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Saturday, September 6

Why Be Good?

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

7:30pm

U.S. Restoration Premiere

1929, 90 minutes, black and white, DCP | Directed by William A. Seiter; written by Carey Wilson; with Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing, John Sainpolis, Edward Martindel, Eddie Clayton, Lincoln Stedman.

In her final silent film, Colleen Moore plays a wild flapper with a dubious reputation, who, after a vivacious night of dancing, finds herself romantically linked to her boss's son. Why Be Good? contains a Vitaphone soundtrack with sound effects and synchronized music, chiefly hot jazz and 1920s dance music played by such period greats as Jimmy Dorsey, Phil Napoleon, Joe Venuti, and Eddie Lang. The big-budgeted film, filled with beautiful art deco sets, features a young Jean Harlow as a prominent dress extra. Long believed to be a lost film, it was rediscovered though the perseverance of film historian Joseph Yranski and Ron Hutchinson, the founder of the Vitaphone Project. The search began when Yranski interviewed Moore, who told him that a copy of the film survived in an Italian film archive. Hutchinson was able to find the 16" Vitaphone discs containing the soundtrack, and the task of locating the missing picture began. Gian Luca Farinelli of Cineteca di Bologna contacted Matteo Pavesi of Cineteca Italiana di Milano, who graciously allowed access to the 35mm nitrate dupe negative for the restoration at L’Immagine Ritrovata in conjunction with Warner Bros.

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Sunday, September 7

Symposium: Locating Expressionism

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

10:00am

Noted art historians and scholars convene in this two-day symposium on the occasion of the exhibition Expressionism in Germany and France: From Van Gogh to Kandinsky to shed new light on the extraordinary response of artists in Germany and France to key developments in modern art in the early 20th century.

For the first time in a major museum exhibition, LACMA presents Expressionism not as a distinctly German style, but as an international movement in which artists responded with various aesthetic approaches to the work of modern masters. The German side of the story has been less well known in the United States until just recently, and LACMA's groundbreaking exhibition provides visitors and scholars alike an opportunity to explore the nuances of the interrelationship between a group of artists that includes not just Van Gogh and Kandinsky, but Henri Matisse, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and many others. Sponsored by the museum and the Historians of German and Central European Art, topics presented explore in depth the relationship between French art and Germany artists, Cubism's impact, and the impact of non-Western art on European art from this era.

 

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Andell Family Sundays—From Quilts to Kimonos

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

12:30pm

Discover LACMA's extraordinary collection of textiles throughout the museum. Find quilts, clothing, and even kimonos in the galleries. Take inspiration from the works you see, then design your own textile creations.  

While you're here, visit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum to see more than a thousand miniature cars zooming through Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, in action every Sunday at the following times: 10:30–11:30 am; 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm.

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Monday, September 8

The Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

11:00am

Artists and technology innovators have a lot in common. Both make the best discoveries by experimenting, learning, and collaborating with others, and not being afraid to fail. Check out LACMA's new Art + Technology Lab and make your own tech-inspired art. 

While you're here, visit the Broad Contemporary Art Museum to see more than a thousand miniature cars zooming through Chris Burden's kinetic sculpture, Metropolis II, in action every Sunday at the following times: 10:30–11:30 am; 12:30–1:30 pm; 2:30–3:30 pm; 4:30–5:30 pm.

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Story Time in the Boone Children's Gallery

LACMA

5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

2:00pm

Ever wonder why dragons love tacos and why crayons decided to quit one day? Join Boone Gallery staff every Monday and Friday at 2 pm in the Korean art galleries as they take us on a reading journey into a world of folk tales and colors. Relate the stories to the art in the Chinese and Korean galleries in a comfortable space suitable for families and children of all ages. Admission is free!

 

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