This Weekend at LACMA: Exhibitions on Stauffacher and Judd, Roemer and Kubrick Films, Caravaggio Talk, and More

Opening this weekend at LACMA are two small exhibitions—one on the typographic experiments of San Francisco-based printer Jack Stauffacher, and the other on the great Donald Judd. You’ll find an installation of Judd’s minimalist forms in the modern galleries of the Ahmanson Building, while the Stauffacher exhibition, in the Art of the Americas Building, is the first presentation of a recent acquisition of his 1998 portfolio Wooden Letters from 300 Broadway, among other prints.

Jack Werner Stauffacher, Print from Wooden Letters from 300 Broadway, 1998, gift of the 2012 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee (DA2)

Jack Werner Stauffacher, Print from Wooden Letters from 300 Broadway, 1998, gift of the 2012 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee (DA2)

Donald Judd, Copper Wall Box, 1977, copper, 19 ¾ x 39 ¼ x 19 3/8 inches, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Robert H. Halff through the Modern and Contemporary Art Council

Donald Judd, Copper Wall Box, 1977, copper, 19 ¾ x 39 ¼ x 19 3/8 inches, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, gift of Robert H. Halff through the Modern and Contemporary Art Council

We’ve also got two films for you this weekend: Tonight, Michael Roemer’s 1964 film Nothing But a Man, a tour-de-force about working-class African Americans. Robert Young, the film’s co-writer, cinematographer, and producer, will be on hand for a Q&A following the screening (brand new 35mm print!).

On Saturday night, in conjunction with our Stanley Kubrick show, we’ve got the first of two encore Kubrick screenings, as voted on by you. Thuis weekend it’s a little ultra-violence with A Clockwork Orange. (Next month, the winning film: 2001).

Caravaggio fans will want to head to the Bing Theater on Sunday afternoon for a free talk by Keith Christiansen, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s John Pope-Hennessy Chairman of European Paintings. Christiansen helped to determine the authenticity of Portrait of Maffeo Barberini (which he talked about on Unframed). He’ll talk about that as well as the many other works currently on view in Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy—only two weeks left before the exhibition closes!

Caravaggio, Portrait of Maffeo Barberini, c. 1598, oil on canvas, private collection.

Caravaggio, Portrait of Maffeo Barberini, c. 1598, oil on canvas, private collection.

A few more exhibitions, all in BCAM, are also entering their final weeks at the museum: Lost Line: Contemporary Art from the Collection, Michael Heizer: Actual Size, and Jim Shaw’s Dream Drawings all close February 24, so you’ve got just a little time left to check them out. See even more exhibitions on view.

For families, the new month brings a new theme to our free Andell Family Sunday activities. Take a tour of the Ancient Maya World (bilingual tours are available) and then create a book, make a sketch or sculpture, or other Maya-inspired objects with our teaching artists. Fun for all ages!

Ancient Maya World, installation view

Ancient Maya World, installation view

The weekend concludes on a high note with pianist In Young Huh, who will perform pieces by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, and more at our weekly—free!—Sundays Live chamber music concert series.

Scott Tennent

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