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The hottest new exhibitions opening in LA this month

This month sees a slew of exciting new exhibitions opening across the city from fashion to contemporary art. These are a few of our favorites!

Rudi Gernreich, Courtesy of Rudi Gernreich/Skirball Cultural Center

LA designer Rudi Gernreich was a visionary known for introducing designs that challenged mid-20th century stereotypes such as pantsuits for women, unisex caftans, thongs and “monokinis.” Fearless Fashion: Rudi Gernreich at the Skirball Cultural Center features over eighty Gernreich ensembles, along with accessories, original sketches, photographs, ephemera, and newly filmed interviews of friends and colleagues. See full details here.

David Hammons, Courtesy David Hammons/Genevieve Hanson

“David Hammons” at Hauser & Wirth is a rare opportunity to see the African American artist’s work – it’s his first show in LA in 45 years! He is a multimedia installation artist, performance artist and sculptor best known for his works in and around LA and New York City during the 1970s and 1980s that centered on the black urban experience. Opening May 19th, be sure to get your ticket quickly as the exhibition only runs until August 11th. For more info, click here!

Ernie Barnes, Sugar Shack, 1976

If you were a fan of the 1970s sitcom, Good Times or the owner of Marvin Gaye’s album, I Want You, you may already be familiar with the artist Ernie Barnes. His 1976 painting The Sugar Shack appeared regularly on the hit show and was used as the record cover for the influential album. Ernie Barnes: A Retrospective at the Californian African American Center includes his paintings of entertainment and music as well as his work from the 1984 LA Olympics, where he was the official artist of the Games. For tickets, click here.