UCLA associate professor of history Lauren (Robin) Derby visits Transcultural Pilgrim to discuss the slain Dominican leader Olivorio Mateo Ledesma, depicted in one of José Bedia’s monumental paintings.
UCLA associate professor of history Lauren (Robin) Derby visits Transcultural Pilgrim to discuss the slain Dominican leader Olivorio Mateo Ledesma, depicted in one of José Bedia’s monumental paintings. Ledesma, also known as Papá Liborio or Dios Olivorio, is regarded as a revolutionary hero and is among the historical figures from the Caribbean Bedia pays homage to in his work.
Transcultural Pilgrim: Three Decades of Work by José Bedia
September 18, 2011–January 8, 2012
Large-scale figurative paintings and drawings and an installation by José Bedia come together in this major retrospective that explores the artist’s spiritual genealogy as it relates to his Cuban-based religion and its central African source, as well as his explorations of the beliefs of indigenous American peoples. It is here that this “transcultural pilgrim” has found so much personal material for his spiritual and artistic practices. The exhibition also includes an altar created by Bedia and three alcoves that present selections from his vast collection of indigenous arts—ledger drawings from the Southern Plains, peyote boxes, Yaqui masks, and Central African power figures—that are the wellspring of his creativity.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
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