This weekend at LACMA, we bid adieu to the European Art and Art of the Pacific galleries, which are closing for collection inventory and packing this Sunday, February 3, in anticipation of construction of the new permanent collection building at LACMA. During construction, we will continue to showcase LACMA's collections on the west side of campus in BCAM and the Resnick Pavilion, in traveling shows, and on loan, and they will continue to be accompanied by our education programs, music, and more. Currently on view in the Resnick Pavilion through March 17 is To Rome and Back: Individualism and Authority in Art, 1500–1800, highlighting some of our most beloved European artworks. We are also hard at work on a major upcoming exhibition, Fiji: Art & Life in the Pacific, which will be on view in the Resnick Pavilion from December 15, 2019 through June 14, 2020. Be sure to visit the European painting and sculpture and Art of the Pacific galleries before they close!
Also closing on Sunday is Fantasies and Fairy Tales. Come explore the role of fantasy and the recurrence of popular fairy tales, myths, and legends in the graphic arts in the years around 1900.
Saturday, February 2, marks the 2019 SoCal Museums Free-For-All Day, a perfect opportunity to catch all these amazing artworks before they leave! Over 30 museums—presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science—will open their doors and invite visitors to attend their museums free of charge. Simply visit a LACMA Ticket Office to receive complimentary admission to the galleries, 10 am–7 pm, on Saturday! Also, if you know someone who has not been to LACMA yet, bring them to First-time Fridays—a monthly event welcoming new visitors to the museum. Museum galleries are free after 3 pm for L.A. County residents (with valid ID) and the museum is open on Friday until 8 pm. Just let us know you’re a first-timer at the Ticket Office to receive some special perks.
We are excited about Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection, opening Sunday, February 3, with Member Previews through Saturday, February 2. These vivid Central Asian textile patterns comprising blurred, cloud-like juxtapositions of color, are influenced by the various cultures that traveled through or settled along the historic Silk Road.
On Sunday, February 3, at 12:30 pm, stop by Andell Family Sundays—American Visionaries at 12:30 pm and participate in fun artist-led workshops inspired by the groundbreaking artists in the exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art. Then, at 1 pm, join artist Laura Anderson Barbata on Social Justice and Artistic Practice: The Story of Julia Pastrana, a special talk on the artist's decade-long journey to repatriate the body of Julia Pastrana (1834–60) to Mexico. Lastly, at 6 pm, enjoy great music from the members of Capitol Ensemble at Sundays Live<.>