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Axé Bahia Opening Day Programs

September 24, 2017 | 12:00PM - 4:00PM

Join us for an afternoon of family-friendly activities to celebrate the opening of Axé Bahia: The Power of Art in an Afro-Brazilian Metropolis, exploring the distinctive cultural role of the city of Salvador, the coastal capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, an internationally renowned center of Afro-Brazilian culture. Featuring more than 100 works from the mid-20th century to the present, including a stunning array of sculpture, painting, photography, video, and installation art, the exhibition explores the complexities of race and cultural affiliation in Brazil, and the provoca­tive ways in which artists have experienced and responded creatively to prevailing realities of Afro-Brazilian identity in Bahia.

12pm | Ritual Blessing of Axé Bahia
Begin the afternoon with a ritual blessing of the exhibition space by esteemed Candomblé elder Nancy de Souza e Silva, known as Dona Cici. Don’t miss an energetic samba showcase in the Davis Courtyard with award-winning LA-based dance company Viver Brasil!

1pm | Gallery Tour
Join exhibition curators Patrick A. Polk, Roberto Conduru, Sabrina Gledhill, and Randal Johnson for a walkthrough of the exhibition Axé Bahia.

1–4pm | Drop-in Family Program
Families are invited to create a collaged landscape honoring Los Angeles’s sister city, Salvador, Bahia. Combine a drawing with images from books and magazines to illustrate a hybrid skyline of LA and Salvador.

3pm | Gallery Tour
Join artist Fran Siegel for a gallery talk about her exhibition, Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil.

Parking is available in UCLA Lot 4, 221 Westwood Plaza directly off Sunset Blvd | $12/day

Pacific Standard Time at the Fowler Museum
In Fall 2017, the Fowler Museum at UCLA presents a three-part exhibition program exploring Brazil’s African history and cultural heritage. Two exhibitions presented as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA include Axé Bahia and Lineage through Landscape: Tracing Egun in Brazil (July 23–Dec 10), exploring complexities of race and cultural affiliation in Brazil, with more than 100 works from mid-20th century to the present. A third and complementary exhibition, Africa/Americas: Photographic Portraits by Pierre Verger (Sept. 10–Jan. 21), highlights 32 photographs by the renowned French artist, whose humanistic images explored enduring continuities linking people and cultures of West Africa and the African diaspora in the Americas.

Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA is a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA takes place from September 2017 through January 2018 at more than 70 cultural institutions across Southern California, from Los Angeles to Palm Springs, and from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Pacific Standard Time is an initiative of the Getty. The presenting sponsor is Bank of America.

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