Past Exhibitions

FEBRUARY 21 – JULY 17, 2016

Chicano activist, poet, artist, intellectual, professor, and musician, José Montoya (1932-2013) was a veritable Renaissance man. Montoya often found inspiration in the verdant fields of the San Joaquin Valley…

FOWLER IN FOCUS: Spirits in the Loom: Religion and Design in Lao-Tai Textiles

January 10–May 1, 2016

The intriguing Lao-Tai textiles in this exhibition were collected by Professor Ellison Banks Findly in northeastern Laos. These textiles, produced by Tai weavers, reflect religious and spiritual beliefs, incorporating Buddhist and…

Celebrate/Demonstrate: Photographs of Global LA by Cindy Bendat

January 17—May 8, 2016

Featuring compelling images of festivals and political rallies, this exhibition highlights the extraordinary cultural diversity of the greater Los Angeles area. California-based photographer Bendat has…

Disguise: Masks & Global African Art

October 18, 2015–March 13, 2016

This dynamic exhibition considers the past, present, and future of disguise – a visual act that can be a mask, a costume, or simply a camouflage. Disguise features exciting new…


Treasured Textiles from the American Southwest: The Durango Collection®

September 13, 2015–January 10, 2016

This exhibition features southwestern textiles created during the nineteenth century – a time of tremendous change as American occupation and the eventual coming of the railroad and trading posts influenced commerce and the exchange of ideas among various residents of territorial New Mexico and Arizona…


A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne – The Zuni World

September 13, 2015–January 10, 2016

Recent paintings by ten Zuni artists, which emerged out of the Zuni Map Art Project, are showcased in this exhibition. This initiative by the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center seeks to raise awareness about Zuni cultural landscapes by using art as a medium for mapping…


Fowler in Focus: Encountering Ancient Colombia–A Journey through the Magdalena Valley

September 27, 2015–January 3, 2016

This exhibition presents a selection of rare objects from the Magdalena Valley, Colombia. Drawn primarily from the Muñoz Kramer Collection of ancient Colombian ceramics at the Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA), these works include fascinating vessels and sculptural forms, many never exhibited before…


Fowler in Focus: The Art of Hair in Africa

May 3—September 20, 2015

This exhibition presents an array of finely sculpted combs and hairpins from Africa and its diasporas, along with the film Me Broni Ba/My White Baby by Ghanaian-American filmmaker Akosua Adoma Owusu. It explores the notions of ideal beauty and social status associated with hair among many African cultures…


Singular Spaces: From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments

April 12—September 6, 2015

This exhibition presents photographs by Jo Farb Hernández documenting the monumental art environments of eight self-taught artists from across Spain. Comprised of intriguing and idiosyncratic sculptures, gardens, and buildings, the sites developed organically without formal architectural or engineering plans…


Making Strange: Gagawaka + Postmortem by Vivan Sundaram

April 19–September 6, 2015

Making Strange brings together two striking bodies of work by Delhi-based contemporary artist Vivan Sundaram, founding member of the Sahmat Collective and one of the leading artists working in India today…


The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

April 19—August 2, 2015

Since 1989, the Delhi-based Sahmat Collective has given artists, writers, poets, musicians, and actors a platform to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values. This exhibition introduces Sahmat’s work to the United States and provides fresh insights into two timely subjects: contemporary visual art from India, and art as a force for political activism and social change…


Fowler in Focus: Fiftieth Anniversary Gifts

December 21, 2014–April 26, 2015

On the occasion of the Museum’s fiftieth anniversary many friends of the Fowler have made special donations of works of art. The selection of objects shown here represents our third and final Fowler in Focus installation highlighting such gifts…


Round Trip: Bicycling Asia Minor, 1891

December 14, 2014–April 5, 2015

In the summer of 1890, two young Americans, William Sachtleben and Thomas Allen, Jr., set off to circle the globe on new-fangled “safety” bicycles. Three years later, after pedaling some 18,000 miles on three continents, their harrowing tales of adventure made them international celebrities (“the greatest travelers since Marco Polo,” by one glowing account).


Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates

January 25–March 8, 2015

Past Forward: Contemporary Art from the Emirates is the first major touring exhibition of Emirati art and features over fifty paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works in other media. The exhibition employs the works of twenty-five notable Emirati artists to tell the story of the rich history, culture, and rapid development of the United Arab Emirates.


World Share: Installations by Pascale Marthine Tayou

November 2, 2014–March 1, 2015

The Fowler Museum at UCLA presents World Share: Installations by Pascale Marthine Tayou, a large-scale immersive environment that combines his sculpture, drawings, and poetry with Fowler artworks and recorded sound. Assembled from a stunning diversity of materials and found objects, Tayou’s art is characterized by an aesthetic of accumulation…


Textiles of Timor, Island in the Woven Sea

September 7, 2014–January 4, 2015

Women on the island of Timor weave some of the most colorful and varied textiles in Southeast Asia. These cloths are a primary vehicle of cultural expression, and they continue to be made, used, and exchanged in ways that reveal deep social, religious, historical, and political meanings…


Fowler in Focus: Yards of Style, African-Print Cloths of Ghana

August 24–December 14, 2014

The larger markets in West Africa offer everything from foodstuffs to scrap metal to used clothing—and they also boast hundreds and hundreds of stalls filled with printed cloth. With some vendors selling just a few cloths and others featuring enormous stacks of six- and twelve-yard panels, these markets offer something for everyone…


Bearing Witness: Embroidery as History in Post-Apartheid South Africa

September 7–December 7, 2014

Artists from two community art groups—The Mapula Embroidery Project, founded in 1991 in the Winterveldt area outside Pretoria, and Kaross Workers, founded in 1989 on a citrus farm in Limpopo Province—have for several decades used the art of embroidery to express views on diverse issues affecting life in South Africa. See a selection of these fantastically-hued pictorial embroideries—all produced circa 2000, six years after the demise of apartheid—which reveal the deeply political imaginations that have inspired them…


Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa

April 23–September 14, 2014

The news today is replete with reports on territorial disputes, resource extraction, and other forces that impact and endanger the environment. These timely issues lie at the heart of Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa, which uses the work of artists to examine the conceptually complex and visually rich relationship between individuals and communities in Africa and the land upon which they live…


Rigo 23: From the Heart of Santa Madera

May 4–August 31, 2014

As part of Fowler at Fifty, Rigo 23, a San Francisco-based artist and activist from Madeira Island, Portugal, has created a special project in the Museum’s Goldenberg Galleria. Drawing from the Fowler’s Native American collections and Rigo’s own long history of collaborating with native and indigenous communities around the world, the artist uses a variety of media to create an exhibition that considers past and contemporary relations with Native American cultures in California, and more broadly, intercultural relations in an age of globalization…


Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaneda

May 4–August 17, 2014

With long beards cascading from their chins and hair sometimes falling over their eyes, the painted and etched wood masks by the Yaqui (Yoeme) of northern Mexico are haunting, humorous, playful, and arresting. Fowler in Focus: The Yaqui Masks of Carlos Castaneda showcases the collection of Yaqui pahko’ola masks and rattles field collected in the 1960s by former UCLA scholar Carlos Castaneda…


Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas

March 30–July 20, 2014

Life at the margins in the Americas―borders both physical and societal―inspires sacred figures who walk the fine line between sinfulness and sanctity. In worship and artistic representation alike, such figures both reflect and impact the experiences of those who regularly struggle with complicated economic, political, legal, geographic, gender, and racial realities…

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