An Evening With...

Ernie Wolfe

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Ernie Wolfe (right) with arts supporter Joan Quinn, artist Ed Ruscha, and the Museum's Associate Curator Lisa Williams at the dinner and opening reception for California Dreaming: Ed Moses, Billy Al Bengston & Ed Ruscha, June, 2017; Photo by The Defining Photo

Collector, curator, and African art and culture expert, Ernie Wolfe will speak about the derivation and history of these exciting and unique traditional Golden Age Ghanaian movie poster paintings, within the context of contemporary African and World Art. Drawing on his decades of fieldwork, he will speak not only about the history of this largely unheralded phenomenon, but also about the individual styles of the Golden Age artists whose distinctive works make up this important and comprehensive exhibition.

Wolfe has made nearly 50 trips to Africa since 1973, and is a graduate of Williams College, Massachusetts. He is a lifer in the world of African art and culture, establishing his gallery in West Los Angeles in 1981, where he has been critically recognized for his exhibitions juxtaposing African painting and sculpture and the work of acclaimed contemporary American artists. He has written four books on various African art phenomena, ranging from the traditional material culture of Kenya to contemporary topics, such as the two authoritative and seminal texts on hand-painted movie posters from Ghana.  

The program, held from 6-7 p.m., will follow a short wine and cheese reception from 5:30-6 p.m.


$7 Members*

$15 non-Members

*Free for Circle-level Members and up


Thursday, November 9, 2017 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm