This Weekend at LACMA: Daido Moriyama Closes, Cecilia Noël at Latin Sounds, John Baldessari Conversation, and More

This weekend is your last chance to see a few stellar exhibitions and installations at LACMA. In the Pavilion for Japanese Art, Fracture: Daido Moriyama comes to a close. The exhibition gathers a range of photographs from Moriyama’s career, from his gritty black-and-white images to more recent color work and a selection of photo books.

Daido Moriyama, Beauty Parlor, Tokyo, 1975, LACMA, Ralph M. Parsons Fund, © Daido Moriyama

Also closing this weekend is The Way of the Elders: The Buddha in Modern Theravada Traditions, on view in the South and Southeast Asian galleries in the Ahmanson Building. The show presents a variety of depictions of the historic Buddha, Shakyamuni produced in Burma (Myanmar, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Thailand over a 200-year period.

Buddha Shakyamuni, Burma (Myanmar), Mandalay, 20th century, gift of Gerald Stockton and S. Louis Gaines

In addition to those exhibitions there is plenty more to see. In BCAM alone you’ll find The Sun and Other Stars: Katy Grannan and Charlie White, Sharon Lockhart | Noa Eshkol, Michael Heizer: Actual Size (also on view in the Resnick Pavilion), and Robert Therrien. This might be your last chance to see the Therrien exhibition—it closes next week.

Tonight is the final French Film Friday, and we’re sending the series out with Remorques, from 1941, and the suspenseful Wages of Fear, starring Yves Montand.

On the concert front, pianist/vocalist Bill Cantos plays Jazz at LACMA tonight. Cantos has five albums to his name, including his most recent, Love Wins: New Standards for the New Millennium. At Latin Sounds on Saturday, the brilliant Cecilia Noël brings her self-described “salsoul.” During Sundays Live, violinist Pavel Šporcl and pianist Svetlana Smolina perform works by Bach, Dvořák, and more.

Finally, on Sunday afternoon make sure to stop in to Art Catalogues in the Ahmanson Building for a conversation between Hans Ulrich Obrist and John Baldessari, presented in collaboration with the Insitute of the 21st Century and in celebration of the publication of John Baldessari Catalogue Raisonne Volume 1: 1956–1974. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Scott Tennent

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