This Weekend at LACMA: Eggleston and Palermo Closing, Road Movies Film Series, and More

This is your last chance to see two excellent exhibitions occupying BCAM’s second level—William Eggleston: Democratic Camera—Photographs and Video, 1961–2008 and Blinky Palermo: Retrospective 1964–1977 This is the last stop on a long tour for the Eggleston exhibition, and the first stop for Palermo, which is heading to the Hirshhorn Museum next, followed by a run at Dia: Beacon in the summer.

William Eggleston, "Greenwood, Mississippi," 1973, collection of Adam Bartos, © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy Cheim & Read, New York

Blinky Palermo, Coney Island II, 1975, Collection Ströher, Darmstadt, Germany, photo: Jens Ziehe, Berli

This weekend our latest film series, True Grit: The Golden Age of Road Movies,  continues with some classics as well as some underrated gems. Tonight’s double-feature kicks off with Bonnie and Clyde, followed by a Clint Eastwood/Jeff Bridges road trip from Utah to Montana in Thunderbolt and Lightfoot.

Saturday night sees two personal appearances accompanying the screenings. Screenwriter Robert Boris will introduce Electra Glide in Blue; followed by a screening of Scarecrow, with cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond on hand. Zsigmond is one of the greats—along with Scarecrow he was the cinematographer or director of photography for iconic films like Deliverance, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and The Deer Hunter.

Saturday at LACMA sees a day-long symposium, Fashioning a Collection, held in conjunction with our exhibition Fashioning Fashion.  This symposium is sold out, though a standby line will open starting at 9 am (the event begins at 10 am).

Also of note on Saturday morning—though not at LACMA—is the 19th annual Empowerment Congress Summit at USC. Brooke Anderson, LACMA’s deputy director of curatorial planning, will be on hand for an this engaging summit hosted by Council Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The morning-long event will include lively and educational workshops on a variety of topics including community economic development, social justice and the arts, urban planning, green technology, and youth empowerment. More info can be found at the Empowerment Congress website.

Bring your kids or grandkids on Sunday for our regular Andell Family Sunday programming, including art-making activities and free admission for families. All month long the activities are based around the current exhibition India’s Fabled City.

The weekend closes out with our free Sundays Live concert series, in which pianist Inyoung Huh will perform works by Debussy, Schumann, and Ravel. Also, don’t forget that Monday is a holiday, and that means the museum will be free all day, thanks to support from Target. We’ll have family programming all day as well as a performance from the Pan Afrikan People’s Arkestra.

Scott Tennent

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