Reviews by Leah Ollman (L.O.).
Summoning the Ancestors: Southern Nigerian Bronzes Bells and other ceremonial objects. Fowler Museum, UCLA, 308 Charles E. Young Drive North, Westwood. Opens Sun.; ends March 10. Closed Mon.-Tue. Free. (310) 825-4361.
The War of Nerves: Psychological Landscapes of the Cold War Exhibition uses contemporary art and everyday artifacts to examine the decades-long conflict between East and West. Also on display: “Red Shoes: Love, Politics, and Dance During the Cold War,” exploring how the conflict affected the world of ballet. The Wende Museum, 10808 Culver Blvd., Culver City. Opens Sun.; ends Jan. 13. Free. (310) 216-1600.
Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene Joint exhibition of images by Justin Brice Guariglia spotlighting humans’ impact on the planet. USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 W. Exposition Blvd., L.A. Opens Tue.; ends Dec. 8. Closed Sun.-Mon. Free. (213) 740-4561. Also at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, 900 Exposition Blvd., L.A. Opens Tue.; ends Dec. 9. Open daily. $8-$17; children 2 and under, free. (213) 763-3466.
The Flight into Egypt: Drawings in Context The biblical tale is examined in three pieces from the museum’s collection. The Getty Center, N. Sepulveda Blvd. & Getty Center Drive, L.A. Opens Tue.; ends Dec. 9. Closed Mon. Free. (310) 440-7300.
Janet Sternburg: Limbus Layered photographic images by the visual artist explore metaphysical boundaries. USC Fisher Museum of Art, 823 W. Exposition Blvd., L.A. Opens Tue.; ends Dec. 1. Closed Sun.-Mon. Free. (213) 740-4561.
Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture Artifacts, rare video footage, etc., salute the Atlanta-based rapper-producer and the record label he founded. The Grammy Museum, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. Opens Thu.; ends March 2019. $10.95-$15; 5 and under, free. (213) 765-6800.
Hammer Projects: Shadi Habib Allah Welfare policies and their impact on disenfranchised and marginalized communities are interrogated in images and sculptures. Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Westwood. Opens Sat.; ends Jan. 20. Closed Mon. Free. (310) 443-7000.
Knights in Armor Examples of European arms and armor from the medieval era to the 19th century. Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Opens Sat.; ends Jan. 13. Closed Mon. Special exhibition prices, $20-$25. (714) 567-3600.
Project Blue Boy Yearlong exhibition charts the progress of a restoration of English artist Thomas Gainsborough’s famous 18th-century painting “Blue Boy.” The Huntington, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. Opens Sat; ends Sept. 30, 2019. Closed Tue. $13-$29; children under 4, free. (626) 405-2100.
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush Parallel exhibitions include paintings, watercolors and collages by the Chicago-born artist that explore urban life and our media-saturated world. California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Exposition Park, L.A. Opens next Sun.; ends Jan. 20. Closed Mon. Free. (213) 744-7432. Also at the Institute of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, 1717 E. 7th St., L.A. Opens next Sun.; ends Jan. 20. Closed Mon.-Tue. Free. (213) 928-0833.