Not Everything that Glitters is Gold by Leslie de Chavez

LOPEZ LINK: For the exhibit “Complicated” at Lopez Museum, contemporary artist Leslie de Chavez presents several installations and paintings that focus on colonization, not just as the context of our history, but as an ongoing process in which we are very much a part of.

YOUTUBE: ‘Not Everything that Glitters is Gold’

This piece – “Not Everything that Glitters is Gold” – currently at the Lopez Museum, is created in reaction to the museum’s collection of Per Pacem et Libertatem (For Peace and Liberty) studies. These studies are what remains of a mural-sized work by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo commissioned by the American colonial government and exhibited during the 1904 St. Louis Exposition where villages were set up in St. Louis, Missouri and people from various ethnolinguistic groups of the Philippines were shipped and exhibited to the American public.

“Complicated” exhibit is curated by Ricky Francisco and Ethel Villafranca will run until August 2, 2014.