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Terra Cotta Warriors – Guardians of China’s First Emperor makes TIME‘s Top Ten of 2008

Bowers Museum closes out the year with accolades from Time Magazine Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor ranked # 4 on Time’s list of Top 10 Museum Exhibits of 2008.


 

CLASSIC CALIFORNIA: RECENTLY CONSERVED PAINTINGS FROM THE PERMANENT COLLECTION

Classic California: Recently Conserved Paintings from the Permanent Collection features painted landscapes, coastal scenes, still life images, and portraits of artists and prominent figures by California’s most celebrated painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Each painting, with the support of the Bowers California Arts Council, has recently undergone conservation treatment. The cleaning and stabilization of the works’ canvases and frames ensures the quality is maintained and preserved for generations to come. Many of the museum’s most important and iconic portraits, Impressionist, and plein air works by William S. Jewett, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose, Marion Cavanaugh Wachtel, William Wendt and others, are on view in the Gloria and Si Fluor and Family Gallery.


CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL—YEAR OF THE OX

Sunday January 4
Noon-4PM

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with music, dance, art projects, artisan demonstrations, face painting, magic, story-telling, martial arts, and much more! Come dance along with the Chinese Lion as he welcomes the New Year.
Admission: Free
Sponsored by the Nicolas Endowment


Book Reading and Appearance By Sir Topham Hatt at Kidseum
Star of Thomas & Friends™ Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town

Sunday, January 11
11:30AM

Story Reading by Sir Topham Hatt from the all-new 90-minute musical adventure Thomas & Friends™ Live! On Stage: A Circus Comes To Town—a fabulous stage show experience for the whole family packed with audience singalongs, high-energy dancing, and thrilling adventures.

Tickets are on sale now at the box office. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting http://www.ocpac.org. Prices start at $15 and include all taxes, but exclude service charges. For more information, please contact Amy Gorton, Tower PR, 310.578.9943 or Amy@bpmediarelations.com.


SELECT LECTURES FOR JANUARY

IMPRESSIONISM IN CALIFORNIA 1890-1925
Sunday, January 11
1:30PM

Mr. Jean Stern, Executive Director of The Irvine Museum, presents an informative narrative of American Impressionism and discusses 25 leading painters of the period. These artists include Franz Anton Bischoff, Alson S. Clark, Sam Hyde Harris, Edgar Payne, Guy Rose, William Wendt, and many others. The lecture features archival photographs of the artists and several examples of each of their works. Afterward, the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions relating to the lecture.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8.


LIGHTNING: BEN FRANKLIN WAS LUCKY
Saturday, January 17
1:30PM

Craig B. Smith discusses his recent book about lightning, a phenomenon that has fascinated humankind. Smith, an electrical engineer and author of several books, makes the complex physics of lightning easily understood, in a non-technical way. He describes the history of the pioneering lightning researchers, some of whom got close enough to their subject to be killed by it, and explains the complex chain of events that precipitate a lightning strike.
Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8.


TIMELESS MELODIES: RODGERS AND HART, MUSIC AND MADNESS
Thursday, January 22
1:00PM

Music Historian Larry Maurer explores the early musical influences and personal drama of Broadway composer Richard Rodgers and the factors that led to his unrivaled musical genius, along with special emphasis on the challenges Rodgers experienced working with his unstable writing partner, Larry Hart.  

Admission: Members $7; General $9


LECTURE: MASKS RENEW THE WORLD: RITUAL AND PLAY IN AFRICAN MASQUERADES
Saturday, January 24
1:30PM


Dr. Herbert M. Cole, Professor Emeritus, UCSB, discusses how the diverse human, animal, and composite masks of Africa both mirror the world and re-create it in performances that are simultaneously serious and entertaining.

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8.


LECTURE: THEY DIDN’T HAVE MUCH BUT THEY SURE HAD PLENTY
Sunday, January 25
1:30PM

Bettina Havig, author and founding chairman of the Missouri State Quilter’s Guild, presents a look at the scrap quilts of our predecessors through the quilts, diaries, and journals of 19th and early 20th century quilt makers.  The lecture features old photographs and thoughts of women who left a quilting legacy.  

