It's not too late to transport yourself to the fantastic, to eight rural and urban locations in Europe and the Americas where, each year before Lent and the arrival of spring, the past is honored and the present is feted in Carnival, celebrated globally for hundreds of years. (The Spanish and Portuguese call it Carnaval.) The Fowler Museum exhibit iCarnaval! is open until April 23.
And on Saturday, April 8 the campus will resound with the music and jubilation of UCLA's own Carnival parade, part of a day-long festival in conjunction with the exhibit.
“I thought it would be interesting for people to see the origins of Carnival, which really began in Italy and other parts of Europe, and how it plays out in other parts of the world,” observed Barbara Mauldin, the curator of the exhibition and the Latin American Collections at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Both the exhibit and the April 8 parade pay tribute to New Orleans. “I have some good friends there who are suffering,” Mauldin said. The exhibition had been slated to travel next year to the New Orleans Museum of Art. “The director called me a week after Katrina,” she said. “I thought they were canceling their slot.” Instead, he said the show would go on next fall. “We're going to use it to reopen our museum,” he told her. Noon – 1 p.m. Art Workshops Create your own noisemakers Create a headdress or hat 1 – 2:30 p.m. Parade Join stilt walkers and performance troupes on parade: RatzClique , LA Carnival on Tour, The Miracle Whips, Woodcraft Rangers. March or watch! 2:30 – 5 p.m. Live Stage Performances Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca (Latin-American salsa Meets African soukous) LA Carnival on Tour (dancers in full regalia shake it to Live Caribbean calypso and soca music 3 p.m. Guided Tour of !Carnaval! exhibition All day
Open galleries, face painting, food booths, raffle prizes (Food is for purchase, other activities are free)