This Weekend at LACMA: Live Jazz and Classical Music, Art+Film Lab in Neighboring Montebello, Tours of the Collection, and More!

April 25, 2014

Before you plan your visit to the museum this weekend, take note of modified hours for the Broad Contemporary Art Museum and the Resnick Pavilion. On Saturday, we’ll be hosting our 2014 Collector Committee, and exhibitions and installations in BCAM will close early at 5 pm on that day. This early closure impacts Metropolis II, Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, and Agnès Varda in Californialand. The Resnick Pavilion will be open from noon to 6 pm only; the last ticket available for Calder and Abstraction will be at 5 pm. Additionally, Ray’s will be closed during lunch hours.

But there is still a lot to see. Get into the swing of things this weekend with Jazz at LACMA featuring Mark Winkler and Cheryl Bentyne on Friday at 6 pm. These two critically acclaimed artists pair up to examine the “West Coast Cool” jazz scene of the 1950s. Arrive early for the best seats at this free, weekly outdoor concert series. More music happens on Sunday at Sundays Live with pianist Marina Lomazov at 6 pm in the Bing Theater.

At the Montebello Art+Film Lab have a laugh with a free 8 pm screening of Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, a wacky musical comedy straight from the 80s (with a cast that includes the Ramones). Saturday at noon, learn the basics and then some of moviemaking in a free Instant Film Workshop. Stop by the lab on Sunday for Oral History Drop-ins from 4 to 6:30 pm. After next weekend the lab rolls on to Compton.

Free docent-led tours of exhibitions and galleries are a great way to discover more from the museum. Take a tour of our latest exhibitions like Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible on Saturday at 1 pm and Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-Garde to Iconic early on Sunday at 11:30 am (with admission to the special exhibition) or from the permanent collection see Urban Landscapes at 2:30 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, children and parents are invited to interact with the collection and in specific, portraits, vis-à-vis Andell Family Sundays beginning at 12:30 pm.

Helen Pashgian, Untitled (detail), 2012–2013, © Helen Pashgian, photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Helen Pashgian, Untitled (detail), 2012–13, © Helen Pashgian, photo © 2014 Museum Associates/LACMA

Finally, find out what’s happening on the east side of campus such as the rarely seen thrones, scepters, and figures in Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa, woodblock prints in Modern Japanese Prints: The Juda Family Legacy, and the cinematic imagery of Lise Sarfati: Post-Factum, closing on Sunday. This will be fun.

Roberto Ayala

 


Youngmin Lee and Bojagi

April 23, 2014

Bay Area–based artist Youngmin Lee is currently consulting the Community Bojagi Project in the Boone Children’s Gallery at LACMA. She’s also conducting a series of Korean textile workshops titled Wrapped Up—Korean Textile Workshop. Her expertise is essential to the Community Bojagi Project: she teaches valuable skills to Boone staff, who, in turn, are able to demonstrate what they learn to all who visit the Boone. It is a great privilege to work directly with an artist who provides such valuable skills to a project that welcomes museumgoers. Youngmin talks to me about how she began her craft and the importance of sharing it with the world.

Youngmin Lee showing students at the workshop a bojagi that has been passed down for generations.

Youngmin Lee showing students at the workshop a bojagi that has been passed down for generations.

“I have been making bojagi for about 10–12 years. I started this craft after I moved to the U.S. from my native country. I actually worked as a fashion designer before I moved to the U.S. In the States, I was so busy learning everything in this very different culture. One day I found myself very eager to create works as I used to do and thought about making bojagi as a way to rediscover my forgotten culture (at least for me). Now bojagi is my way of reconnecting with my culture’s arts and crafts.”

Youngmin holds a bachelor’s degree in clothing and textile and a master’s in fashion design. She has held numerous workshops and demonstrations around the Bay Area in places such as the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California. She shares her culture with the world, and, at LACMA, with visitors during our bojagi workshops. Children and adults have participated in her workshops with much enthusiasm and appreciation for the art. During her workshops, Youngmin tells her students that making bojagi is an invaluable way to express creativity.

“I teach bojagi to children in San Francisco and teach workshops to adults too. They all think I teach them, but actually they teach me many things too. In a different age group and culture, people interpret bojagi very differently. I love to see them pick their colors for their bojagi. This is my fun part, watching them have fun with colors!”

In the Boone Children’s Gallery, visitors may choose their own fabrics in a variety of colors and patterns. They have personalized their fabrics by drawing, painting, and even stitching a message. In her workshops, Youngmin tells her students that picking their own fabric and colors is part of the creative process.

