This Weekend at LACMA: Lolita Screening, Mapplethorpe Talk, and More

November 17, 2012
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You may find this hard to believe but we’re actually not opening any new exhibitions this weekend. You’ll have to settle for any of the ten major exhibitions or twelve smaller shows currently on view. Both specially ticketed exhibitions—Bodies and Shadows: Caravaggio and His Legacy and Stanley Kubrick—have been buzzing with visitors. Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time to ensure admission.

Caravaggio, Saint John the Baptist in the Wilderness, 1604-1605, The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, William Rockhill Nelson Trust

Our Stanley Kubrick film series continues tonight with the classic Lolita. (Have you seen the exhibition yet? One of the most wonderful little pieces in the show is a letter Sue Lyon wrote to Kubrick in the early ‘90s, letting him know what she was up to so many decades later.) In conjunction with the film, Patina is offering a special pop-up dinner series, RED—a three-course price fixe dinner preceding the film (price includes admission to the film). Seating is limited to call for reservations: 323 377-2698. Check out the full RED series for future dinner/movie combos.

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On Sunday afternoon, in conjunction with Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ, art historian Richard Meyer talks about Robert Mapplethorpe’s X, Y, and Z portfolios, and the debate they sparked around federal arts funding in the late 1980s and early 90s.

Robert Mapplethorpe, Jim, Sausalito (X Portfolio), 1977, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, jointly acquired by the J. Paul Getty Trust and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, partial gift of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation; partial purchase with funds provided by the David Geffen Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, 2011, © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation

Lolita and Mapplethorpe? It’s a bit of a risqué weekend of events at LACMA! Round out that theme by seeing the provocative installation Young, which examines how photographers have depicted children in their work (see this recent Unframed post for more on the topic).

Lewis Carroll, “Xie” Kitchin with Bucket and Spade, circa 1873, The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection, gift of The Annenberg Foundation and promised gift of Carol Vernon and Robert Turbin

For those looking for more family friendly activities, Sunday offers our usual Andell Family Sunday art-making activities, inspired by the sculptures in the current Ken Price exhibition. Finally, you can cap off your weekend with a free concert from the Almendrix Trio in our free Sundays Live chamber music series.

Scott Tennent