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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

"BANNED IN PORT JEFFERSON" (2004) (5 X 7 IN) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"GOSSIP VI" (2003) (10 x 8 IN) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"DEAR ONE" (2002) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"DOES THE MOON BLEED" (2002) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"HAY(NA)KU 1" (2005) PAINTING by THOMAS FINK
Location: Library, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"HAY(NA)KU PAINTING #16" (2006) PAINTING BY THOMAS FINK
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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Thomas Fink has one of his hay(na)ku paintings on the front cover of a new -- and brilliant -- poetry book:
This Poem/What Speaks?/A Day by Tom Beckett (Otoliths). You can see the cover -- and buy the book! -- HERE.

More information about the hay(na)ku is also here.

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Prov.: Direct From Artist

Sunday, April 27, 2008

"UNTITLED" (2005) (WATERCOLOR AND GOUACHE ON PAPER, 30 x 30) by LAURIE REID
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

THIRD MENTION DUE TO UPDATE:

Laurie Reid has an exhibition of an Installation of 32 Monotypes, thorugh May 3, at the Aurobora Press, 147 Natoma St., San Francisco. The exhibit also received a review Kenneth Baker, with two illustrations, in today's San Francisco Chronicle.

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Prov.: Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Wirtz Gallery; New Langton Arts, San Francisco

"[]" by DULCIE DEE (WATERCOLOR AND MIXED MEDIA)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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Dulcie Dee is a guest artist at the annual National Arts Club Roundtable Exhibition in New York that opened April 15 at the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park South in Manhattan. On display is her painting entitled "The Peking Princess."

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Prov.: Direct from Artist

Sunday, April 20, 2008

"PI PAINTING" (2003) (OIL ON CANVAS) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

"MILK AND COOKIES" (1997) (OIL ON CANVAS) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite-San Francisco Apartment

"BASEBALL HOSTESS" (2004) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

"ICED MUFFINS" (2003) (OIL ON CANVAS) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

"LANDSCAPE (RAIN ON SPRING MOUNTAIN)" (2001) (OIL ON CANVAS, 11 x 14 IN) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"PRETZEL" (2005) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"WINE GLASS" (2005) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Kitchen, Pygmalion-First Floor

"TOMATO" (200_) (OIL ON BOARD) by MARVIN HUMPHREY
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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UPDATE:

Marvin Humphrey is a retired postal delivery person and the St. Helena Post Office still exhibits his paintings regularly. He also now has an ongoing exhibition of his paintings at the St. Helena Library, up through (I think) June 19, 2008.

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Prov.: St. Helena Post Office; Calistoga Coffee Shop; Direct from Artist

"MT-M13" (2005) (WATERCOLOR, INK AND GRAPHITE ON PAPER, 15 x 18 IN UNFRAMED) by EMILIE CLARK
Location: Library Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

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UPDATE:


Emilie Clark is to be featured in Chicago this week; here are details:

The Nathan Larramendy Gallery is proud to participate in NEXT, concurrent with Art Chicago, exhibiting Maxwell’s Lair, a solo exhibition of paintings and sculpture by New York artist Emilie Clark. The body of work is documented in a catalog, which includes "The Killing Floor," an essay by Frances Richard. Additionally, Emilie will be featured extensively in Cabinet Magazine, an award-winning quarterly magazine of art and culture out of New York.

Maxwell’s Lair is Emilie Clark’s current project continuing a rapt fascination with and investigation into the lives and work of 19th Century women naturalists and natural historians. Martha Maxwell became the subject of Clark’s interest after she learned of her unique life as a determined, but ultimately hapless naturalist in 19th Century America, “who had at the time the largest collection of taxidermy in the US.” Through Maxwell’s Lair, Clark seeks to realize the experience of Martha Maxwell and understand the anomalous work that she accomplished as a woman at that time.

Maxwell “killed and prepared most of the animals in her collection while living in Colorado in the 1870s, first establishing a museum of taxidermy and natural historical curiosities in Boulder and later representing the state of Colorado in the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. In both of these “installations” she was one of the first natural historians to exhibit specimens in naturalistic settings—including appropriate flora and landscaping (caves, waterfalls) and sculpting the animals into action poses… In the middle of this life-size diorama was a small grotto where, in Philadelphia, Maxwell lived for most of the exhibition, too poor to afford other lodgings. Though the Fair’s many viewers were stunned by this new and spectacular definition of “Women’s Work” (as the exhibition was titled), Maxwell was never able to secure a permanent home for her collection or continued funding for her work, and died destitute.”

