This Weekend at LACMA: Early Closure on Saturday, Stanley Kubrick Member Previews Start Sunday, and More

Tonight, award-winning vocalist Sara Gazarek shares songs from her album Blossom & Bee for Jazz at LACMA. (Note, this weekend Jazz at LACMA will take place on the Los Angeles Times Central Court, outside of our Chinese and Korean art galleries.)

Heads up for anyone planning a visit to LACMA on Saturday: the museum is closing at 3pm due to a special event.

It’s not just any special event—it’s our annual Art+Film Gala, an important fundraiser for the museum that will also honor Ed Ruscha and Stanley Kubrick, both of whom have exhibitions on view at LACMA this fall. Ed Ruscha: Standard is on view now and presents numerous iconic prints and paintings by the artist from throughout his long career.

Ed Ruscha, Hollywood, 1968, Museum Acquisition Fund, © 2012 Edward J. Ruscha IV. All rights reserved. Photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

You may have already started to see some articles on Stanley Kubrick (like in the New York Times and Hollywood Reporter, among others). The exhibition opens to the public next week, on November 1. However, there are two ways to see it even sooner. First—become a member! Only members can see the exhibition starting this Sunday. And don’t forget: Stanley Kubrick will be a specially ticketed exhibition, but members get two free tickets. Likewise, Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy opens November 11 and is also specially ticketed—members get free tickets and early previews for that, too. It just makes sense to join now. Or, here’s another way to see Kubrick early: come to the annual Muse Costume Ball on Wednesday! The party will have a definite Kubrickian vibe, and guests will have the chance to see the exhibition while enjoying the festivities.

The Shining, directed by Stanley Kubrick (1980; GB/United States). The daughters of former caretaker Grady (Lisa and Louise Burns). © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

On Saturday afternoon, in advance of the opening of Stanley Kubrick, Elvis Mitchell will be in conversation with Jan Harlan, Kubrick’s longtime executive producer, about the legacy of the great filmmaker. Following the conversation, Harlan will screen his documentary Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures.

There’s plenty to see and do beyond Kubrick. The stunning Drawing Surrealism just opened last week, as did Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ. Also on view are exhibitions for Ken Price, Michael Heizer, and Walter De Maria, as well as French ceramics, expressionist cinema, and more.

Drawing Surrealism, installation view, photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA

Bring the kids on Sunday for free art-making activities during Andell Family Sundays, or enjoy the free Sundays Live concert in the evening, this weekend featuring pianist Jason Cutmore performing pieces by Haydn, Liszt, and more.

Scott Tennent

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