Folks, April is a pretty awesome month to come to LACMA every single week. Permit me to illustrate:
April 6: David Bowie’s screen debut, The Man Who Fell to Earth, closes out the Sci-Fi after Kubrick series.
April 7: New exhibition Stephen Prina: As He Remembered It, in which the artist has recreated the R.M. Schindler-designed built-in furniture for two now-demolished L.A. homes. (This exhibition is part of Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.—check this site for a list of all the architect-related exhibitions opening this spring).
April 13: New exhibition Hokusai at LACMA opens in the Pavilion for Japanese Art. The exhibition features some of Hokusai’s most iconic works, like Red Fuji and The Great Wave, plus a complete set of eight prints from A Tour of Waterfalls in the Provinces.
April 19: Artist Liz Glynn will make her second appearance of the year at the museum for the next installment of her performance series [De]-lusions of Grandeur. Each performance—more to come, by the way—responds to different sculptures in LACMA’s collection. This time around Glynn will be tackling Alexander Calder’s Three Quintrains (Hello Girls). Free.
April 20–21: For one (full) day only, we are once again screening Christian Marclay’s 24-hour film montage The Clock. If you haven’t seen it before, you must. If you have seen it before, try to catch a section you haven’t seen before. Starts at noon on Saturday and runs straight through to noon Sunday. Free.
April 21: New exhibition Henri Matisse: La Gerbe, which puts the permanently displayed artwork in context with large paper cut-outs by the artist, as well as his 1947 print portfolio Jazz and other works.
April 27: The Director’s Series: Michael Govan and Stephen Prina—your chance to hear the artist himself talk about As He Remembered It and other works, plus a screening of his film The Way He Always Wanted It II, which takes place inside architect Bruce Goff’s Ford House. (Goff also designed the Pavilion for Japanese Art, fyi). Free.
That’s a busy month of amazing things to do, and I didn’t even get into the many other talks, concerts, and films happening. Not to mention May is even more bananas—major exhibitions for Hans Richter and James Turrell! Let’s get rational for a minute here: you might want to become a member so you can come whenever you want at no charge. Plus, you’ll get free tickets to James Turrell and Stanley Kubrick. The amount of money you are saving by becoming an Indie (one adult, $50) or Active member (two adults, $90) is too much to pass on.
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Still from The Man Who Fell to Earth; Stephen Prina, As He Remembered It, installation view, LACMA, © Stephen Prina; Katsushika Hokusai, South Wind, Clear Dawn, c. 1830–1831, gift of the Frederick R. Weisman Company; Image © Liz Glynn; Christian Marclay, The Clock (still), 2010, purchased with funds provided by Steve Tisch through 2011 Collectors Committee, The Clock © Christian Marclay, courtesy Paula Cooper Gallery, New York; Henri Matisse’s La Gerbe installed in Brody residence. Photo courtesy the archives of Frances Brody, now at LACMA; Stephen Prina, The Way He Always Wanted It II (still), 2008, courtesy of the artist, Petzel Gallery; New York and Galerie Gisela Capitain; Cologne