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A Latino vibe at UCLA's Fowler Museum

November 1, 2008 | 12:57 pm

Anyone strolling into UCLA's eclectically ambitious Fowler Museum this fall may fancy that he or she has taken a mysterious turn and stumbled into Mexico City.

Partly that impression comes from the museum's tranquil Iberian-style inner courtyard. But it also results from the museum's three Mexico-centric shows, all currently on display. There's a superb tribute to master silversmith Antonio Pineda, an intriguing display of contemporary Oaxacan protest poster and stencil art, and a recently opened exhibition of immigration-themed art called "Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos / Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration."

We happened to drop by with our video camera on opening night for "Caras Vemos" and came away with some memorable impressions (and a few salsa picante stains on our shirt).

-- Reed Johnson

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