Sneak Preview: Young Directors Night

March 1, 2011

This Saturday, LACMA Muse presents its tenth annual Young Directors Night. Centered around short films by local emerging filmmakers, the showcase includes screenings, conversation between the directors and our host panel—filmmaker Elgin James; LA Film Festival associate director Jennifer Wilson; and USC professor Paul Wolff—plus a reception where the Art of Film Award winner will be announced. If you don’t already have tickets to this event, scroll down to the end of the post for a special offer.

Congratulations to this year’s participants as we received more than a hundred submissions with just six films making the cut. Here’s a sneak preview of the selected shorts:


Jordan Bloch: Underdogs
Guy, on the run with someone’s blood on his skin, takes refuge in the bathroom of a roadside diner. When a bounty hunter appears, Guy must decide how many people will suffer before he faces his hunter.


Thouly Dosios: House of the Olive Trees
Anna has constructed a world for herself in which her feelings lay suppressed under her tight grip. Her safety net unravels when Markos floats into her life—but their relationship is put to the test during a trip to the seaside.


Fady Hadid: Where We Live
Within one day and night, everything changed for the Hamad family. Once living peacefully alongside relatives in Baghdad, they fell victim to kidnappings and the violence tearing their homeland apart. Forced to flee and seek asylum in America, the Hamads now find themselves far from home, largely friendless, and facing the struggles of the immigrant experience.


Alex O’Flinn: Shoot the Moon
Sixteen-year-old Tommy Pendecrest lives on the wrong side of a hopeless desert town with his drunken father. When his brother Victor returns from the Marines, Tommy becomes increasingly worried about Victor’s elusive and eccentric behavior. When Victor commits a violent act that shatters the delicate balance in Tommy’s life, Tommy is forced to decide between his wayward brother or salvaging his town standing.

Sylvia Sether: Overdrawn
Attempting to get through another mediocre day as a single, unsatisfied, and broke bank teller, Emma is pushed to her limit and compelled to re-chart the course of her life.


Cat Youell: The Mischievous Case of Cordelia Botkin
In the midst of a disapproving Victorian San Francisco, Cordelia Botkin, a charmingly passionate woman, finds the love of her life in Mr. John C. Dunning. After being given an ultimatum by his controlling wife, however, John breaks it off with an unsuspecting Cordelia, plunging them both into lonely and agonizing depression. Cordelia, cornered and desperate, sees only one way to win John back.

Special offer: tickets for the general public to Young Directors Night are $30 each. But for the first twenty-five people to call 323 857-6151 and become a LACMA Muse member ($50), you’ll get two FREE tickets to YDN! Not only does your membership pay for itself right off the bat, you also get a year’s worth of Muse benefits, which include invitations to curator-led tours and other events around town all year long, plus discounted tickets on the upcoming ArtWalk and this fall’s Tim Burton-themed Costume Ball. Mention promo code “YDN UNFRAMED” when you call. The offer only works over the phone and is only available to the first twenty-five people who take us up on it.

Jason Gaulton, Muse Coordinator


This Weekend at LACMA: Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum, Young Directors Night, Sidewalk Sale, and Much More

March 1, 2013

Opening this weekend is the first major exhibition of Chinese art LACMA has presented since reinstalling its Chinese collection in 2011: Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum. The exhibition gathers ten incredible court paintings from the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, in addition to a selection of Zhe School paintings—few examples of which are typically seen in American museum collections.  The exhibition opens on Saturday to LACMA members, and on Sunday to the general public.

Li Zai, The Daoist Adept Qin Gao Riding a Carp, Ming dynasty, 15th century, Shanghai Museum

Li Zai, The Daoist Adept Qin Gao Riding a Carp, Ming dynasty, 15th century, Shanghai Museum

Just opened last week in BCAM is Ends and Exits: Contemporary Art from the Collections of LACMA and The Broad Art Foundation, which examines artists and works that  emerged in the 1980s, including artists such as Jack Goldstein, David Salle, Sherrie Levine, Barbara Kruger, and Allan McCollum, among many others.

