FOREST LAWN MUSEUM PRESENTS, DAVID BOWIE: AMONG THE MEXICAN MASTERS
Celebrating the 2017 cultural exchange between Los Angeles and Mexico City Debut exhibition features Fernando Aceves’ intimate photographs of Bowie in Mexico City.
January 27 – July 1, 2017, FREE ENTRY.
At Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn–Glendale
Mexican photographer Fernando Aceves’ exclusive images of the late, legendary
singer-songwriter David Bowie taken during Bowie’s historic 1997 tour to Mexico City will be on
exhibition for the first time ever at Forest Lawn Museum from January 27, 2017 through July 1,
2017, during a year of cultural exchange between Los Angeles and Mexico City.
David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters marks Aceves’ first museum exhibition and the
world launch of this new, traveling exhibition. The 27 color images in this unique archive
captured intimate moments between the legendary musician and the cultural heritage of
Mexico made during Bowie’s only visit to Mexico City 20 years ago. It was during that visit that
Aceves was commissioned to accompany the British rock star on a rich cultural and art tour
through the city, documenting at the musician’s request visits to appreciate some of the most
famous landmarks that included the works of muralists Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and
Jose Clemente Orozco, the Frida Kahlo Museum, the pyramids of Teotihuacan, and other
David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters pays homage to the legacy of an artist who
transformed the world of music and art, as well as to the down-to-earth man who felt strong
admiration and respect for other cultures from around the world,” said Ana Pescador, director
of Forest Lawn Museum. “With David Bowie as their tour guide, we are excited to take visitors
on an inspirational tour of Mexico City through the eyes of photographer Fernando Aceves so
they too can appreciate all the cultural, artistic and historic treasures the city has to offer.”
The Bowie exhibition will also feature photographs that will tell the history of the cultural
sites depicted in the exhibition, including the National Palace, Palace of Fine Arts, Teotihuacan,
and the Frida Kahlo Museum. Dates for an accompanying series of educational lectures focusing
on Mexico’s cultural heritage will be announced shortly.
Bowie played his first and only show in Mexico City on October 23, 1997 at the Foro Sol
during the world tour to promote his Earthling album. The day previous, Aceves, a local
celebrated rock and jazz photographer, traveled with Bowie, touring the historic sites and
documenting the day in photographs for an article Bowie was planning to write for Modern
Painters magazine. The article was never published.
Aceves recalled that Bowie had done his research and knew exactly what he wanted to see
on the visit. “These photographs would be only a reference for him, that was the goal,
recording the visit and nothing else.” Bowie followed up with a letter to Aceves thanking him
for the time they worked together on the photo shoot and provided instructions on the formats
he required the images to be for his magazine article.
“I think that any photographer’s dream is to encapsulate a special moment or scenario
that will offer a narrative to awaken the world’s interest,” said Aceves. “However, this photo
assignment was more than capturing the British artist David Bowie contemplating master
pieces, I had the privilege to observe a man expressing great respect and deep admiration for
our Mexican culture.”
David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters is a uniquely important exhibition that builds
on Forest Lawn Museum’s ongoing efforts to present subjects and installations that resonate
with contemporary society and today’s broader cultural context.
Yahoo Travel has named Forest Lawn Museum one of the Top 10 Free Museums in the
country. It is housed on the 290-acre site of Forest Lawn Memorial Park–Glendale, which has
been a renowned Southern California landmark since 1906. Featuring a stunning array of art,
architecture and three beautiful chapels—Forest Lawn Museum is committed to enriching the
community through the educational presentation of artwork that focuses on history, culture
David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters will be open to the public from January 27,
2017 through July 1, 2017 at the Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. Glendale
Blvd., Glendale, California. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Admission and parking are FREE. Call 800-204-3131 or visit www.forestlawn.com for more
information. Related events will be announced shortly. The exhibition will be accompanied by a
Picture © Fernando Aceves 1997.