This Weekend at LACMA: Jazz, Matisse Exhibition Opens, The Clock 24-hour Screening, Earth Day, and More

The weekend officially begins with the 2013 season opener of Jazz at LACMA, featuring nine-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo Sandoval. Sandoval is a trumpet master and a protégé of jazz legend Dizzy Gillespie. His dynamic and vivacious style will set the tone for the rest of the weekend–just listen to one of his tracks, Salt Peanuts! (a Gillespie cover), that unpredictably weaves Latin and Swing.

Later in the evening L.A.-based artist Liz Glynn continues her site-specific performance project, [de]-lusions of Grandeur,  in response to monumental sculptures in LACMA’s collection. Tonight she will consider the process of creating, moving, and erecting large-scale sculptures, specifically responding to Alexander Calder’s legacy of kinetic sculptural form through a ballet “mechanik.” The free performance, titled “The Myth of Getting It Right the First Time,” starts at 7:30 pm in the Bing Theater.

Rehearsals for Liz Glynn's "The Myth of Getting It Right the First Time"

Rehearsals for Liz Glynn’s “The Myth of Getting It Right the First Time”

The fun continues Saturday with a special 24-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock. Beginning at noon and lasting until noon on Sunday, The Clock is a single-channel montage constructed from thousands of moments in cinema and television history depicting the passage of time. The sampled clips come from all genres, time periods, and cultures. The result, a melding of video and reality, unfolds with a seemingly endless cast of cameos. Considered a masterpiece by many, The Clock is enthralling and not to be missed!

This will be the final showing of The Clock by Christian Marclay in the Bing Theater. We are pleased to announce that in the future, The Clock will be shown in the galleries in a space created for the ideal viewing of this artwork.

Christian Marclay, still from The Clock, 2010, gift of the 2011 Collectors Committee, © Christian Marclay, photo courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

Christian Marclay, still from The Clock, 2010, gift of the 2011 Collectors Committee, © Christian Marclay, photo courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

As you find yourself mesmerized by The Clock and begin to yen for sustenance, Patina Restaurant Group will be there to offer a bevy of snack and meal options for all you night owls. The main attraction, RED—A Pop-Up Dinner: Midnight Breakfast, will include a timely four-course meal from executive chef Jason Fullilove. The menu includes house cured gravlax, griddle cakes, smoked pork belly, and chocolate banana french toast. Make reservations for the midnight breakfast and view the full menu on the event page. On top of all that, check out even more Clock-related programming from our neighbors at For Your Art.

On Sunday, LACMA celebrates Earth Day with a full day of programs and activities for children and adults alike. Artist-led workshops, tours of the collection, a nature-inspired poetry workshop, sketching, a musical jam session, and guided walkthroughs of our botanical beauties all will make the LACMA campus teem with a sense of exploration, wonder, and admiration for the planet. In addition to all these events (free with admission to the museum), you can also receive free general admission to the galleries by biking (present your bike helmet) or taking public transportation to LACMA (present your bus pass). View the full schedule here.

A weekend at LACMA would not be complete with taking in art from one of the greats–in this case, Henri Matisse. Our newest exhibition, Henri Matisse: La Gerbe, features his famous large ceramic, La Gerbe (The Sheaf), and places it in context with paper cut-outs he made toward the end of his career. This exhibition will also include the original maquette, on loan from the Hammer Museum, as well as his print portfolio Jazz and other works. This is the first time both maquette and ceramic have been exhibited together.

Henri Matisse, La Gerbe, 1953, installed in the Brody residence, gift of Frances L. Brody in honor of the museum’s 25th anniversary, © 2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY, photo courtesy of the archives of Frances L. Brody

Henri Matisse, La Gerbe, 1953, installed in the Brody residence, gift of Frances L. Brody in honor of the museum’s 25th anniversary, © 2013 Succession H. Matisse / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, NY, photo courtesy of the archives of Frances L. Brody

Lastly, the weekend ends with Sundays Live and a performance from Emerging Artists from the Young Musicians Foundation in the Bing Theater at 6 pm. If you can’t make the show, you can stream Sundays Live straight from your computer.

Roberto Ayala

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