This weekend at LACMA, make sure you don't miss two groundbreaking exhibitions, Charles White: A Retrospective and Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile, both closing this Sunday, June 9. Charles White: A Retrospective is the first major 21st-century museum retrospective on this famed mid-century artist, tracing White’s career and impact in the cities he called home: Chicago, his birthplace; New York, where he joined social causes and gained acclaim; and Los Angeles, where he developed his mature art and became a civil rights activist. Docent-led tours of the exhibition are available Friday, June 7 at 2 pm, and Sunday, June 9 at 2 pm, and access to a walkthrough of the exhibition with artist Kent Twitchell will be available via a standby line on Friday, June 7 at 3:30 pm.
Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile presents a work 17 years in the making, composed of 190 panels that, combined, measure approximately a quarter mile in length. This is the first time The 1/4 Mile or 2 Furlong Piece has been exhibited in its entirety, exemplifying the tenets of the artistic practice of one of the most pioneering artists of the last century. A docent-led tour of this exhibition is available on Saturday, June 8 at 3 pm.
First-time Fridays is back this week! If you have never visited the museum or know of someone who hasn't, this Friday is the perfect opportunity to visit, receive special perks, and experience Charles White: A Retrospective and Rauschenberg: The 1/4 Mile before they close. At 6 pm, enjoy a moving Jazz at LACMA performance by the talented Ernie Watts Quartet. Then at 7:30 pm, come see the visually ravishing, narratively daring dramatization of the life of notorious courtesan and showgirl, Lola Montès, at LACMA's Bing Theater.
On Saturday, June 8 at 2 pm, attend Material Is the Message: Exploring an Overlooked Aspect of Contemporary Chinese Art. The lecture will explore the major characteristics of the artistic trend of experimenting with unconventional materials that developed among Chinese artists, in conjunction with the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China. At 5 pm, move on over to Hancock Park and join the dance party at Latin Sounds with a special performance by Brazilian singer, composer, and guitarist Rogê.
Lastly, on Sunday, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm, enjoy the beautiful weather with the family at Andell Family Sundays—Palm Trees, Lamp Posts, & a Boulder, where you can tour LACMA's various outdoor artworks, dance, and participate in artist-led workshops.