This Weekend at LACMA: Academy @ LACMA Showcases Independent Cinema, Harvard Professor on Japanese Scrolls, Free Workshops in the Community, and More!

Visit the museum on Friday night and enjoy the first screening from a new film series, Academy @ LACMA. Presented by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the series launches with a double feature of Down by Law and Stranger than Paradise from director Jim Jarmusch, a seminal figure in American independent cinema. On Saturday see two additional works by Jarmusch: the 1996 “acid western” Dead Man, starring Johnny Depp, and Mystery Train, another blend of high and low comedy and sadness and high jinks.

For more weekend fun, on Saturday families are invited to visit our satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary near MacArthur Park for an open house of Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts, taking place from noon to 4:30 pm with art-making activities for children. Back on campus check out the free talk at 2 pm with Harvard University professor of humanities, art history, and architecture Yukio Lippit, exploring the remarkable artistry of Itō Jakuchū (Japan, 1716–1800) in The Art of the Future: Itō Jakuchū’s Colorful Realm.

At the Hacienda Heights Art+Film Lab, located at Steinmetz Park, visitors can take advantage of a free filmmaking workshop on Saturday at noon or contribute their personal story to the Oral History project on Sunday at 12:30 pm. If you’ve not been out to see the lab yet, this weekend is a great time to go. In the Bing Theater at LACMA, check out the UCLA Philharmonia at 6 pm on Sunday for this week’s presentation of Sundays Live.

Frederick Hammersley, Around a round, 1959, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, bequest of Fannie and Alan Leslie, © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Frederick Hammersley, Around a round, 1959, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, bequest of Fannie and Alan Leslie, © Frederick Hammersley Foundation

Finally, around our galleries, join any of the free daily tours of our temporary exhibitions and permanent collection, like a 50-minute walkthrough of See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection on Saturday at noon. On Sunday, take part in a pleasant 15-minute look at Henri Matisse’s La Gerbe at 1:30 pm. Continuing your stroll around the six building campus, and you’ll also encounter Four Abstract Classicists, David Hockney: The Jugglers, and The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection. Who’s in?

Roberto Ayala

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