▪ New museum for Liberace’s cars: The Liberace Garage, which will showcase the entertainer’s automobiles from his stage acts, will open April 7 in Las Vegas. The Liberace Garage, by the Liberace Foundation for the Performing and Creative Arts, will be located in the Hollywood Cars Museum. Cars on display will include the 1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V limousine used for his acts at the Las Vegas Hilton; the Liberace Crystal Roadster that he rode onto Radio City Music Hall's stage; the London Taxi he used to pick up friends at the Palms Springs Airport; and the 1956 Rolls Royce Convertible he used to fly out of during performances. Liberace had a museum in Las Vegas for more than 30 years, but it closed in 2010 as admissions declined. Details: www.Liberace.Org.
▪ Two Mapplethorpe retrospectives: The works of Robert Mapplethorpe are on display in Los Angeles in two complementary but different shows at the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Both exhibitions are titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Medium and will run through July 31, but highlight different aspects of his personality and work. At the Getty, the retrospective exhibition reexamines the arc of his photographic work from the early 1970s to the culture wars of the 1990s. The County Museum of Art display explores Mapplethorpe's body of work through early drawings, collages, sculptures and Polaroid photography. Details: http://mapplethorpe.la/.
▪ Marine Corps museum reopening: The National Museum for the Marine Corps, closed for almost three months, will reopen to the public on April 1. During the closure, two aircraft were installed: a restored World War II SBD Dauntless dive bomber and Vietnam-era Sikorsky UH-34D helicopter. The museum, in Triangle, Virginia, is undergoing a major expansion that will add two historical galleries depicting the Marine Corps from 1976 through today, a giant-screen theater, expanded education suite and Children’s Gallery, a Sports Gallery, Art Gallery, Hall of Valor and more. The construction is scheduled to be finished in 2017; all exhibitions are expected to be completed in 2020. Details: www.usmcmuseum.com.
Miami Herald staff