This Weekend at LACMA: Lost Line, Kubrick, Wine & Caravaggio, Annual Japanese Art Lecture, and More

After a rainy few days here in L.A., the clouds will part this weekend for you to make your way to LACMA. There is so much incredible art—and so many great events—happening here that make this weekend one you don’t want to miss.

Now open in BCAM, Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection presents works that complicate typical representations of landscape, the built environment, and the monumental, by such artists as Gabriel Orozco, Uta Barth, Buckminster Fuller, Steve McQueen, Ruben Ochoa, Robert Smithson, and many more.

Steve, McQueen,Static (still), 2009, 35mm film transferred to HD video,gift of Steve Tisch, © 2012 Steve McQueen

Steve, McQueen,Static (still), 2009, 35mm film transferred to HD video,gift of Steve Tisch, © 2012 Steve McQueen

Also in BCAM, check out Drawing Surrealism, Ed Ruscha: StandardMichael Heizer: Actual Size, and Chris Burden’s Metropolis II (be sure to check operating times to catch it in action).

Alfonso Ossorio, Untitled, 1944, gift of the Ossorio Foundation, © 2012 Alfonso Ossorio Estate, photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

Alfonso Ossorio, Untitled, 1944, gift of the Ossorio Foundation, © 2012 Alfonso Ossorio Estate, photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

A trifecta of art trailblazers is presented in the Resnick Pavilion with Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective, Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture, and Caravaggio and His Legacy.

Installation view, “Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective,” September 16, 2012–January 6, 2013, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Ken Price, photo © 2012 Fredrik Nilsen

Installation view, “Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective,” September 16, 2012–January 6, 2013, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Ken Price, photo © 2012 Fredrik Nilsen

Across campus, Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics from the MaryLou Boone Collection, Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, and Masterpieces of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis are on view in the Ahmanson Building.

Horst von Harbou, Untitled (robot Maria dancing in night club), 1926, film still from Fritz Lang's movie Metropolis, purchased with funds provided by the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA

Horst von Harbou, Untitled (robot Maria dancing in night club), 1926, film still from Fritz Lang’s movie Metropolis, purchased with funds provided by the Robert Gore Rifkind Foundation, Beverly Hills, CA

Be sure to reserve tickets in advance for both Caravaggio and His Legacy and Stanley Kubrick in order to beat the lines this weekend. LACMA members receive free tickets to these exhibitions (not to mention unlimited general admission all year-round and discounts on films, concerts, talks, and more—join?).

Saturday at 5 pm, the Art Rental and Sales Gallery is holding its winter exhibition opening night reception. Artists Sarajo Frieden and Barbara Kaleta are this season’s featured artists. Stop by to check out some great art by emerging artists and enjoy some refreshments.

If refreshments are definitely your thing, consider checking out LACMA’s Art of Wine event. We’ll be following Caravaggio’s journey from northern Italy to Rome—all while sampling wines along the way. LACMA educator Mary Lenihan weighs in on the art, while Barbara Baxter espouses the history of the wines.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Conversion of the Magdalen, c. 1598, Detroit Institute of Arts, gift of The Kresge Foundation and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford, photo © 2012 Detroit Institute of Arts, all rights reserved

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, The Conversion of the Magdalen, c. 1598, Detroit Institute of Arts, gift of The Kresge Foundation and Mrs. Edsel B. Ford, photo © 2012 Detroit Institute of Arts, all rights reserved

Also Saturday night, LACMA is screening Stanley Kubrick’s prescient sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. While the film is sold out, some standby tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Don’t have tickets? Join Film Club—you’ll hear about screenings first and get first dibs on buying tickets.)

On Sunday at 1 pm in the Bing Theater, Dr. Bruce Love, expert on Maya culture, discusses the myths and truths of the popular end-of-times myth of December 21, 2012. While all free tickets have already been reserved, there will be a standby line at 12 pm at the Hammer Building Ticket Office.

Also on Sunday Miwako Tezuka, director of the Japan Society Gallery in New York and co-founder of PoNJA-GenKon (Post-1945 Japanese Art Discussion Group), delivers the Twenty-Fifth Annual Michele Berton Memorial Lecture on Japanese Art. Her talk will trace the evolution of major contemporary Japanese artists, such as Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, and Mariko Mori, who flourished in the international art world from the 1990s to the 2000s.

The weekend rounds out with a free Sundays Live concert featuring cellist Ruslan Biryukov and pianist Armen Guzelimian in the Bing Theater.

As always, there are free tours of exhibitions and the collection throughout the weekend. We hope to see you here!

Jenny Miyasaki

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