SAVE THE DATE: Opening Day – Dora De Lario’s “Other Worlds,” and Rigo 23 “Ripples Become Waves,” at Beta Main Museum – Sunday Feb. 25th
The Beta Main Museum will be having an opening reception on Sunday, Feb. 25th, from 2-5 pm, to celebrate the work of Dora De Larios and Rigo 23. The afternoon will begin with a ceremonial blessing by Tongva Elder Michael Whitehorse Aviles.
The exhibition includes the first West Coast presentation of a statue created by LA-based Portuguese artist Rigo 23, best known for his large-scale outdoor murals. The controversial statue of political prisoner Leonard Peltier is the centerpiece of the exhibit, which addresses the artist’s longtime focus on social injustice and the incarceration of political prisoners. The statue is based on the standard dimensions of a typical jail cell, with a base of 6 feet x 9 feet. It was originally installed on the campus of American University in Washington, then removed after a protest by law enforcement supporters. Peltier, a member of the American Indian Movement, was convicted of murder in connection with the shootings deaths of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.
There will be special presentations throughout the month of March in conjunction with this exhibit, including a talk given by Kathy Peltier about her father’s story, on Saturday, March 17th, and a Curators Walk-through of Dora’s work on April 28th. Please see the website for more information and a complete schedule of special events. Events are free but require an RSVP Here
The second exhibit honors the work and life of the recently deceased ceramic artist Dora De Larios. Her career spanned 6 decades, as she forged new paths and alternative avenues for selling her work, while also supporting other female artists. Her exhibit is the first in the museum’s newly opened 2750 sq. foot mezzanine, heralding another step in the development of the Main Museum.
Dora De Lario’s Other Worlds, and Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves
Feb 25th – May 13th
Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2-5 pm
The Beta Main
114 West 4th St.
Photo of Dora de Larios
Statue by Rigo 23