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Unveiling Filipino California: Exploring Art and Identity in Glendale!

Nestled within the vibrant tapestry of Glendale, California, an artistic odyssey awaits as the Forest Lawn Museum proudly unveils its latest exhibition: "Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora." From April 20 to September 8, 2024, immerse yourself in the rich cultural landscape of the Filipino-American experience through the lens of seven contemporary artists. Prepare to be captivated by an eclectic array of artworks spanning paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and conceptual pieces, each offering a unique perspective on Filipino culture and its profound impact on contemporary society.

Meet the Maestros

Step into the world of Eliseo Art Silva, a visionary artist whose surrealistic creations delve deep into the immigrant experience, celebrating the resilience and contributions of Filipinos in America. Allison Hueman, with her ethereal street art and mesmerizing installations, invites viewers into a dreamlike realm where human figures intertwine with abstract motifs, breathing life into the Filipino narrative. Meanwhile, Anthony Francisco, renowned for his iconic character designs in Marvel Studios films, infuses his work with Filipino cultural influences, bridging the gap between Hollywood and his heritage.

Exploring Cultural Identity

Christine Morla's labor-intensive installations pay homage to Philippine traditions, weaving intricate tapestries of color and texture that reflect the complexities of contemporary identity. Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, invites audiences to reconsider history and memory through her thought-provoking explorations of nostalgia and diasporic experience. Maria Villote, with her captivating juxtapositions of familiar objects, sheds light on the cultural amalgamation that occurs in immigrant communities, fostering connections that transcend borders.


Celebrating Heritage Through Art

For over four decades, Junn Roca has captured the beauty of both Philippine landscapes and iconic Californian vistas, offering glimpses into the soul of two worlds. Together, these visionary artists paint a vivid portrait of Filipino California—a dynamic fusion of tradition and innovation, heritage and modernity.

Experience the Exhibition

Join Forest Lawn Museum for the grand opening reception on Saturday, April 20, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Indulge in complimentary Filipino cuisine, groove to live music, and celebrate the transformative power of art. Be among the first to witness the unveiling of this cultural masterpiece and immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Filipino heritage.

Plan Your Visit

Can't wait to embark on this artistic journey? The exhibition runs from April 20 to September 8, 2024, offering ample opportunities to explore and engage with the artworks that redefine Filipino identity. Admission is free, and the museum is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. Don't miss your chance to be part of this cultural celebration!

For more information about the exhibition and upcoming events, visit or follow Forest Lawn Museum on Instagram. Forest Lawn Museum is located at 1712 S Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91205, adjacent to the Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection, which houses The Crucifixion, a 195-foot wide by 45-foot high painting by Polish artist Jan Styka. Other notable pieces in Forest Lawn’s collection can be found in the Great Mausoleum, including the Last Supper stained glass window by artist Rosa Caselli-Moretti, the Poets’ Windows, and marble replicas of Michelangelo’s Moses and Pietà.


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