This Weekend at LACMA: Robert Therrien Closes, Outdoor Kids Films All Month, Free Concerts, and More

If you’ve been to BCAM anytime in the last year, you’ve probably seen the Robert Therrien exhibition on view on the top floor. It’s been on view since last July, but I hope that doesn’t mean you’ve taken it for granted—it comes down after this weekend.

Robert Therrien, No Title (Blue Plastic Plates), 1999, museum purchase in memory of Ruth H. Gribin with funds provided by Ansley I. Graham Trust, © Robert Therrien/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Where one show closes, another opens. Across campus in the Pavilion for Japanese Art, Ohie Toshio and the Perfection of the Japanese Book goes on view starting Saturday. After studying bookbinding in France, Ohie introduced the art form to Japan in 1974. The exhibition looks at how Ohie took this European tradition and incorporated into a Japanese sensibility. Over the course of the exhibition’s run, Ohie will actually be present in the galleries to talk with visitors about the art of book design. Check out the upcoming dates for your chance to meet and talk with the artist.

Ohie Toshio; O Jun, Asters, 2005

August means free outdoor films—all kid-friendly animated features. Tonight we kick off our Friday Films with Bolt, featuring the voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, and more. The film is paired with the 2012 short Tangled Ever After. Check out our listings for the rest of August while you’re at it.

Continuing on the family front, August sees a new theme for our free Andell Family Sundays: Dragon Days.  Explore depictions of dragons in our collection (such as in our Chinese or Korean galleries, or in the European galleries too!), then make your own during family art-making activities.

Gustave Surand, St. George and the Dragon, 1888, gift of the 2008 Collectors Committee

Finally, as usual we have free concerts all weekend long. The vibraphone-led Nick Mancini Collective takes the stage for tonight’s Jazz at LACMA, while Latin Sounds enters its final month of free summer concerts with Afro-Cuban percussionist Melena.  Sundays Live sees soprano Karen Benjamin join pianist Alan Chapman for an evening of cabaret and more.

Scott Tennent

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