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February at the Fowler

Public Programs in February

When: February 6-27, 2014

Location: Fowler Museum, UC Los Angeles

Culture Fix: Gemma Rodrigues on Zulu Personal Objects
Thursday, February 6, 2014 12 pm

Zulu-speakers, South Africa’s most populous ethnic group, have produced highly individualized arts of personal adornment for centuries. From sculpted staffs to intricate beadwork, these intimate objects accentuate bodily “zones of power.” Curator of Africa Arts Gemma Rodrigues discusses the development and use of these works, which proclaim status and identity. Presented in conjunction with Powerful Bodies: Zulu Arts of Personal Adornment.

Introduction to Mindful Awareness
Thursday, February 6, 2014 5:30 pm

Mindful Awareness is the moment-by-moment process of actively and openly observing one’s physical, mental, and emotional experiences. Mindfulness has scientific support as a means to reduce stress, improve attention, boost the immune system, reduce emotional reactivity, and promote a general sense of health and well-being. Led by UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center’s Diana Winston, this lecture offers experiential practices to help you learn the basics of mindfulness meditation. Open to anyone interested in exploring how to live more in the present.

Co-presented with UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center and the Healthy Campus Initiative.

Fowler Out Loud: Bowing beyond Borders
Thursday, February 6, 2014 6 pm

Enjoy two virtuosos on two bowed-string instruments from different sides of the globe. Connor Vance, fiddler extraordinaire from bluegrass band The Dustbowl Revival, steps into the limelight to perform his own compositions and fiddling classics. Katy Pu follows with a demonstration on the jinghu and erhu, Chinese classical two-stringed instruments you may have seen before, but you’ve likely never heard played like this!

Kids in the Courtyard: Fantastic Figures
Sunday, February 9, 2014 1–4 pm

Marvel at the figures in From the Sepik River to Los Angeles and monumental sculptures created around the world to make your own life-size guardian for your family’s house, using common household items.

Fowler Out Loud: Songwriter Showcase
Thursday, February 13, 2014 6 pm

Bring your Valentine to hear the soft and sultry sounds of Oskari Nurminen and Natalie Rose Brainin as they shower you with the sounds of their own pensive and heartfelt compositions. Finnish exchange student Nurminen’s deft guitar licks and honey-sweet voice will have you nestling closer to that special someone, and UCLA music major Brainin’s piano runs and powerful voice just might make you lean in for that kiss!

Lecture: Ellen Dissanayake
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 talk at 7 pm; reception at 6 pm

Over the course of several decades, the aim of Ellen Dissanayake’s work has been to uncover what she calls the “deep structure” of the arts. Based upon extensive research, she has identified underlying principles of our human nature that influence the making of our own arts and our responses to the works of others. Dissanayake proposes two sources for these underlying aesthetic principles; one is our prehistoric past when all humans lived in groups as hunter-gatherers and faced common existential problems, the other is our past as individuals when all begin life as helpless infants. Dissanayake will discuss her latest ideas regarding the relationship between the universal emotional needs and artistic proclivities that arise from our biological nature as human beings and that are intrinsic to who we are as individuals and as a species.

Come early for open galleries and a light reception from 6–7 pm prior to this lecture. Dissanayake’s books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture.

Co-sponsored with the Visual and Performing Arts Education Program (VAPAE), UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture.

Fowler Out Loud: The Primaries
Thursday, February 20, 2014 6 pm

After their debut at the Kerckhoff Coffee House this spring, R&B jazz collective the Primaries brings you a night of original compositions and covers. Keeping it heavily improvisational, the Primaries know how to find a groove and keep it going. Come join Fowler Out Loud for an evening to lay back, listen, and maybe find your own groove in the process.

Family Jam: Māori Dance
Sunday, February 23, 2014 2–4 pm

Watch and learn expressive Māori dance at 2:15 pm in conjunction with Māori Cloaks, Māori Voices. Then make a pendant of your own shape and meaning inspired by pendants from around the world.

Fowler at Fifty Conversations on the Contemporary: Exhibiting Cultures: A Pacific Rim Dialogue
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 talk at 6:30 pm, reception at 5:30 pm

As part of the Fowler at Fifty anniversary year, the Museum presents the second of three panel discussions that address special topics in museum practices. This conversation will examine procedures for developing American Indian, First Nations, and Māori perspectives when exhibiting items produced by these cultures. More specifically the panel discusses how indigenous peoples have been involved in shaping the ways that their cultural resources are presented and represented in museum settings.

Moderated by Fowler Museum Senior Curator Roy W. Hamilton, the dialogue with Nika Collison, Curator, Haida Gwaii Museum; Rhonda Paku, Senior Curator (Mātauranga Māori), Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa; Jim Enote, Executive Director, A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, and Tharron Bloomfield, Mellon Fellow, UCLA/Getty Conservation Program will address these pressing museum issues.

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Fowler Out Loud: India Carney
Thursday, February 27, 2014 6 pm

Music major and vocalist India Carney is a gifted and versatile performing artist singing a wide range of genres, from opera to pop. At this Fowler Out Loud show Carney will be perform a mix of original and cover songs, and selections from her new EP, Heartbroken!

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