ArtSlant - Recently added http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/show en-us 40 Adrian Fernández, Alex Hernandez Dueñas, Frank Mujica - Couturier Gallery - September 30th - September 30th <p>Couturier Gallery is pleased to present three Cuban artists in the show <strong><em>Cuban Perspectives: Adrian Fernandez, Alex Hern&aacute;ndez Due&ntilde;as, and Frank Mujica</em></strong>. The mixed media collages, graphite drawings, and photographs in the exhibition emerge from the complex and shifting external influences that have shaped the history of and daily life in Cuba.&nbsp; Fernandez, Hern&aacute;ndez, and Mujica offer varied insights and critiques of the perception of wealth and status, as well as the past and current state of Cuban life. &nbsp;The opening reception is November 5th and the exhibition continues through December 23, 2016.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through his paintings, glass etchings, and mixed-media collages, <strong>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez</strong> examines different aspects of the Cuban economy such as the risks associated with achieving wealth, the cultural collision that tourism has brought to Cuba, and symbols of economic success. In one body of work, he examines symbols of success, like the buildings of various exclusive social clubs enjoyed by the affluent, by using shadows cast by etching in glass. In another work, his shark painting symbolizes the perils Cubans faced in reaching America. In sum, he symbolizes the ramifications and rewards of seeking&nbsp; economic prosperity and questions whether or not the abrupt access to once restricted, global information has facilitated this goal and met with expectations or disappointments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez studied at San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana and the Superior Institute of Arts, Havana. His work has been included in international group shows at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, OH; &nbsp;Krannert Art Museum, IL; &nbsp;New Museum, NY; INOVA Museum, WI; &nbsp;Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Frank Mujica</strong>&rsquo;s black and white graphite drawings capture the temporality of life by zeroing-in on seemingly meaningless land and cityscapes. Mujica details the sun low in the sky above the ocean&rsquo;s horizon, the top of a construction crane behind a concrete wall, or a leafless tree in front of a small stream and draws just outside of composition&rsquo;s square border. By doing this, Mujica suggests a larger context does exist but leaves to what the details are attached unknown. His works are congruent to moments in time, or Cuba&rsquo;s history, in the sense that only the present, like the square image he draws, can be known and beyond that, the future yet to be seen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Frank Mujica graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) as well as the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. He has shown solo exhibitions in Cuba, Mexico City, and most recently in Winterthur, Switzerland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adrian Fernandez</strong>&rsquo;s examines the aesthetic taste of upper middle socio-economic classes of suburban Cuba from the 1950s by photographing decorative surfaces like wallpaper and show girl costumes. What was once considered to be in vogue, Fernandez implies with his photographs that the components of taste of mid-century Cuba are more kitsch than they were once originally perceived to be.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Adrian Fernandez is also a graduate of the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) and the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. &nbsp;He currently works as an independent artist and as a professor on Documentary Photography in Havana for New YorkUniversity, TischSchool of the Arts, Office of Special Programs Abroad. &nbsp;He has exhibited in solo shows in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, France, Belgium and Cambodia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">For additional information and/or images please contact the gallery: cg@couturiergallery.com.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:42:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Adrian Fernández, Alex Hernandez Dueñas, and Frank Mujica - Couturier Gallery - September 30th - September 30th <p>Couturier Gallery is pleased to present three Cuban artists in the show <strong><em>Cuban Perspectives: Adrian Fernandez, Alex Hern&aacute;ndez Due&ntilde;as, and Frank Mujica</em></strong>. The mixed media collages, graphite drawings, and photographs in the exhibition emerge from the complex and shifting external influences that have shaped the history of and daily life in Cuba.&nbsp; Fernandez, Hern&aacute;ndez, and Mujica offer varied insights and critiques of the perception of wealth and status, as well as the past and current state of Cuban life. &nbsp;The opening reception is November 5th and the exhibition continues through December 23, 2016.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through his paintings, glass etchings, and mixed-media collages, <strong>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez</strong> examines different aspects of the Cuban economy such as the risks associated with achieving wealth, the cultural collision that tourism has brought to Cuba, and symbols of economic success. In one body of work, he examines symbols of success, like the buildings of various exclusive social clubs enjoyed by the affluent, by using shadows cast by etching in glass. In another work, his shark painting symbolizes the perils Cubans faced in reaching America. In sum, he symbolizes the ramifications and rewards of seeking&nbsp; economic prosperity and questions whether or not the abrupt access to once restricted, global information has facilitated this goal and met with expectations or disappointments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez studied at San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana and the Superior Institute of Arts, Havana. His work has been included in international group shows at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, OH; &nbsp;Krannert Art Museum, IL; &nbsp;New Museum, NY; INOVA Museum, WI; &nbsp;Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Frank Mujica</strong>&rsquo;s black and white graphite drawings capture the temporality of life by zeroing-in on seemingly meaningless land and cityscapes. Mujica details the sun low in the sky above the ocean&rsquo;s horizon, the top of a construction crane behind a concrete wall, or a leafless tree in front of a small stream and draws just outside of composition&rsquo;s square border. By doing this, Mujica suggests a larger context does exist but leaves to what the details are attached unknown. His works are congruent to moments in time, or Cuba&rsquo;s history, in the sense that only the present, like the square image he draws, can be known and beyond that, the future yet to be seen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Frank Mujica graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) as well as the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. He has shown solo exhibitions in Cuba, Mexico City, and most recently in Winterthur, Switzerland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adrian Fernandez</strong>&rsquo;s examines the aesthetic taste of upper middle socio-economic classes of suburban Cuba from the 1950s by photographing decorative surfaces like wallpaper and show girl costumes. What was once considered to be in vogue, Fernandez implies with his photographs that the components of taste of mid-century Cuba are more kitsch than they were once originally perceived to be.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Adrian Fernandez is also a graduate of the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) and the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. &nbsp;He currently works as an independent artist and as a professor on Documentary Photography in Havana for New YorkUniversity, TischSchool of the Arts, Office of Special Programs Abroad. &nbsp;He has exhibited in solo shows in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, France, Belgium and Cambodia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">For additional information and/or images please contact the gallery: cg@couturiergallery.com.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:33:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Adrian Fernández, Alex Hernandez Dueñas, and Frank Mujica - Couturier Gallery - November 5th - December 23rd <p>Couturier Gallery is pleased to present three Cuban artists in the show <strong><em>Cuban Perspectives: Adrian Fernandez, Alex Hern&aacute;ndez Due&ntilde;as, and Frank Mujica</em></strong>. The mixed media collages, graphite drawings, and photographs in the exhibition emerge from the complex and shifting external influences that have shaped the history of and daily life in Cuba.&nbsp; Fernandez, Hern&aacute;ndez, and Mujica offer varied insights and critiques of the perception of wealth and status, as well as the past and current state of Cuban life. &nbsp;The opening reception is November 5th and the exhibition continues through December 23, 2016.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through his paintings, glass etchings, and mixed-media collages, <strong>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez</strong> examines different aspects of the Cuban economy such as the risks associated with achieving wealth, the cultural collision that tourism has brought to Cuba, and symbols of economic success. In one body of work, he examines symbols of success, like the buildings of various exclusive social clubs enjoyed by the affluent, by using shadows cast by etching in glass. In another work, his shark painting symbolizes the perils Cubans faced in reaching America. In sum, he symbolizes the ramifications and rewards of seeking&nbsp; economic prosperity and questions whether or not the abrupt access to once restricted, global information has facilitated this goal and met with expectations or disappointments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez studied at San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana