This weekend at LACMA, it's your last chance to visit the marvelous exhibition Every Living Thing: Animals in Japanese Art, closing on Sunday, December 8. The exhibition features a myriad of works from ancient 6th-century clay sculpture to contemporary art, including dog sculptures by renowned artists Yoshitomo Nara and Yayoi Kusama. Consisting of nearly 200 objects, the exhibition draws heavily from LACMA’s permanent collection and includes other masterpieces from Japanese and American public and private collections, some of which are on view for the first time. Find your favorite creatures among the lions, dogs, horses, oxen, cats, fish, insects, birds, dragons, phoenixes—animals warm and cold-blooded, real and imaginary—expressed in sculpture, painting, lacquer-work, ceramics, metalwork, cloisonné, and woodblock prints. For more insight on these works, join a docent-led tour on Saturday, December 7 at 3 pm or Sunday, December 8 at 2 pm, free with museum admission.
On Friday, December 6 at 2 pm, bring the little ones in your life to Story Time in the Galleries where they can listen to exciting stories inside LACMA's galleries. Afterward, you can bring them to enjoy Chris Burden's Metropolis II in action, an intense kinetic sculpture with approximately 100,000 cars circulating through a dense network of buildings.
Lastly, on Sunday, December 8 at 7 pm, attend The Thirty-Second Annual Michele and Peter Berton Memorial Lecture on Japanese Art, focusing on the 15th-century narrative handscroll, The War of the Twelve Animals. This free lecture is presented by Sarah E. Thompson, curator of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, one of four curators working with the largest collection of Japanese art outside Japan. Plan your visit to LACMA today!