Carlos Almaraz, Suburban Nightmare, 1983, The Buck Collection through the University of California, Irvine © Carlos Almaraz Estate, photo by Bliss Photography

This Weekend at LACMA

August 4, 2017
Myra Hassaram, Marketing Coordinator

Opening Sunday, Playing With Fire: Paintings by Carlos Almaraz explores the studio-based works of the artist who first became known through his activism with Los Four and the United Farm Workers. Experience his large-scale paintings that vibrantly depict Los Angeles and beyond—from Echo Park Lake to fiery freeway car crashes to surreal dreamscapes of his imagination.

Also on Sunday, join Playing With Fire curator Howard Fox in conversation with Almaraz’s widow, Elsa Flores. Flores is a noted Chicana activist and collaborated with her husband on the famous mural A California Dreamscape in downtown Los Angeles. She will speak with the curator regarding their marriage and his remarkable career.

Bring your kids to the first Andell Family Sunday of the month! Artists from all over the world have been inspired by the beauty of flowers. Travel through the galleries looking for flowers, from Italy and Holland to Mexico, Korea, and Japan. Work with artists to experiment mediums, and pick up a special flower guide written by artist Hadley Holliday, who spent a year drawing all the flowers of LACMA.            

Before you visit, download the free LACMA app to enrich your LACMA experience. Stay up to date on exhibitions, events, and special programs. Explore self-guided tours that provide behind-the-scenes perspectives on the museum’s collection. Learn more about PST: LA/LA exhibitions with new Spanish-language content. The app is available through the App Store or Google Play.