This interdisciplinary symposium will address a range of popular spiritual practices in Los Angeles. Participants will explore the roots of LA's religious diversity as well as why religions that originate elsewhere develop particular expressive forms here. Keynote by guest curator of Botanica Los Angeles, Patrick A. Polk.
The symposium is held in conjunction with the Botanica Los Angeles exhibition at the Fowler.
Part spiritual center, part religious supply house, and part alternative healthcare facility, the botanica is fast becoming a key feature of LA's sacred, social, and visual landscape. Opening with an eye-catching recreation of a typical botanica, chock-full of sacred objects generally offered for sale, the exhibition continues with a series of elaborate altars dedicated to deities associated with Espiritismo, Afro-Cuban Santeria., Catholicism, and other traditions that showcase both the diversity and commonalities among botanicas in Southern California. Come explore these fascinating venues, the objects in them, and their role in transmitting, transforming, and critiquing traditional systems of belief.
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Date: Sunday, November 07, 2004
Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Fowler Museum of Cultural History
Westwood and Sunset
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public. Parking is available for $7 in lot 4.
If you would like to visit the exhibits at the museum, it is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Museum tours: School and group tours in English and Spanish are free to the public and can be arranged by calling the Museum's Education Department at 310-206-5663 or emailing the Education Department, email@example.com For parking, maps, etc., please see above.
Fowler Museum of Cultural History Tel: 310-825-4361
Sponsor(s): Fowler Museum at UCLA