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Allan McCollum, Plaster Surrogates, 1984, LACMA, gift of Beatrice and Nathan Cooper, © Allan McCollum

If you’re here on Saturday to see Ends and Exits or other contemporary shows like Walter De Maria: The 2000 Sculpture, don’t miss a special (free) performance inside BCAM by Spanish artist and choreographer La Ribot, Laughing Hole. Starting at noon and lasting six hours, La Ribot’s piece incorporates elements of dance, theater, and performance art, as three women laugh continuously while interacting with the audience and with signs scattered throughout the gallery.

This weekend is also a big weekend for film at LACMA. On Saturday night we present our 12th annual Young Directors Night, in which we’ll screen shorts by seven up-and-coming filmmakers, followed by a wine reception with the directors. Check out our sneak preview here; become a member and add Muse today to save on tickets for this event as well as many other great events all year round (like the annual Muse ‘til Midnight or Costume Ball).

For more film-related programming—we of course continue to have our Stanley Kubrick exhibition, as well as Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis—the latter closes March 10. For Kubrick fans, we are presenting an encore screening of 2001 tonight. The screening is sold out but there will be a standby line forming at 6:30.

All weekend we have some great talks lined up, too. On Saturday, Robert Brown, curator of South and Southeast Asian art at LACMA and a professor at UCLA, will lecture on sculptures from ancient Cambodia—incredible, fully developed works that seem to have no predecessors. Then, on Sunday, LACMA’s own CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan will be in conversation with artist Jorge Pardo inside the Art Catalogues bookstore at 4pm. The event is free but seating is limited.

Speaking of our bookstores—up on the plaza outside of the Ming Masterpieces exhibition and Boone Children’s Gallery, we are holding a sidewalk sale all weekend long.  You can save up to 50% on great art books, plus we’ve got street banners for past exhibitions on sale for $20–$50—giant images of Frida Kahlo, an Olmec head, a John Baldessari work, and more.

As always, there is plenty for families to enjoy at the museum too. From big sculptures like Metropolis II and Levitated Mass to family-oriented bilingual guided-tours on Saturday morning, to our free Andell Family Sundays and Boone Children’s Gallery—there is always something fun and inviting for kids and their parents at LACMA.

Finally, the weekend concludes with a free Sundays Live performance from cellist Andrew Shulman and pianist Robert Thies, featuring the Los Angeles premiere of Bruce Broughton’s Sonata for Cello and Piano.

Art, film, talks, family activities, or concerts—it’s all here this weekend.

Scott Tennent


This Weekend at LACMA: Levitated Mass Arrives, Robert Adams Opens, Charles White Family Day, and More

March 9, 2012

It’s a heavy weekend here at LACMA—about 340 tons, to be exact. For details about the arrival of the megalith for Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass on Friday night/early Saturday morning, we’ve put together a guide that will help you navigate the route and get the best views.

Megalith slated to become part of Michael Heizer’s Levitated Mass, en route to La Mirada, during transport to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 5, 2012, © Michael Heizer, photo by Tom Vinetz

Tonight, Jean Renoir’s legendary comedy, Rules of the Game, and Jacques Becker’s Casque d’or  round out our exhibition film series, “Ellsworth Kelly Selects.” Before you head over to the Bing Theater for the double feature, swing by Ellsworth Kelly: Prints and Paintings, a retrospective of Kelly’s prints, on view through April 22.

Just below Ellsworth Kelly: Prints in Paintings in BCAM, Metropolis II is running—be sure to check the hours of operation before planning your visit.

On Saturday, after you’ve watched the boulder roll down Wilshire to LACMA (and have gone home to take a nap), you and your family should head to Family Day at Charles White Elementary School from 11 am to 1 pm.  It is a great opportunity to see A is for Zebra, a playful, imaginative, kid-centric exhibition curated as part of Art Programs with the Community: LACMA On-siteA is for Zebra closes for good on March 30.

Photo by Christine Choi

A spotlight is on the Bing Theater on Saturday evening, where the eleventh annual LACMA Muse Young Directors Night will take place. One part competition, one part mentoring by a panel of industry luminaries, Young Directors Night is an annual showcase of short films by emerging filmmakers in Los Angeles, with one crowned “best in show” by the audience and the panel.

This year’s event is sold out, but there will be a standby line forming at 6 pm on Saturday night near the Hammer Building Ticket Office. As a Muse member, however, you’ll get advance notice of ticket sales (and discounts) for next year’s event (not to mention countless other fun events throughout the year, including Muse Art Walk and Costume Ball).