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8.

For a comprehensive list of upcoming events, please click here.

 

JANUARY PROGRAMS

MEDITATION WORKSHOP & DEMONSTRATION
Saturday, January 10
1:30PM 

Dr. Shrinivasa Rao, biochemical researcher and widely respected meditation expert, takes the audience through the nuances and steps of meditation. Formerly associated with faculties at Yale, USC, and UCLA, he has excelled in the field of cancer studies and led workshops and demonstrations on meditation throughout the Southland. Co-sponsored by the Indian Arts Council. 

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission; lecture only $8.

STORYTELLING:THROUGH BRIGHTEST AFRICA
Saturday, January 10
12:45PM

Join us for some rollicking good tales about the continent of Africa in the Passages exhibition. David Whiting and Diana Spirithawk of the South Coast Storytellers make historical folktales come to life when David’s animated, humorous style mixes with Diana’s intimate characterizations and warmth. 

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission.

PERFORMANCE: TURN OF THE CENTURY PARLOR MUSIC
Sunday, January 25
12:15PM


Gary Dial and Sam Lauachus capture the warmth and simplicity of a parlor musicale through popular songs and folk ballads drawn from the years between Reconstruction and the Great Depression. Combining live performance with original recordings made over 100 years ago, and played back on a period Thomas Edison cylinder phonograph, both familiar tunes and obscure delights round out an afternoon of homespun, heartfelt fun. The performance takes place in the Anderson-Hsu-Tu Gallery. 

Admission: Free to members and with paid museum admission.

For details and a complete listing of all upcoming programs, click here


JANUARY FILMS

FILM SERIES: THE COLONIAL EXPERIENCE IN AFRICA
Thursday, January 8
7PM

This series of films examines the varying experiences of the encroaching Europeans and the native Africans that occurred as a result of colonialism. From the tragic to the tender, from misunderstandings to respect, these three films offer perspectives that ultimately foster a rich appreciation of the peoples of Africa.
The first film of the series, Zulu (1964), features Michael Caine leading his meager command in a desperate struggle to survive against an overwhelming force of 4,000 Zulu warriors. 139 minutes. The other two films, Nowhere in Africa and Cry, The Beloved Country will be shown on February 12, 2009, and March 12, 2009.
 Admission: Members $5; General $7.

CINEMA ITALIANO:  THE KEYS OF THE HOUSE (LE CHIAVI DI CASA)
Thursday, January 22
6:30PM – Reception
7:00PM – Screening

Italian director Gianni Amelio returns after a six-year hiatus with his heart rendering adaptation of Giuseppe Pontiggia’s novel, Born Twice. The story follows a father and his mentally and physically handicapped teenage son who, surprisingly, have never met. Gianni (Kim Rossi Suart) has been asked to accompany his son Paolo (Andrea Rossi) to a clinic in Berlin for specialized treatment, and the story emerges around their difficult and budding relationship. The film offers a rigorous and unflinching gaze at the challenges facing families with severe disabilities. 105 minutes.

Admission: $10

KIDSEUM: ITTY BITTY EXPLORERS

Kidseum is excited to offer its very own infant toddler opportunities through the Itty Bitty Explorers Club! Featuring three mini-lessons for caregivers and their tots, the Itty Bitty Explorers Club covers three main developmental areas: language and literacy, motor skills, and sensory exploration. Kidseum also offers a sibling program, in conjunction with the Explorers Club, with lessons geared toward older children.

Registration is now open. To help provide the most comfortable environment, the classes will include a maximum of 10 families.

There are four sessions to choose from:

Tuesdays     

Jan 13–Feb 17, 2009
10:00 am–10:50 am
Or
11:00 am–11:50 am

Thursdays 

Jan 15–Feb 19, 2009

10:00 am–10:50 am
Or
11:00 am–11:50 am

Price:  General $65; Members $50.

Explorer Sibling Price: General $20; Members $15.

For further details, please call 714.480.1521 or e-mail kidseum@bowers.org

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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