Datebook: A look back at internment, women of Ab-Ex and an L.A. artist's ribald installations

Revisiting a dark period in American history. Examining the role of women in a key artistic movement. And an installation made up of some very suggestive words. Plus: a conversation with a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and photographs of Nazi bunkers. There’s a whole lot of art action happening all over the Southland. Here are 10 exhibitions and events to check out in the coming week:

“Instructions to All Persons: Reflections on Executive Order 9066,” at the Japanese American National Museum. At a time when executive orders are transforming U.S. society, it’s probably a good time to study one of the most notorious ones: President Franklin D.  Roosevelt’s Order 9066, which allowed for the incarceration of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans living along the West Coast of the U.S. and placed them in austere prison camps during World War II. This exhibition brings together historical ephemera from this dark period in U.S. history, as well as works of art and performance that reflect on the issue of internment. Beginning on March 24, the museum will present “Moving Day,” a nightly public art piece in which exclusion orders will be projected on the side of the building at night. Opens Saturday and runs through Aug. 13. 100 N. Central Ave., downtown Los Angeles, janm.org.

Jason Rhoades, “Installations, 1994-2006,” at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. The Los Angeles artist — known for sprawling, ribald installations made with everything from neon to cardboard to peas — often touched on issues of religion, sex and commerce in his work. This show, his first comprehensive survey in Los Angeles, brings together six of his most significant installations, including a tribute to sculptor Constantin Brancusi and a massive, sexually charged piece that features 240 neon words that describe female genitalia — a temple-like set-up where the viewer is invited to lay down and be wildly seduced. Opens Saturday at 6 p.m. and runs through May 21. 901 E. Third St., downtown Los Angeles, hauserwirthschimmel.com.

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Chris Alexakisart