This Weekend at LACMA: Free Family Activities, final days of Expressionist Cinema, and More

March 8, 2013
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You may be losing an hour of your day this weekend to daylight savings time, but there are plenty of things to do at LACMA to ease this perennial pain.

Saturday is a perfect day for the curious explorer in all of us. LACMA has once again collaborated with the Charles White Elementary School Gallery near MacArthur Park (just five miles east of LACMA on Wilshire) to present the unique work of New York–based artist Shinique Smith. On Saturday, join LACMA at the Charles White Gallery for free drop-in family activities all day including tours of the exhibition, a scavenger hunt, and a life-drawing workshop with a costumed model. Or, if you’re closer to campus, bring your family to the museum for free, bilingual family tours of the collection on Saturday starting at 11 am.

Sally Victor, Woman’s Hat, circa 1942, gift of Betsy Talbot Blackwell Sally Victor, Woman’s Hat, circa 1942, gift of Betsy Talbot Blackwell

Sunday is another excellent opportunity to spend time together at the museum during our free Andell Family Sundays. This week’s activities focus on “Fruit & Flowers on Fabric.” Then, in the afternoon, learn about traditional Korean ceramics and how they inspire contemporary artists today. Dr. Burglind Jungmann, professor of Korean art history at UCLA and curator of Life in Ceramics: Five Contemporary Korean Artists, will give the talk. By the evening, when you’re wondering where the weekend went, you can slow down and take a step back to enjoy the UCLA Philharmonia performing works by Mozart and Schumann at Sundays Live (always free!).

This weekend is also the closing of Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari and Metropolis. Visit this exhibition to see vintage posters, set stills from these two iconic films, and selected prints from the Robert Gore Rifkind Collection.

Set photograph from the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1919, The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies Set photograph from the film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, 1919, The Robert Gore Rifkind Center for German Expressionist Studies

Also nearing its end in our galleries is the exhibition Robert Mapplethorpe: XYZ. Together with the J. Paul Getty Museum, LACMA has been able to show the three transformational portfolios, X, Y, and Z, in their entirety—a true rarity. Catch it before it closes on March 24.

Finally, visit our newest exhibition, Ming Masterpieces from the Shanghai Museum. This exhibition presents ten masterpieces of early Ming dynasty court painting from the 15th and 16th centuries. If you run out of time this weekend, this exhibition will be open through June 2.

Roberto Ayala, Marketing Coordinator