LACMA Is Free Today!

Thanks to Target, LACMA is free all day today. Bring your family for some free NexGen art-making activities, storytime, and a tour the galleries with a free family guide (in English or Spanish). We’ll also have gallery educators in the American art galleries to spark discussions with visitors, including the paintings by John Biggers and Charles White which we mentioned on Unframed last week.

On the plaza, the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra will be performing at noon and at 2:45 pm. Here’s a clip of the Arkestra from when they performed at the museum during our Jazz at LACMA series:


In the galleries, we’ve got three special exhibitions on view. India’s Fabled City spans a hundred years of arts and culture in the northern India city of Lucknow, where Europeans and Indians influenced each others’ paintings, decorative arts, and more.

Mir Kalan Khan, Lovers in a Landscape (Detail), India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, c. 1760–70, The David Collection, Copenhagen, 50/1981

You have to see the drawings in Steve Wolfe on Paper to believe them; Wolfe’s renderings of worn books and well-loved vinyl records is so lifelike you’ll wish you could pull them off the shelf and thumb through their pages. Over in the Resnick Pavilion, Fashioning Fashion continues its run; if you haven’t seen this display of European dress from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, do yourself a favor and check it out.

We also just reinstalled our galleries for art from the ancient world, including a couple of Egyptian coffins and amazing Assyrian wall reliefs. Just steps from those galleries are some newly reinstalled European galleries as well, including beautiful works of decorative arts from the Gilbert Collection. If those don’t pique your curiosity, there’s always our other permanent collection galleries for Korean art, Japanese art, modern and contemporary art, Latin American art, Islamic art, and much more. Have a look at this list of smaller installations interspersed around campus.

Scott Tennent

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