Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia
September 18, 2011–January 8, 2012
"...you feel as if you're witnessing an intense, spiritual ceremony channeled by the artist with a generous dollop of flair and eloquence."
Edward Goldman, KCRW, September 20, 2011
Large-scale figurative paintings and drawings and an installation by José Bedia come together in this major retrospective that explores the artist’s spiritual genealogy as it relates to his Cuban-based religion and its central African source, as well as his explorations of the beliefs of indigenous American peoples. It is here that this “transcultural pilgrim” has found so much personal material for his spiritual and artistic practices. The exhibition also includes an altar created by Bedia and three alcoves that present selections from his vast collection of indigenous arts—ledger drawings from the Southern Plains, peyote boxes, Yaqui masks, and Central African power figures—that are the wellspring of his creativity.