This weekend at LACMA, experience Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler: Flora, a moving installation that reveals the life and work of unknown American artist Flora Mayo, with whom the Swiss sculptor Alberto Giacometti had a love affair in Paris in the 1920s. Although much is known about the famed artist Giacometti, Mayo’s oeuvre has been destroyed and her biography was previously relegated as a footnote in Giacometti scholarship. The installation offers a feminist perspective that interweaves reconstruction, reenactment, and documentary into a hybrid form of storytelling. Also on view is the accompanying work, Bust, inspired by a photograph showing Mayo and Giacometti flanking a portrait bust she made of him. Make sure to visit this insightful exhibition, closing this Sunday, April 7.
You may notice something different on campus...it's LACMA Café's new location, which is now in an Airstream trailer on the Smidt Welcome Plaza! Serving a fast-casual dining experience, enjoy gourmet burgers (including a vegetarian option), fries, salads, and hand-scooped ice cream floats. Museum admission is not required to visit LACMA Café. You can grab a bite anytime during museum hours Monday through Thursday, 11 am–7 pm on Friday, and 10 am–6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
This week, First-Time Fridays is back! If you've never been to LACMA or know of someone who hasn't, we can change that. Fridays are a great time to make your first visit—museum galleries are free after 3 pm for L.A. County residents (with valid ID), the museum is open until 8 pm, and Charles White: A Retrospective is now open. Let us know you're a first-timer at one of our Ticket Offices and you'll receive special perks, including discounts and gifts.
On Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 pm, celebrate the outstanding exhibition Charles White: A Retrospective with a special concert performed by four-time Grammy Award nominee Gerald Clayton and his band. Arrive at 6 pm before the concert for a brief and intimate tour of the exhibition led by Curatorial Assistant of American Art Devi Noor. Then on Sunday, April 7 at 1 pm, learn more about the artists Charles White and Gordon Park as Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks, assistant professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Lehman College of CUNY and a curator for The Racial Imaginary Institute lectures on how these prolific artists informed each other's practice working in Chicago during the city's Black Renaissance.
Lastly, don't miss this week's Sundays Live concert by Pianist Frederic Chiu on April 7 at 6 pm, where he will be performing a Tribute to Abbey Simon as he approaches 100.