Porter Blanchard, Commonwealth Coffee Service, c. 1930, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Council Acquisitions Fund, © Porter Blanchard

This Weekend at LACMA

November 11, 2016
Myra Hassaram, Marketing Coordinator

Start your grind on Saturday morning learning about your favorite brew. In The Art of Coffee: Enlightenment in a Cup, join culinary historian Maite Gomez-Rejón and museum educator Mary Lenihan on a tour of LACMA’s collection to learn about the history of coffee. Then, enjoy a multi-course coffee service at Ray's, complete with an abundance of pastries and other treats. Reserve your tickets today!

At 10 am on Saturday, LACMA Locals will gather in L.A. Times Central Court for Local: Greeting and channel their inner artists to craft personal, handmade greeting cards through a relief stamp printing technique, guided by a teaching artist. The cards will be donated to hospitalized children, veterans and their families, and homeless and near-homeless Angelenos.

In conjunction with special exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, enjoy Saturday night’s screening of Pacific Rim. This 2013 sci-fi fantasy film is one of del Toro’s biggest projects, inspired by the Japanese Monster films (Godzilla, Gamera, and Rodan) that were a big part of his life. Discover a world of monstrous creatures and the giant attack robots that fight them. For tickets, visit the Ticket Office.

On Sunday, discover whether one of the largest cities in the 1500s was actually destroyed by Spanish conquistadors. The Death of Aztec Tenochtitlan, the Life of Mexico City turns to indigenous sources on the city and reveals that the "death" of the city was a myth. What the Spanish proclaimed as their colonial capital was, in fact, a vibrant Aztec city through the sixteenth century. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Visit the new exhibition John McLaughlin Paintings: Total Abstraction on Sunday. Inspired by the Japanese notion of the void, California artist McLaughlin created geometric paintings that provoke introspection and a greater understanding of one’s relationship to nature.

Close out your weekend with the Los Angeles Piano Sextet in the Bing Theater. Don’t forget to reserve your tickets for the upcoming performance of the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet, in conjunction with the exhibition Renaissance and Reformation: German Art in the Age of Dürer and Cranach.