Faig Ahmed, Essence, 2015, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, © Faig Ahmed, 2015, image courtesy of Faig Ahmed Studio

This Weekend at LACMA

January 22, 2016
Katie Antonsson, USC Annenberg Journalism Fellow

Islamic Art Now, Part 2: Contemporary Art of the Middle East opens on Sunday with a member preview on Saturday beginning at 10 am. Ten years ago, LACMA began acquiring contemporary works by artists from or connected to the Middle East, and both parts one and two of Islamic Art Now seek to build links between the past, present, and future of Islamic Art. The exhibition is on the fourth floor of the Ahmanson Building.

Sundays Live features the Crossroads Orchestra, directed by Alexander Treger. The chamber ensembles from the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences will perform works of Mozart, Nielson, and Bartók. The event is free and open to the public, beginning at 6 pm in the Bing Theater.

In conjuction with special exhibition Frank Gehry (on view through March 20), Gehry will be joined by Arnold J. Levine, Systems Biology Professor Emeritus, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, to discuss Gehry's interest in the intersection of science and architecture. "Gehry and Science" will explore the relationship between science and architecture, particularly Gehry's work on the Peter B. Lewis Science Library at Princeton and consideration of the needs of the users of his buildings. The conversation begins at 2 pm in the Resnick Pavilion. Standby tickets will be available one hour before the event.

Tours this weekend include Highlights of the Museum: LACMA Architecture + Art on Friday at 3 pm, which gives an overview of the museum from its architecture to its collection. Saturday brings another Highlights tour, this time taking you through the collection in the Ahmanson building, from ancient to modern works. A tour of the Pavilion for Japanese Art and the Japanese Art collection will take place on Sunday at 2 pm.