South African Altarpiece in Santa Monica

The South African Keiskamma Altarpiece will be on display through Friday, March 23 from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Santa Monica First United Methodist Church
1008 Eleventh Street
Los Angeles, CA 90095

FINAL VIEWING TODAY, THURS., MAR. 22 and tomorrow, FRIDAY, MAR. 23.  The altarpiece will be taken down starting tomorrow evening, Fri., Mar. 23, at 8 PM. 

The Altarpiece will then move to San Francisco and that will conclude ANSA's part in scheduling the tour.  After San Francisco, the National Tour will begin and will be handled by the National Tour group  -- not sure where it will head next. 

More info on the Altarpiece --

The Sunday event listed below is a Church food drive for a project in Africa.

This amazing work is in the final viewing days on the west coast -- it is incredible.

Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA), UCLA Fowler Museum, and Santa Monica First United Methodist Church invite you to experience The Keiskamma Altarpiece.

Public Viewing Hours today and tomorrow:  10am – 8pm daily

Join us for the Keiskamma Altarpiece's final stop on the Los Angeles Community Tour, coordinated by ANSA.

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, March 22, 7:30 pm: Edwin Bayrd, Associate Director, UCLA AIDS Institute, lectures on the history of the altarpiece.

Food project in Africa -- event not part of the Altarpiece viewing:
Sunday, March 25, Food Drive to benefit Imani Unidos AIDS Project Food Pantry  --  the altarpiece will NOT be at the Church at this time.

From the St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL website - info about tentative schedule and more photos of and brochure about the Altarpiece:

USA TOUR SCHEDULE (dates and places after September 2007 are tentative)
St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL:  August - September 2006
Los Angeles, CA (UCLA Fowler Museum and other venues): December 2006 - March 11, 2007
Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA: April - May 2007
St. Mark's Cathedral, Seattle, WA:  July - September 2007
Cambridge, MA: Late 2007
New York City, NY: Early 2008
Washington, DC: Easter 2008
St. James Cathedral, Chicago, IL: Pentecost 2008

About the Altarpiece (it's huge and the three panels open to reveal three difference scenes):
The Keiskamma Altarpiece is a present-day folk-art masterpiece from South Africa, created by over one hundred rural women artists whose lives are deeply impacted by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and other significant hardships, as a message of hope for their community, country, and the larger world.   The Altarpiece is a progressive adaptation of a classical religious work that replaces traditional religious iconography with images of black women and vulnerable children who are the "saints" in their community's struggle against AIDS.

The colossal Keiskamma Altarpiece uses embroidery, beadwork, wire sculpture, and photographs. It measures 13 feet high by 22 feet long and is composed of a series of hinged panels that utilize the imagery of the Xhosa people of the Eastern Cape to depict life and the impact of AIDS in the region. Fully opened, the altarpiece reveals dramatic, life-size photographs of three local grandmothers and their grandchildren, some orphaned by AIDS, and the community's hope for the future.

Co-sponsored by Artists for a New South Africa, UCLA Fowler Museum, Santa Monica FUMC, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Saint Augustine by the Sea Episcopal, St. Monica Catholic Church and Santa Monica Synagogue.

Public Viewing Hours 10am – 8pm, Thursday, Mar. 22 and Friday, Mar. 23, 2007.

Cost : Free and open to the public; free parking is available across from the church on 11th Street.

Artists for a New South Africa310-204-1748

Sponsor(s): , Fowler Museum at UCLA, Artists for a New South Africa, Santa Monica FUMC, First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Saint Augustine by the Sea Episcopal, St. Monica Catholic Church and Santa Monica Synagogue. Information about non-ASC events is posted for informational purposes and does not reflect opinions of or endorsements by African Studies personnel.