and the Superior Institute of Arts, Havana. His work has been included in international group shows at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, OH; &nbsp;Krannert Art Museum, IL; &nbsp;New Museum, NY; INOVA Museum, WI; &nbsp;Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Frank Mujica</strong>&rsquo;s black and white graphite drawings capture the temporality of life by zeroing-in on seemingly meaningless land and cityscapes. Mujica details the sun low in the sky above the ocean&rsquo;s horizon, the top of a construction crane behind a concrete wall, or a leafless tree in front of a small stream and draws just outside of composition&rsquo;s square border. By doing this, Mujica suggests a larger context does exist but leaves to what the details are attached unknown. His works are congruent to moments in time, or Cuba&rsquo;s history, in the sense that only the present, like the square image he draws, can be known and beyond that, the future yet to be seen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Frank Mujica graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) as well as the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. He has shown solo exhibitions in Cuba, Mexico City, and most recently in Winterthur, Switzerland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adrian Fernandez</strong>&rsquo;s examines the aesthetic taste of upper middle socio-economic classes of suburban Cuba from the 1950s by photographing decorative surfaces like wallpaper and show girl costumes. What was once considered to be in vogue, Fernandez implies with his photographs that the components of taste of mid-century Cuba are more kitsch than they were once originally perceived to be.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Adrian Fernandez is also a graduate of the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) and the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. &nbsp;He currently works as an independent artist and as a professor on Documentary Photography in Havana for New YorkUniversity, TischSchool of the Arts, Office of Special Programs Abroad. &nbsp;He has exhibited in solo shows in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, France, Belgium and Cambodia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">For additional information and/or images please contact the gallery: cg@couturiergallery.com.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:33:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Adrian Fernández, Alex Hernandez Dueñas, and Frank Mujica - Couturier Gallery - November 5th - December 23rd <p>Couturier Gallery is pleased to present three Cuban artists in the show <strong><em>Cuban Perspectives: Adrian Fernandez, Alex Hern&aacute;ndez Due&ntilde;as, and Frank Mujica</em></strong>. The mixed media collages, graphite drawings, and photographs in the exhibition emerge from the complex and shifting external influences that have shaped the history of and daily life in Cuba.&nbsp; Fernandez, Hern&aacute;ndez, and Mujica offer varied insights and critiques of the perception of wealth and status, as well as the past and current state of Cuban life. &nbsp;The opening reception is November 5th and the exhibition continues through December 23, 2016.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Through his paintings, glass etchings, and mixed-media collages, <strong>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez</strong> examines different aspects of the Cuban economy such as the risks associated with achieving wealth, the cultural collision that tourism has brought to Cuba, and symbols of economic success. In one body of work, he examines symbols of success, like the buildings of various exclusive social clubs enjoyed by the affluent, by using shadows cast by etching in glass. In another work, his shark painting symbolizes the perils Cubans faced in reaching America. In sum, he symbolizes the ramifications and rewards of seeking&nbsp; economic prosperity and questions whether or not the abrupt access to once restricted, global information has facilitated this goal and met with expectations or disappointments.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Alex Hern&aacute;ndez studied at San Alejandro Academy of Fine Arts, Havana and the Superior Institute of Arts, Havana. His work has been included in international group shows at Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, OH; &nbsp;Krannert Art Museum, IL; &nbsp;New Museum, NY; INOVA Museum, WI; &nbsp;Rufino Tamayo Museum, Mexico, and the Brooklyn Museum, NY.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Frank Mujica</strong>&rsquo;s black and white graphite drawings capture the temporality of life by zeroing-in on seemingly meaningless land and cityscapes. Mujica details the sun low in the sky above the ocean&rsquo;s horizon, the top of a construction crane behind a concrete wall, or a leafless tree in front of a small stream and draws just outside of composition&rsquo;s square border. By doing this, Mujica suggests a larger context does exist but leaves to what the details are attached unknown. His works are congruent to moments in time, or Cuba&rsquo;s history, in the sense that only the present, like the square image he draws, can be known and beyond that, the future yet to be seen.