This Weekend at LACMA: Kuba Textiles, Free Lectures, and More

April 8, 2011

This Sunday marks your last chance to see the small installation of Kuba Textiles on view in our modern art galleries.  The varied patterns are beautiful, and installed in the modern galleries it’s easy to draw connections from these textiles to the twentieth-century European art which they influenced.

Ceremonial Textile Panel, Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Kuba Culture, Shoowa People, late 19th–early 20th century, gift of the 2009 Collectors Committee

The critics are weighing in on David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy and they like what they see. It’s on view along with a bevy of other exhibitions.  

On Saturday and Sunday we have a pair of free lectures, so drop in on the Brown Auditorium while you’re here for some stimulating talks. Saturday, author April Dammann will discuss her new book, Exhibitionist, a biography of Earl Stendahl, founder of the now 100-year-old Stendahl  Galleries. Damman will talk about this colorful impresario and his impact on art collecting in Los Angeles. The talk will be followed by a book signing.

Sunday, UC Santa Barbara professor Miriam Wattles will talk about the legendary Japanese painter Hanabusa Itcho (1652–1724). Itcho was banished from Edo for more than a decade and became a symbol for the “artist-rebel.”

Hanabusa Itcho, Otafuku, late 17th–early 18th century, purchased with funds provided by Mrs. William Coberly, Jr., and Neil R. Applegate Bequest

Later that evening the Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra will perform music of the Italian Baroque for our free Sundays Live concert series.  

Finally, a heads up for a special event happening on Monday: Lari Pittman and MOCA curator Paul Schimmel will be in the Art Catalogues bookstore to discuss Pittman’s art and career on the occasion of his new monograph.

Scott Tennent