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CANCELED Gallery Conversations: Ysamur Flores-Peña and Patrisse Cullors

February 22, 2024 | 1:00PM - 2:30PM

This program has been canceled and will be rescheduled to a later date. Please check our program page or follow us on Instagram for updates.


Join us for a conversation with exhibition advisor Ysamur Flores-Peña and artist Patrisse Cullors, and  a walk-through of
The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts of Africa and Beyond. The in-gallery discussion will focus on gender and sexuality in the pantheon of divinities (Orichas/Orixas/Orishas) worshiped and venerated in Yoruba belief. 

Described as spirits, personified natural forces, or deified ancestors, Orichas/Orixas/Orishas in Yoruba religion are featured prominently in sculpture and other art forms throughout the Black Atlantic. Though human-like in character and visually represented as female or male-presenting,the orishas are not confined to binary logic; they can embody both the female and male aspects, or be genderless.

Ysmaur Flores-Peña is a respected elder and keeper of the Lucumí traditions, and an associate professor in the Liberal Art and Sciences Department at Otis College of Art and Design. Flores-Peña has published on Lucumí culture and ritual aesthetics as well as identity construction within Lucumí narratives, rituals, arts, and theology. His studies focus on African-based religions in the New World. He has earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in folklore at UCLA; an M.A. in education at the Catholic University of Puerto Rico; and a B.A. in Hispanic studies at the University of Puerto Rico.

Patrisse Cullors is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist, and abolitionist from Los Angeles, CA. Her work has been featured at The Broad, the Hammer Museum, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, MOCA, and a host of theaters, galleries, and museums across the globe. In 2020, she and fellow artists noé olivas and ali reza dorriz established Crenshaw Dairy Mart, an artist collective and gallery space that bridges cultural work and advocacy. Her current work and practice focus on what she calls “Abolitionist Aesthetics.” Cullors is an Ifa practitioner who blends spirit and abolition in her everyday life. Her mission is to grow toward abolition through intergenerational healing work that centers love, collective care, and art.

Photo courtesy of Professor Ysamur Flores-Peña
Patrisse Cullors photo Credit: Star Montana

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