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The week ahead at SoCal museums, Aug. 19-26: 'Ink: Stories on Skin' and more

The week ahead at SoCal museums, Aug. 19-26: 'Ink: Stories on Skin' and more
Tattoo art such as this dragon by artist Corey Miller is showcased in the new exhibition "Ink: Stories on Skin" at the Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach. (Corey Miller)

Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.).

Openings

Ink: Stories on Skin Exhibition focuses on historical and cultural aspects of tattoo art in Southern California through the decades. Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Ave., Long Beach. Opens Sat.; ends Jan. 21. Closed Mon.-Tue. $7, $10; under 12, free. (562) 437-1689.

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Muse ’til Midnight Immersive late-night experience inspired by LACMA’s “3D: Double Vision” and taking place at various locations around the museum features live music and site-specific sound and visual installations; for ages 18 and up. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. Sat., 8 p.m.-midnight. $20, $30. (323) 857-6010.

Childhood Left at the Station: A Tribute to the Children of the Kindertransport Photographs, artifacts and personal narratives recall the program that helped rescue thousands of Jewish refugee children from Nazi-occupied Europe during the early days of WWII. Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, 100 S. The Grove Drive, L.A. Opens next Sun.; ends Dec. 31. Free; reservations required. (323) 651-3704.

Critics’ Choices

Shinique Smith: Refuge Smith works across media, typically in combinations of painting, sculpture, collage and installation. Fabric is the constant throughout, and much of the material she uses has already played a role in the world, sheltering or adorning a body. Here, the memory of its prior purpose merges with the promise, mostly metaphorical, of a new function, in support of this stirring show’s assertion that acts of nurture and nationhood, art and humanity are profoundly linked. (L.O.) California African American Museum, 600 State St., Exposition Park, L.A. Ends Sept. 9. Closed Mon. Free. (213) 744-7432.

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