5 Design Things to do Before 2016 Kicks In

How often do you think, as an exhibition ends it run, oh, darn, I wish I'd seen that show?

We are here to help you avoid that feeling of regret, with this list of must-see shows, before they close in early January.

Also, where to party in style on New Year's Eve, and chill out on New Year's Day.

Portrait of Theresa, Countess Kinsky,1793; Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, French, 1755-1842, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation
Portrait of Theresa, Countess Kinsky,1793; Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun, French, 1755-1842, Oil on canvas, Norton Simon Art Foundation

1) A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and their Impact on French Artists

How often do you think, as an exhibition ends it run, oh, darn, I wish I’d seen that show? Avoid that feeling of regret, by checking out the following must-see shows, before they close in early January. 

The Norton Simon Museum is one of LA’s hidden delights — a top-knotch collection of European and Asian art located in a manageable, restful building situated in a sculpture garden, with cafe, in Pasadena. It’s a lovely place to take visitors and to catch conservator John Griswold’s intriguing exhibition A Revolution of the Palette: The First Synthetic Blues and their Impact on French Artists. 

It tells the story of paintings in the museum’s collection — from “the Rococo period to the threshold of Impressionism” — from the perspective of technical innovation: the invention of synthetic blue. Even if you are not an art history nerd, the paintings are just beautiful. Check out our interview with John Griswold, here.

While there, be sure to also check out Indoor/Outdoor: Vuillard’s Landscapes and Interiors, thirteen prints from Édouard Vuillard’s print album of 1899—comprising views of parks, boulevards and cafés, scenes of domestic interiors that offer a glimpse of Vuillard’s Paris as well as his now sought-after print work.

When: Through January 04, 2016; open daily, except Tuesdays and Friday, January 1 (New Year’s Day); check opening times here.