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LECTURE: "The Odyssey of Quetzalcoatl: Art and Transnationalism in West Mexico's Late Antiquity" by John M. D. Pohl

Bowl depicting the head of a death deity, 1400-1500. Mexico, Nayarit, Aztatlan Culture
October 29, 2016 -

The Friends of Ethnic Art present the 2016 Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture by John M. D. Pohl, PhD; Adjunct Professor, Department of Art History, UCLA.

The ceramic arts of ancient West Mexico are renowned for their refined execution and inventive design. The abstract treatment of such subjects as fierce warriors and playful dogs appealed to collectors in the 1960s and remain highly sought after today. At the same time, a significant but lesser known tradition of highly decorative and colorful works also appeared on the art market. 

Film Screening: "The Grapes of Wrath"

July 29, 2016 -

The Grapes of Wrath (1940, 129 minutes) was one of Ed Ruscha's favorite classics. The film was director John Ford's most famous black and white epic drama - the classic adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1940 Pulitzer Prize-winning, widely-read 1939 novel. [The sentimental film is much more closely related to Ford's social protest dramas, The Informer (1935) and How Green Was My Valley (1941) than to his magisterial Westerns.] This film was the most popular left-leaning, socialistic-themed film of pre-World War II Hollywood.

Guest Lecture: "¡IDEAS!"

July 22, 2016 - 7:00pm

Each speaker of ¡IDEAS! will deliver a talk on a topic of their expertise. The presentations are short, to the point, and easy to understand. No technical knowledge on any field is required. The speakers are Mexican and the talks will be in English.

This program features music performances by the Bernal Hill Players and a variety of innovative talks by Leticia Landa, Linda Franco, and Fabiola Kramsky .

About the presenters:

Double Film Screening featuring films by Ed Ruscha

Still from "Premium" by Ed Ruscha
July 15, 2016 -

6:30 and 7:40 pm

 (1971, 24 mins., 16mm)

Featuring artist Larry Bell, model Léon Bing, designer Rudi Gernreich, and musician/comedian Tommy Smothers. 
Based on the Mason Williams short story, "How to Derive the Maximum Enjoyment from Crackers"

7 and 8:15 pm 

 (1975, 28 mins., 16mm

"Features artist Jim Ganzer and actress Michelle Phillips in a tale about a strange day in the life of an auto mechanic." (Harvard Film Archive)

"Kitsch to Art Moderne: Meisen Kimono in the First Half of Twentieth Century Japan"

September 17, 2016 -

When Japan opened its doors to the West during the Meiji Restoration in 1868, the former feudal society experienced an influx of foreign culture. The resulting industrial revolution stimulated the textile industry and created a border consumer market including “commoners” who were once restricted from wearing silk or colorful kimonos. This new market created a sudden blossoming of popular designs for kimono, haori, winter baby wraps, and futon.


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