This weekend at LACMA, take note! Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing opens this Sunday, June 16, with exclusive member previews through Saturday, June 15. This will be the first exhibition held outside of Asia to focus on the history of writing and calligraphy in Korea. Organized both conceptually and chronologically, Beyond Line explores the role of calligraphy in different strata of Korean society over nearly two millennia and includes works both in hanja (Chinese ideographic characters) and hangeul (the unique Korean phonetic script). Due to the rarity of several of the international loans, Beyond Line will only be on view at LACMA—making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
On Friday, June 14 at 6 pm, celebrate the 100th anniversary of legendary drummer Art Blakey during Jazz at LACMA with the Clayton Cameron Sextet. Cameron, a master American drummer, writer, composer, producer, historian, and educator, brings his sextet back to LACMA for an unforgettable concert commemorating Blakey’s legacy.
On Saturday, June 15 between 11 am and 2 pm, and between 3 and 6 pm, experience Last Whispers VR: An Immersive Oratorio, a 7-minute virtual reality experience, created by Lena Herzog and produced by Emblematic Group. It is the first VR of its kind, transporting audiences into a virtual landscape composed of the fabric of vanishing voices accompanied by original animation that poetically links image and sound. At 2 pm, LACMA CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director Michael Govan will speak with artist Lena Herzog about her practice and current project Last Whispers which is composed of extinct and endangered languages. Then from 5 to 7 pm, come dance to the tunes of Costa Rican vocalist Chino Espinoza at Latin Sounds.
Then on Sunday, June 16 at 10 am, witness an extraordinary demonstration by contemporary Korean calligrapher Jung Do-Jun, renowned in South Korea for his diversity of styles and format. While you're here, make sure to visit his work Generous Heart and Small Pavilion (2004) on view in the exhibition Beyond Line: The Art of Korean Writing. Also, bring your family and friends to Andell Family Sundays—Palm Trees, Lamp Posts, & a Boulder anytime between 12:30 and 3:30 pm where you can tour LACMA's outdoor artworks and participate in dance and art workshops.