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PASSAGES: PHOTOGRAPHS IN AFRICA BY CAROL BECKWITH AND ANGELA FISHER
OPENS NOVEMBER 15

The Bowers Museum presents Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, an exhibition of dramatic images that portray time-honored African ceremonial traditions of the passing from one life phase into another by critically acclaimed photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. Known for their vibrant images of African life, the photographers have spent over 30 years traveling throughout Africa to document customs, rites of passage, and aspects of ceremonial practices. The exhibition features more than 90 large-scale photographs and six documentary videos plus a selection of jewelry, masks, sculpture, and other African artifacts, drawn from the Bowers Museum’s holdings as well as the photographers’ personal collections. Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher opens on November 15, 2008, and remains on view through April 19, 2009.


MASTERS OF ADORNMENT: THE MIAO PEOPLE OF CHINA ALSO OPENS NOVEMBER 15

Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China presents women’s costumes, textiles, and silver jewelry from the Miao culture living in southwest China.  Featuring objects drawn from the Bowers’ permanent collection, the exhibition includes several pieces of Miao women’s festive wear paired with finely crafted jewelry.  More than an examination of masterful techniques and styles, these objects reveal hundreds of years of Miao history and tradition, and the required patience and dedication to achieve beauty.  The exhibition opens on November 15 and remains on view indefinitely.


DIA DE LOS MUERTOS (MEXICAN DAYS OF THE DEAD) CULTURAL FAMILY FESTIVAL

Saturday and Sunday, November 1 & 2
Noon – 4:00PM

The Festival is Free both days

Admission to the Bowers is Free on Sunday, November 2, as part of Target Free First Sundays

Join us as we remember our loved ones and celebrate their homecoming – in spirit, of course!  Music, dance, and art reveal our joy and love for the spirits and the fact that we are still here to enjoy life ourselves.  Decorate sugar skulls, make skeleton puppets, have your face painted like a calavera (skull), view the lovely ofrendas (memorial altars), enter La Casa de Calaveras, eat tamales, drink Mexican hot chocolate, and enjoy pan de muerto(bread of the dead).  See performances by the Xipe Totec Danza Azteca, the Mariachi Kids, and Los Sonadores Folklorico. 
Sponsored by the Nicholas Endowment


MEMBERS EXCLUSIVES:
MEMBERS CELEBRATION AND KIDSEUM KID CARE

Bowers Museum Members receive free admission to the Bowers and Kidseum, Gallery Store discounts and more!  In the monthly eNewsletter, look for what is special for members that month!

In November, Members are invited to a special Members-only celebration of the opening of Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, Masters of Adornment: The Miao People of China and American Quilts: 200 Years of Tradition on Thursday, November 13.  If you are a member and you did not receive your invitation in the mail, please call the Membership office at 714.567.3672.

Also for Bowers Members – Kidseum Kid Care on Friday, November 28 from 10:00AM – 4:00PM.  Drop the kids off at Kidseum for three  hours while you tackle that holiday shopping.  The cost is just $15.00 for the first child and $5.00 for each additional child for up to three hours.  Additional hours are $2.00 per hour, per child.  Children must be potty trained and bring their own lunches.  Space is limited to the first 40 families.  To include your children in Kidseum Kids Care, please call 714.480.1520.

NOVEMBER PROGRAMS

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

LECTURE: THE DINKA OF SOUTHERN SUDAN WITH CAROL BECKWITH AND ANGELA FISHER
Sunday, November 16
1:30PM 
 
Renowned documentary photographers Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher present a lecture in conjunction with the publication of their latest book, Dinka, an evocative and passionate study of the Dinka pastoralists of southern Sudan and their unique relationship with the land and their animals.  The photographers’ close relationships in Africa have developed over a thirty 30-year span, giving them access to sacred ceremonies and traditions little known to the outside world.
To reserve a ticket for this lecture, please email
LKahn@bowers.org
Members and with admission: Free/Lecture only: $8

LECTURE: IN SEARCH OF LOST SHIPS: ADVENTURES WITH DR. JAMES DELGADO
Sunday, November 23
1:30PM

Dr. James Delgado, President and CEO of the Institute of Nautical Archeology, will take you on an undersea tour of some of the world’s oldest and most significant shipwrecks, ranging from the age of King Tutankhamen to Byzantine ships sunk off Istanbul, Turkey. 
Members and with admission: Free/Lecture only: $8

Note: Events do sell out.  For details and a complete listing of all upcoming programs, click here


FILM: EXPLORERS CLUB FILM FESTIVAL

Friday & Saturday, November 14 & 15
Times vary – click
here for details

The Bowers Museum hosts the first West Coast Edition of the Explorers Club Film Festival on November 14 and 15.  This year’s winning films span the globe, from the North Pole to the Himalayas, from the Yukon to Argentina.  All the filmmakers share a passion for documenting exploration in all its forms, from preserving ancient cultures to conquering the summits of mountains or studying the effects of climate change on wildlife.  For a list of films, times and ticket prices, please click here.

Sponsored by the Southern California Chapter of the Explorers Club:  REI; and
2008 Film Festival Director, Les Guthman


KIDSEUM: INFANT AND TODDLER PLAY GROUP

Join us for Kidseum’s very own infant and toddler play group – Itty Bitty Explorers!   Each class has an hour of directed instruction, offering mini-lessons for you and your tot.  Our classes focus on three of the main developmental areas: language and literacy, motor skills, and sensory exploration.  

For moms with children of multiple ages, we offer alternative lessons geared toward your older child with another one of our teachers in a separate room at Kidseum. Hurry – classes begin on November 4.  For times, prices, and a registration form, please click here or call 714.480.1520.

For a complete calendar of lectures, films, music, and events, please click here

 


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Passages: Photographs in Africa by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher

 

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