C California Style

State of the Art

by C California Style

This fall, six of California’s must-see shows demand a closer look

Starting at Stanford University, visit the Cantor Arts Center for the comprehensive “Contact Warhol: Photography Without End” where you can explore a treasure trove of contact sheets that encompass nearly 130,000 images, beginning in 1976 and ending with Andy Warhol’s death. Sept. 29-Jan. 6. Cantor Arts Center, 328 Lomita Drive at Museum Way, Stanford; museum.stanford.edu.

Next, just down the road, PACE gallery displays “Agnes Martin/Navajo Blankets,” a grouping of pieces by the late abstract painter alongside eight Navajo chief’s blankets. While Martin didn’t necessarily take direct inspiration from the garments, the aesthetic of the indigenous peoples influenced this longtime New Mexico resident. Sept. 28-Oct. 28. 229 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto; pacegallery.com.

Just across the bay, visit the Oakland Museum of California to catch a glimpse of models, objects, furnishings and prototypes from the husband-and-wife duo who changed midcentury design forever with “The World of Charles and Ray Eames.” Oct. 13-Feb. 27. 1000 Oak St., Oakland; museumca.org.

Heading south, at the Skirball Cultural Center, catch the fascinating exhibition “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” which examines the many facets of the tough-as-nails Supreme Court associate justice: mother, lawyer, judge, women’s rights pioneer and pop culture icon. Then, take an in-depth look at the American legal system and civil rights movements of her life. Oct. 19-March 10. 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., L.A.; skirball.org.

Nearby, choreographer Merce Cunningham is celebrated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with a multimedia performance that includes works by both Warhol and Charles Atlas (both created backdrops while the latter filmed documentary footage for the dance maker). Recordings of two dances, Changeling and Night Wandering, will be screened in an adjacent gallery. Oct. 28-March 31. 5905 Wilshire Blvd., L.A.; lacma.org.

Finally, even further south is SCAPE, Southern California Art Projects and Exhibitions, showcasing the latest crop of elegant realism paintings from the Florence, Italy-trained painter Carin Gerard. Oct. 6-Nov. 3. 2859 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar; scapesite.com.

Written and edited by ELIZABETH KHURI CHANDLER.