Sixth district evening at MOLAA invites residents to museum for free

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oswaldo-guayasamin-detailThe City of Long Beach and Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews is pleased to present the Sixth District Evening at the Museum of Latin American Art, 628 Alamitos Avenue, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., on Wednesday, August 12, 2009.

Long Beach residents are invited to join Councilman Dee Andrews for an evening at Museum of Latin American Art, MOLAA, featuring the renowned Ecuadorian artist Oswaldo Guayasamín (Ecuador, 1919-1999) with the exhibition Of Rage and Redemption.

“Incorporating art and cultural events like this one is very important to our social awareness”, said Councilman Andrews.

The retrospective exhibition profiles the evolution of Guayasamín’s life and his personal concern for crimes against humanity of social and political injustice. The collection of 80 works of art, paintings, drawings and prints created between 1937 – 1996 focus on the plight of the indigenous peoples in the Andean region as well human suffering, war and violence throughout the world. Guayasamin earned a reputation as Ecuador’s official painter in the 1940s when he presented an exhibition of paintings and portraits of Indians that provoked a scandal. In 1999, he received honorary recognition from the Ninth Meeting of Latin American Presidents as “the painter of Latin America,” for being an activist against violence, war and social injustice. At this time in our history, the art of Guayasamin resonates within the global outcry for peace and justice in the world today.

Non-academic in style and subject matter, Guayasamín established his signature style of indigenismo which is especially recognized for its dramatic representation of the human figure. Defined in powerfully exaggerated proportions and forms, Guayasamín figures are charged with a range of emotions—from human dignity to grief, loss and anguish. Guayasamin said about his art, “My painting is to hurt, to scratch and hit inside people’s hearts. To show what Man does against Man.” Exhibition curator, Joseph Mella states, “Guayasamín’s paintings are not, however, illustrative. They are universal, compassionate, and in the end humanistic expressions of an artist with equal measures of genius and of love for all mankind.”

In the MOLLA permanent collection is A Bridge to the Americas, which presents more than 100 works of art that reflect the diversity, individuality and universality of the Latin American artists. This exhibition is organized into four themes, Mestizaje of Identity, Urban and Rural Landscapes, Political History and Religious Practices, which are rotated throughout the year.

There will be free entry to the museum and free parking RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP call (562) 570-6816. For more information about the exhibit or MoLAA visit

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