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Frank Mujica graduated from the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) as well as the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. He has shown solo exhibitions in Cuba, Mexico City, and most recently in Winterthur, Switzerland.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Adrian Fernandez</strong>&rsquo;s examines the aesthetic taste of upper middle socio-economic classes of suburban Cuba from the 1950s by photographing decorative surfaces like wallpaper and show girl costumes. What was once considered to be in vogue, Fernandez implies with his photographs that the components of taste of mid-century Cuba are more kitsch than they were once originally perceived to be.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Adrian Fernandez is also a graduate of the San Alejandro Fine Arts Academy (2004) and the Superior Institute of Arts (2010) in Havana, Cuba. &nbsp;He currently works as an independent artist and as a professor on Documentary Photography in Havana for New YorkUniversity, TischSchool of the Arts, Office of Special Programs Abroad. &nbsp;He has exhibited in solo shows in Cuba, the United States, Mexico, France, Belgium and Cambodia.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">For additional information and/or images please contact the gallery: cg@couturiergallery.com.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 20:30:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Adonna Khare - Lora Schlesinger Gallery - October 22nd - December 3rd <blockquote> <p>Lora Schlesinger is pleased to present Adonna Khare&rsquo;s fifth solo-exhibition with the gallery. <em>Between the Lines</em> features new drawings by the artist. The exhibition opens with the artist&rsquo;s reception on Saturday, October 22 from 5 to 7 pm and is on view through December 3, 2016.</p> <p>Adonna Khare&rsquo;s new drawings are an ongoing exploration of life, and the joy and pain of living. Through the many fine strokes and delineating detail, Khare utilizes animals as vessels to illustrate stories about family, childbirth, relationships and the interconnectivity of all living things. The world she recreates on paper is inspired by personal experiences. Each drawing is developed spontaneously, allowing her to react and record the complexities of life. Her limitless imagination is captured in an astonishing and curious world of animals coexisting with hybrid creatures. Although the entangled kingdoms are rich with animalia; traces of our humanity and the effects we have on the environment can be found in the work. In <em>Elephant Clothesline, </em>elephants tether a clothesline with white garments against a stormy dark background. The storm an allusion to climate change, is a storm of change and uncertainty. It serves as a reminder that we have an influence over the environment and that our choices have an impact on the world.</p> <p>Adonna Khare received her MFA from California State University, Long Beach. In 2013 she was selected for the State of the Art exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum, an exhibition that traveled to the Minneapolis Art Institute in 2016.&nbsp; In 2016 she had a solo exhibition at the Boise Art Museum in Idaho, and a solo exhibition at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Arizona. <br /> She was the recipient of the Grand Prize Award at ArtPrize in 2012, the largest art competition in the world. &nbsp;Her drawings were selected for the Surrealism Today exhibition at the Nassau County Museum in Roslyn NY. She was included in the Long Beach Museum of Art&rsquo;s &ldquo;Sweet Subversives, Contemporary California Drawing 2009-2010&rdquo; and was given a one-person show in 2010 titled &ldquo;The World of Adonna Khare: Beasts, Backpacks and Curious Creatures&rdquo;, at the William D. Cannon Art Gallery in Carslbad, California.</p> <p>EXHIBITION DATES: October 22 &ndash; December 3, 2016<br /> OPENING RECEPTION: October 22, 5-7 pm <br /> CONTACT: Lora Schlesinger or Stephanie Mercado</p> </blockquote> Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:00:23 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Trang T. Le - Ruth Bachofner Gallery - October 1st 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Join art historian, author, and educator Meher McArthur in conversation with artist Trang T. Le, about her exhibition <em>In Transition</em>, and new book<em> Gentle Waves</em>, which traces the connection of her personal journey with her artistic vision and evolution.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Coffee and light refreshments will be served.