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7 Art Shows to See in California This Fall

After two and a half years of Covid closures and disruptions, the art world is rebounding with a number of impressive new exhibits arriving in California this fall.

The New York Times recently published a guide to this season’s art shows nationwide, which includes several debuting in the Los Angeles area. The Orange County Museum of Art in October is unveiling a splashy new home as well as new exhibitions. The San Francisco Chronicle released a long list of upcoming visual art exhibits in the Bay Area, as did KQED.

Here are some of the shows we’re most excited about in the Golden State this fall:

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A not-to-be-missed survey of elegant, austere and distinctive art made on the Korean Peninsula between 1897 and 1965. The show will feature 130 works including oils, ink, photography and sculpture. Through Feb. 19 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Picasso started making collages and cut-paper constructions in childhood, but he rarely exhibited them. The oldest will be on display, from when the artist was just 9. Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

This exhibit focuses on the arrest of the Oakland icon Angela Davis and the campaigns to free her, while it also explores her influence on artists past and present. As KQED wrote, “Whether visitors are new to her work or looking to dive more deeply into her scholarship and legacy, this show should be on everyone’s must-see list for the fall.” Oct. 7 through June 11 at the Oakland Museum of California.

The Orange County Museum of Art will inaugurate its new building with a show of work by important female artists from its collection (“13 Women”) and a relaunch of its popular biennial, on hiatus since before the pandemic. Oct. 8 through Feb. 26 at the Orange County Museum of Art in Costa Mesa.

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Opening less than a year after Didion’s death at age 87, this exhibit follows the celebrated writer’s life and the places she called home, including Sacramento, Berkeley and New York. The show is organized by the writer Hilton Als and is described as “a narration of the life of one artist by another.” Oct. 11 through Jan. 22 at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

The Bay Area painter and sculptor Joan Brown created art inspired by San Francisco, where she lived most of her life. This retrospective will be the most in-depth examination of Brown’s work in over two decades. Nov. 19 through March 12 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Today’s tip comes from Susan Walaszczyk, who recommends Pismo Beach:

“It’s a beautiful and much overlooked area of the Central Coast. Uncrowded and serene. A few fun beach restaurants. But most of all, it is the famed home of Bugs Bunny.

Tell us about your favorite places to visit in California. Email your suggestions to [email protected] We’ll be sharing more in upcoming editions of the newsletter.

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It’s officially fall. What do you love about the season in California? What are the best fall activities in your corner of the state?

Email us at [email protected] with your stories, memories and recommendations.


Firefighters rescued a 13-year-old blind dog this week after the dog fell into a hole at a construction site in Pasadena, The Associated Press reports.

The dog, named Cesar, apparently wandered onto the site near his home. His owner heard Cesar barking from the bottom of the 15-foot hole.

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The team hooked up a series of ropes and pulleys to lower one person into the hole to retrieve Cesar. It took about 12 minutes for the team member to reach the dog, secure him in a harness and bring him back to the surface. Cesar appeared to be healthy and uninjured.

He shook off a heavy coat of construction dirt and dust and reunited with his owner.


Thanks for reading. I’ll be back on Monday. Have a lovely weekend. — Soumya

P.S. Here’s today’s Mini Crossword.

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Briana Scalia and Steven Moity contributed to California Today. You can reach the team at [email protected].

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