Featuring paintings, sketches, and lithographs, Coyote Leaves the Res: The Art of Harry Fonseca focuses on the recurring figure of Coyote, a trickster, shape shifter, and storyteller capable of moving undetected between different worlds. This exhibition explores the complexity of Harry Fonseca’s (Nisenan Maidu, Hawaiian, Portuguese, 1946–2006) art within the context of a contemporary world, in which new freedoms and old biases often exist side-by-side. As both a gay man and a person of mixed heritage, Fonseca used his work as a vehicle for self-discovery a means of navigating different aspects of his life and identity during a time when ideas about Native peoples were often driven by outside forces, including commercial markets, tourism, and historical clichés. Fonseca was an instrumental force in reshaping Native art with his trademark blend of traditional imagery, contemporary experience, and vibrant color and form. As he used his art to explore both his personal journey and the role of history in shaping Native consciousness in the present, Fonseca sought to expand definitions of American Indian art and to shatter the expectations and stereotypes that had long confined it.
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The Rodriguezes is a play written and performed by Grammy winner, Rosalie Rodriguez. She takes us through her life growing up in a Mariachi family through song and storytelling. This is part of Center Theatre Group’s free monthly Play Readings series.
The CSUF Latino Communications Institute (LCI) Inaugural Alumni Award Night will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles. The LCI will recognize alumni for their accomplishments in their careers or community service. LCI partners will also be recognized for supporting LCI’s mission, which is to develop a student and alumni talent pipeline that adds diversity to public relations, advertisement, journalism, entertainment, and other communications fields. $10 Online $15 at the door
Contemporary art and food are frequently paired together in artist projects and exhibitions in order to explore the sensorial to the political. This panel features individuals working at the intersection of art and food who will discuss why it is repeatedly mined by artists and art institutions, and what it means for the public to experience this topic in new ways within cultural spaces. This program is part of the upcoming CURRENT:LA FOOD public art triennial on view from October…
Lightscapes: Re-envisioning the Shanshuihua presents works from Nick Dong and Wu Chi-Tsung, two Taiwan-born contemporary artists. Re-imagining the philosophies of Chinese landscape paintings, the exhibition brings forward new media works and immersive light-based installations that are not often explored within this genre. Tuesdays – Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Adults – $3, Seniors and Students – $2, Museum Members – Free