</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:27:34 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Michelle Kingdom - bG Gallery - October 1st - October 30th <p>bG gallery is excited to exhibit its first feature exhibit of Michelle Kingdom&rsquo;s highly intricate enigmatic embroidery. Creating work rich in fantasy and surreal mythology, in secret for many years, Michelle&rsquo;s work was only recently revealed to the public and went viral. Her feature show has been highly anticipated. &nbsp;Kingdom&rsquo;s protagonists are surrounded by nature, trees, roots, and water all fashioned carefully with tightly embroidered thread. Each piece depicts an ambiguous relationship between the characters displayed. Kingdom is able to capture intangible inner voices, infuse them with outside influences, and display them in her artwork. &nbsp;She elicits emotional responses from her audience by diving deep into introspective fantasy and toying with universally affecting psycholology.</p> Thu, 29 Sep 2016 06:29:49 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list SUSAN HANNON - bG Gallery - October 15th - November 3rd <p dir="ltr">CONTACT Om Bleicher, Owner/Director, bG Gallery, Bergamot Station Arts Center, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Space G8A<br class="kix-line-break" />Santa Monica, CA 90404, Phone: 310/906-4211, Email: info@bgartdealings.com</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">"DISCARDED BIBLE ARTIST" SUSAN HANNON PREMIERES FIRST FEATURE EXHIBIT AT BERGAMOT STATION'S bG GALLERY</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">SANTA MONICA, Calif. &ndash; September 28, 2016 -- Sculptor Susan Hannon premieres her first feature exhibit at bG Gallery (www.santamonica.bgartdealings.com) at the Bergamot Station Arts Center in Santa Monica. <br class="kix-line-break" />&nbsp;<br class="kix-line-break" />Hannon is known for creating sculptures in the shape of human-scale wings made out of discarded vintage Bibles, such as a grade two Braille Bible, an 1865 Civil War-era Bible, and a Torah. Hannon&rsquo;s work takes emotionally loaded raw materials that were imbued with spiritual and devotional significance and repurposes them for artistic and humanistic ends. &ldquo;These books were cried on, prayed over, and preached with. They are marinated in so much emotion. I find them in a dilapidated state, about to be thrown out, restore them, and give them new life and new resonance.&rdquo; In addition to the Bible wing pieces, the retrospective will feature works from 2003 to 2016 in various mediums, including found object sculptures and two-dimensional works on paper.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr">Hannon's work has been featured in Art in America magazine and was recently awarded the Robert Brown Award at an exhibition juried by Laddie John Dill at the Brand Art Center.</p> <p><br />The opening exhibition will be held Saturday, October 15, 2016, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The artist will be in attendance. The exhibition will run through November 3, 2016.</p> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:56:14 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Linda Pollack, Ruben Ortiz Torres, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Taisha Paggett, Ramiro Gomez, Charles Gaines - Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park (LAMAG) - October 16th 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p><strong>The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA)&nbsp;</strong>and the&nbsp;<strong>Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery (LAMAG)</strong>&nbsp;proudly announce<strong>&nbsp;S/Election</strong>&nbsp;at&nbsp;Barnsdall Park (4800 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90065). The public is welcome to attend an opening reception on<strong>&nbsp;Sunday, October,&nbsp;October 16th&nbsp;from&nbsp;2-5 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;to experience the politically poignant&nbsp;exhibition, which utilizes art as a vehicle to engage important conversation amidst a highly charged presidential election. On view from&nbsp;October 16, 2016 through January 8, 2017, S/Election&nbsp;examines the work of some&nbsp;of Los Angeles most prominent contemporary artists including&nbsp;Charles Gaines, Ramiro Gomez, Taisha Paggett, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Ruben Ortiz&nbsp;Torres,&nbsp;and&nbsp;Linda Pollack,&nbsp;all of&nbsp;whom ignite conversations about citizenship and democracy in America.&nbsp;Under the curatorial direction of newly-appointed&nbsp;LAMAG Curator, Erin Christovale, and&nbsp;Art Center Director, Isabelle Lutterodt,&nbsp;the exhibition provides an alternative platform for artists and&nbsp;the public to participate in civic discourse. <a href="http://www.lamag.org/" rel="nofollow">http://www.lamag.org</a></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2016 19:23:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Richard Telles Fine Art - October 22nd - December 10th Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:07:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Fred Lonidier - Michael Benevento - October 22nd - December 3rd Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:04:00 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list SPARC’s Artist in Residence, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza, and her UCLA’s César E. Chávez Chicana/o Studies Department students - Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) - October 30th 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>On Sunday, October 30th at SPARC&rsquo;s historic headquarters since 1977 (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC-UCLA presents their annual &ldquo;D&iacute;a de los Muertos / Day of the Dead&rdquo; ceremony to honor the dearly departed with the annual ritual of The Calling of the Spirits. The traditional ceremony will start at 5:30 P.M., guided by UCLA instructor and SPARC&rsquo;s Artist in Residence, Martha Ramirez-Oropeza, and her UCLA&rsquo;s C&eacute;sar E. Ch&aacute;vez Chicana/o Studies Department students.