Current Exhibitions

Through Positive Eyes

September 15, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Through Positive Eyes is a large-scale photography and storytelling project created in collaboration with more than 130 people living with HIV/AIDS. The exhibition includes photography and video by artist-activists from 10 cities across the globe and a sculpture installation by Los Angeles–based multimedia artist Alison Saar. Combined, these works conjure a broad picture of the epidemic—ranging from everyday imagery to more abstract meditations on joy, grief, solitude, and resilience. Public programs will incorporate live storytelling in the gallery performed twice weekly by seven HIV-positive Angelenos known as the Los Angeles Through Positive Eyes Collective. This multitude of perspectives and voices coalesce around one core tenet: a belief that challenging stigma against people living with HIV/AIDS is the most effective method for combating the epidemic.

Guatemalan Masks: Selections from the Jim and Jeanne Pieper Collection

April 7 – October 6, 2019

Traditional Guatemalan dance-dramas come to life in a vivid installation of 80 wood masks depicting animals, folk personae, and historical figures that are deeply rooted in Guatemalan religiosity and popular culture. With some examples dating back a century or more, the masks offer insights into how the dances articulate community identities.

Fowler in Focus Exhibition
On Display in the Walled City: Nigeria at the British Empire Exhibition, 1924–1925

September 8, 2019 – March 8, 2020

In 1924, the British Empire Exhibition opened in the London suburb of Wembley; featuring installations of material and trade wealth based on fifty-five of Britain’s global colonies.  Millions of British subjects visited the grounds and among the most popular sites was the “Walled City,” which housed the pavilions of the participating West African colonies—Nigeria, Gold Coast (modern day Ghana), and Sierra Leone. On Display in the Walled City showcases 38 objects from the Fowler’s collection that were originally displayed in the Nigerian pavilion, and offers insights into Nigerian art of the early-twentieth century and the colonial enterprise.

India’s Subterranean Stepwells: Photographs by Victoria Lautman

May 5 – October 20, 2019

Since the 600 CE, stepwells have served as water-harvesting systems that descend into the earth and enable communities to access the water table or rainwater gathered below. A selection of 48 photographs by journalist Victoria Lautman captures the diversity and sublime beauty of these architectural marvels.

On long-term view

Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives explores the roles that art plays in creating meaning and defining purpose for people across the globe. Art is not only a reflection of culture but can actively shape thought and experience. The objects on display have all intervened in the lives of those who made or used them—whether to educate, solve problems, assert leadership, assist in remembering, or provision loved ones in the afterlife.

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On permanent display

Comprising 251 objects representing 16th through 19th century Europe, Great Britain and the United States, this exhibition interprets silver in its social contexts. Gleaming vessels from renowned workshops—such as those of British silversmith Paul de Lamerie.

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