- By ARLENE WINNICK
The museums are opening! Many are now free and some require advance timed reservations (due to limited capacity) so check before you go. Masking and social distancing are also required. The Getty Villa’s remarkable exhibit Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins features rare works on loan from the Musée du Louvre Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art New York and Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The “land between the rivers” in modern-day Iraq was the center of many ancient achievements: cuneiform (script writing); city design; astronomy; mathematics and other artistic and literary accomplishments. Don’t miss their blooming gardens and the antiquity galleries. The Getty Center will be opening later this month with a number of new exhibits.
Other open museums include: LA County Museum of Art; Natural History Museum (with a cool insect exhibit); The Aquarium of the Pacific; The Autry Museum of the America West; The California Science Center; The Peterson; and The Huntington Library where the newly restored The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough is now on display. The Broad will opening May 26 with free timed tickets. Check out their amazing Invisible Sun exhibit. Note: The popular Infinity Mirror room remains closed. The downtown Grammy Museum will open May 21 with three new exhibits: Dave Matthew’s Band: Motown; Y Para Siempre – Marco Antonio Solice and This is Not (Nat) King. MOCA – The Museum of Contemporary Art is scheduled to open June 3.
Check your favorite museum’s website for details.