By Michael Benninger
10/3-11/9: "Colores de la Muerte"
California Center for the Art
340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido
"Colores de la Muerte" (Español for "colors of death") showcases train-car sculptures that represent pivotal moments in Mexico's journey toward independence, highlighting the roles politics and the female population played in the nation's progress.
10/2-12/19: "Curious Beasts: Animal Prints from Dürer to Goya"
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, Linda Vista
Humanity's enchantment with the animal kingdom comes to life through 80- plus woodcuts, engravings and lithographs, dating from the 1400s to the 19th century.
10/4-1/27: "Gauguin to Warhol"
San Diego Museum of Art
1450 El Prado, Balboa Park
Follow the course of modern art in this comprehensive survey of the subject, which spotlights masterpieces by dozens of celebrated artists including Picasso, Dalí and Van Gogh.
10/7-11/1: "Caia Koopman: Figments"
317 East Grand Ave., Escondido
See recent works by Caia Koopman, a punk-inspired popsurrealist whose art appears on Oakley's Signature series sunglasses, and Rossignol snowboards and skis.
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
1100 and 1001 Kettner Blvd., Downtown
s10/10-2/8: "This is How We Walk on the Moon: Colter Jacobsen"
San Francisco-based artist Colter Jacobsen presents his first solo exhibition in a museum, a set of new drawings and found-object installations that examine the dichotomies of memory and forgetfulness, vision and blindness, lust and longing.
920 Kline St., La Jolla
This new exhibition features the latest works by local artists Ila Rose, Jacki Geary, Marcellus Barnes, Ricardo Ales and Richard Salcido.
10/11-2/8: Fall exhibitions
Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)
1649 El Prado, Balboa Park
Three new exhibitions open at MOPA in October: "New Visions" displays the work of 19th-century photographers who captured the world; "Collective Restraint" concentrates on Czech photography from the mid- 1900s; and "We Are Family" showcases photos captured by elementary and high-school students throughout San Diego.