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Must See Exhibitions Closing before the New Year

While many people greet the New Year as an opportunity to forget the past one, it’s also a time that we must say “adios” to some of the year’s best exhibitions. Fortunately, this week gives my two-legged friends one last chance to dig themselves out of a hole and see what they’ve been missing. Here are the highlights:

 

cosmos-blog_rh-fleet_hubbleThe Science of Aliens (through Jan 2). It seems like only yesterday rumors of little green men invading the Air & Space museum started swirling. Over the past 11 months we’ve learned that they were probably just figments of the collective (human) imagination, though scientists still believe that life on other planets is highly possible. This exhibition shows what it may even look like.

 

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Paris (through Dec 31). The San Diego Museum of Art’s complete collection of the French master’s posters is renowned worldwide. However, due to conservation concerns, it can only be exhibited for short periods. This may be your last opportunity to see all of Toulouse-Lautrec’s colorful works in one place for a very long time (and we’re not talking dog years).

 

Viva Mexico — Heroes and Artisans (through Jan 2). If it was anything, 2010 was the year of Mexico, which celebrated the bicentennial of its independence and centennial of its revolution. The Mingei International Museum commemorated these milestones with a large and diverse exhibition of Mexican folk art along with a unique display of Tequila Bottles As Art. I’ll drink to that!

 

Hubble (through Dec 31). Though not an exhibition per se, the breathtaking images shot by the giant space telescope featured in this IMAX film at the Reuben H. Fleet would fill every museum in Balboa Park (well almost). This adventure film allows audiences to ride shotgun with a team of Shuttle astronauts as they risk it all to prevent Hubble from going dark—forever.

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