Current Exhibitions

Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

February 11 – July 1, 2018

Bread, Butter, and Power is a new large-scale painting cycle that explores the overarching theme of feminism and gendered divisions of labor throughout southern Africa. Mokgosi’s emphasis on narrative storytelling inspires the viewer to think deeply about the politics, power structures, and the role of history in the creation of the current nations of southern Africa.

Fiiman Tembe: Maroon Arts from Suriname

April 15 – September 9, 2018

Maroon peoples of Suriname are renowned for tembe, traditional art forms that infuse everyday objects with personal and communal meaning. The 20th-century works on view exemplify the bold patterns, vivid color, brass studding, and needlework that typify utilitarian objects such as trays, doors, and textiles.

Pelotas Oaxaqueñas / Oaxacan Ball Games: Photographs by Leopoldo Peña

January 28 – July 15, 2018

A longtime resident of Los Angeles, Leopoldo Peña makes photographic works that center on themes of immigration and the environment. This series features black-and-white images of traditional ball games played by Oaxacan expatriates throughout Southern and Central California.

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.

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…