This Weekend at LACMA: Meredith Monk in Concert, Montebello Art+Film Lab, Selfies Symposium, and Southeast Asian Art Lecture, and More!

April 11, 2014
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The stage is set for a special concert from Meredith Monk on Friday evening at 7:30 pm, as part of LACMA’s Art & Music series. With more than forty years of groundbreaking work, Monk’s musical compositions and use of voice weave melodies and harmonies unlike others before her. Vocalist Katie Geissinger accompanies Monk in a program not to be missed. Tickets are available online and at the door.

Photo by Peter Ross Meredith Monk, photo by Peter Ross

In the city of Montebello things warm up at the LACMA9 Art+Film Lab. Friday, stop by the lab to contribute to the oral-history project at 4 pm and then check out the family-friendly flick Clara and the Secret of the Bears at 8 pm. Saturday, be a part of the Mini Docs Workshop at noon, where students of all levels can learn the nuances of capturing and sharing their unique perspective on film. The Art+Film Lab will reside at Montebello City Park through May 4. Also occurring off-site on Saturday, the Family Day at satellite exhibition Kaz Oshiro: Chasing Ghosts invites children and parents to explore the work of L.A.-based artist Kaz Oshiro and participate in a hands-on art project from noon to 4:30 pm.

On Saturday, join the discussion on today’s most popular form of self-expression: the selfie. In this half-day symposium, The Social Self: Selfies, Self-Documentation, and Self-Portraiture, artists, scholars, and technologists look at this modern-day phenomenon and place it in context with contemporary art and culture. The forum is capped off with a screening of I Am Comic at 7 pm. Come back on Sunday for the Eighth-Annual Distinguished Lecture on South and Southeast Asian Art at 2 pm with associate professor of art history at Northwestern University Robert Linrothe as he speaks on the Sumstek shrine, one of the surviving wonders of the Himalayan world. Both talks are free and open to the public.

Sakai Hōitsu, The Sano Crossing, Etsuko and Joe Price Collection Sakai Hōitsu, The Sano Crossing, Etsuko and Joe Price Collection

Families will enjoy Andell Family Sundays on Sunday, beginning at 12:30 pm, as well as a handful of free, docent-led tours happening throughout the weekend. That evening pianist Svetlana Smolina performs at Sundays Live at 6 pm. When you’re here, see some of our favorite exhibitions including The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection, Four Abstract Classicists, and The Painted City: Art from Teotihuacan. Can we get an encore?

Roberto Ayala