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KCRW Summer Nights with the Bowers Museum ft. KCRW DJs SiLVA & Dan Wilcox


August 27, 2023 • 7:00 pm PDT

KCRW Member Perk:KCRW Members have complimentary access to museum galleries and receive discounts on KCRW merch (up to 30% off!)

KCRW is bringing the party back to Santa Ana! Come hang out with us for a night at the Bowers Museum. The event will feature live sets from KCRW DJs SiLVA & Dan Wilcox, pop-up bars, kids activities, and more. Bowers is staying open late, so come explore! The galleries will be free for the night for KCRW Members and Santa Ana residents. General admission required for additional groups. This will be the very last day to check out the exhibition Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence, so you don’t want to miss this one!

Let us know you’re coming and we’ll send you all the details before the event!

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM KCRW DJ Dan Wilcox

8:30 PM – 10:00PM KCRW DJ SiLVA

Opened in 1936, the Bowers prides itself on showcasing world-class arts and cultures in a warm, inviting space located in the heart of Orange County. Bowers has been voted the “Best Museum in Orange County” for the last 29 years by OC Register readers and has organized more than 50 special exhibitions in just the past 15 years in partnership with some of the greatest museums in the world. Highlights include blockbusters such as Terra Cotta Warriors (twice!), The Holy Land: David Roberts, Dead Sea Scrolls, House of David Inscription, Egyptian Treasures from the British Museum, and Guo Pei: Art of Couture.

Ubuhle Women: Beadwork and the Art of Independence showcases a new form of bead art, the ndwango, developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The six artists featured in the exhibition call their paintings in beads ndwangos, which translates as “cloth” or “rag.” The black fabric on which the Ubuhle women work is reminiscent of the Xhosa headscarves and skirts which many of them grew up wearing. By stretching this textile like a canvas, the artists transform the flat cloth into a contemporary art form colored with Czech glass beads. Using skills handed down through generations, and working in their own unique style “directly from the soul,” according to artist Ntombephi Ntobela, the women create abstract as well as figurative subjects for their ndwangos. On view July 1 – Aug 27.

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