Just got back from this exhibition on on the Santa Monica Pier, and I can't recommend it enough for anyone within reasonable driving distance.
The Nomadic Museum, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, is constructed of the 152 steel cargo containers used to actually transport the exhibit. The space alone is fantastic. You then get to enjoy the culmination of Gregory Colbert's 14 year journey to photograph animals and humans in such a way as to break down the barriers between species, to highhlight shared artistic elements. It sounds ... well, you know how it sounds. And then it kicks you in the forehead and owns you, artsy-boy.
Beside the speia-toned photos printed quite uniquely on massive sheets of handmade Japanese paper, there are three elegant films playing within each wing. Heads up that the center wing movie is the primary film, and while the others are nine minutes long, that one's a full sixty -- something you should know before you decide to stand and watch rather than sit. Also, get there early if you go on the weekends. We had just a five minute wait when we blew in around noon, but by 3 the line stretched all the way around the museum.