This Weekend at LACMA: David Smith Closes, Mourners Dance, Cinema Classics, and More

July 22, 2011
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Sunday will be your last chance to see the steel sculptures of David Smith before they are packed up and moved out of the Resnick Pavilion. If you miss it, you'll have to travel to Ohio in early 2012, when Cubes and Anarchy goes on view at the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Installation view of David Smith: Cubes and Anarchy, © The Estate of David Smith/VAGA, New York, photo © 2011 Museum Associates/LACMA

Tonight might be a great time to see the exhibition, since all of our galleries (excluding Tim Burton) are free after 5 pm for LA County residents. You also have your choice of concerts, films, and family activities all happening this evening. Bring the kids to hear stories of mystery and magic, or catch pianist John Beasley, whose last album was nominated for a Best Jazz Instrumental Album Grammy, performging for free during Jazz at LACMA

The “Celebrating Classic Cinema” film series continues with two films set in our very own city of Angels—Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place, starring Humphrey Bogart, and Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye. Tomorrow night sees Luis Buñuel’s The Exterminating Angel paired with David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr.

Saturday afternoon you can also catch a matinee screening of Journey to the Center of the Earth, part of Monster Matinee series. And as a thank-you to those of you who have joined LACMA, don’t forget that the matinees are free for members.

Saturday evening, Bobby Matos and his Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble will give a free concert in Hancock Park as part of our free summertime Latin Sounds concert series.

Next week will be your last chance to see the small but powerful exhibition The Mourners: Tomb Sculptures from the Courts of Burgundy. Whether you’ve seen it already or not, this Sunday is the perfect time to see it again. As mentioned earlier today, there will be a special—free!—dance performance by the Jamal Dance Theater inspired by the exhibition.

Jamal Dance Theater, The Mourners are Dancing Too

Finally, the weekend at LACMA comes to a conclusion with a free concert by iPalpiti Artists, who will perform works by Mahler and Schubert during the free Sundays Live concert series.

Scott Tennent