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From now until Feb. 18, 2018, Mingei International Museum presents more than 125 objects in Art of the Americas – Pre-Columbian Art from Mingei's Collection, the most comprehensive presentation to date of the museum’s significant holdings of objects used by people from the ancient cultures of Mexico, Central and South America. Objects featured in the exhibition straddle cultural boundaries—from the Maya civilization in Mexico to the Moche civilization in Peru—as well as numerous ancient traditions and cultures from western Mexico. Objects range from those made for ritual and ceremonial use—figurines, vessels and sculptures depicting gods, shamans, animals, marine life and floral motifs—to objects for domestic use, including jars, bowls, spindle whorls, ocarinas (wind instruments), roller stamps used for decorating cloth, as well as adornments such as beads and ear plugs. A rare collection of Maya textile fragments and ancient bead strands will also be presented. One of the few exhibitions of ancient art, Art of the Americas is part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA.

Beginning Oct. 21, 2017–March 11, 2018, The San Diego Museum of Art exhibits Modern Masters from Latin America: The Pérez Simón Collection. This expansive exhibition showcases roughly 100 works of art by some of the greatest modern masters and seminal figures from countries including Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay and more. Drawn from one of the world’s foremost private collections, the exhibition illustrates the multifaceted history of Latin American modernism. The exhibition features a remarkable selection of more than 75 artists, including Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, Fernando Botero, Jose Maria Velasco, Joaquín Torres-García, Kazuya Sakai, Jesus Rafael Soto, Roberto Matta, as well as David Alfaro Siqueiros, Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco – the three pioneers of the Mexican muralism movement. 

Beginning Nov. 18, 2018, and on display through 2020, the San Diego Natural History Museum is showing a new exhibition titled, Unshelved: Cool Stuff from Storage. This exhibition gives visitors a rare peek behind the scenes into the research collection areas and storage spaces, which are behind gallery walls and not typically seen by the public. Unshelved features an impressive display of specimens from all over the world: brilliant gems and minerals, an emperor penguin, massive bats, a 20-foot-long anaconda skin, pinned bugs and insects, a wall of skulls, and a variety of vintage taxidermied birds. The items on display are artistically arranged to emphasize their scale, hue and eccentricity—they were chosen for this exhibition to demonstrate the museum’s long history of collecting (since 1874) and the magnificent diversity of life on planet Earth.

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