This Weekend at LACMA: In Wonderland Closes, plus Dance, Films, Concerts, and More

This is it: you have just a few days left to see In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. The exhibition, which features works by Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, and Dorothea Tanning, closes on Sunday. Don’t miss it—reserve your tickets in advance to ensure your chance to see it.

Frida Kahlo, Las dos Fridas (The Two Fridas), 1939, © 2011 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo courtesy Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City

Enhance your surrealist experience on Saturday or Sunday afternoon by seeing the Mexico City-based theater group Laboratorio de la Máscara, with the choreographer from South Indian dance troupe Shaktala, perform Orion, The Great Man of the Sky, originally created by surrealist artist Alice Rahon but never realized in her lifetime. You have two chances to catch this incredible ballet this weekend—free for members or with museum admission.

Orion, The Great Man of the Sky

Friday night in the Bing you have the chance to see two incredible collaborations between composer Philip Glass and filmmaker Godfrey Reggio—Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi—on the big screen. These are two truly awesome pairings of music and image.

For the musically inclined, we have three different concerts on tap this weekend. Jazz at LACMA continues tonight with saxophonist Bob Mintzer and keyboardist Russell Ferrante (both of the Grammy Award-winning group the Yellowjackets). Last week’s free jazz concert drew more than 2,000 people, so get here early and get ready for a good time. (Don’t forget: admission to the museum is free after 5 pm for L.A. County residents).

On Saturday, members of the Long Beach Opera will perform excerpts from Ainadamar. The opera’s playwright and librettist David Henry Hwang will also be on stage to discuss the work with Long Beach Opera artistic and general director Andreas Mitisek.  Sunday night, the Colburn Chamber Orchestra performs works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky, and Przytulski for our free Sundays Live concert series.

A new month means a new theme for Andell Family Sundays —Korean art. Check out our Korean collection (including the recently restored XXth-century painting Buddha Seokgamoni Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak), then take part in art-making activities as a family.

Buddha Seokgamoni Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak, Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), 1755, Far Eastern Art Acquisition Fund

Sunday afternoon, curator Christina Yu Yu gives a talk on contemporary Chinese art, tracing its development from 1970 to today.

Ai Weiwei, Untitled (Divine Proportion), 2006, gift of the 2011 Collectors Committee, photo: Giovanni Tarifeño, courtesy of Friedman Benda and the artist

Dance, film, jazz, opera, family activities, curator talks… all that plus Chris Burden’s Metropolis II, seven special exhibitions on view, and our encyclopedic permanent collection. Choose what suits you—see you on campus.

Scott Tennent

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