This Weekend at LACMA: The Mourners Opens, Late Night at LACMA, Members Appreciation, and Much More

It’s a weekend full of events at the museum, including the opening of our latest exhibition, The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy.  The exhibition opens to the public on Sunday (see below for a related lecture) but is open now for members.  And for an extra dose of gratitude to our members for their support, this weekend is Members Appreciation Weekend.  Members only will get extra discounts in the museum stores, plus 10% off at the Plaza Café!

Jean de la Huerta and Antoine le Moiturier, "Mourner no. 72," 1443-57, Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dijon, image © FRAME 2010, photography by Jared Bendis and Franҫois Jay

As usual, the weekend at LACMA kicks off with jazz. Tonight, House of Games will be performing for free in front of Urban Light—the perfect way to relax after a week of work and enjoy a drink at Stark Bar while you’re at it.

If you’re looking for film, tonight and tomorrow you have a couple of chances to see Bruno Dumont’s provocative 2009 film Hadewijch, which follows an expelled novice nun as she wrestles with faith and fanaticism.

Saturday afternoon you’ll have a chance for a sneak peek at an object which will be featured in next month’s exhibition Gifts of the Sultan: The Arts of Giving at the Islamic Courts. Art historian Eleanor Sims and Metropolitan Museum of Art associate curator Yana Van Dyke will discuss a recently conserved folio from the Zafarnama of 1436, reunited at LACMA with its facing page.

LACMA will definitely be the place to be on Saturday night: our latest Late Night event includes a DJ set by Mtendere Teebs of Dublab, a screening of Pilgrimage from Scattered Points (about Cornelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra), and the feature event, The Inquisitive Musician—Cindy Bernard’s adaptation of a seventeenth-century satire that delves into the still-felt tensions between classically trained and self-taught artists. The project will be a staged read, featuring cast members Mike Watt, Dave Muller, Thomas Watson, Dick Hebdige, and many more. Also: beer and sausage! Are any of your friends going? Check out our Facebook event listing and see. Here’s a trailer for The Inquisitive Musician:

Sunday is Mother’s Day and LACMA is a great place to bring mom for a little celebrating. Have brunch at Ray’s (call for reservations), take part in family activities as part of Andell Family Sundays, check out the exhibitions on view, or drop in on any of the free talks taking place throughout the day:

Finally, cap off the weekend with a free concert by pianist Alon Goldstein, who will perform works by Janácek, Ligeti, and Debussy.  

Scott Tennent

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