July 14, 2024 10:13 pm

Forest Lawn Museum Celebrates Filipino Art for AAPI Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale presents a new exhibit highlighting Filipino art. The exhibit, titled “Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora,” features the work of seven contemporary artists who explore a range of styles and formats, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, and installations.

Museum director James Fishburne described the exhibit as “visually diverse,” noting the common themes that run through the pieces: “There are themes of the Filipino American experience,” he said, adding that the exhibit offers something for everyone.

One of the featured artists, Anthony Francisco, hails from the Philippines and was drawn to Southern California by his passion for Marvel Studios. “I’ve been collecting X-Men and Marvel comic books since I was five,” Francisco shared. His artwork often incorporates Marvel characters, and he encourages aspiring artists to pursue their passions: “I just want to be happy and do art, just express my stories. For everyone who wants to be an artist, there’s always a place for whatever level of art you do.”

In addition to Francisco, the exhibit features works by Eliseo Art Silva, Allison Hueman, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza, Christine Morla, Maria Villote, and Junn Roca.

The Forest Lawn Museum is located at 1712 S. Glendale Ave, Glendale. “Filipino California: Art and the Filipino Diaspora” is on display until September 8. More information can be found on the Forest Lawn Museum’s website.