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The IAMLA Presents Leo Politi’s “Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest”

Date 02.28.2019

The Italian American Museum of Los Angeles presents a new exhibition, Leo Politi’s “Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest” from February 12 to May 19, 2019.

Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest presents a collection of original art by beloved Italian American artist and Caldecott Award-winning author Leo Politi, who is best known as the “Artist of the City of Angels.” For most of his artistic career, Los Angeles served as Politi’s muse. He consistently demonstrated a love for the region’s diverse cultures and a reverence for its history. Politi’s work proves truly avant garde in that it predated the multicultural movement by decades. During a time when many historic neighborhoods were being erased or transformed, Politi was among the lone advocates of preservation. He captured Los Angeles enclaves, landmarks, and communities in his art and writing, suspending them in time.

Through a series of rarely exhibited works spanning sixty years,  Leo Politi’s Los Angeles: Works of Love and Protest transports audiences to bygone eras—Watts in the late 1960s, and San Pedro during the apex of the fishing industry—along with forever altered places, including the forgotten neighborhood of Bunker Hill, and World War II-era downtown Los Angeles.