Mary writes: A great new exhibit of Viggo Mortensen’s photographs from the “Hidalgo” filming opened yesterday in Los Angeles.

It’s called “Miyelo”, a Lakota Indian word, and shows about 20 wonderful, almost mystical, photos of an Indian Ghost Dance recreated on the site of the Wounded Knee Massacre. These are huge prints, full of swirling vivid colors, and featuring luminous indistinct figures that could well be ghosts! It is a moving and inspiring exhibit!

Open through November 8th, at the Stephen Cohen Gallery, 7358 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles. The gallery is open from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and while there was no sign of Viggo there — or any promise of future attendance– the show is a rewarding experience which speaks eloquently for this artist!

There were a few obvious LOTR fans in attendance, and it was great to be one of them! I couldn’t afford the signed monograph, which included a signed print, but the book “Miyelo” is available on its own. It includes copies of all the photos in the exhibit, as well as very thoughtful words, and a re-telling of the Wounded Knee story. []