If you haven't done so already, this weekend is your last chance to visit Life Model: Charles White and His Students, closing this Saturday, September 14. Located at Charles White Elementary School, the exhibition celebrates the legacy of Charles White, an artist whose art and activism coalesced during the civil rights movement. In 1965, White began teaching at Otis Art Institute as the first African American member of the school’s faculty, playing a vital role as an empowering teacher and mentor. Beyond fostering technical skills, White urged his students to be “thinking artists” and hone distinct points of view. Indicative of this encouragement, the show features artwork in diverse media and modes of expression by White's former students, including artists Kerry James Marshall, David Hammons, Ulysses Jenkins, Richard Wyatt, Linda Jacobson, Kent Twitchell, Eloy Torres, Judithe Hernández, and more.
Also, make sure to visit the exhibition Frank Stella: Selections from the Permanent Collection, closing this Sunday, September 15. The exhibition presents a selection of works that represent significant developments in the artist’s career, many of which have not been on public view in over 30 years! Frank Stella (b.1936) has been a pivotal figure in the development of modern art since the 1950s. Over the last six decades, Stella has pushed the boundaries of Abstract Expressionism, helped usher in Minimalism, and blurred distinctions between painting and sculpture, continuously experimenting with new materials, abstract forms, and innovative techniques. For more insight on the artist and his works on view, join a docent-led tour of the exhibition on Friday, September 13, at 1:30 pm or Saturday, September 14 at 1:30 pm.
On Friday, September 13 at 6 pm, come to Jazz at LACMA and enjoy an extraordinary performance by celebrated bassist and bandleader Henry “Skipper” Franklin, celebrating the Art Blakey Centennial with his quintet. Lastly, on Sunday, September 15 between 12:30 and 3:30 pm, bring your family and friends to Andell Family Sundays—Chinese Art Now and create artwork inspired by the innovative and playful use of unconventional art materials in the exhibition The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China.