Gayle Anderson was live was live to continue the DISCOVERS THE ARTS IN LOS ANGELES series in Los Angeles at the Craft and Folk Art Museum. The museum is featuring two new exhibits:

Bold Abstractions: Textiles from Central Asia & Iran

For millennia, nomads have wandered across the steppes and oases of Central Asia in search of pasture for their herds and traveled along the famed trading route, the "Silk Road," which stretched from China to the Mediterranean. Bold Abstractions: Textiles from Central Asia & Iran presents mementos of this nomadic culture in a dazzling display of mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth-century traditional garments, personal adornment, and domestic accessories. A feast for the eyes, this exhibition includes brilliantly-hued Uzbek ikat-dyed robes and exquisitely embroidered Turkmen mantles. Boldly conceived Kyrgyz felted tent trappings contrasted in texture and technique with smaller-scale Persian masterpieces in the form of woven pile carpets that once faced animal pack bags. Silver-gilt, nielloed, and gem-inlaid ornaments in their original context were beautiful signifiers of gender, age, and clan identity. Throughout the exhibition visitors can delight in bold designs in the form of highly stylized animal, vegetal, and cosmological symbols. With origins in some ancient, unwritten compendium, these motifs allude to abundance and well-being, basic desires of all peoples past and present. This exhibition originated at Mingei International Museum, San Diego Ca.

The Fool's Journey: The History and Symbolism of the Tarot

While known today primarily as a fortune telling or occult deck, the Tarot was born out of the intellectual and artistic developments of the Italian Renaissance. Links to the Tarot's icons and symbology can be found in the popular arts and philosophy of this rich historic period. Influenced by alchemy, Hermetic mysticism and the concept of Anima Mundi (the fifth element of life), the Tarot became a conversation between mystics and artists that has lasted over five centuries. This exhibition will illuminate the 22 cards of the Tarot's major arcana, from the Fool to the World, presenting historic examples from early decks and relating them to other works of art from that era. It will continue with historic examples of the French deck known as The Tarot of Marseilles and early occult decks that bloomed from this tradition. Popular twentieth century decks including the Waite-Smith Tarot, and works of art by modern Tarot artists will be featured to provide a deeper understanding of the Tarot's artistic legacy and message of mystical transformation.

Also, the Craft and Folk Art Museum is a great place for shopping, especially MOTHER'S DAY GIFTS. The Craft and Folk Arts Museum will allow you to shop around the world at it Global Bazaar SATURDAY, MAY 8TH FROM 10AM TO 6PM. If you're a member of the museum, you will receive 10%-to-20% off purchases from vendors offering the best handcrafted, fair-trade, and artisan produced items!

For more information:
"Discover the Arts in Los Angeles"
Craft and Folk Art Museum
5814 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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