Bari Kumar: Remembering the Future

Charles White Elementary
January 30, 2015–June 13, 2015
As part of LACMA’s ongoing engagement with the community, the museum presents an exhibition of work by Bari Kumar in its satellite gallery within Charles White Elementary School. Remembering the Future features Kumar’s work alongside a selection of objects from LACMA’s South and Southeast Asian Art collection dating from the ninth through the early 20th century.

Kumar’s canvases feature desolate landscapes with fragmented imagery, words, and symbols and is inspired as much by Los Angeles, where he has lived for 30 years, as from childhood memories of growing up in rural southern India. Working with students from the school, Kumar also has included an ephemeral work inspired by the Indian rangoli tradition. The school’s rangoli piece will be created in colored powder, erased, and re-created by students throughout the duration of the exhibition. Born in India in 1966, Kumar is currently based in Los Angeles.

Charles White Elementary School is located at 2401 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90057 
Gallery Hours and Family Days: March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13 | 12 pm–4:30 pm | Free and open to the public 


Top Image: Persistence of Hope, 2008, Bari Kumar, India, Oil on canvas, Loan courtesy of the artist.

Bottom Image: Details from a Book of Gestures, Nepal, late 19th century, Opaque watercolor and ink of paper, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Robert S. Coles, M.81.206.4.