&nbsp;<br /><br />About D&iacute;a de los Muertos: the joyful and colorful ritual is celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world. Scholars trace its origins to the Pre-Hispanic observances recorded in the ancient manuscripts called c&oacute;dices. The twenty-day months of Miccailhuitontli and Huey Miccailhuitl, which occurred in August, were dedicated to the Lord and Lady of Death. The Spanish invasion however, imposed their Catholic, All Saints Day, changing it to November 1st and 2nd. As the Europeans expanded their influence throughout the continent, the ritual evolved. With the creative genius of master engraver, Jos&eacute; Guadalupe Posada, who created the famous image of, La Catrina, the ritual acquired a political-satirical edge. Today, it combines a profound observance of honoring those who have passed and, especially in urban areas, a playful calaca/skeleton spirit.&nbsp;<br /><br />The celebration traditionally takes place on November 1st. Nine days before, tombs are swept and decorated with flowers, and on November 1st, altars are set with photographs of the deceased, and the delicious food that awaits the tired souls that come from Miktlan, land of the dead. On the altars are sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cut-outs, marigolds, candles, water and the favorite foods and beverages for the departed. In some towns such as Ocotepec, Morelos, the elder, still invites the spirit of the dearly departed relative, to come to dinner. This tradition, however, comes from an ancient practice recorded in the c&oacute;dices, in which the elder climbed on the rooftop of the family house, and facing North, invoked the spirit of the ancestor to come to the feast; this &ldquo;Invocation to the Four Winds and Calling of the Spirits&rdquo; will be enacted by UCLA students. Live music will be presented and traditional Pan-Dulce (Mexican sweet bread) as well as Mexican hot chocolate will be served. Food vendors will be present (cash only).<br /><br />**Community members are encouraged to bring personal memento for community altar!</p> Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:11:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list - Angels Gate Cultural Center - November 5th - December 18th <p>After months of creative collaboration, Angels Gate Cultural Center will unveil a much anticipated event with Avenue 50 Studio and The Arroyo Arts Collective: <em>On The Map</em>: <em>Artists Maps from Opposite Ends of the 110 Freeway, an Ancient Route Reconnected. </em>The exhibition will take place in two places simultaneously; Avenue 50 Studio located in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Angeles and Angels Gate Cultural Center in San Pedro. Curators from the three participating organizations created an open call for maps created by artists that live and work at opposite ends of the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles. The twenty selected proposals will be hosted by the organization at the other end of the highway from the artists; the artwork itself tracing the road that was once traveled by native Tongva, the Spanish wagon, the stagecoach route and early trains.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:52:18 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Group Show - L.A. Louver - November 16th - January 14th, 2017 Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:22:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Matt Wedel - L.A. Louver - July 13th - October 1st Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:15:39 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list Jim Blanchard - La Luz de Jesus Gallery - October 7th - October 30th <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Jim Blanchard</strong>&lsquo;s work from 1982&ndash;2002 intersected with punk rock, grunge, psychedelia, alternative comics, &ldquo;zine&rdquo; culture, portraiture, and &ldquo;girlie&rdquo; art. The newly released <em><strong>Visual Abuse</strong></em> gathers Blanchard&rsquo;s art into a cohesive whole; one section assembles the best of Blanchard&rsquo;s LP covers, posters and flyers from the hardcore punk era through grunge, including iconic Black Flag, Nirvana, and Soundgarden posters.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This exhibition is a survey of the many aspects of Jim&rsquo;s work that prove his place among the poster art greats. Augmenting the posters are the original drawings and paintings that became his most iconic images.</p> Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:02:27 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/la/Events/list