Monday, May 20 at 7 PM

Join SLOMA for a special double feature! These two films reflect two exhibitions currently on view in our galleries.

Light in the West: Photographers of the American Frontier 1860-1880

When photography was in its infancy, the American West was still a frontier; and, for a period of about fifty years, the two interacted in a complex and fascinating way. It was primarily through the resulting photographs that the frontier became known. Ironically, these early images hastened the demise of the frontier they so beautifully documented. Light in the West rediscovers this empire through the eyes (and camera lenses) of the extraordinary photographers who were the first to venture west through uncharted and unforgiving wilderness. This film is shown in conjunction with the exhibition It’s All About the Light in SLOMA’s Gray Wing.

Ka Duu (Natural Color)

Porfirio Gutiérrez and his family are from a long line of master weavers who work with the 2,000 year old Zapotec weaving tradition. Porfirio and his family are teaching their Zapotec traditions to a new generation of weavers in their home town of Teotitlán del Valle in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico. This ancient art used backstrap looms and fibers of the agave plant before the arrival of the Spanish, who introduced upright looms and sheep wool for fiber. The Zapotec also used natural dyes from minerals, plants, and an insect, the cochineal, that provides a red color, carmine. This video features a four-day workshop on natural dyes given to the community. Porfirio’s weavings are currently on view in SLOMA’s First Gallery.


Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7 PM. Suggested donation at the door: $5 members, $7 nonmembers includes complimentary beverage.

Total 71 minutes.

The San Luis Obispo Museum of Art recognizes that film is a visual art form and is delighted to bring you a series of outstanding documentaries inspired by our current exhibitions. Films screen the third Monday of each month at 7 PM.

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