This Weekend at LACMA: Classic Cinema, Free Concerts, and More

It’s been heating up in L.A. lately, so consider our galleries a cool option for your weekend. Among the seven special exhibitions currently on view, two are closing later this month—David Smith and The Mourners. Christian Marclay’s The Clock, which just received a nice write-up from Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times, will also be coming off view at the end of July; you can see it in the galleries every day during regular hours, and by the way we’ll be screening the full twenty-four-hour version once more later this month.

If you’ve been to our European galleries in the Ahmanson Building in the last year, you know that we have been reinstalling the permanent collection in phases—a project that is now complete. Head up to the third floor of the Ahmanson to see  works by Degas, Rembrandt, and Cezanne, among many others.

Edgar Degas, The Bellelli Sisters (Giovanna and Giuliana Bellelli), 1865-1866, Mr. and Mrs. George Gard De Sylva Collection

Friday nights at LACMA are shaping up to have a little something for everyone—music fans, film buffs, foodies, art-lovers, and kids looking for a little fun on a summer night.  Don’t forget that LACMA is free after 5 pm for L.A. County residents every weekday (not including Tim Burton), so you can hit up the galleries before or after you have dinner or drinks at Ray’s and Stark Bar, or catch jazz drummer Clayton Cameron leads his sextet at the free Jazz at LACMA concert. Bring your kids into BCAM for nighttime stories inspired by Tim Burton. This week’s theme is “Spiders, Bears, and Other Tales of Critters that Give You the Shivers”

A new film series, Celebrating Classic Cinema, in which film curator Ian Birnie has collected a number of past favorites that have screened at LACMA during his fifteen-year tenure at the museum. Tonight, F. W. Murnau’s 1927 film Sunrise and Michael Powell’s 1945 masterpiece I Know Where I’m Going! Tomorrow night the series continues with Max Ophüls’s The Earrings of Madame De… and Michelangelo Antonioni’s L’Avventura

You can also catch a Monster Matinee on Saturday—this week it’s the 1966 sci-fi adventure Fantastic Voyage.  

Saturday evening, hit up Hancock Park for the legendary Latin Jazz artist Bobby Rodriguez, who will perform for free as part of our Latin Sounds series

Our free Andell Family Sundays in July use Gifts of the Sultan as their inspiration for free art-making activities. Bring your kids to the exhibition to see the paintings of elephants and giraffes as well as luxurious gold objects and jewelry.

Timur Receiving Gifts from the Egyptian Ambassadors, left-hand folio (fol. 399b) of a double-page composition from a manuscript of the Zafarnama of Sharaf al-Din 'Ali Yazdi, Iran, Shiraz, AH Dhu'l-Hija 839/July 15-16, 1436, Worcester Art Museum (1935.26)

In the evening, pianist Bernadine Blaha and violinist Livia Sohn will perform works by John Adams and Beethoven for our free Sundays Live series.

Scott Tennent

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