The Fowler is a global arts center on the UCLA campus, presenting arts of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and indigenous Americas—past and present.
Posted at: 2019-05-17 01:38:58
@angeltrazo sketched last night’s panel on the ethics of collecting Native Art.
🙏Thank you Angel for this beautiful document and for capturing the wisdom on stage.
“Our ancestors were geniuses.”
Posted at: 2019-05-15 00:57:06
This Friday at 12pm, join us for a gallery talk with journalist Victoria Lautman who will share her experiences over 30 years of documenting stepwells across India.
These remarkable structures provided communities with water all year long and served as civic centers, refuges, and active places of worship. Free and open to all.
Music: ‘Beat 60’ by @imshahed
Posted at: 2019-05-08 01:27:12
Dead Spaniard Mask, early 20th c
San Cristóbal, Totonicapán department, Guatemala
This mask is worn in the ‘Dance of the Conquest’ which opens with news of the fall of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan in 1521, followed by skirmishes between K’iche’ Maya and Spanish forces, and the death of the legendary Tecún Umán at the hands of the blond-haired conquistador Pedro de Alvarado. Upon Umán’s demise, K’iche’ masqueraders accept Christianity and Spanish rule and dance in unison with those portraying the surviving European invaders.
While this drama was originally intended to emphasize European military and religious dominance at the hand, some Guatemalans now view it more as the martyrdom of a national hero and an example of Maya unity in a time of conflict.
Posted at: 2019-05-06 22:41:52
This Wed at 6pm: Dewa Ayu Larassanti will present Balinese dances in the traditional putri and bebancihan styles, followed by a workshop inviting audiences to participate in performing kecak: a Balinese hindu rhythmic chant strongly associated with healing and community.
Larassanti is a dancer, musician, and vocalist who regularly teaches at Sanggar Çudamani, a Balinese performing arts school founded by her parents in Pengosekan, Bali. With Çudamani, she has toured Greece, Japan, Canada, and throughout the United States.
#FowlerOutLoud is an evening concert series that invites UCLA students from various disciplines to perform at the museum. Performances begin at 6pm, galleries open til 8pm.
Posted at: 2019-05-04 00:32:58
Spend Mother's Day with Fowler Families! Sun May 12 at 1pm, certified instructor Alex Reed leads a 45-min imaginative yoga session featuring mindful play, breathing exercises, and relaxing stretches.
At 2pm, Fowler Educators lead a family-friendly guided tour highlighting artwork in the permanent collections gallery. Yoga mats provided, or bring your own. Free! Info at bit.ly/2LvdAwy
Posted at: 2019-05-03 20:30:08
Wed May 15, 6pm: Brokering the Sacred: A Panel on the Ethics of Collecting Native Art.
The repatriation of Native arts over the last 30 years has demonstrated the sustainability of Indigenous knowledge and survivance strategies. How might this moment speak to the viability of the arts as cultural transmitters rather than solely objects of capital worth? The ethics of collecting Native arts are debated by a panel of experts. Free, RSVP required.
Detail of Mercedes Dorame, ‘Orion’s Belt–Paahe’Sheshiiyot–A Map for Moving Between Worlds,’ ‘Made in LA 2018’ at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2018. Photo by Brian Forrest. Courtesy of the artist.
Posted at: 2019-05-03 01:42:32
“We don’t choose our obsessions — they choose us,” Lautman said. “I could never have predicted that my first encounter with a stepwell would eventually commandeer a large slice of my life, propelling me throughout India in search of the most fascinating and mysterious structures I have ever seen but, until then, had not been aware of.”
Opening Sunday, don't miss Victoria Lautman's photographs of India’s Subterranean Stepwells.
Pictured here: Mahila Baag Jhalra (built circa 1780; Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India) 2014. 📸 Victoria Lautman
Posted at: 2019-04-30 22:39:55
🎸This week, Fowler Out Loud presents a performance by Giovanni Piacentini, UCLA PhD student in Music Composition.
Piacentini treats us to an evening of original compositions for solo guitar and electronics, through which he explores the instruments’ sonic capabilities in a quest to expand their dynamic and expressive range. The program will include works from his recently released album ‘Between Worlds’.
Free concert in the courtyard! Wed May 1 at 6pm. #uclaarts 💙💫
Posted at: 2019-04-28 22:33:52
Fowler Families hosts art making all afternoon 12-3pm on Royce Quad. We’re weaving today, inspired by the glorious garments from Ottoman Syria on view at the Fowler. It’s all part of @kcrwgoodfood Pie Day!
Check out upcoming family friendly programming at fowler.ucla.edu/events .
Posted at: 2019-04-27 00:38:10
Reposting illustrator and pie judge @stacymichelson’s blue ribbon invite to this Sunday’s festivities: @kcrwgoodfood Pie Day!
Guaranteed gobs of fun on @ucla campus: food trucks, a beer garden, art making, pie tasting, baking demos, marketplace, @kcrw DJs, dancing, running around, sneaking up on @kcrwevan, feeling full, etc.
The Fowler is open 12-5pm and we’re hosting a concert with UCLA’s Near East Ensemble in our amphitheater at 1pm. Grammy winning superstar percussionist Souhail Kaspar will be joining, so make it a special day, come on out and try something new!
Posted at: 2019-04-26 04:01:29
Fri Apr 26 at 12pm: Don't miss a special gallery talk with @uclawacd dance scholar Saroya Corbett, whose research looks at bounce dance in New Orleans and majorette or dance team performance in Baton Rouge.
Corbett will incorporate Pableaux Johnson’s photographs of Second Line parades as she reflects on her recent fieldwork in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2019.
Any dance teams catch your eye in the past week? 👁👑#homecoming#uclaarts#dance#secondlinesunday#neworleans
Posted at: 2019-04-25 20:41:52
The moiré silks pictured here acquired their rippled “watery” appearance via wet cloths pressed together with a hot iron or with steam. The use of metal threads added sheen and glitter that complemented the color and patterning of the garments when the wearer moved.
Notable for its sheer physical weight, the silk abaya at left was designed with gold and silver stripes among its brightly colored details—including a flowering sprig set into a vase and small cartouche that encloses an illegible Arabic inscription.
‘Dressed with Distinction: Garments from Ottoman Syria’ on view through Aug 18.