Arts + Culture

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Events and Exhibitions Schedule: April Through September



Through April 25

"The Art of Rice: Spirit and Sustenance in Asia"

Rice is a staple food for more than 3billion people, most of them in Asia, but this staggering statistic only hintsat the immense significance this grain has for Asian peoples. The growing andeating of rice are so fundamental to life in Asia that rice epitomizes food,and by extension, symbolizes life itself, as well as fertility and socialcontinuity.

This traveling exhibition examines theinterplay between rice and culture through a study of an astonishing array ofvisual art, including works from China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea,Thailand, the Philippines and other Asian countries. Balinese and Indian ricedeity figures, spectacular contemporary Javanese puppets, rare textiles andvessels, Zen paintings, and imperial Chinese woodblock prints appear along withmodern works created for popular festivals. Contemporary paintings that commenton the role of rice agriculture in modern society complete this fascinatingexploration of Asian art, food, culture, philosophy, religion, history andeconomics.

Curatedby Roy Hamilton, curator of Asian and Pacific Collections at the Fowler Museum.Made possible by major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, dedicatedto promoting excellence in the humanities; the Rockefeller Foundation; theGetty Grant Program; the Henry Luce Foundation; and the UC Pacific Rim ResearchProgram. Educational programs and outreach made possible by the Yvonne LenartPublic Programs Fund, the Nikkei Bruin Committee and UCLArts.

Through May 30

"Power ofThought: The Art of Jessie Oonark"

This nationally traveling exhibition presents the work of CanadianInuit artist Jessie Oonark (190685),whose vibrant art features visual references to the ways and culture of Inuitlife in the Back River region of the Arctic. Oonark lived the nomadic existencethat was typical of her people until 1958 when, facing famine, she and hundredsof other Inuit were relocated to Baker Lake, Nunavut, in Canada's NorthwestTerritories. Oonark, a self-taught artist then in her 50s, began drawing andworking with printmakers there, and from 1970 to 1985 produced the brilliantlycolored stone-cut, silkscreen and stencil prints highlighted in "Power ofThought." This exhibition presents 40 Oonark prints. The Fowler has addedexamples of her original drawings as well as several of her appliqud andembroidered textiles to tell a fuller story of this important Canadian artist.

Prints organized by the Marsh Art Gallery, University of RichmondMuseums. Guest curated by Marie Bouchard, Canadian art historian, theexhibition features prints lent courtesy of Judith Varney Burch, Arctic InuitArt, Nova Scotia, Canada. With the support of the Department of Foreign Affairsand International Trade of Canada/avec l'appui du Ministre des Affairestrangres et du Commerce international du Canada; the Canadian ConsulateGeneral, Los Angeles; Air Canada; the Yvonne Lenart Public Programs Fund; andprivate donors. Thanks to the Winnipeg Art Gallery and the National Gallery ofCanada, Ottawa.

Through May 30

"Visions of Buddhist Life: Photographs by Don Farber"

Don Farber's acclaimed photographsprovide a spectacular view of the beauty and diversity of Buddhist communitiesaround the world. Since 1977 Farber has taken photographs in eight Asiancountries and the United States. This exhibition of 42 images from thosetravels — including colorful rituals from Tibetan communities, magnificentarchitectural scenes, revealing portraits of spiritual leaders and ordinarypractitioners, and a beautiful black-and-white series on Japanese monastic life— demonstrates a virtuosity that comes from Farber's keen eye and intimateknowledge of Buddhism. In the Goldenberg Galleria.

Through July 3

"Traces ofIndia: Photography, Architecture and the Politics of Representation, 1850–1900"

"Traces of India" explores how19th-century European photographers captured the great architectural sites ofIndia — from Mughal, Jain and Sikh monuments in the north to Hindu temples inthe southern region of Tamil Nadu to other Islamic, Hindu and Buddhistmonuments in central India — reflecting imperial attitudes to travel,archaeology and the politics of memory. The exhibition presents more than 200master photographs, as well as drawings, books, artifacts and a selection ofpopular imagery, situating them in a changing political culture. Organized bythe Canadian Centre for Architecture.

The Fowler Museum is the only West Coast venue for thisexhibition, which is organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture,Montral; guest curated by Maria Antonella Pelizzari; and designed by New Yorkarchitect Lindy Roy. "Traces of India" is made possible with generous supportfrom the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director's Discretionary Fund, Navin andPratima Doshi, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, UCLASchool of the Arts and Architecture, NPA, Sonya Doshi and Kevin McCarthy, Aniland Geeta Mehta, Bhupen and Surbala Randeria, Dinker and Aruna Shah, UkaSolanki, Nikhil and Ela Jhaveri, Vikram and Anjana Kamdar, Tom and Sarah Peter,and additional private donors.


