Arts + Culture

UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History Announces Exhibitions Schedule for Fall 2004-Fall 2005



Aug. 8 to Dec. 12

"Saluting VodouSpirits: Haitian Flags From the Fowler Collection"

The exhibition features the lavishly decorated ritual flagsknown as drapo that have become themost celebrated genre of Vodou sacred art. Made of satin, velvet or rayon, andadorned with sequins, beads or appliqu, these flags are presented at thebeginning of Vodou ceremonies to salute the spirits and to marshal the energiesof their devotees. "Saluting Vodou Spirits" features approximately 40 of thesedazzling works dating from the early 1900s to the 1990s, as well as five newlycommissioned beaded flags by women artists, who have only recently begun towork in this medium.

Thisexhibition is curated by Donald J. Cosentino, a scholar of Haitian art andprofessor in UCLA's department of world arts and cultures.

Sept. 12, 2004, to Feb. 27, 2005

"Botnica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City ofAngels"

Part spiritual center, part religious supply house and partalternative health care facility, the botnicais fast becoming a key feature of Los Angeles' sacred, social and visuallandscape. Opening withan eye-catching recreation of a typical botnica,chock-full of sacred objects generally offered for sale, the exhibitioncontinues with a series of elaborate altars dedicated to deities associatedwith Espiritismo, Afro-Cuban Santera, Catholicism and other traditions thatshowcase both the diversity and commonalities among botnicas in Southern California. "Botnica Los Angeles" explores these fascinating venues,the objects in them and their role in transmitting, transforming and critiquingtraditional systems of belief.

Thisexhibition is curated by Patrick A. Polk, visiting assistant professor inUCLA's department of world arts and cultures. Support is provided by the DonaldB. Cordry Memorial Fund, Jim and Jeanne Pieper, Monica Salinas, the YvonneLenart Public Programs Fund, and MANUS, the support group of the Fowler Museum.

Sept. 12, 2004, to Jan. 30, 2005

"Infinito Botnica: L.A.,"a project by Franco Mondini-Ruiz

To complement "BotnicaLos Angeles," New York-based contemporary artist Franco Mondini‑Ruiz hascreated the site-specific installation "InfinitoBotnica: L.A.," a visualextravaganza of objects from local botnicasas well as tourist shops, street vendors, designer boutiques, thrift stores andthe Fowler Museum's permanent collections, carefully arranged on a modernistgrid. This project continues the artist's body of work using the captivatingbaroque iconography of the botnicato express issues of faith, ethnicity and identity, in this case, particularlyin Los Angeles.

"Infinito Botnica: L.A." is made possible by support from Dallas Price-VanBreda and the Shirley and Ralph Shapiro Director's Discretionary Fund.

Oct. 10, 2004, to Jan. 30, 2005

"Divine Revolution:The Art of Edouard Duval-Carri"

Born in Haiti, EdouardDuval-Carri studied in Montreal and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts inParis before moving to his present home, Miami. "Divine Revolution," his firstWest Coast solo museum exhibition, presents works in various media, includingnew sequined renditions of his paintings of the Haitian Revolution of 1804, inthe tradition of Vodou flags (drapo);a series of vibrant paintings depicting the migration of the Vodou divinitiesfrom Haiti to the United States; and an elaborate altar representing the Vodouspirits "reinstalled" in this country. His vibrant work demonstrates theprofound influence of Vodou and the complex cultural and political history ofHaiti.

"DivineRevolution" is guest curated by Donald J. Cosentino, a scholar of Haitian artand professor in UCLA's department of world arts and cultures who curated the1995 exhibition "Sacred Arts of Haitian Vodou" at the Fowler Museum. Fundingfor this exhibition and the accompanying publication has been provided in partby the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Los Angeles; the HaitianCultural Arts Alliance, Miami; the Ricky Williams Foundation; and David Wallackand Mango's Tropical Caf.


On permanent display

"Reflecting Culture:The Francis E. Fowler Jr. Collection of Silver"

Composed of 250 objectsrepresenting 16th- through 19th-century Europe and the United States, thisexhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Vessels from renownedworkshops, such as those of British silversmith Paul de Lamerie, Russianjeweler Karl Faberge and American patriot Paul Revere, highlight importantstyles and techniques.


Dec. 19, 2004, to Feb. 27, 2005

"Street Seen:Photographic Elevations of Los Angeles by Larry Yust"

Since 2002, noted filmmaker and photographer Larry Yust hascreated what he calls "photographic elevations." A longtime resident of LosAngeles, Yust makes these compelling images of the city's streets by snappingoverlapping photographs of blocks of storefronts and buildings, ensuring thatthe plane of the camera lens and the plane of the subject always remain inparallel. He records numerous pictures for each elevation, then digitallycomposes them into one seamless image, rendering a perspective that cannot becaptured by other photographic techniques or the naked eye.

