This Weekend at LACMA: The Sketchbook Project Visits, Curators Talk Chinese Paintings and Fútbol, Fresh Film and Music, and More!

May 30, 2014
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Making a two-day stop at LACMA this weekend, The Sketchbook Project is a mobile library filled to the brim with books from an international slew of artists. Search the truck’s catalog by theme, medium, geographic location, and unique tags created by the artists. The Sketchbook Project is free and open on Friday from 4:30 to 8:30 pm and on Saturday from 3:30 to 7:30 pm.

At Friday night’s Jazz at LACMA see a performance from bop jazz vocalist Judy Wexler at 6 pm in front of Urban Light. Following the free concert, the film series Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema continues at 7:30 pm with surrealist The Hourglass Sanatorium and an ethereal study of faith, sin, and redemption in Mother Joan of Angels.

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Visitors on Saturday are invited to learn more about the 30 masterpieces from the exhibition Chinese Paintings from Japanese Collections (most of which have never been on display outside of Japan) in a presentation at 2 pm with Stephen Little, Curator and Head of Chinese and Korean Art Department at LACMA. This talk is free and open to the public. Later, in the Bing Theater, The Essential Orson Welles presents The Trial, an adaptation of Franz Kafka’s portrait of paranoia, and Touch of Evil, boasting an impressive array of memorable performances, all beginning at 5 pm. Top it all off with the Afro-Cuban and Brazilian sounds of Soul Sauce (named after the Cal Tjader album) at Latin Sounds also at 5 pm.

At the Compton Art+Film Lab at Lueders Park see a free outdoor screening of My Brother’s Wedding on Friday at 8 pm, take part in a filmmaking workshop on Saturday at noon, and contribute to the city’s narrative during oral history drop-ins on Sunday beginning at 12:30 pm.

John McLaughlin, #5, 1974, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with matching funds of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Modern and Contemporary Art Council, © John McLaughlin Estate John McLaughlin, #5, 1974, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, purchased with matching funds of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Modern and Contemporary Art Council, © John McLaughlin Estate

Visit the galleries and see Four Abstract Classicists for a dose of hard, clean edges, John Divola: As Far as I Could Get for a look at a photographic practice, and Pavilion for Japanese Art: Paintings in Celebration of 25 Years honoring a quarter century of architect Bruce Goff’s exemplary building. Come on Sunday for the latest Andell Family Sundays project—Dig It: Egyptian Art—starting at 12:30 pm. Talk sports, soccer, and the U.S. and the world on Sunday at 1 pm during the free panel discussion “The Upcoming World Cup in Brazil: Soccer’s Current Standing in American Sports,” including curator of Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, Franklin Sirmans. Swing by Art Catalogues at 4 pm for a talk between Doug Aitken and Philippe Vergne as they explore ideas and new models for working within and outside of museums. Call it a weekend with classical music from pianist Inna Faliks and violinist Tim Fain at Sundays Live at 6 pm.

Roberto Ayala