone, the vibrant and vital “Black American Portraits” is still on display at LACMA in April. The Academy Museum’s magical Hayao Miyazaki retrospective concludes in early June, as does MOCA’s fascinating Pipilotti Rist retrospective, our pick for last year’s best art exhibition.