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

August 3, 2012

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

Exploring Art and Music Through LACMA’s Latin Sounds Concert Series

August 1, 2012

Bring your dancing shoes and come down to LACMA one of these Saturdays before it’s too late. Ending September 1, LACMA’s free Latin Sounds concert series is the perfect way to celebrate both Latin music and art. We have a fantastic line up of musicians performing this season, including Melena on August 4 or Mongorama August 11.

One of the most essential instruments in the world of Latin jazz is the drum, and both these artists incorporate harmonious drum beats and strong percussion into their music. The drum is such an ancient and powerful instrument that helps create celebrations and ceremonies, and it even transcends borders.

Exploring LACMA’s  Latin America art galleries is a perfect precursor to the evening’s performances. Artist Perdo Figari took pride in painting Candombe celebrations in his work. These dance ceremonies from Uruguay are hundreds of years old but have an origin that’s rooted in Africa just like the music that is being featured in our Latin Sounds series.

Pedro Figari, Dancing People (Candombe), 1920, gift of Gregory Peck

Explore the galleries further and see how drums and other musical instruments are depicted in ancient Mexico. Take for example these two seated musicians from Colima, Mexico. Notice how one is using a conch shell as an instrument while the other play a drum.

Musicians, Mexico, Colima, 200 BC–500 AD, The Proctor Stafford Collection, purchased with funds provided by Mr. and Mrs. Allan C. Balch

Or for a more imaginative representation of a musician form Latin America, feast your eyes on this vessel in the form of a beautiful composite animal which appears to look like a feather dog. If you pay close attention to this one man band you’ll notice that in his right hand he is holding a rattle while in his left hand he holds a flute.

Vessel in the Form of a Composite Animal, Mexico, Teotihuacan, Teotihuacán, 200–700, gift of Constance McCormick Fearing

Latin Sounds concerts are a fun way to experience music, art, and dancing. So don’t miss one of the few remaining performances—we hope to see you here!

Eduardo Sanchez, Education Coordinator


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