Art - Past - Present featuring El Mac and Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre

Sunday, September 23, 2018
10808 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, California 90230
3 p.m.: Lecture


Join us for the fifth installment of our discussion series as The Wende Museum invites contemporary artists to share their ideas about how the past gives meaning to the present. Chief Curator Joes Segal will moderate an interactive conversation with famous L.A. muralist EL MAC and writer, filmmaker and curator Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre as they consider how interpreting the past informs the present.

EL MAC (Miles MacGregor) is an internationally renowned L.A. artist known for his meticulous paintings and large-scale murals exploring feminine beauty and honoring ordinary, overlooked, or marginalized people. His work draws on influences from classical European art, social realism, symbolism, and devotional art, as well as the Chicano and Mexican culture he grew up around. He has been commissioned to paint for institutions including the Groeninge Museum (Belgium), San José Museum of Art (California), Northeastern University (Boston), University of California (San Diego), QAGoMA (Brisbane), Fondazione PRADA (Italy), and the Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs, and has painted murals in Belgium, Cambodia, Cuba, Denmark, England, Germany, Ireland, Morocco, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, and Vietnam. 

Rodrigo Ribera d'Ebre is an ex-gang member turned essayist, novelist, scholar, curator, and award-winning filmmaker. His civil philosophy book, Urban Politics: The Political Culture of Sur 13 Gangs, has been used in criminal cases involving street-gang organizations. His award-winning film Dark Progressivism follows the trajectory of L.A. murals, graffiti, and tattoo art from criminalization to acceptance by the global mainstream, exploring artists' own experiences of creativity as a form of redemption and expression in the face of repression.  

Free. RSVP Required. 


This event is presented as part of Wende Conversations: A Discussion Series Supported by Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman.