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Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners Opening March 29 at the Fowler Museum

Opening: March 29, 2014

Exhibition Dates: March 30–July 20, 2014

Location: Fowler Museum, UC Los Angeles

Exhibition preview and live music by members of Samba Society. Libations provided by Day of the Dead wine and beer, and Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine tequila.

Come early for a talk by exhibition curator Patrick A. Polk at 5 pm.

RSVP to the party by March 18, 2014 to fowlerRSVP@arts.ucla.edu or 310-206-7001.

Members, be sure to join us in the lounge on the Terrace from 6–7 pm! Enjoy light refreshments and tequila tastings courtesy of KAH. Sweets provided by Sinners and Saints Desserts. Not a member? Join now!

Exhibition Information:
Life at the margins in the Americas―borders both physical and societal―inspires sacred figures who walk the fine line between sinfulness and sanctity. In worship and artistic representation alike, such figures both reflect and impact the experiences of those who regularly struggle with complicated economic, political, legal, geographic, gender, and racial realities.

Featuring an array of paintings, sculptures, digital arts, mixed-media works, and site-specific installations, Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas examines a series of crucial, and often controversial, divine beings in Mexico, Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina and the United States. Artists working in both traditional and contemporary genres interpret official and unofficial Catholic saints, martyred folk heroes turned supernatural intercessors, such as the New Orleans’ “Voodoo Queen” Marie Laveau and the “Mexican Robin Hood” Jesús Malverde, and cultural heroes like the Native American deity known as Coyote.

This exhibition brings together works by numerous artists including Evelyne Alcide, Vitor Amati, Edgar Clement, Eduardo Closs, Jeff Cullen, Demián Flores, Harry Fonseca, Judithe Hernández, Ignacio, Leonardo Linares, Carolyn Long, Alma López, Marcos López, Teresa Margolles, Matjames Metson, Delilah Montoya, Engelis Oliveira, María Romero, Renée Stout, and Steven Yazzie.

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