Look out, weekend: LACMA has approximately one ton (scientifically measured and proven) of intriguing and fun things lined up. Most notably, the closing of Pierre Huyghe offers you a last chance to see what the Guardian calls “a festive, unfathomable, profoundly ambitious exhibition.” In the only U.S. stop for the contemporary French artist’s retrospective, this exhibition is designed as a single, extraordinary environment; a place where visitors find themselves immersed in an experience where no two moments are alike. “It seduces, it beguiles, it obfuscates, it amazes,” the Guardian continues. “It challenges the most fundamental assumptions about what a museum show can be.” Admission into Pierre Huyghe also gets you into Nature and the American Vision: The Hudson River School.
Friday night, the end of the brief series Return to Oz: Costuming the Big Adventures of 1985 presents Back to the Future and Return to Oz in a double-feature starting at 7:30 pm. The visual effects of these films may be what you remember most, but it’s the costuming that played a subtle but equally important role in their success. Saturday, Two Sides of a Costume Designer presents Wittgenstein, a stylized biopic, at 5 pm followed by The Departed, Martin Scorsese’s gangster thriller that won him the award of Best Director, at 7:30 pm.
Throughout the galleries, free tours of the collection give you additional insight into your favorite genres. Saturday at 2 pm, take a tour of European art or make new connections on Sunday’s Love and War in French Art tour at 1 pm. In the Pavilion for Japanese Art, see Art of the Samurai: Swords, Paintings, Prints, and Textiles for a showcase of Japanese swords, samurai robes, screens, and prints. In the adjacent building, Lens Work: Celebrating LACMA’s Experimental Photography at 50 is an ode to experimentation and innovation in photographic practices and curatorial drive.
Activities around campus include interactive drop-in sessions part of the Art + Technology Lab at noon on Saturday. And on Sunday, Andell Family Sundays explores abstract art beginning at 12:30 pm and at 6 pm the USC Thornton Guitar Ensemble performs at Sundays Live. Finally, if you seeking a new hobby, there’s still time to enroll into Family Art or Drawing five-week courses. Weekends were made for fun!