Artist Rigo 23 began work on a statue of prominent Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, in 2016. Before the statue was installed at American University, Rigo took its feet to sites of Native significance across the U.S., including Alcatraz Island, the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, and the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. He then invited the public and supporters to stand and be photographed on the feet of Peltier in solidarity.
In advance of The Main’s upcoming exhibition Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves, a one-day program will bring the feet of the statue to Beta Main, test site for The Main. The public will once again be invited to stand on the feet of the clay statue in support of Peltier, political prisoners, and all Indigenous peoples facing persecution. Participants will be photographed by LA-based Navajo photographer Pamela J. Peters. A selection of Peters’ photographs taken during the program will be on view at Beta Main, alongside the complete statue, as part of Rigo 23: Ripples Become Waves beginning February 25, 2018.
Holiday Wishlist Donations for Downtown Women’s Center at Beta Main
From now through the end of the year, Beta Main will be accepting donations for the Downtown Women’s Center holiday wishlist. Please bring donations with you to any of our upcoming programs, including the one listed above.
Downtown Women’s Center
Founded in 1978, the Downtown Women’s Center is the only organization in Los Angeles exclusively dedicated to addressing the needs of women overcoming poverty and homelessness in Skid Row.