On permanent display

"Reflecting Culture: The Francis E. Fowler Jr. Collectionof Silver"

Comprised of 250 objects representing 16th-through 19th-century Europe and the United States, this exhibition interpretssilver in its social contexts. Vessels from renowned workshops, such as thoseof British silversmith Paul de Lamerie, Russian jeweler Karl Faberge andAmerican patriot Paul Revere, highlight important styles and techniques.


June 6-Aug. 1

"Through My Father's Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs ofRicardo Ocreto Alvarado"

Los Angeles showing co-presented by theUCLA Fowler Museum, the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the FilipinoAmerican Library, Los Angeles.

Filipino Americans are one of thisnation's largest and fastest-growing Asian American ethnic groups, yet theirhistory in this country is not well-known. "Through My Father's Eyes" is a rarecollection of 51 black-and-white photographs taken by Ricardo Alvarado inNorthern California during the 1940s and 50s. Selected from more than 3,000negatives, these affectionate images of ordinary people at work and at play —including in shops, farming land, at birthday parties, family dinners, weddingsand community dances — provide an intimate view of Filipino life and history inthe United States. In the Goldenberg Galleria.

Thisexhibition is curated by Janet Alvarado, the photographer's daughter, andFranklin Odo, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific Program. Created by theAlvarado Project, it was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Asian PacificAmerican Project in collaboration with the National Museum of American History,Behring Center, and circulated by the Smithsonian Institution TravelingExhibition Service (SITES). Additional support has been provided by FedEx and acircle of friends. Local support provided by the Wells Fargo Foundation and theFilipino American National Historical Society, Los Angeles.

Aug. 8, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005

"Saluting VodouSpirits: Haitian Flags From the Fowler Collection"

Lavishly decorated ritual flags (drapo) have become the most celebrated genre of Vodou sacred art.Made of satin, velvet or rayon, and adorned with sequins, beads or appliqu,these flags are presented at the beginning of vodou ceremonies to salute thespirits and to marshal the energies of their devotees. "Saluting Vodou Spirits"features approximately 40 of these dazzling works dating from the early 1900sto the late 1980s, as well as five newly commissioned beaded flags by womenartists, who only recently have begun to work in this medium. In the GoldenbergGalleria.

Sept. 12, 2004-Feb. 27, 2005

"Botnica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art"

Best described as an ever-evolving combination of spiritualcenter, religious supply house and alternative health-care facility, the botnica is fast becoming a key featureof the sacred, social and visual landscape of Los Angeles. Generally associatedwith folk Catholicism and other Latin American religious traditions, thehundreds of botnicas in SouthernCalifornia are sites of spirit‑infused artistry, ceremonial activity andcommunity building, especially among Latinos. "Botnica Los Angeles" explores these fascinating venues and theirrole in transmitting, transforming and critiquing traditional faiths, openingwith an eye-catching recreation of a typical botnica. What follows isa series of five elaborate altars/shrines created by local practitioners —including a shrine for the popular Guatemalan folk saint San Simn, an ornate"throne" for the Afro-Cuban deity Eleggua, a Puerto Rican spiritual altar andshrines to several African spirits, male and female — that showcase both thediversity and continuity among botnicasin Los Angeles.

Thisexhibition is curated by Patrick A. Polk, visiting assistant professor inUCLA's department of world arts and cultures.

Sept. 12, 2004-Jan. 30, 2005

"InfinitoBotnica: L.A."

A project by Franco Mondini-Ruiz.

To complement "Botnica LosAngeles," the Fowler has invited New York-based contemporary artist FrancoMondini-Ruiz to create a site-specific installation at the museum. Called "Infinito Botnica: L.A.," it continues the artist's body of workreinterpreting the botnica incontemporary and vernacular contexts. A visual extravaganza of objects will beexhibited to suggest the diversity and splendor of the botnica, especially in a city like Los Angeles. Mondini‑Ruiz'sinstallation will be created during a one-week artist residency at UCLA, andwill include materials obtained from local botnicasas well as tourist shops, street vendors and the Fowler Museum's permanentcollections.

"Infinito Botnica:L.A." is made possible in part by support from the Shirley and Ralph ShapiroDirector's Discretionary Fund.

Oct. 10, 2004–Jan 30, 2005

"DivineRevolution: The Art of Edouard Duval-Carri"

This is the first West Coast solo museum exhibition of the work ofHaitian-American artist Edouard Duval-Carri. Born in Haiti, Duval-Carristudied in Montreal and at the Ecole des Beaux‑Arts in Paris beforemoving to his present home, Miami. "Divine Revolution" will present works bythe artist in various media — including new sequined renditions of his paintingsof the revolution (1804), in the tradition of Vodou flags (drapo); a series of paintings depicting the migration of the Vodoudivinities from Haiti to the United States; and an elaborate altar representingthe Vodou spirits "reinstalled" in this country. His work demonstrates theprofound influence of the Vodou religion and the complex cultural and politicalhistory of Haiti.