March 6 to Aug. 28, 2005

"Painting Ethiopia:The Life and Work of Qes Adamu Tesfaw"

Qes Adamu Tesfaw, born in 1935, is one of Ethiopia's finestliving artists. His striking narrative depictions of Christianity from anEthiopian perspective, the political and military exploits of 19th- and20th-century Ethiopian rulers, and rural and urban life have helped shape hiscountry's identity. The iconography and mode of representation that make iteasy to read Tesfaw's paintings asEthiopian are grounded in time-honored customs associated with the EthiopianOrthodox Church, in which he is an ordained priest. Yet his stature and thefact that his work is often destined for international collectors offer himfreedom to experiment, both conceptually and aesthetically, resulting in anexpressive quality and dynamism rarely encountered in traditional Ethiopianpainting.

This traveling exhibition presents 35 of the artist's finestpaintings produced over the past 40 years. Photomurals and text panels providehistorical context for his art and give viewers the opportunity to see some ofhis paintings that are mounted in Ethiopian churches, while video andphotography featuring the artist in his home and studio provide insights intohis personal and artistic life. This is Tesfaw's first American solo museumexhibition.

"PaintingEthiopia" is organized by the UCLA Fowler Museum in collaboration with the Instituteof Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa University, and is curated by RaymondSilverman, professor of art history and in the Center for Afroamerican &African Studies, University of Michigan.

Mid-April to August 2005

"UCLA Collects!Bodies of Knowledge"

This collaborative exhibitionexplores the ways material collections have contributed to UCLA's production ofknowledge in the 20th century. The collections initially were established tosupport disciplinary research and teaching. Objects from the collections of theFowler Museum of Cultural History, the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts atthe Hammer Museum, Special Collections in the Charles E. Young ResearchLibrary, History and Special Collections in the Louise M. Darling BiomedicalLibrary, and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology will be juxtaposed to suggestnew ways of knowing and seeing in the 21st century. This interdisciplinaryproject will focus specifically on the human body, exploring its centrality toour collective worldview and presenting aremarkable diversity of objects from throughout the world to reveal thebody's myriad physical, metaphysical and conceptual manifestations and meaningsover time.

Opening Fall 2005

"The WORK of Art: Fowler Collections inGlobal Perspective"

"The WORK of Art" features 250 of the finestexamples of the Fowler Museum's extensive collections from Africa, Asia, thePacific, Native North America and Latin America, and demonstrates how art"works" for cultures around the world. The exhibition, which at last givesaudiences an ongoing opportunity to explore the highlights of the Fowler'srenowned holdings, considers how art can work to communicate, to empower and totransform. A final gallery, entitled "Fowler in Focus," is dedicated to arotating installation of new acquisitions, special collections and particularartistic genres. The exhibition and its related programming will serve as aresource and educational anchor for K-12 teachers and their students throughoutLos Angeles County; for students, professors and staff on the UCLA campus; andfor the wider Southern California community.

November 2005 to April 2006


This exhibition explores the revelry of Carnaval festivalsas they are enacted today in eight different geographic and cultural regions.It presents approximately 50 elaborate costumes and numerous masks reflecting arange of masquerade and performance themes that represent traditions in thesesites: Laza, Spain; Venice, Italy; Basel, Switzerland; Oruro, Bolivia;Tlaxcala, Mexico; Receife/Olinda, Brazil; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago;and New Orleans. These unique celebrations and rituals are brought to lifethrough photographic murals and short video programs of recent Carnavalfestivities in these locales, allowing visitors to experience the history andevolution of this vital celebration.

Thistraveling exhibition is created in collaboration with the Museum ofInternational Folk Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico, where it opens in fall 2004, andis curated by Barbara Mauldin.


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

Opening day

"Botnica Los Angeles: Latino Popular Religious Art in the City ofAngels" and "Infinito Botnica: L.A.:A project by Franco Mondini-Ruiz"

2 p.m.

Artist talk by FrancoMondini-Ruiz. Reception to followin the Elizabeth and W. Thomas Davis Courtyard.

3 p.m.

Summer Sunset Series:Pacfico Dance Company

See this renowned group in a repertoire of both original andtraditional dance from Mexico. Outdoors in the Fowler's UCLA Art CouncilAmphitheater.

4 p.m.

Performance by FrancoMondini-Ruiz.

The artist will offer myriad objects for sale at his "Infinito Botnica and Gift Shop."

1–4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 18

A "World of ArtFamily Workshop": Vodou Beaded and Sequined Flags

Craft dazzling beaded and sequined flags inspired by theHaitian artistry on display in "Divine Revolution" and "Saluting VodouSpirits." Free for members; $5 material fee for non-members. Reservationsrequired: (310) 825-8655.

4:30–5:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9

A conversation withEdouard Duval-Carri

Donald J. Cosentino, guestcurator of "Divine Revolution: The Art of Edouard Duval-Carri" and professorof world arts and cultures, willdiscuss art and politics in contemporary Haiti and the United States with theartist. A members' preview party follows; call (310) 206-0306 for informationon membership.

Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10

Opening day

"Divine Revolution:The Art of Edouard Duval-Carri"

Noon-5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17

Family Festival:Caribbean!

Join performers and artists for a Caribbean-style afternoon,including marimba, reggae and steel drum music, and art-making activitiesinspired by selected Caribbean cultures.

