This Weekend at LACMA: Vulture Peak Comes Down, Russian Avant-Garde Closes, French Films, Free Concerts, and More

July 13, 2012

If you were in our Korean art galleries at all last year, you probably saw conservators working in plain view on the restoration of an eighteenth-century Buddhist painting, Buddha Seokgamoni (Shakyamuni) Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak. Since December we’ve prominently displayed the restored artwork front and center in the Korean galleries. This weekend is your last chance to see this masterpiece before the fragile work of art comes down.


Buddha Seokgamoni (Shakyamuni) Preaching to the Assembly on Vulture Peak, Korea, Joseon dynasty (1392-1910), dated 1755, Far Eastern Art Acquisition Fund

Also closing this weekend is the small installation on the Russian Avant-Garde, while Whistler’s Etchings and Japanese Paintings: Paths to Enlightenment close next week. You also have just a couple more weeks to see Fracture: Daido Moriyama—it closes at the end of this month.

For tonight’s “French Film Friday,” we’ve got a double-feature of Jean Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast followed by a stunning 35mm print of Marcel L’Herbier’s 1942 film La Nuit Fantastique.

As usual all summer, we’ve got free concerts all weekend. Tonight, jazz quartet Slumgum will be joined by trumpeter Hugh Ragin for tonight’s free Jazz at LACMA concert. Peruvian guitarist Ciro Hurtado will perform out in Hancock Park on Saturday evening for Latin Sounds. And  Sunday evening, violinist Roberto Cani and pianist Robert Thies perform two pieces by Mozart and Brahms during our weekly free Sundays Live program.

Scott Tennent