The exhibitionis guest curated by Donald Cosentino, a scholar of Haitian art and professor inUCLA's department of world arts and cultures, who curated the Fowler'sacclaimed "Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou" exhibition in 1995. "DivineRevolution' is made possible with support from the Haitian Cultural ArtsAlliance and the Consulate General of France in Los Angeles.


6 p.m., Thursday, April 8

Fowler Out Loud: "Limits of the Frontier —Peripheralization, Boundaries and Liminality in the Middle East and the IslamicWorld"

Featuring renowned oud player Nasir Musa along with students fromthe ethnomusicology department including Laith Ulaby, Marta Malvoidi and HamidMaleki. Outdoors; light refreshments provided.

6 p.m.,Thursday, April 15

Fowler Out Loud: "Lotus Steps" — UCLA Chinese CulturalDance Club

Members of this student club will perform traditional dancesusing authentic costumes and music in this exploration of Chinese history,culture and art. Outdoors; light refreshments provided.

7 p.m., Thursday, April 15

Lecture: "Between Village and City Continuity, Change and Ambivalence in South Indian Architecture"

Join Peter Nabokov, an anthropologist, writer and professor inUCLA's department of world arts and cultures, for this lecture about thearchitecture of India. In conjunction with "Traces of India."

15 p.m., Saturday,April 17

Symposium: "Rice!"

Four of the many scholars who contributed to "The Art of Rice"(Roy Hamilton, Eric Crystal, Rens Heringa and Sohini Ray) will present theirwork, focusing on the cultural aspects of rice in communities in Japan,Vietnam, Indonesia and India. Joining them is UCLA geography professor Judith Carney, who will provide acontrasting picture from the Afro-Atlantic region. Reception to follow in theElizabeth and W. Thomas Davis Courtyard.

12:30–1p.m. and 5:306 p.m., Thursday,April 22

Fowler In Focus

Join Betsy D. Quick, director of education, as she focuses onselected works in the "Power of Thought" exhibition.

6 p.m., Thursday, April 22

Fowler Out Loud: Balkan Jazz Ensemble

Martha Malvoidi, a graduate student in ethnomusicology, will leadher ensemble. Outdoors; light refreshments provided.

7 p.m., Thursday, April 22

Lecture: "An Introduction to the Visions, Sounds and Themes ofPopular Indian Cinema"

Learn about the vast film traditions of Bollywood! This lecture,featuring film clips with English subtitles, will be lead by Professor JosephNagy and Assistant Professor Yogita Goyal, both of UCLA's English department.In conjunction with "Traces of India."

1–4 p.m.,Sunday, April 25

"Kids in the Courtyard Series": Printmaking

Drop in for a printmaking workshop inspired by the Inuit artistJessie Oonark. In conjunction with "Power of Thought."

6 p.m., Thursday, April 29

Fowler Out Loud: "Capoeira Batuque"

Curated by world arts and culturesgraduate student Amy Campion. Outdoors; light refreshments provided.

Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, May 2

Family Festival: India

Enjoy classical Indian dance, music andcuisine; participate in art workshops; and explore the exhibition "Traces ofIndia" during this celebration of Indian cultures. Indian food and drinks willbe available for purchase.

6 p.m., Thursday, May 6

Fowler Out Loud: "Crossroads of Visibility — An Eveningof Film Shorts"

Curated by world arts and cultures student Brian Mahany. Outdoors;light refreshments provided.

14 p.m., Saturday, May8

A "World of Art Family Workshop": Felt Appliqu

Inspired by the textiles of Jessie Oonark, use layers of felt to make characters and images. Free for members; $5material fee for non-members. Reservations required: (310) 825-8655. Inconjunction with "Power of Thought."

6 p.m., Thursday, May 13

Fowler Out Loud: "Drita"("The Light"): The Albanian Folk Orchestra

Founded by Ian Price from UCLA's Near East Ensemble, Drita willpresent traditional music and songs from all regions of Albania, usingclarinet, accordion, violin, dajre, llauteand cifteli. Outdoors; lightrefreshments provided.

9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 15

Symposium: "Monumental History — Photography andthe Making of National Memory in India"

This symposium will explore critical themes of photography,architecture and Indian history addressed in the exhibition "Traces of India."Distinguished participants include Partha Chatterjee, Tapati Guha-Thakurta,Swathi Chattopadhyay, Kajri Jain, Sally Stein, Felicity Scott and exhibitioncurator, Antonella Pelizzari. Organized for the Fowler by Saloni Mathur, UCLAdepartment of art history, and Aamir Mufti, UCLA department of comparativeliterature. Information: (310) 825-8655.

