Bring your aloha spirit to LACMA this weekend as we bid farewell to Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na Hulu Ali‘i on Sunday. For centuries on the Hawaiian Islands, vividly colored feathers gathered from native birds were valuable cultural resources used in creating spectacular handmade garments. Cloaks, capes, helmets, and leis bore brilliant multicolored feathers to signify the divinity and power of chiefs, who wore them for spiritual protection. Make sure you read up on Hawaiian terms before visiting the exhibition in the Resnick Pavilion.
And while you’re there, welcome the new exhibition Alternative Dreams: 17th-Century Chinese Paintings from the Tsao Family Collection. The 17th century was one of the most turbulent and creative eras in the history of Chinese art. This exhibition presents works by many of the most famous painters of this period, including scholars, officials, and Buddhist monks. Explore the ways artists used art to create new identities as means of negotiating the social disruptions that accompanied the fall of the Ming dynasty. Alternative Dreams opens on Sunday, with Member Previews today and tomorrow. Sign up now to become a LACMA member and receive invites to members-only events!
On Sunday, come see a mirror garden on LACMA grounds and hear artist Mel Chin talk about The TIE that BINDS. Find out how you can receive a blueprint, grow a garden in your own yard, and join this collaborative city-wide project to save water for Los Angeles.
Throughout the weekend, enjoy the phenomenal (and free!) musical stylings of artists across all genres. On Friday night, Jazz at LACMA presents saxophonist Dale Fielder, who’s known for performing rare, obscure jazz classics. Saturday’s Latin Sounds series features the Afro-Peruvian Jazz Project. If you’re a LACMA Local member, you’ll gather around a bit earlier to meet, mingle, and dance with your fellow Locals! Pianist Nadia Shpachenko will perform in the Bing Theater Sunday night, presenting works by Brahms, Debussy, and more.