There’s no better time to visit the museum than on rainy days. Opening on Sunday to the general public, Visions of the South surveys the unfolding artistic concepts of the South (a geographic reality and an exotic fantasy) from as early as the 16th century. The exhibitions includes around 40 works from the museum’s permanent collection and features artists like Pablo Picasso, Nicolas de Staël, Richard Seewald, Emil Nolde, and Max Pechstein. Members see it first during the Member Preview day on Saturday.
During your visit check out the full schedule of free docent-led tours which come included with general admission. For example, take a look at the history of photography during the 50-minute tour of See the Light—Photography, Perception, Cognition: The Marjorie and Leonard Vernon Collection on Saturday at noon or a full 50-minute overview of our Modern Art gallery at 2 pm. If you’re here on Sunday quick 15–20 minute samplings of Egyptian works at 1 pm or a focused look at one artwork, in this case Antonio Montauti’s Triumph of Neptune and Europa, at 1:30 pm make for a quite pleasant afternoon. At 2 pm join a talk with professor of psychology, cognitive science, and neurobiology at Yale University, Marvin M. Chun, as he discusses How the Brain Sees the Light in the Brown Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
Families visiting the museum would do well to stop by Andell Family Sundays on Sunday at 12:30 pm, where this month the free art project centers around soccer and the new exhibition Fútbol: The Beautiful Game. In the evening, Sundays Live presents conductor Maxim Eshkenazy and the Colburn Chamber Orchestra in the Bing Theater at 6 pm for the free, weekly orchestral performance.
In nearby Hacienda Heights the Art+Film Lab, located at Steinmetz Park, visit the public art space for sessions of Oral History Drop-ins and a free screening of staff-favorite short films on Friday and a free hands-on filmmaking workshop on Saturday. Back in our galleries, see The Ancient Maya World: Masterworks from the Permanent Collection before this display is rotated out on Sunday and make your reservations for James Turrell: A Retrospective now, as spots are filling up fast for this crowd-pleaser, ending in a month’s time. Oh, and remember to pack an umbrella.