Community Focus Gallery: re:present L.A.
PLEASE NOTE: VPAM will be closed to the public from June 19 to July 4 2012.
Opening Reception: May 3, 6 to 9 p.m.
Live Music and light refreshments
Second Saturday: June 9th, 12 to 4 p.m.
Free Arts & Crafts activities for all ages.
re:present L.A. aims to explore, challenge, and depict the multiple representations of Los Angeles. The selected artworks engage with the city highlighting various portrayals that respond to the present social landscapes. re: present L.A. is curated by the graduate students of Claremont Graduate University’s Arts Management, Cultural Studies, and Public Policy programs enrolled in the course CLST 384 taught by Reina Alejandra Prado. The exhibition is funded in part by the CGU Cultural Studies Program, Friedman Award and School of Arts & Humanities at Claremont Graduate University, and the Vincent Price Museum.
re:present L.A. exhibit is brought to you by Claremont Graduate University students participating in instructor Reina Prado’s class, called “Welcome to LA”. This exhibition reflects the class’s focus, to explore, challenge, and depict the multiple representations of Los Angeles that responds to the present social landscapes of city. re:present L.A. aims to intrigue dialogue on how we understand the city through participation in the arts. In addition to thought-provoking works of fine art, interactive art pieces and special events will assist the Los Angeles community to gain a better understanding of their own view of the city.
Original fine art with culturally-relevant archival material will be shown to highlight the mature and emerging Angelino artists’ impact on Los Angeles. From the photography of Laura Aguilar to original drawings by Judith F. Baca of The Great Wall of Los Angeles to the sculpture by Kathi Flood, these artists will be shown with other fine artists to display the complexity and commonality of life within Los Angeles.
re:present L.A. will be exhibited from May 3 through July 27th , 2012. The exhibition, events, and interactive art pieces are free and open to the public. The Opening Reception will be featured on Thursday, May 3rd from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Live music and refreshments will complement the surprise guest and the unveiling of an interactive art piece. Created by students to compliment the fine art work of the show, this interactive art piece encourages viewers of the exhibition to participate in representing Los Angeles through drawings and written words on a clothesline-inspired structure. The public is encouraged to add to this collaborative piece throughout the exhibition. The re:present L.A. Facebook page will display the transformation of the interactive art piece while engaging the community to share their reflections on the city through discussion and the sharing of pictures.
Family Day will be hosted on Saturday June 9th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. where students will facilitate drop-in family activities. These activities are designed to expand the dialogues of the displayed artwork. Inspired by Corrie Siegel’s “Maps” fine art work, the “Re-Map L.A.” activity encourages families to draw imaginative images of Los Angeles from traditional maps. Other activities will include a scavenger hunt and continued participation in the interactive art piece. An additional activity will be led by the special guest, The Mobile Mural Lab, which is a mobile art studio serving as a space for mural education and production in the Los Angeles area. They will facilitate an interactive art experience in connection with the dialogues that emerge from the re:present L.A. exhibition. In addition, this event will host music, refreshments and a presentation of Facebook-shared pictures.
re:present L.A. will be exhibited in the Community Gallery at the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM) on the East Los Angeles Community College campus. This gallery is dedicated to exhibiting thoughtful, innovative, and culturally diverse exhibitions. VPAM is free to the public and is located at 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park, CA 91754. The museum is open on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on the second Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.