Now that we’ve all awoken from our tryptophan-induced comas and recovered from the chaos of Black Friday, it’s time to get out. LACMA is a perfect destination if you’ve got family in town and you’re looking for a way to spend the day. We have nine special exhibitions on view, from ancient American and Spanish Colonial art, to masterpieces by Monet, to contemporary surveys of Glenn Ligon and Asco, to mid-century California design, and much more. You can also craft your own kid-friendly tour of the museum by letting the little ones take in big works like Chris Burden’s Urban Light, Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads, Richard Serra’s Band, Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog, or Jésus Rafael Soto’s Pentrible.
Saturday afternoon we are offering two films spotlighting the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the studio founded by Miyazaki and producer Toshio Suzuki that has released some of the greatest animated films of all time. The double-feature starts at 4:30 with a 25th Anniversary screening of Castle in the Sky, followed at 7:30 by the 2001 Academy Award-winning Spirited Away. Seeing either on the big screen (in new 35mm prints, no less), is a treat not to be missed.
Members, this is a great weekend to come to the museum and get some holiday shopping done. We’re offering up to 30% off on store items during Member Shopping Days (up from the standard 10% discount), through Sunday only. (Not a member? It’s easy to join.) We gave you some shopping ideas the other day, though there’s even more to choose from.
On Sunday you can close out the long weekend with a free performance from pianist Maria Demina and violinist Mitchell Newman, who will be offering works by Gubaidulina, Medtner, and Prokofiev as part of our free Sundays Live concert series.