6 p.m., Thursday, May 20

Fowler Out Loud: Sarah Conley & Company

Singer/songwriter Sarah Conley is joined by cellist Wendy Chen.Outdoors; light refreshments provided.

2 p.m., Saturday, May 22

Screening: "Satya"("Truth")

Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, this acclaimed 1998 Hindi film is aparadoxical tale of an orphaned Indian man called Satya living in the Mumbaiunderworld. The running time is 170 minutes and the film will be preceded andfollowed by comments from Vinay Lal, associate professor of history, UCLA. Inconjunction with "Traces of India."

6 p.m., Thursday, June 3

Fowler Out Loud: Post-Modern Dance

Dancer/choreographer Maria Gillespie presents her repertoirefeaturing students from the world arts and cultures department.

Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, June 6

Opening Day

"Through MyFather's Eyes: The Filipino American Photographs of Ricardo Ocreto Alvarado"

2 p.m.

Lecture: "A Daughter's Perspective"

The photographer's daughter, Janet Alvarado, will providebackground for the images in the exhibition, while Gina Inocencio, programspecialist, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program, will offer acultural history of 1940s-1950s Filipino American life.

3 p.m.

Members' Program: "A Taste of India"

At this fieldtrip for adults, Fowler staff will guide you through"Little India" in Artesia for an afternoon exploring local Indian specialtyshops and cuisine. The evening will end with a specially selected banquet at alocal restaurant. Membership required. Capacity limited. Fee: $50 per person.Information: (310) 825-8655. Membership: (310) 206-0306. In conjunction with "Traces of India."

6 p.m.,Thursday, June 10, 2004

Fowler Out Loud: "The Dragon of the Moment"

Featuring Pablo Milberg, I. Nyoman Cerita and Osman Khan incollaborative pieces of music, dance and visual art. Outdoors; lightrefreshments provided.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Museum closing at 3 p.m. for private event.

1–4 p.m., Saturday, June 26

A "World of ArtFamily Workshop": Parol Lanterns

Create a decorative parol,the holiday paper lantern made in the Philippines. Reservations required: (310)825-8655. Free for members, $5 materials fee for non-members.

2 p.m., Sunday, July 11

"Kids in the Courtyard Series": Storytelling

Join guests from the Filipino American Library as they tellwonderful stories from the library's collections.

3 p.m.

Summer Sunset Series: Filipino Rhondalla Music

Enjoy Filipino rhondallamusic performed by a local youth group in this first in a series of threeafternoon concerts of world music in the Fowler's outdoor amphitheater.

Noon–5 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 8

Opening Day

"Saluting Vodou Spirits: Haitian Flags From the FowlerCollection"

1–4 p.m., Sunday,Aug. 8

"Kids in theCourtyard Series"

Program to be announced. Information: (310) 825-8655.

3 p.m.,Sunday, Aug. 22

Summer SunsetSeries: Irish Music and Dance

Experience the talents of local Irish musicians as they play theirpenny whistle, banjo and pipes, while Maire Clerkin leads Irish dances.

Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 12

Opening Day:

"Botnica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art"


"InfinitoBotnica: L.A."

A project by Franco Mondini-Ruiz

2 p.m., Sept. 12


Light refreshments in the Elizabeth and W. Thomas Davis Courtyard.

3 p.m., Sept. 12

Summer Sunset Series: Pacifico Dance Company

Enjoy Mexican theatrical folk music and dance in the Fowler'soutdoor amphitheater.

1–4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18

A "World of Art Family Workshop": Vodou Beaded andSequined Flags

Create dazzling flags by applying beads and sequins inspired byHaitian artistry. Reservations required: (310) 825-8655. Free for members; $5materials fee for non-members.


The Fowler is open noon to 5 p.m., Wednesdays through Sundays;Thursdays until 8 p.m.; the museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The museumis located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free, making the Fowler one of only ahandful of free museums in the Greater Los Angeles area. Parking is availablefor $7 in Lot 4. Enter at Westwood Boulevard from Sunset Boulevard. For moreinformation, please call (310) 825-4361.


The UCLA Fowler Museum ofCultural History explores art and material culture primarily from Africa, Asiaand the Pacific, and the Americas, past and present. The Fowler seeks toenhance understanding and appreciation of the diverse peoples, cultures andreligions of the world through highly contextualized interpretive exhibitions,publications and public programming, informed by interdisciplinary approachesand the perspectives of the cultures represented. The Fowler, part of UCLA'sSchool of the Arts and Architecture, provides exciting and informativeexhibitions and events for the UCLA community and the people of Greater LosAngeles and beyond.

Public programs are made possible in part by the Yvonne LenartPublic Programs Fund.



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