This weekend at LACMA we would like to welcome you to explore the amazing collaborative work Material Play by contemporary artist Zheng Chongbin, whose work is in LACMA's permanent collection. The project started almost a year ago in fall 2017, when the artist led three free art workshops in the Boone Children's Gallery and taught young artists his own techniques and approaches to art making. The result is a stunning monumental piece that celebrates art's ability to embrace collaboration and build community. Stop by the Boone Children’s Gallery to see the work in person! And if you have children in your life, take advantage of LACMA's NexGen membership where children and one accompanying adult can visit the museum for free.
Now get ready for back-to-back free lectures! On Sunday, October 7, at 1 pm, artist and experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs will give an in-depth lecture on his lifelong accumulation of observations on flatness versus depth, dwelling on painting as well as cinema and life itself. In conjunction with LACMA's exhibition 3D: Double Vision, the program will contain selected clips from Jacobs's work to demonstrate his achievement of 3D by non-traditional means, patented by the artist and not requiring glasses. However, the presentation contains flashing light and may not be suitable for people with photosensitive epilepsy. The talk is part of a three-part presentation, LACMA's being the first, followed by a performance of the Nervous Magic Lantern on October 8 at 8:30 pm at REDCAT and a screening of The Guests on October 9 at 8 pm at the Downtown Independent. Also, drop in anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 pm at LACMA's L.A. Times Central Court for Andell Family Sundays—3D: Come See It! where the entire family can learn more about 3D by engaging in free art workshops.
Then on Sunday at 2 pm, travel back in time and enjoy a free lecture on Mural Painting in Pre-Columbian Mexico in LACMA's Brown Auditorium. María Teresa Uriarte from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will present on different times and cultures in Pre-Columbian Mexico from the gigantic rock murals of Baja California to those left by the original population of the Americas: the Maya, the Aztec, and many other people from different cultures who lived in Ancient Mexico and the Maya Region.
It’s also the last weekend to see A Universal History of Infamy: Those of This America, closing Saturday at LACMA's satellite gallery at Charles White Elementary School. Join us on the exhibition's last day and experience Challenging Infamy at 1 pm, a performance and community resources event hosted by Narratives of Resistance Media. Through music, dance, and poetry, performers will explore how bodies are sites of resistance, and how art can be an unfiltered declaration of intersecting identities.
Music wise, Friday's Jazz at LACMA at 6 pm features Angel City Jazz Festival with The Azar Lawrence Experience and Sundays Live at 6 pm presents pianist Petronel Malan, a multiple Grammy nominee and gold medalist of several international piano competitions.