This Weekend at LACMA: Mother’s Day Activities, Member Appreciation, Japanese Film Series, Teen Night, and More

Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! As usual there is plenty to do at LACMA this weekend, plus a little extra for Mom—and for members. First: today through Sunday is Members Appreciation Weekend. Show your membership card and you’ll receive 20% off in the California Design gift store and select items in the Art Catalogues store, plus 10% off food and drink in the Plaza Café, adjacent to the Bing Theater. For Mother’s Day, treat Mom to a special brunch at Ray’s (reservations recommended) and then give her a tour through the galleries. We’ve got free drop-in tours, plus the usual free Andell Family Sunday activities. You can also treat your mom to a concert by the Crossroads Chamber Orchestra, performing works by Shostakovich and Schubert—conveniently priced at $0.  (By the way—are you following us on Pinterest? We’ve got a whole board of works from our collection that celebrate Mom.)

Mary Cassatt, Mother About to Wash Her Sleepy Child, 1880, Mrs. Fred Hathaway Bixby Bequest. On view in the American Art Galleries.

Of course, Mother’s Day isn’t until Sunday and the weekend has only just begun. For tonight’s free Jazz at LACMA concert, Grammy Award-winning pianist and composer Ruslan Sirota takes the stage.  

In conjunction with Fracture: Daido Moriyama, we present the film series High and Low: Postwar Japan in Black and White, featuring films depicting urban Japan after World War II. The series is split into two weekends—today and tomorrow, and then again in June. Tonight, Hiroshi Teshigahara’s 1966 The Face of Another is followed by Susumu Hani’s 1968 Nanami: The Inferno of First Love. Saturday night we present a double feature of Nagisa Oshima’s Diary of a Shinjuku Thief and Akira Kurusawa’s Stray Dog.

Attention teens! Saturday night at 7 pm you’re invited to After Dark—see Children of the Plumed Serpent for free and dance to DJ Knockstudy. Tell your parents to stay home—they’re not invited. This is a teens-only event. Check out the event page for more information.  

Skull with Turquoise Mosaic, Mexico, Western Oaxaca or Puebla, 1400-1521, gift of Constance McCormick Fearing

All this and much more is happening at LACMA this weekend. Maria Nordman FILMROOM: SMOKE, 1967–Present is entering its final week, while Robert Adams and California Design will both be gone in the first week of June. Get here soon if you haven’t seen them yet. We’ve also recently opened a number of smaller installations highlighting our permanent collection, from the Russian Avant-Garde to German woodcuts  to Japanese paintings to Panamanian textiles. Check out the full list of installations for even more.

Scott Tennent

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