In celebration of renowned Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn's 100th birthday, AltaMed Health Services, the largest network of Federally Qualified Community Health Centers in the nation, presents Lust for Life!, a new exhibit honoring the late actor's 65-year career through photographs, letters, film posters, and artwork from public and private collections. The exhibit is open to the public at the AltaMed Art Gallery, located at 2040 Camfield Avenue in Los Angeles, through June 30, 2015.
The collection, curated by Julian Bermudez and organized in collaboration with Katherine Quinn and the Anthony Quinn Trust, will include artwork from private and public collections such as the Anthony Quinn Library, Self Help Graphics and Art, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Anthony Quinn Foundation.
Quinn starred in more than 200 films and became the first Mexican-American actor to win an Academy Award, earning two Best Supporting Actor Oscars for his roles in Viva Zapata! (1952), alongside Marlon Brando, and Lust for Life (1956), with Kirk Douglas. Quinn has since become an influential role model for Latinos and an important part of Latino culture.
"We are so honored to be able to present this exhibit in celebration of Anthony Quinn's colorful, passion-driven life," said C?ístulo de la Rocha, president and CEO of AltaMed Health Services. "His accomplishments have opened the doors to Latin-American actors across the nation. He is a role model and a legend."
To further commemorate the occasion, AltaMed will produce a limited-edition print of The Pope of Broadway, based on the commissioned painting by Eloy Torrez, for the AltaMed Art Collection. A series of these prints will be donated to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles to assist in its fundraising efforts to restore the original mural in Downtown Los Angeles.
The exhibit is part of the overarching Centennial Celebration of Anthony Quinn that will include several events through August. The celebration features exhibits, workshops and screenings in partnership with Southern California Public Radio, the County of Los Angeles Public Library's Chicano Resource Center, the Anthony Quinn Foundation, and the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.