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The Art Center presents  Police and Thieves\; a provocative group exhibition guest curated by artists Karla Diaz and Mario Ybarra Jr.. The exhibition features a vari ety of work by contemporary artists including Gusmano Cesaretti\, Meg Crans ton\, Los Angeles Poverty Department Collective\, Amitis Motevalli\, Ray No land a.k.a. CRO\,Ben Stone\, and Arnoldo Vargas. Police and Thieves brings together current artistic production in Los Angeles and Chicago th at deal with the historical and inherently conflicting relationship of powe r between those who enforce laws and those who break them.

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What it means to be a cop or a thief is associated with images of heroism or crimin ality that are simultaneously specific and generalizing. The exhibition hop es to redefine and explore stereotypical good-guy/bad-guy images through a series of drawings\, paintings\, sculptures and photographs. This thought-p rovoking and sometimes humorous selection of artwork by Diaz and Ybarra sur veys the complex relationship between police and criminals\, providing an i ntimate perspective that questions notions of power\, freedom\, community\, cultural narratives and civic engagement.

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About the curators:
Born and raised in Los Angeles\, Mario Ybarra Jr. is an artist whose work operates as examinations of conflated and excluded social norms underlining environments\, histories and narratives. His work has been featured in the 2008 Whitney Biennial\, the Tate Museum in London\, the California Biennia l at the Orange County Museum\, and at LACMA among others. Karla Diaz is a writer\, artist and educator. Her work encompasses a multi-disciplinary\, p edagogical approach to art-making through collaborative practices and the i nteraction of social-public spaces. Her work has been exhibited primarily i n Los Angeles at MOCA\, LACMA\, the Getty Museum\, and REDCAT Gallery in ad dition to the Serpentine Gallery (UK)\, Instituto Cervantes (Spain)\, and t he Zocalo (Mexico City). She is a former co-director of exhibitions at the New Chinatown Barbershop gallery in Los Angeles and with Ybarra\, co-founde d Slanguage Studio\, an artist collective and art space founded in 2002 in Wilmington\, CA.

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DTEND:20110327 DTSTAMP:20141220T044746 DTSTART:20110327 GEO:41.8037432;-87.5866275 LOCATION:Hyde Park Art Center\,5020 S. Cornell Avenue \nChicago\, IL 60615 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Police and Thieves\, Gusmano Cesaretti\, Meg Cranston\, LAPD\, Amit is Motevalli\, Ray Noland\, Ben Stone\, Arnoldo Vargas UID:156186 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR