This Weekend at LACMA: In Wonderland Opens, Contested Visions Closes, Film, Music, Book Signings, and More

The groundbreaking exhibition In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States is open to members now and opens to the public on Sunday. In Wonderland features more than one hundred and seventy-five surrealist works of art created by women, including painting, sculpture, photography, and more.

Rosa Rolanda, Autoretrato (Self Portrait), c. 1945, © Estate of Rosa Rolanda Covarrubias, photo courtesy of Andrés Blaisten, by Francisco Kochen

Where one adventure begins, another comes to an end. The highly acclaimed exhibition Contested Visions in the Spanish Colonial World closes Sunday night, having been hailed by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best exhibitions of 2011. This weekend is a unique opportunity to see three major exhibitions, including California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way,” together in the Resnick Pavilion for just two days.

The Apparition of San Miguel del Milagro to Diego Lázaro (La aparición de San Miguel del Milagro a Diego Lázaro), first half of the 18th c., Museo Universitario Casa de los Muñecos, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico

Chris Burden’s Metropolis II gears up for another weekend of futuristic commuting. Be sure to check the hours of operation before visiting to ensure that you see Metropolis II in action.

  • Fridays: 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm; 6:30–7:30 pm
  • Weekends: 11:30 am–12:30 pm; 1:30–2:30 pm; 3:30–4:30 pm; 5:30–6:30 pm

There’s a lot going on outside of our galleries too. Tonight at 7:30 pm, we’re screening the Mexican film The Other Conquest, followed by a panel Q&A that includes the film’s director, Salvador Carrasco. The screening is free and tickets are available via a standby line that will form at the Hammer Building Ticket Office at 6:30 pm.

Andell Family Sundays switch themes this weekend, focusing on the zodiac and Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads.

Brasil Guitar Duo performs works by Rameau, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, and others during the free Sundays Live concert in the Bing Theater.

On Sunday at 2 pm, author Amy Novesky reads from her children’s book Me, Frida. Also on Sunday, sculptor and photographer Thomas Demand and filmmaker Alex McDowell discuss models as tools and interpretations of worlds at Art Catalogues in the Ahmanson Building at 4 pm.

One note: The Art of the Americas Building will be closed this weekend; however, Maria Nordman FILM ROOM: SMOKE, located on level two of the Art of the Americas Building, will remain open throughout the weekend.

Jenny Miyasaki

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