This Labor Day weekend at LACMA, we say goodbye to a few incredible exhibitions but look forward to an exciting fall lineup of new exhibitions. First, we bid adieu to City and Cosmos: The Arts of Teotihuacan closing on Monday, September 3. This exhibition offers visitors an extraordinary opportunity to see the new discoveries from Teotihuacan, dubbed in Nahuatl as "The place where men become Gods." Many of the monumental sculptures and buried offerings displayed have never been exhibited in the United States, offering insights into how the city worked to create a cohesive civic identity and the specific ways it's citizens commemorated the city’s ancestral foundations and to forge relationships with the cosmos. For another archaeological exploration on the subject of the cosmos, come visit Creatures of the Earth, Sea, and Sky: Painting the Panamanian Cosmos, closing on Monday, September 3. This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to see a selection of extraordinary painted ceramics from LACMA’s collection focused on depictions of animals, real and mythical, that inhabit the different levels of the cosmos—the sea, earth, and sky. Lastly, John Gerrard’s public installation Solar Reserve (Tonopah, Nevada) 2014 will also close on Monday, September 3. Gerrard's eye-catching digital simulation, displayed on a large-scale LED wall, recreates a Nevada solar thermal power plant and the surrounding desert landscape and can be found fittingly next to Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass.
For all you music lovers out there, make sure to bring your friends and family for one last dance at Latin Sounds' final concert of the summer with a special performance by Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca on Saturday, September 1, at 5 pm. Lemvo's blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms with pan-African styles (soukous, Angolan semba, and kizomba) has been described by the Los Angeles Times as “seamless and infectious.” Since 2006, Latin Sounds has been presenting world-renowned artists playing the latest sounds from Cuba, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, and Los Angeles on Saturday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day, offering a free, casual, festival-like environment that attracts a diverse group of Southern Californians.
If you're looking for more music, don't worry! LACMA continues to turn up the tunes with Jazz at LACMA on Friday, August 31, at 6 pm with a mesmerizing performance by Sara Gazarek. Then on Sunday, September 2, at 6 pm, don't miss Sundays Live's engrossing performance by the Concord Trio.