The two met and kept in touch, with Pescador waiting for the right opportunity to create a show.“I totally fell in love with the images,” Pescador said. Forest Lawn Museum director and curator Ana Pescador previously worked in the cultural department of the Mexican Consulate in Los Angeles, where Aceves displayed a few of his Bowie images. Bowie was also actively involved in art. “I saw many connections in terms of how we could present this exhibit at Forest Lawn, and I thought it was an amazing portfolio.”Art was important to BowieForest Lawn founder Hubert Eaton believed in making art accessible to everyone and all of his cemeteries boast original pieces, as well as replicas of work by such artists as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday, starting Friday and running through June 15.Where: Forest Lawn Museum, Forest Lawn-Glendale, 1712 S. When: 10 a.m. Glendale Blvd., Glendale.Admission: Free.Information: 800-204-3131, www.forestlawn.com.
DAVID BOWIE: AMONG THE MEXICAN MASTERS
In another shot, he tries to blend in with a Diego Rivera mural in the Mexico National Palace.These images could easily be vacation photos, but they are a record of the iconic musician’s 1997 culture and art tour of Mexico City and each has an underlying ethereal quality.“The first time I saw David Bowie it was not on an album listening to music; the first time was as an actor in ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’,” photographer Fernando Aceves said. These photographs show a person not human, not from planet Earth.” In one image, David Bowie smiles in front of the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan. “These photographs remind me so much of that character.
The story never published, but more than 25 of the images from the journey will be on exhibit in “David Bowie: Among the Mexican Masters” at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale starting Friday and running through June 15. Aceves had originally been commissioned to take photos of Bowie’s Mexico City concert in support of “Earthling.” While there, Bowie had the photographer accompany him to landmarks, such as murals by Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and Jose Clemente Orozco and the Frida Kahlo Museum. The photos were to be part of an article Bowie was working on for Modern Painters magazine.
“He used to give many scholarships to students who wanted to continue their education in art. The photographer followed wherever Bowie wanted to go and, as they traveled together, the musician told him a picture should be seen before taking it. Also he was an artist; he used to paint.” Bowie had a large collection of art and said that his wife, Iman, complained that wherever he went he bought art, Pescador said.Bowie had an agenda for the tour before arriving in Mexico, Aceves said. “He used to commission young artists, especially of the London Academy of the Arts,” Pescador said. That way you know it will be good. He was a patron of the arts by sponsoring, by allowing emerging artists to evolve and create.