This Weekend: The Mourners and The Clock Closing, Watts House Project Event, Films, Concerts, and More

If you missed the 24-hour screening of The Clock, you still have one more chance to see at least part of Christian Marclay’s mesmerizing montage—it is still screening during regular museum hours in the Art of the Americas Building, but only through Sunday. We hope to have another screening of The Clock in the future but for the time being, this weekend is your last chance to catch it.

Also closing this week is the small but powerful exhibition of alabaster sculptures of the late Middle Ages, The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Court of Burgundy. Walking among the arrangement of nearly forty sculptures encircling the gallery is an experience you won’t soon forget.

Installation view of The Mourners

If you’re in the galleries tonight, whether seeing The Clock or Tim Burton or Jazz at LACMA, bring your kids into BCAM for some spooky (and silly) storytelling.

As with every weekend there are a host of free concerts for you and your family to enjoy. Tonight for Jazz at LACMA, Kathleen Grace presents her blend of jazz and folk on stage in front of Urban Light. Tomorrow evening in Hancock Park, Edmar Casteneda brings an instrument you wouldn’t normally associate with Latin Sounds—the harp.  And Sunday evening sees pianist Roger Wright performing works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and others for Sundays Live.

The weekend at LACMA also includes its share of classic films. Tonight, Orson Welles’ noir The Lady from Shanghai, starring his ex-wife, Rita Hayworth, is paired with Bernardo Bertolluci’s foreboding The Conformist. Saturday, Jean Renoir’s beautifully filmed The River,  based on a novel by Rumer Godden and taking place in India, is followed by Yasujiro Ozu’s quietly marvelous Late Autumn.

Less quiet, but marvelous in its own way, is Saturday’s Monster Matinee—The Incredible Shrinking Man. Members, don’t forget—our Monster Matinees are free for you (and $5 for everyone else)!

On Saturday we’re also pleased to be holding a terrific free event in Watts. Artists Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz of Slanguage Studio, who curated the current exhibition Possible Worlds, are collaborating with Watts House Project on the Garcia house across the street from Watts Towers. To celebrate both the collaboration and the exhibition, we’re having a free event at the Watts House Project site featuring art-making, poetry, and music provided by DJ Cheebo. No reservations are required, and you can either drive yourself there or come to LACMA and take a free round-trip shuttle (first come, first served).

This Sunday is a fine time for you and your family to look at the glittering gold of Gifts of the Sultan and then take part in free art-making activities during Andell Family Sunday.

Alternatively, musician Ry Cooder and artist Michael C. McMilien will be in the Art Catalogues bookstore reminiscing about the old days growing up in Santa Monica. The free event is a great chance to get a peek into the lives of young artists growing up Los Angeles.

Scott Tennent

One Response to This Weekend: The Mourners and The Clock Closing, Watts House Project Event, Films, Concerts, and More

  1. Russ says:

    I regret missing The Mourners exhibition, but am happy to say that last week I read Donald Westlake’s The Mourner, a bit of crime fiction revolving around a thief’s efforts to steal one of the statues from a private collector. Fun read!

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