Oaxaca is a city of almost constant celebrations and festivals, and a city of people who keep ancient cultures thriving in their everyday lives. Oaxaca’s history dates to the 16th century, the Oaxaca valley much earlier than that. The customs and heritage of the past are perhaps most evident in the diversity of folk art created within this community that has gained an international reputation for its arts and crafts.
The unique surrealistic, brightly colored wood carvings called “Alebrijes” are highly sought after by collectors, the pottery has become one of the area’s most popular crafts, hand-woven rugs and other textiles are unique to the villages they represent. Many of the villages surrounding Oaxaca specialize in a craft, which is particular to that village. Bowers Museum has invited notable Oaxacan artists to demonstrate their crafts and sell their original works of art--creating for you a sampling of this incredible paradise.
Experience the CREATIVITY WITHIN TRADITION.
Discover THE BEAUTY OF OAXACAN FOLK ART.
Only at the Bowers Museum November 23 – November 25.
“Tsars’ Cabinet” VIP Reception
Thursday, June 6 - 6- 8PM
EXCLUSIVE VIP RECEPTION AND CURATORIAL WALK THROUGH OF THE “TSARS’ CABINET: 200 YEARS OF DECORATIVE ARTS UNDER THE ROMANOVS.” This exhibition is coming to the Bowers from William and Mary College and portrays the opulent life under the Romanov’s of Russia. Join us for wine and light hors d’oeuvres and meet exhibition Curator Kathy Durdin and Bowers’ Guest Scholar Wendy Salmond of Chapman University.
Hsi Lai Temple Tour – Hacienda Heights
Saturday, June 8 Daytime
Hsi Lai Temple was built to serve as a spiritual and cultural center for those interested in learning more about Buddhism and the Chinese culture. This special tour of the Hsi Lai Temple will include the Bodhisattva Hall, gardens, courtyard, Main Shrine, the museum and luncheon. Hsi Lai means "coming to the West" and signifies the dedication of the Fo Guang Shan Buddhist Order to spread the teachings of the Buddha to those in the West. Cost is $50 per person with donation & lunch.
ANNUAL BOARD OF GOVERNORS EVENT
Tuesday, June 18 - 7:30 – 9 PM
JOIN THE MUSEUM’S BOARD OF GOVERNORS FOR DESSERT AND COFFEE IN THE KEY COURTYARD FOLLOWING THEIR ANNUAL BOARD MEETING and Dinner. After dessert, our annual distinguished lecture will take place in the Kershaw Auditorium. We are proud to announce our speaker will be celebrated author and National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Wade Davis.
“Jewels of the Connoisseur” VIP Reception
Thursday, July 25- 6 – 8 PM
In the Museum’s tradition of bringing fine jewels to the Bowers, we will celebrate the opening of “Jewels of the Connoisseur” with an exclusive VIP reception in the Huang Sculpture Garden where you will have the opportunity to meet the noted gemstone miners, cutters, and designers, Buzz Gray and Bernadine Johnston while enjoying wine and light hors d’oeuvres.
May 22, 2013