This Weekend at LACMA: Rodarte Closes, Gary Oldman in Person, Eclipse String Quartet Performance, and More

Sunday marks your last chance to see the lovely installation Rodarte: Fra Angelico Collection, which displays a number of the fashion design duo’s gowns, recently gifted to LACMA, within the context of our Renaissance art galleries in the Ahmanson Building.

Rodarte: Fra Angelico Collection (installation view), promised gift of Rodarte (Kate and Laura Mulleavy), Maria Arena Bell, Susan Casden, Eva Chow, DNA Boutique, Allison Sarofim, Karyn Silver, Christine Suppes, Lizzie Tisch, Dasha Zhukova, and an anonymous donor. Photo: Autumn de Wilde

Also on view right now is the newly opened Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings and In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States; about the latter, check out the Los Angeles Times review from earlier this week. In Wonderland is a specially ticketed exhibition, so reserve your tickets ahead of time. This weekend is also one of your last opportunities to see Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads—the outdoor installation closes next weekend. Kids love the giant depictions of a dragon, dog, rat, and other animals, so make a point to see it. (Kids also love Chris Burden’s recently opened artwork, Metropolis II.) Sunday is always a great day for families thanks to our free Andell Family Sundays; the theme for February is “California Cool”—check out California Design, 1935–1960 (including the original Barbie and Ken dolls!), then make art with your kids inspired by the California look.

California Design, 1935–1960: “Living in a Modern Way” (installation view), photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

Tonight in the Bing Theater we are thrilled to welcome actor Gary Oldman—just nominated for an Oscar for his work in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. First on the bill is the 1990 film State of Grace, also starring Sean Penn, Ed Harris, John Turturro, and John C. Reilly. Then, at 7:30 pm, Oldman will be onstage for a conversation with Elvis Mitchell, followed by a screening of his 2000 vehicle The ContenderState of Grace is a special members-only screening for LACMA, Film Independent, and New York Times Film Club members; the conversation and screening of The Contender is open to the public.

Fans of contemporary composers have a couple of concerts to choose from this weekend. On Saturday, the Eclipse String Quartet performs works by Ruth Crawford Seeger and Meredith Monk, joined by vocalist Perla Batalla. Then, on Sunday, pianist Bruce Brubaker will bring works by Monk, Phillip Glass, and more to the Bing stage.  

Scott Tennent

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