"Citizen Culture: Artists and Architects Shape Policy"
Through Dec. 13
A group exhibition exploring the connections between art and politics will also provide a platform for open dialogue and engagement with the community. Santa Monica Museum of Art, 2525 Michigan Ave., Building G1, Santa Monica; $3-$5. (310) 586-6488; www.smmoa.org
"An Opening of the Field: Jess, Robert Duncan and Their Circle"
Sunday-Jan. 11, 2015
The first exhibition to focus on the relationship between and creative output of artist Jess and poet Robert Duncan. Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union St., Pasadena; $5-$7. (626) 568-3665; www.pmcaonline.org
"Jack Whitten: Five Decades of Painting"
Sept. 20-Jan. 4, 2015
A survey of the artist's work, from the mid-1960s to the present, comprised of 60 canvases. Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, 700 Prospect St., La Jolla; $5-$10. (858) 454-3541; www.mcasd.org
"Lookin' Back in Front of Me: Selected Works of Mark Steven Greenfield, 1974-2014"
Sept. 25-April 5, 2015
An exhibition of didactic artworks based on Greenfield's research into film, art, literature and history. California African American Museum, 600 State Drive, Los Angeles; free. (213) 744-7432; www.caamuseum.org
"Robert Heinecken: Object Matter"
Oct. 3-Jan. 18, 2015
A survey exhibition covering four decades of the Los Angeles artist's unique practice, from the 1960s through the 1990s, with an emphasis on the major works of the self-described "para-photographer." Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; free. (310) 443-7000; hammer.ucla.edu
"Spectacular Rubens: The Triumph of the Eucharist"
Oct. 14-Jan. 11, 2015
An exhibition pairing Peter Paul Rubens' designs for the Eucharist series of large-scale tapestries with the tapestries themselves, on loan from Madrid's Patrimonio Nacional. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles; free. (310) 440-7300; www.getty.edu
"Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist"
Oct. 19-Feb. 1, 2015
A survey exhibition covering the entire career of one of the primary art figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including work from Motley's Chicago, Paris and Mexico periods. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles; $10-$15. (323) 857-6000; www.lacma.org
"Ron Nagle: Peripheral Cognition"
Nov. 1-Feb. 17, 2015
The artist's first solo museum exhibition, featuring small-scale ceramic sculptures spanning a period of more than 30 years. San Diego Museum of Art, 1450 El Prado; $4.50-$12. (619) 232-7931; www.sdmart.org
"Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful"
Nov. 11-March 22, 2015
This exhibition, the first U.S. retrospective devoted to the Czech photographer since 1988, will feature more than 180 works spanning six decades. The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive; free. (310) 440-7300; www.getty.edu
Nov. 23-Feb. 22, 2015
The first major retrospective of the French artist's work, consisting of films, installations and events presented in a non-hierarchal park-like environment.