This Weekend at LACMA: The Clock Returns, Zen Paintings by Hakuin Opens, Mourners Dance, and More

If you missed our twenty-four-hour screening of Christian Marclay’s The Clock, don’t fret: starting today it will be on view in the galleries—right next door to The Mourners—during regular museum hours.

Christian Marclay, The Clock (still), 2010, purchased with funds provided by Steve Tisch through the 2011 Collectors Committee, © Christian Marclay, photo courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York

In addition to these and more exhibitions, we’ve got some great programs happening tonight and the rest of the weekend. Stop by the museum after work and catch the Jon Mayer Trio performing for free in front of Urban Light for our weekly Jazz at LACMA series. To give you a taste, here’s the trio playing “On Green Dolphin Street” at the Estoril Jazz Festival in 2009:

On the other side of campus, tonight is the conclusion of our Terrence Malick film series, and it’s a special one: the extended director’s cut of The New World.  This version of the film has never before been screened in theaters, so you don’t want to miss it. Also on hand will be Jacqueline West, the film’s Oscar-nominated costume designer.

If you’ve been to our Korean art galleries in the last few months, you’ve seen conservators working in the galleries on the restoration of an eighteenth-century Korean Buddhist painting, Buddha Shakyamiuni Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak. On Saturday morning we’ll be holding a free one-day symposium on their work, including talks by conservation scientists from LACMA and scholars from Dongguk University and Yong-In University, both in Korea.  

Saturday is also a great day to see our recently opened exhibition The Mourners.  At 2 pm the Jamal Dance Art Theater will give a free performance inspired by the exhibition, “Mourners Are Dancing Too.”

Jamal Dance Art Theater: Mourners Are Dancing Too

Saturday night in the Bing is the uplifting Gospel documentary Rejoice & Shout, tracing the musical genre’s evolution from spirituals and hymns to contemporary R&B-infused songs.

Sunday sees the opening of a brand-new exhibition in the Pavilion for Japanese Art: The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin.  Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768) is one of the most influential Zen masters of the last 500 years—he’s the man who asked “What is the sound of one hand?” But in addition to his influential teachings, he was also an incredibly significant artist. The Sound of One Hand is the first exhibition in the West devoted to Hakuin’s scrolls.

Hakuin Ekaku, "Kotobuki," Gubutsu-an Collection

Bring your kids on Sunday for our weekly free activities during Andell Family Sundays, where you can build your own mini-furniture!  

As the day wears on, head to the Art Catalogues bookstore to hear critic David Antin discuss his latest book, Radical Coherency: Selected Essays, 1966–2005.

In the evening, the Crossroads Orchestra (Alexander Treger, conductor) will perform works by Tchaikovsky, Mahler, and Vivaldi for our ongoing free Sundays Live concert series.  

Scott Tennent

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