6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21

Fowler Out Loud:"Maps of City & Body: Shedding Light on the Performances of Denise Uyehara"

A performance and book signing with performance artist,writer and playwright Denise Uyehara.

Co-sponsored with the departments of world arts and culturesand Asian American studies, and the Center for Intercultural Performance.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24

Fowler on the Town:San Simn Festival

Visit the Templo y BotnicaSan Simn de los Llanos to celebrate the feast day of San Simn, sponsored bythe local Brotherhood of San Simn. Festivities include music, dance, food anda procession during which worshipers "walk" the saint through nearby streets.Includes transportation from the Fowler. $20 per person. Space is limited;reservations required: (310) 825-8655.

6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 4

Fowler Out Loud:Klezmer Juice

Hear this quintet performing world music and klezmer fusionunder the direction of Gustavo Bulgach.

1–4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6

A "World of ArtFamily Workshop": Pound Away!

Using techniques of repoussand simple hammering, create Haitian-inspired creatures and designs out ofmetal sheeting and then mold them into an ornate picture frame. Free formembers; $5 material fee for non-members. Reservations required: (310)825-8655.

2–3:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6

17th annual SammyYukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Art and Archaeology

Professor Chiu Che Bing from the Centre de recherche surl'Extrme-Orient de Paris-Sorbonne will present "Yuanmingyuan: The Garden ofPerfect Brightness, a Mirror for theLast Dynasty of China." Refreshments to follow.

Sponsoredby the UCLA's Asia Institute, Center for Chinese Studies and Fowler Museum.

1–5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 7

"Searching for God inthe City of Angels"

This interdisciplinary symposium will address a range ofpopular spiritual practices in Los Angeles. Participants will explore the rootsof the city's religious diversity as well as why religions that originateelsewhere develop particular expressive forms here. Keynote by guest curator of"Botnica Los Angeles,"Patrick A. Polk. Information: (310) 825-8655.

Made possible in part by the UCLA School of the Arts andArchitecture.

2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 14

Haitian Mass

In conjunction with "Divine Revolution" and "Saluting VodouSpirits," singers and musicians will perform a 30-minute Haitian mass byHaitian composer Werner Jaegerhuber in the Davis Courtyard, followed by awalkthrough of the flags (drapo) ondisplay in the Goldenberg Galleria. Space is limited; reservations required:(310) 825-8655.

1–4 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 21

Kids in the CourtyardSeries": Lasirn Meets Lotera!

Lasirn is afemale Haitian spirit (lwa) of thesea who is half human and half fish. Learn about Lasirn and other Haitian spirits and make a matching card game from their images and attributes.

2–5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 5

Inside botnicas

2 p.m., panel discussion

3:30–5 p.m., in-gallery commentary

Featured artists/practitioners discuss their contributionsto "Botnica Los Angeles" and explainthe ways in which altars and shrines reflect their personal experiences,aesthetic ideals and spiritual beliefs. Following the panel, artists will provide commentary on their installations in the gallery.

1–4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11

A "World of ArtFamily Workshop": Candle Making

Make a decorative candle as a holiday gift or for a homealtar. Free for members; $5 material fee for non-members. Reservationsrequired: (310) 825-8655.


The Fowler is open Wednesdays through Sunday, noon to 5p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m.; the museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Themuseum is located in the north part of the UCLA campus. Admission is free,making the Fowler one of only a handful of free museums in the Greater LosAngeles area. Parking is available for $7 in Lot 4. Enter at Westwood Boulevardfrom Sunset Boulevard. For more information, please call (310) 825-4361.


The UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History explores art andmaterial culture primarily from Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and the Americas,past and present. The Fowler seeks to enhance understanding and appreciation ofthe diverse peoples, cultures and religions of the world through highlycontextualized interpretive exhibitions, publications and public programming,informed by interdisciplinary approaches and the perspectives of the culturesrepresented. The Fowler, part of UCLA's School of the Arts and Architecture,provides exciting and informative exhibitions and events for the UCLA communityand the people of Greater Los Angeles and beyond.

Publicprograms are made possible in part by the Yvonne Lenart Public Programs Fund.


Fall 2004 marks the onset of the Year of the Arts at UCLA,celebrating UCLA's position as the University of California's flagship campusfor the arts, and as a national center for artistic research, public artspresentation and the training of young artists, scholars and teachers. The Yearof the Arts at UCLA is bookended by the opening of two major arts facilities onthe Westwood campus. Newly renovated Glorya Kaufman Hall, featuringstate-of-the-art facilities for dance, videography and cross-culturalinvestigation in the arts, opens adjacent to the Fowler in Fall 2004. The yearculminates in Fall 2005 with the opening of the Edythe L. and Eli Broad Center,which will feature exceptional visual arts exhibitions and the unveiling of amonumental sculpture by Richard Serra. Surrounding these two events, UCLA willpresent a series of interdisciplinary events in the visual and performing arts,including exhibitions, concerts and symposia organized by UCLA's arts leaders,including the Fowler Museum.



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