“The Man Who Fell to Earth” by Steve Schapiro, 1975 is one of the thousands of photoworks on display at the upcoming photo.la. 2017.
Courtesy of Monroe Gallery of Photography

Each year Los Angeles offers a fascinating and potentially mind-expanding selection of museum shows, art fairs and gallery openings and 2017 will be no exception.

To start, save the date for Sunday, January 29th when 31 Southern California museums will open their doors free of charge.

The 12th Annual Museums Free-for-All includes free admission to the Larchmont-close Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the La Brea Tar Pits and Page Museum and the Craft and Folk Art Museum. Out-of-area cultural attractions from Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage to the Laguna Art Museum to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art are also included.

One of the organizers’ aims is to make visitors aware of year-round free days at area cultural institutions.

Free day visitors can catch up on ongoing exhibitions like LACMA’s Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach, now through March 26th.

Rarely displayed outside of Germany, the show presents some of the greatest masterpieces of the German Renaissance.

Two new exhibits will open at the Hammer Museum on that day: Dubuffet Drawings, 1935-1962, showcases approximately one hundred works on paper from Jean Dubuffet’s most innovative years.

And Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World will also be on view, presenting more than 200 works by the inventive artist known for his activism, poetry and sculptural assemblages.

Two January art fairs showcase contemporary art. The LA Art Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center January 11th to 15th features exhibitions from 90 contemporary art galleries.

Panels, tours and programs organized with the Broad, the Museum of Latin American Art and other art institutions will be featured throughout the multi-day art fair. The opening night premiere party benefits St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

On the same Martin Luther King holiday weekend, January 12th to 15th, the international photography exposition, Photo LA, will unfold its 26th edition at the REEF, located on the second floor of the historic LA Mart building in downtown Los Angeles.

Early 19th Century masterworks to contemporary digital images will be presented. Expect a series of lectures, seminars and programs related to all things photography; two photo installations will highlight documentary style work by LIFE photographer Grey Villet and Pulitzer prize-winning war photographer Tony Vaccaro.

And look forward to September, when the thematically linked Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative sponsored by The Getty unveils more than three-dozen exhibitions. The premise: examining the tie between Latin American and Latino art and Los Angeles.

For further information, visit SoCalMuseums.org/free, hammer.ucla.edu, laartshow.com and photola.com

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