Initially inspired by the geographic juxtaposition between Beacon Arts Building and stadium venue The Forum in Inglewood, Prince at the Forum utilizes the potential for slippage of meaning in the exhibition’s title to allow for a pluralistic voice from an array of artists working in different media, modes and concepts. In developing the exhibition, the organizers considered the ancient Roman forum, the complex social histories of The Great Western Forum, and the definition of “beacon” as something that has potential to both summon and warn off. Taken from the headlines of a religion-filtered concert series performed by Prince in 2011, the exhibition’s title gives way to the exploration of a broad range of dualistic themes such as site/nonsite, past/present, power/weakness, chastity/desire, and vulgarity/taste. The works being produced for the show are totally interdisciplinary and will include drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video, performance, and collaborative works.
A catalogue featuring new texts will be produced and released in conjunction with a second event organized by Steven Bankhead toward the close of the exhibition.
Prince at the Forum runs from Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, May 6, 2012. Exhibition special events include an opening reception on Saturday March 24, 6:00 - 9:00pm with musical performance by Big Girls [Hannah Greely and Elana Scherr] and a “Day at the Races” on Sunday April 29 starting with a Champagne Brunch/ Catalog Release at Beacon Arts 11:00am – 1:00pm followed by a day at Hollywood Park. The exhibition closes Sunday, May 6, 1:00 - 4:00pm with organizers Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson in attendance. Beacon Arts is located at 808 N. La Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302. Regular gallery hours are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm Thursday through Saturday, Sundays 1:00pm - 4:00pm. All Prince at the Forum events are free with the exception of $10.00 per person admission to Hollywood Park. For additional information or photos, please call director Renée Fox at 310-621-5416 or visit http://www.beaconartsbuilding.com