|At Pacific Asia Museum|
20 Museums in Southern California were offering free admission during the 9th annual Free-For-All Day on Saturday the 25th. Taking advantage of this, we went to see the "Ralli Quilts: Contemporary Textiles from Pakistan" exhibit at the Pacific Asia Museum. There are some dynamic pieces in this intimate exhibit. All quilts were created by women from villages in Pakistan and western India. The exhibit runs through March 2.
Just around the corner was the exhibit "Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California" at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. I was not familiar with Martinez, whose figurative paintings have a European feel to them. Apparently his work did not gain the notoriety of other Mexican artists, such as Diego Rivera. There were a number of paintings and drawings on newspapers (as an economical painting surface), which I found particularly interesting. The exhibit is open through April 20th.
Free-For-All Day is a great way for Californians to enjoy art and culture thanks to all participating museums. This was the first I had heard about the event, but will remember to watch for next year's offering. Here is a link to regular free days in So Cal Museums.