Installation photo, Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, April 9–July 16, 2023, photo © Museum Associates/LACMA

This Week at LACMA

May 6, 2023

Visit LACMA this week and learn about Sam Francis, the legendary American abstract painter who broke all the rules in his personal and artistic life. One of the world’s preeminent Abstract Expressionists, the California-born artist first traveled to Japan in 1957, quickly established studios and residences there, and became active in a circle of avant-garde artists, writers, filmmakers, architects, and composers, including members of the nascent Gutai and Mono-ha movements. See his works on view in Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing now!

Don't forget, May is Arts Month in Los Angeles County. Discover the many and diverse arts offerings awaiting you throughout the region.

Now On View

Women Defining Women in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond

Sam Francis and Japan: Emptiness Overflowing

Light, Space, Surface: Selections from LACMA’s Collection

Coded: Art Enters the Computer Age, 1952–1982

Another World: The Transcendental Painting Group, 1938–1945

The Five Directions: Lacquer Through East Asia

Afro-Atlantic Histories

New Abstracts: Recent Acquisitions

Conversing in Clay: Ceramics from the LACMA Collection

Modern Art

Yassi Mazandi: Language of the Birds

LACMA × Snapchat: Monumental Perspectives (Collection II)

Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads

Mark Bradford: 150 Portrait Tone

Robert Irwin: Miracle Mile

Barbara Kruger: Untitled (Shafted)

Richard Serra: Band

Chris Burden: Metropolis II

LACMA Around L.A.

Pressing Politics: Revolutionary Graphics from Mexico and Germany
Charles White Elementary School

You Are Here: California Photography Now
Millard Sheets Art Center at the Los Angeles County Fair

Museum Hours

Monday and Tuesday: 11 am–6 pm

Wednesday: Closed

Thursday: 11 am–6 pm

Friday: 11 am–8 pm

Saturday and Sunday: 10 am–7 pm


Educator Speaker Series: Using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) in the Classroom to Increase Inclusion Through Democratic Discussion
Wed, May 10 | 5 pm PT | Online

Coding for Artists
Thu, May 11, 18, and 25 | 6 pm PT | Online

Art 101—Women Defining Women in Contemporary Art of the Middle East and Beyond
Thu, May 11 | 7 pm PT | Online | LACMA members only

Pushing Politics Film Series: Kuhle Wampe, or Who Owns the World?
Thu, May 11 | 7 pm | Goethe-Institut Los Angeles

Jazz at LACMA: Daniel Rotem Quartet
Fri, May 12 | 6–8 pm | Smidt Welcome Plaza

Series Screening—Dead Ringers and Post-Screening Conversation with Rachel Weisz and Jennifer Ehle
Fri, May 12 | 7 pm PT | Online | LACMA members only

Boone Children's Gallery
Sat, May 13 | 11 am–5 pm | LACMA

Printmaking Taller: Activist Graphics
Sat, May 13 | 1–3:30 pm | Charles White Elementary School

Classes & Camps

Adult Art Class: Friday Art Night—Paint Brushes: Do We Need Them?
Fri, May 12 | 6–8 pm | LACMA

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