Opening Sunday in BCAM is Robert Adams: The Place We Live, a major retrospective of Robert Adams’s seminal photographs. Selected and sequenced by the photographer himself, The Place We Live features nearly three hundred photographs spanning a career that is more than four decades long. Robert Adams is renowned for his chronicling of the transforming landscape of the American West. Members get a sneak preview today and tomorrow before the exhibition opens to the public.

Robert Adams, Interstate 25, Eden, Colorado, 1968, printed 2006, Yale University Art Gallery, purchased with a gift from Saundra B. Lane, a grant from the Trellis Fund, and the Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund

Also Sunday, LACMA is hosting a conversation at 2 pm about artist Leonora Carrington, who is featured in the exhibition In Wonderland, between Teri Geis, research assistant on the exhibition, and Gloria Orenstein, longtime personal friend of Carrington. After the discussion, check out some of Orenstein’s personal correspondence with Carrington, along with nearly two hundred other works by female surrealist artists, in the exhibition.

Leonora Carrington, Green Tea (La dame ovale), 1942, collection of Hector Fanghanel, © 2011 Estate of Leonora Carrington/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo © 2012 Museum Associates/LACMA by Jorge Perez de Lara

Sunday brings Bridget Cooks to LACMA from her post at UC Irvine to discuss her new book, Exhibiting Blackness, which turns a critical eye on how American museums exhibit African American art. Andell Family Sundays are also in full swing—the theme this week is “Stitch It,” with a focus on our small exhibition of global textiles Common Places: Printing, Embroidery, and the Art of Global Mapping. Finally, Sundays Live tops off the weekend with a free concert in the Bing Theater featuring pianist Abbey Simon.

We hope to see you this weekend!

Jenny Miyasaki


Installing California Design

September 12, 2011

If you’ve been inside the Resnick Pavilion recently, you have seen the major installation work happening for our upcoming exhibition California Design, 1930-1965: “Living in a Modern Way”, opening October 1. This multimedia exhibition includes furniture, ceramics, metalwork, fashion and textiles, industrial and graphic design, cars, and more. Building the structural framework to support all of these objects has been an intense process for our exhibition designers.

Building the framework for the walls of the exhibition.

An Airstream Clipper sits nearby while the crew assemble the framework for the walls of the exhibition.

Creating the walls that will house the Eames living room installation.

Recreating the living room of Charles and Ray Eames.

Putting it all together.

Putting it all together.

The show opens to the public on October 1st. Member preview days are September 29th and 30th— join now for a sneak peek.

Alex Capriotti


This Weekend at LACMA: Catherine Deneuve Series, Young Directors Night, Terry Allen, and More

March 4, 2011

We’ve got some great film happenings this weekend. Tonight, our latest weekend film series kicks off: Beautiful Dreamer: The Early Films of Catherine Deneuve. Tonight is the double-feature of two essentials, Luis Buñuel’s strange and sexy and shocking Belle de jour, followed by Roman Polanski’s psychologically intense Repulsion. (While we’re talking about Deneuve, be sure to come to LACMA this Tuesday, March 8–Deneuve will be here in person for a conversation and screening of her latest film, Potiche.)

On Saturday, as we mentioned earlier this week, LACMA Muse will hold its tenth annual Young Directors Night (click the link to see trailers for nearly all the films). Tickets for the event include admission to the screenings as well as to the reception afterward, including complimentary drinks and dessert.

Bring your kids on Sunday for our ongoing free Andell Family Sundays. With a new month comes a new theme for the activities: this time you and your family are invited on a “Tour of Europe”–a good opportunity to check out our European galleries, just recently renovated and reinstalled.

Terry Allen, Pinto to Paradise, 1970, Cirrus Editions Archive, purchased with funds provided by the Director's Roundtable, and gift of Cirrus Editions

Should you prefer something more adult-oriented, pop into the Art Catalogues bookstore for a conversation between artist Terry Allen and Dave Hickey (who is making his second appearance at LACMA in a month). The two will discuss Allen’s newly published book; the event is free.

Finally, the weekend closes out with a free performance from the US Army Chorus, part of our celebrated Sundays Live series.  You can hear some of the chorus’ music at their website

Scott Tennent


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