Africa's Legacy in Mexico: The Photographs of Tony Gleaton

September 9 – November 18, 2007

Africa’s Legacy in Mexico features forty-five black and white photographs from a series of portraits of African Mexicans by Tony Gleaton. Taken in the late 1980s and early 1990s, primarily in three villages along the southwestern coast of Mexico, Gleaton’s photographs offer insight into a little-known aspect of Mexican culture. These poignant images focus on the present-day descendants of African slaves who were brought to Mexico by the Spanish colonialists beginning in the 1500s. Though Africans have been part of the cultural fabric of Mexico for five centuries, the official policy of the Mexican government has been to only highlight the country’s mestizo [mixed race] heritage that has resulted from the mixing of indigenous and European peoples. Miriam Jimenez Roman writes that Gleaton’s photographs “force us to rethink many of our preconceptions not only about our southern neighbor but more generally about issues such as race, ethnicity, culture, and national identity.” This exhibition is being held in conjunction with the 2007 Bellarmine Forum I/M/MIGRATION. For more information about the Forum, please visit The Bellarmine Forum website.

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23rd Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

April 13 – May 5, 2007

Selected by invited jurors, Aimee Chang and Laura Kleger, this exhibition features artwork created by Loyola Marymount University students throughout the 2006-2007 academic year in studio arts courses. A range of media will be showcased including: painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, photography, graphic design, printmaking, jewelry, interactive media, and computer animation. The exhibition and its awards are sponsored by Andrea Kingaard Freidman (Marymount College, Class of 1966) with additional awards provided by Grace K. Swanson (Class of 1996), and the Southern California Metal Arts Society. Aimee Chang is the curator of contemporary art at the Orange County Museum of Art and Laura Kleger is an artist, a co-founder and curator of Public Holiday Projects, and a writer.

Xpositions: Recent Work by LMU Studio Arts Faculty

January 25 – March 11, 2007

Featuring some of the most recent art created by the ten full-time studio faculty of Loyola Marymount’s Department of Art and Art History, this exhibition will not only highlight a wide range of media, but will also explore diverse yet unifying themes present in the work. An illustrated color catalogue will complement this triennial exhibition.