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Datebook: Pictures of animals, layered abstraction, saving L.A.'s past
Datebook: Pictures of animals, layered abstraction, saving L.A.'s past

A show that mines the archives for odd bits of museum history and another that unearths early photographs of animals. Plus: abstract painting, images of windshields and a talk about how L.A. does — and doesn’t — preserve its history. Here’s what we’ve got in this week’s Datebook: “Various Small Fires (Working Documents),” at the L.A. County Museum of Art. This is a show that illuminates unusual bits of LACMA history: the plan to have a robot patrol the galleries or the time a dog worked as a security guard. Included in the mix: Ed Ruscha’s working sketch for his infamous mid-'60s canvas: “The Los Angeles County Museum on...

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