The Saysay Exhibit: The Arrival of the 12th Poblador, a Filipino American Art Exhibit


May 11 – May 25, 2014
Pico House, El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument

Antonio Miranda Rodriguez was of Asian decent and was appointed by Alta California Governor Felipe de Neve in 1777 to be the 12th Poblador to settle in El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Ángeles de Porciúncula, or today it is known as Los Angeles. However during los pobladores travels, Rodriguez’s daughter became ill with small pox, thus suspending his journey.

In celebration of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Heritage Month, FilAm ARTS and the El Pueblo De Los Angeles Historical Monument would like to explore the narratives of Filipino presence in Los Angeles in the Saysay Project exhibition: The Arrival of the 12th Poblador. These narratives range from the 12th Poblador Antonio Miranda Rodriguez, who was of Filipino descent, one of the original 12 founding families but who never made it to Los Angeles; the Galleon Trade, the Farm Workers Movement; the Zoot Suits; Mexipinos; to the waves of Filipino Americans who contribute to the larger story of the City of Angels. Upwards of 20 artists will be showcasing their art work depicting Filipino American culture in Los Angeles, including the intersection of Mexican and Filipino narratives through the Galleon Trade in the 17th Century, to the Farm Workers Movement in the 1960’s.

There will be a special EXHIBIT PREVIEW AND RECEPTION on May 9th for supporters. Contribute to the production and exhibition for The Arrival of the 12th Poblador for an exclusive invitation by clicking here.  The exhibit will be open to the public on Sunday, May 11th.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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