This Weekend at LACMA: Free Workshops at Monterey Park Art+Film Lab, Talks and Events, Must-See Artworks, and More!

The Monterey Park Art+Film Lab at East Los Angeles College enters its second week of FREE public programming, including oral-history drop-ins and a screening of Little Fugitive on Friday evening, a composition workshop on Saturday, and an instant film workshop on Sunday. All of these workshops offer area residents of all levels of know-how the opportunity to learn hands-on filmmaking and storytelling skills with professional equipment and at no cost.

Beyond workshops and film screenings, the final component of the Art+Film Lab invites participants to visit LACMA. This Sunday, Art+Lab participants from Altadena, the previous lab site, are invited to LACMA for a free day. Screening throughout the day is Nicole Miller’s Believing Is Seeing, a commissioned video artwork composed of personal stories told by Altadena locals, which demonstrates who and what makes up the city.

Photos © Museum Associates / LACMA, by Duncan Cheng.

Art+Film Lab, Jorge Pardo Sculpture, photo © Museum Associates / LACMA, by Duncan Cheng

Saturday at 1 pm, see the final part of [de]-lusions of Grandeur by Liz Glynn in The Myth of Permanent Material. This time Glynn takes a look at concrete and the challenges posed by the material associated with permanence and stability, like in Donald Judd’s Untitled (for Leo Castelli). Later that day at 2 pm, author James Oles discusses one of the least familiar periods of Mexican art history in a talk, From Mexico’s Forgotten Century: 19th-Century Costumbrismo and the Paintings of Felipe Santiago Gutiérrez. On Sunday at 1 pm, artist Youngmin Lee presents the traditional craft of Korean art in a Bojagi Demonstration. Weekly installments of Andell Family Sundays and Sundays Live round out the busy schedule.

David Hockney, May 12th 2011 Rudston to Kilham Road 5pm, © David Hockney

David Hockney, May 12th 2011 Rudston to Kilham Road 5pm (detail), from Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, 2011, courtesy of and © David Hockney

In the galleries, LACMA bids a farewell to David Hockney: Seven Yorkshire Landscape Videos, 2011 on Monday. Fret not, in a matter of days, Hockney’s video work will return in a different form with David Hockney: The Jugglers. Next door in BCAM, see Murmurs: Recent Contemporary Acquisitions for a look at some of LACMA’s newest pieces. In the Ahmanson Building, explore the fourth floor and see Hassan Hajjaj: My Rock Stars Experimental, Volume 1, 2012 and Princely Traditions and Colonial Pursuits in India. Lastly, on the east side of campus, view the legacy of Mexican filmmaker Gabriel Figueroa in Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa—Art and Film before it closes on February 2. And if we don’t see this weekend be sure to come for Target Free Holiday Monday in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.

Roberto Ayala

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