The 2nd City Council Art Gallery + Performance Space (2cc) is pleased to announce its two latest exhibitions which celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. Both exhibitions run from February 19 – March 20, 2011. The first is a large group exhibition juried by Idurre Alonso, MOLAA curator and features 28 contemporary female artists. The work includes installations, neon, art on drywall, batik, painting, found object, drawing, photography, sculpture and mixed media. The art addresses such topics as the human experience and human form, gender as non-binary, the power of women, belongings and belonging, patterns and cultural implications as well as work that references literature. The free public artists’ reception is Saturday, March 5th from 7 – 9p.m. and features live music, light refreshments and relaxing in the beautiful Sato Garden.
Wille’s Trapzoid, a smaller separate exhibition space within the gallery, features historical photographs and information on inspirational women who have been involved in the visual, performing or literary arts in Long Beach over the past 100 years. Included are such women as Julia Morgan, the first woman to receive an engineering degree from Berkeley and the first woman to receive an architectural degree from L‘Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris. Julia Morgan has over 800 buildings to her credit including the Hearst Castle and the 1925 Long Beach YWCA; sisters Georgiana Cuthbert (baritone horn) and Nina Cuthbert (alto horn) who were part of Long Beach’s first band; Theda Bara silent film femme fatale who lived and filmed in Long Beach; Cynthia Galles who co-founded The Found Theatre in Long Beach in 1974 and Kari Barba, master tattoo artist and owner of 4 shops including Outer Limits in Long Beach. The Trapzoid will also serve as an interviewing room for 2cc’s women artists oral history project. Women artists are encouraged to take part in the interviews and are assured that the process is easy and painless even for those who are somewhat uncomfortable being interviewed. To sign up, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 901-0997.