This Weekend at LACMA: Let Them EATLACMA, Eggleston & Film, and More


Our year-long EATLACMA exhibition comes to a close this weekend, and it’s going out with a bang. All day Sunday, more than fifty artists and performers will take over the entire museum for Let Them EATLACMA.  There will be an electrified melon drum circle, a recreation of Josephine Baker’s “Banana Dance,” a synchronized chorus of bubblegum popping, a tomato fight in the BP Grand Entrance, and much more. Check out the full program of events [pdf].  

True Stories (1986), directed by David Byrne, photo courtesy Warner Bros./Photofest, © Warner Bros.

We’re also continuing to celebrate the William Eggleston exhibition that opened last week with a three-day film series in tribute to the photographer. It began yesterday with Hitchcock’s North by Northwest—which Eggleston claims as an influence—and continues tonight with a double-feature of two films influenced by Eggleston, Jim Jarmusch’s 1989 classic Mystery Train and David Byrne’s one and only feature film, True Stories. The series concludes on Saturday evening with a  panel discussion  including cinematographers Harris Savides (Somewhere, Zodiac, Elephant, American Gangster) and Ed Lachman (Far From Heaven, The Virgin Suicides, Howl), filmmaker Michael Almereyda (Hamlet, Nadja, William Eggleston in the Real World), LACMA’s curator and head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department, Britt Salvesen, and other special guests. The discussion will be followed by a screening of Harmony Korine’s Trash Humpers, which was inspired by Eggleston’s 1973–74 video work Stranded in Canton.

That’s not all that’s happening this weekend. Tonight, Jazz at LACMA continues with the Theo Saunders Quartet.  You can hear samples of his music at his website.  

On Saturday afternoon, Bernard Jazzar, curator of Lynda and Stewart Resnick’s collection and co-curator of Eye for the Sensual, discusses the collection and the exhibition in a free lecture in the Bing Theater.  

Finally, the weekend closes out with the latest in our free Sundays Live concert series, with a performance by the Capitol Ensemble of works by Dvorak.

Scott Tennent

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