This Weekend at LACMA: Nowruz Celebration, Robert Adams, Ellsworth Kelly, In Wonderland and More

Happy Iranian New Year! This weekend at LACMA we are celebrating Nowruz with a full day of free activities all across campus on Sunday from 11:30 am to 7 pm. The day begins with traditional Persian music, dancing, and costumes and continues with storytelling and calligraphy for kids as well as a Haft-Sîn display. The award ceremony for the 2012 Farhang Short Film Festival will occur in Brown Auditorium, followed by a screenings of the top films from the festival. The celebration will be capped off with a live musical performance by Iranian pop star KamyR. Visit lacma.org for a complete and detailed list of events.

Things over at Broad Contemporary Art Museum are hopping! This weekend is an excellent opportunity to see the newly opened photography exhibition, Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a retrospective of the seminal photographer’s forty-year career. Also in BCAM on the second floor, Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings continues through April 22. Chris Burden’s futuristic city, Metropolis II, will be in action all weekend but be sure to check the schedule for specific operating times before you plan your visit.

Robert Adams, New development on a former citrus-growing estate, Highland, California, 1983, printed 1988, Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from Trellis Fund, and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund, © 2012 Robert Adams

Installation view, Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, Ellsworth Kelly, Purple/Red/Grey/Orange, 1988, Graphic Arts Council Discretionary Fund, © 2012 Ellsworth Kelly

On the third floor, some of BCAM’s artworks, including Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog(Blue) and Cracked Egg (Red), will be deinstalled on March 25, so you have just a few more days to see these iconic works of art before they go off view for a while.

Gallery view Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog(Blue) and Cracked Egg (Red), The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica; John Baldessari, Buildings=Guns=People: Desire, Knowledge, and Hope (with Smog), 1985-89, The Broad Art Foundation, Santa Monica

This weekend is also a great opportunity to swing by the Resnick Pavilion to catch both California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” and In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. Members get to see In Wonderland for free. If you’re here Sunday, stick around for a free concert in the Bing Theater from our Sundays Live concert series, featuring UCLA Philharmonia.

Have a great weekend, and we hope to see you here!

Jenny Miyasaki

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