Detail of a personalized fabric, now part of the larger bojagi

Detail of a personalized fabric, now part of the larger bojagi

“Many people interpret bojagi in many different ways. From reusing the fabric for practical purposes to more abstract art forms to a way of expressing an individual’s art. But actually, these are not new concepts. Women during the Joseon dynasty created bojagi to pursue their artistic and creative energy.”

The Boone Children’s Gallery has extended an invitation to new NexGen members who have signed up online for the free membership. Along with their welcome letter and brand-new NexGen card, new members are also receiving a blank piece of fabric in the mail. We’re inviting them to decorate their fabric and bring it back to the Boone to add it to the Community Bojagi. Youngmin Lee has also corresponded by mail with audiences who wanted to learn more about bojagi.

“I have a friend who is a quilter in Mexico City. She found my website and asked me to teach her how to bojagi. We sent mail back and forth many times as I taught her. Now she is my good friend, and she shares her bojagi with her quilting students. Another person in Malaysia contacted me. I feel that sharing and teaching bojagi is my life mission on this side of the Earth. One art teacher in Michigan sent me an email one day, and told me that she is teaching bojagi as her art lesson. How wonderful to be found by people all over the world!”

Boone Children’s Gallery receives decorated fabrics by mail

Boone Children’s Gallery receives decorated fabrics by mail

We hope to get many more participants to contribute. Our bojagi could possibly be the largest in the world with a record amount of participants! We invite everyone to stop by the Boone Children’s Gallery and sew or decorate your own fabric piece. Much like Youngmin, LACMA staff has had a great experience sharing this form of art with our visitors.

Says Youngmin, “I wish each participant well being and happiness. They added not only pieces of fabric, but a wish of happiness and good fortune. Many thanks to LACMA for letting me have these precious moments.”

Youngmin Lee with Boone staff

Youngmin Lee with Boone staff

This project is made possible by a grant from The John B. and Nelly Llanos Kilroy Foundation.

The Boone Children’s Gallery is made possible in part by the MaryLou and George Boone Children’s Gallery Endowment Fund.

Jeanny Sandoval, Boone Children’s Gallery Supervisor


Balch Library: Before and After

April 21, 2014

In the past several weeks, the reading room at LACMA’s Balch Art Research Library was conspicuously missing what you would expect to find there: shelves full of books. As the books made their temporary home in the less-than-cozy basement of the adjacent former May Company Building, this unassuming, tucked-away corner of the Bing Center received a significant dose of elbow grease.

The renovation was in part a measure to address the mounting problem of space constraints in the library. The books are currently being reshelved into newly installed compact shelving units, which will help accommodate the library’s collection of over 200,000 books, periodicals, journals, and other art-related resources that reflect and contextualize the museum’s encyclopedic collections. In addition to being functional, the refurbished library space beautifully evokes the green turf of the sculpture garden, the Los Angeles sunlight, and the clean lines of Donald Judd’s Untitled (for Leo Castelli), planted mere steps away from the reading room.

Balch after

Balch Research Library Before

Balch before

Balch Research Library After

In addition to being one of the best locations on LACMA’s campus to enjoy Alexander Calder’s Three Quintains (Hello Girls), the renovated library is now also home to the new Art + Technology Lab, a space dedicated to hosting programs, discussions, and other activities related to this initiative. Artists grants were just announced last week, and we’re looking forward to hosting them in this shared space.

Alexander Calder, Three Quintains (Hello Girls) (pictured in its current location), 1964, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Museum Council Fund

Alexander Calder, Three Quintains (Hello Girls), 1964, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Art Museum, Council Fund, © 2014 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © Museum Associates / LACMA

Library displays feature special selections from the archives, hand picked by the library and archives staff. Currently, you’ll find fascinating documentation from the original Art and Technology program that ran from 1967 to 1971, including a drawing by artist Rockne Krebs for his laser-beam installation, produced in collaboration with the Hewlett-Packard Corporation. Displayed alongside is a letter of recommendation by curator Sam Wagstaff on behalf of artist James Lee Byars, playfully hand scrawled in crayon.

Visit the library’s page for more information on the LACMA library and archives and to learn how you can make a research appointment. You can also explore the collections by searching the library’s online catalog, as well as the growing number of archival finding aids.

Julia Kim, Stacks Manager, Balch Art Research Library


This Weekend at LACMA: The Return of Jazz, Much To Do at Montebello Art+Film Lab, Exhibitions Closing, and More!

April 18, 2014

Add a bit of art and beauty to your weekend by visiting LACMA with friends and family. Friday evening starts it all off with the premiere of the 2014 season of Jazz at LACMA, featuring the Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra on the outdoor stage in front of Urban Light at 6 pm. Since the 1970s, percussionist Pete Escovedo has been breaking down musical barriers and working with greats like Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Cal Tjader, and Tito Puente, just to name a few. Jazz at LACMA is free and open to the public and takes place every Friday through November. Visit us to ring in this season of jazz.

Also happening on Friday night, a double feature of The Decline of Western CivilizationParts I and III in the Bing Theater. Tickets are sold out, but a standby line will offer the chance for last-minute guests to get extra seats.

It’s a busy few days at the Montebello Art+Film Lab, located at Montebello City Park. Friday evening check out the LACMA9 Shorts Program at 7 pm, a collection of all ages-friendly short films. Then on Saturday see more novel film work—this time from emerging Latino filmmakers—in the East L.A. Film Shorts event at 8 pm, in cooperation with TELA SOFA (East Los Angeles Society of Film and Arts). Earlier on Saturday at noon, the Composition Workshop teaches pro techniques on creating expressive images on film and, lastly, visitors to the lab have the opportunity contribute to the Oral History project on Saturday and Sunday.

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Thomas Hill, Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, 1864, William Randolph Hearst Collection

Sunday also marks the end of several temporary exhibitions, including David Hockney: The Jugglers, The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection, Sydney Fossum in the Permanent Collection, and Compass for Surveyors: 19th-Century American Landscapes. It’s a wide array of subjects, but each exhibition possess a unique appeal worth seeing. Join free daily tours to learn more about LACMA’s collection, like a look at European art on Saturday at 3 pm, or a detailed walkthrough of the Latin American galleries on Sunday, also at 3 pm. Finally, Sundays Live, presenting the Chamber Ensembles from the Colburn School, on Sunday at 6 pm. See you here.

Roberto Ayala


Music at LACMA

April 17, 2014

Tomorrow LACMA opens its 23rd season of Jazz at LACMA with Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra. Every Friday, the BP Grand Entrance plays host to musicians from throughout Southern California as they fill the space with their seasoned sounds. In many ways, the start of Jazz at LACMA in Los Angeles is a way of ringing in the long months of warm weather and leisure in this city. (After all, we do need a respite from L.A.’s harsh, unbearable winters.) From April through the close of Jazz at LACMA in November, Los Angeles’s denizens come out in the tens of thousands not only to take in the music, but also to catch up with friends over a picnic, grab a drink at the Stark Bar, or, for the multitasking-ambitious types, to see our exhibitions and permanent collections on view in between a set or a bite of pizza.

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Jazz at LACMA is one of three music programs that are offered at the museum throughout the year. Every Sunday, LACMA hosts the chamber-music series Sundays Live, which brings local, national, and international musicians to the Bing Theater. On Saturdays, Latin Sounds, a more-recent addition to the roster of music programming at LACMA (it began in 2006), features world-renowned artists who share the latest sounds from Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and our fair city. Latin Sounds makes great use of the public spaces in Hancock Park to create a festival-like environment. Held at the Dorothy Collins Brown Amphitheater, Latin Sounds harnesses the fun that comes with summer and creates a festival-like atmosphere in a relaxing outdoor space.

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This year we are inviting music lovers to give back to the program by donating $10 to help support free music at LACMA.

Want to donate? Simply text MUSIC to 50555. (Charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance. Message and data rates apply.*)

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Through your support, LACMA will be able to continue its rich music programming for Angelenos to enjoy for free.

*$10.00 donation to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Charges will appear on your wireless bill or be deducted from your prepaid balance. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Must be 18 years of age or have parental permission to participate. Message and data rates may apply. Text STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full terms: mGive.org/T. Privacy policy: mGive.org/P.

Sundays Live is made possible in part by The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, the Colburn Foundation, the Mandell Family Foundation, and the Sidney Stern Memorial Trust. Additional support is provided by the Friends of Sundays Live.Jazz at LACMA is made possible in part by the Johnny Mercer Foundation. Promotional support provided by media sponsor KJAZZ 88.1 and community partner Amoeba Music.

The broadcast of “Jazz at LACMA” is made possible through the support of the office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Media support for Latin Sounds is provided by KKJZ FM 88.1.


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