Clark’s watercolors depict a world at once achingly grotesque and delicately serene. Pastels bleed into one another while bold bursts of color nab the senses. Outlined figures hint at limbs in motion. Her depictions of splayed creatures represent the dichotomy of her work: its matter-of-fact nature observes Martha Maxwell’s processes, and at the same time approaches the visual in such a graceful manner that the viewer is in no way set off from the content. It’s confounding how the dissected carcass of a rat can translate as such an ethereal and elegant subject at the hand of Clark.

In a chorus, the heads of primates, felines, birds howl open-mouthed in unison in Untitled, MM-39 (Screaming Heads). Floating remotely, in an environment void of context, the animals provide a haunting insight into the enigmatic experience of Martha Maxwell. As Clark puts it, “working with Martha Maxwell is not about illustrating her life or her work. Instead, it is an attempt to get at the dynamics of her scientific investigation”.

Emile Clark received her BFA at Cornell University and her MFA at Bard College both in New York. Clark has had numerous solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally. Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and ArtForum. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA; Biblioteque Nationale, Paris, France; The Library of Congress, Washington D.C. to name only a few. Clark has received a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency, and the Elaine deKooning Award among others.

Nathan Larramendy Gallery
107 S. Signal St.
Ojai, CA 93023
805-646-2750-phone
www.larramendygallery.com
nathan@larramendygallery.com

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Prov.: Nathan Larramendy Gallery, Ojai, CA

"THE BEATLES LIKE TSUNAMI" (2005) (ROUND CARDBOARD W/IN ROUND WOODEN CIRLE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (1)
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"BRUCE LEE LIKES 1980 THE YEAR OF THE MONKEY" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"THE INCREDIBLE HULK IS MAD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (3)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"AARON NOBLE IS GETTING OLD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (4)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"ELVIS PRESLEY, PERRY COMO" (2004) (TORN OUT X-MAS TREE SHAPE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Galatea Offsite--San Francisco Apartment

"DAVID CASSIDY, BARBARA STREISAND" (2004) (TORN OUT X-MAS TREE SHAPE) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"ROBERT BLAKE WAS GETTING OLD" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (5)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"JOHNNY CASH LIKES" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (6)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"ELVIS PRESLEY IS LIKE" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"YOKO ONO IS LIKE" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"LITTLE JACK HORNER (2ND LINE)" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"JULLIE VILLOTA IS SIXTY" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"LIBERIA NIGERIA EGYPT" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"OSAMA BIN LADEN JOKER PENGUIN RIDDLER" (UNDATED BUT PROB. 2004 or 2005) by JOHN PATRICK MCKENZIE (2)
Location: Red Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

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UPDATE:


John Patrick McKenzie is in a new exhibition at Creavity Explored:

QUARTER CENTURY

Creativity Explored celebrates 25 years of making art and changing lives with a rare exhibition of its archives and permanent collection.

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 1, 2008, 7 - 9 pm

Exhibition continues through June 18.

Group Art Exhibition
In just 25 years, Creativity Explored has earned a reputation as one of San Francisco’s best art galleries and one of its most beloved arts organizations. Creativity Explored is more than just a gallery and a studio; it’s a spirited community of artists with developmental disabilities creating some of the most profound, fearless and innovative art on view in galleries today.

This May marks the 25th year that this extraordinary art center has been changing lives through art. To celebrate this important milestone, the gallery hosts a rare display of its archives and permanent collection May 1 through June 18. “Quarter Century” will feature many treasured artworks set aside over the years for the gallery’s permanent collection, highlights from past exhibitions including the critically acclaimed “Don’t Call Me Retard” and select pieces from the traveling Steele Art Collection. The exhibition also offers fans of some of Creativity Explored’s most highly regarded and widely collected artists such as John Patrick McKenzie, Michael Bernard Loggins, Douglas Sheran and Vincent Jackson a chance to see early works that trace their creative evolution. A special memorial wall honors the work of studio artists who have passed away. Videos made by and about the artists will also be a featured part of the display.

We hope you'll be able to join us for this special exhibition and celebration!

Creativity Explored Gallery
3245 16th Street @Guerrero Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415.863.2108

Gallery hours ****extended Thursday hours unitl 7 pm****
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 - 3 pm
Thursday 10 - 7 pm
Saturday, 1 - 6 pm

Paid parking is available at the garage on 16th and Hoff Streets. Parking can be difficult and we encourage you to use public transportation. If you take the 22 Muni, get off at 16th and Guerrero. If you take BART, get off at the16th Street station and walk three blocks west.

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Prov.: Creativity Explored Art Gallery, San Francisco

"[]" (watercolor and ink on paper, 2004) by STEPAN EGLISE
Location: Green Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

A lovely piece we discovered meandering about Loire Valley, and ended up in this owner-artist gallery...

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Prov.: Direct from Artist

Saturday, April 19, 2008

"[] (FOAM, CONTACT PAPER, SHADOW BOX-TYPE FRAME)" by STEPHANIE SYJUCO
Location: Babaylan Lodge

SEVENTEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

Stephanie Syjuco sends a letter with a bountiful update!

Dear friends,
The past few weeks have been busy for me, with more events to come... Please mark you calendars for a few upcoming exhibitions, talks, and even two TV spots (yow!). Note the special Counterfeiting Workshops I will be leading during the course of the Yerba Buena exhibition -- if you find yourself free those particular Saturday afternoons, show yourself and say hi-- it's cheaper than going shopping downtown! Also, watch out for a KQED Spark television feature (with me and Margaret Cho on the same bill!), airing May 7. Details below...

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PANEL DISCUSSION
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Feminism and Art Today
Friday, April 11, 4-6pm
California College of the Arts, Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco, CA
http://www.cca.edu

Organized by Tirza Latimer and featuring a wide array of scholars, curators, and artists, including: Kim Anno, Tammy Rae Carland, Jill Dawsey, Berin Golonu, Jessica Hough, Patricia Maloney, Pamela Peniston, Moira Roth, Stephanie Syjuco and Tina Takemoto.


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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS:
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The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art, Politics
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco
March 28 - July 29, 2008
http://www.ybca.org

In conjunction with this multi-faceted show I'll be leading informal, drop-in Counterfeiting Workshops where you can learn how to crochet, freshen up your pre-existing skills, brush up on your Marx and Adam Smith, or just hang out and converse about bootleg economies and ways of critiquing the capitalist system. I've got all the materials and tools available, so just show up for the action! Participation is FREE with general gallery admission, no sign-ups required, just drop by :)

Counterfeiting Workshops!
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; at the Counterfeit Crochet installation, main galleries
Saturday, April 19, noon to 5pm
Saturday, May 10, noon to 5pm
Saturday, May 24, noon to 5pm
Saturday, June 14, noon to 5pm

more info at http://www.counterfeitcrochet.org


Take Action: 83 Ways to Change the WorldMuseum of World Cultures, Goteborg, Sweden, 1/08 - 1/09


The Art of Diorama
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
http://www.bedfordgallery.org


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FUTURE EXHIBITIONS:
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Vested Interests
May 25 - September 6, 2008
Kohler Art Center
Sheboygan, WI


Solo Exhibition
James Harris Gallery
June, 2008
Seattle, WA
http://www.jamesharrisgallery.com


Futura Manila
August 29 - September 29, 2008
Osage Gallery, Hong Kong


Inappropriate Covers
April 11 - May 24, 2009
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University
Providence, RI


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MEDIA
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KQED "Spark" television documentary airing Wednesday, May 7, 2008 (on Bay Area channel 9); featuring Suhaila Saliimpour, Margaret Cho, Stephanie Syjuco, and Lu Yi. http://www.kqed.org/arts/spark/episode.jsp?eid=196865

CBS Channel 5 (KPIX) interview with curator Berin Golonu and artist Stephanie Syjuco, airing Sunday morning, April 14, 2008.

San Francisco Examiner coverage of "The Way That We Rhyme" exhibition, March 27, 2008.
http://www.examiner.com/a-1305129~Women_artists_talk_politics.html

San Francisco Chronicle review of "The Way That We Rhyme" exhibition by Kenneth Baker, April 9, 2008.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/04/09/DDAT100EUJ.DTL&type=art

Cover image: SF Camerawork Journal, February 2008 issue, featuring
"Personal Protest (Catalyst for Change)," mixed media, 2006
http://www.sfcamerawork.org

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Prov.: New Langton Arts, San Francisco

Monday, April 07, 2008

"AMERICAN BLONDE" (1997) (ACRYLIC ON PANEL, 36 X 36 IN) by JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Master Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"POMP" (1997) (ACRYLIC ON PANEL, 36 X 36 IN) by JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Master Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"CAEDMON'S FIRST WORD" (1997) (ACRYLIC ON PANEL, 22 X 11 IN) by JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Master Bedroom, Pygmalion-Second Floor

"GRIFTER'S REWARD" (1997) (ACRYLIC ON PANEL, 11 X 11 IN) by JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

"GARGLE" (1997) (ACRYLIC ON PANEL, 11 X 11 IN) by JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

THREE MATCHBOX PAINTINGS by JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

POSTCARD COLLAGE from JAMES WESTWATER
Location: Galatea Offsite/San Francisco Apartment

SEVENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE:

UPDATE:


James Westwater's last exhibition in Chicago, PLYWOOD CHATEAUX, is now memorialized in a book available through Amazon.com over HERE.

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Prov.: Linda Durham Gallery, Galisteo, N.M.; Direct from Artist

"BANGKA (2007)," INK AND GOUACHE ON PAPER by JENIFER WOFFORD
Location: Library Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

"FALLING NURSE (2007)," (18 X 14") INK ON PAPER by JENIFER WOFFORD
Location: Library Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

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and

"THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, I, II AND III (2002)," THREE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS by MAIL ORDER BRIDES
Location: Turret Guest Bathroom, Pygmalion-First Floor

EIGHTEENTH MENTION DUE TO UPDATE

UPDATE:

Jenifer Wofford is busy with:

MAKE YOU NOTICE
SFAC GALLERY
March 27-May 24, 2008
BYOBrown Bag Lunch Discussion with Patricia Maloney
Tuesday April 15, 12 – 1pm

The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery is pleased to present Make You Notice,an exhibition curated by curator Patricia Maloney. Make You Noticefeatures video, photography and ephemera by four contemporary women artists who utilize performance in diverse practices, seamlessly integrating collaboration, activism, irony, and optimism into their work.

SFAC Gallery
401 Van Ness (@ McAllister)
SF, CA 94102
P: 415.554.6080
Hours: Wed - Sat, 12-5pm

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SORRY:
Recent Works by Jenifer K. Wofford and Christine Wong Yap
FREY NORRIS GALLERY
April 03 - 27, 2008
Artist Talk:
Sat April 19, 2-4 pm

Frey Norris Gallery presents “Sorry,”a survey exhibition of several recent series of works by two important emerging Bay Area artists, Jenifer K. Wofford and Christine Wong Yap. “Point of Departure” and “Nurse” by Jenifer K. Wofford and text-based works and “Inventions” by Christine Wong Yap will line the gallery’s walls and Wong Yap’s “Presents” will populate the center of the gallery.

Frey Norris Gallery and Annex
456 Geary
SF, CA 94102
T: (415) 346-7812
Hours:
Tues-Sat 11 to 7, Sun 11 to 5

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Prov.: Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco; and Galleon Trade Fundraiser/Direct from Artist
M.O.B.s: Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Culver City, CA

"" [To Come] (Acrylic on Board) by Rod Penner
Location: Kitchen Hallway, Pygmalion-First Floor

Rod Penner has a new exhibit up at O.K. Harris, New York, running through April 19, 2008. From the gallery's description:

Rod Penner - Rod Penner's hyperrealistic paintings depict streets and single-family homes in small Texas towns. The works are objective, keenly observed and are as much photojournalism as they are photorealism. The images evoke contrasting responses of melancholy and warmth, desolation and serenity - everything that is small-town America.

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Prov.: Provenance -- O.K. Harris, New York

"HORN OF PLENTY" (1999) (OIL ON CANVAS, h: 18 x w: 22 in / h: 45.7 x w: 55.9 CM) by CHESTER ARNOLD
Location: Hallway Outside Dining Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

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UPDATE:


Chester Arnold has a new exhibit -- entitled "The Road to Paradise" -- at Catherine Clark Gallery, which will run through April 19, 2008.

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Prov.: George Adams Gallery, New York

"INFORMAL ECONOMY VENDORS, #8" (2005) (ANALOG AND DIGITAL MEDIA RENDERED AND CUT ON VINYL MATERIAL) (1 OF 5) by JULIO CESAR MORALES
Location: Living Room, Pygmalion-First Floor

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Julio Cesar Morales is busy! First, he's part of an exhibition "Phantom Sightings: Art After the Chicano Movement" currently going at LACMA (reviewed by the Los Angeles Times HERE), with an extension of said exhibition through a two-person show at the Deborah Page Gallery. Information below:

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement

April 6, 2008–September 1, 2008 | Art of the Americas

Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement is the largest exhibition of cutting-edge Chicano art ever presented at LACMA. Chicano art, traditionally described as work created by Americans of Mexican descent, was established as a politically and culturally inspired movement during the counterculture revolutions of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This exhibition explores the more experimental tendencies within the Chicano art movement—ones oriented less toward painting and declarative polemical assertion than toward conceptual art, performance, film, photo- and media-based art, and "stealthy" artistic interventions in urban spaces. The exhibition includes approximately 125 works in all media, including painting and sculpture as well as installation, conceptual, video, performance art, and intermedia works that incorporate film, digital, and sound art. Artists featured are photographer Christina Fernandez, who documents the poetic and “phantom” in the urban landscape; Mario Ybarra Jr., who creates performances, site-specific installations and intermedia works; the “intermedia synaesthesia” of the seminal conceptual art group Asco; and the New York-based artist Nicola Lopez, who creates dramatic installations with drawings that extend from the wall into the gallery.

The curators are Rita Gonzalez, American Art, LACMA, Howard Fox, Contemporary Art, LACMA, and Chon Noriega, Adjunct Curator of Latino and Chicano Art, LACMA, and Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and was made possible in part by the Peter Norton Family Foundation and LACMA's Art Museum Council. Additional support was provided by the Contemporary Projects Endowment Fund. Contributors to the fund include Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lidow, Ronnie and Vidal Sassoon, Steve Martin, The Broad Art Foundation, Bob Crewe, Tony and Gail Ganz, Ansley I. Graham Trust, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Barry and Julie Smooke, and Sandra and Jacob Y. Terner.

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Julio Cesar Morales and Eamon Ore-Giron

LOOP TONE

April 2-30, 2008


Deborah Page Gallery
Santa Monica, CA

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Prov.: Direct from Artist

"MARGINS: MINI INSTALLATION INCLUDING SHADOWBOX #1" (2005) (MIXED MEDIA) by EMMY CATEDRAL
Location: Babaylan Lodge

"MARGINS: PROTOTYPE DESIGN FOR NOTEPADS MADE FROM MARGINS" (2005) by EMMY CATEDRALLocation: Babaylan Lodge

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UPDATE:


Emmy Catedral is participating in a new exhibition:

"This Case of Conscience": Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance

Sunday, April 6 - June 29, 2008

On view at the QMA from April 6 through June 29, 2008, "This Case of Conscience" explores the continued relevance of the historic document considered to be the precursor of the Bill of Rights within the vibrant and diverse neighborhood of Flushing. A document drafted and signed by 30 Flushing residents in 1657, the remonstrance to Governor Peter Stuyvesant denounced his persecution of the Quakers in Flushing and asserted liberty of conscience for adherents of all religions. The original document, on loan from the New York State Archive, will be showcased at the QMA where it will serve as a jumping off point for artistic examinations of contemporary spirituality.

In "This Case of Conscience": Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance, the QMA presents the work of nine artists and a salon style installation of photographs contributed by the public to bring the legacy of the Flushing Remonstrance to life. Five artists -- Emmy Catedral, Takashi Horisaki, Sara Rahbar, José Ruiz, and Tattfoo Tan -- were commissioned to create projects in partnership with or inspired by religious centers in Flushing while four photographers -- Kim Badawi, Jenny Jozwiak, Stephanie Keith, and Scott Lewis -- have captured the religious diversity of the Flushing community through their compelling works. A third key component of the exhibition is a salon-style installation of images depicting religious sites and celebrations in Flushing. An open call has resulted in over 130 poignant images capturing the spiritual pulse of Queens including a Muslim street procession, a young girl resembling a Virgin Mary statuette and a man studying biblical text on his laptop.

R. Scott Hanson, Ph.D, a scholar of American religion, immigration and urban history, vividly showcases Flushing's religious legacy in 203 Places of Worship in Flushing (as of 2007), a color-coded map revealing a vast religious landscape. Hanson has also contributed an illustrated timeline that traces both religious and immigration-related events in the area spanning the mid-17th century to the present.

The Flushing Remonstrance is on loan from the New York State Archives, a program of the New York State Education Department."This Case of Conscience": Spiritual Flushing and the Remonstrance has been made possible with support from the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Additional funding provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.

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