We Are Here: Contemporary Art and Asian Voices in Los Angeles brings attention to the dynamic voices in our diverse metropolis that extend viewers’ knowledge and understanding of the Asia Pacific region. The exhibition highlights seven female contemporary artists of diverse Asian Pacific heritages living and working in Los Angeles.
Silva’s web-based, audio-visual piece The Silva Field Guide to Birds of a Parallel Future and Fritz’s three-dimensional Alvarium 2 suggest interactions between the natural and the digital worlds, human and animal activity, and knowing and not knowing. Each artist operates in this malleable space, inviting a sense of wonder and further inquiry.
Art History Professor Akiko Walley and Chief Curator Anne Rose Kitagawa team-taught an Utagawa School course, in which students studied this vibrant artistic tradition and learned about exhibition planning in order to contribute to this installation, which features more than 30 loans from Lee and Mary Jean Michels along with prints from the museum’s permanent collection.
Yellow No. 5 examines the transactional relationship between culture and consumerism and how they often work in tandem to conceal their connection. Tariqa Waters’ project-based, multi-disciplinary exhibition sees her collaborate with regional artists to explore the grab-and-go nature of material goods and how these products serve as armor to shield us from our intrinsically codependent relationship with consumerism—using artificial additives.
The Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology was established in 2002 to provide working artists with little or no printmaking experience the opportunity to explore a new creative medium with guidance, instruction and technical assistance from an expert etching printer.
A native San Franciscan, Carlos Villa (1936-2013) was an artist and educator whose legacy was immeasurable. His works from the 1970s and 80s deftly reject the ethnographic terms historically ascribed to non-Western art. Combining repetitive action, performance, and activism, his abstract assemblages are visually dramatic expressions of Filipino-American identity.
The artworks in What Will Have Being draw the relics of fallen empires into discourse with contemporary political and environmental instabilities, considering the legacy of our species on this planet. Creating a throughline between ancient past and possible future, the works suggest a museological exhibition of antiquities that has been forgotten and reclaimed by nature.
Taking cues from the dangerous but alluring femme fatales of the 1940s and 50s Hollywood crime melodramas, Krick approaches the photograph as a fragment ingrained with treachery. In Repetition Suppression, prints are physically sliced, fractured and masked, then embedded within layers of reflective resin and mirrors.
For the past 8 years, the Art of the Athlete (AofA) program has been an education program for UO student-athletes as part of the museum’s broad outreach program which engages diverse student groups from across campus. AofA workshops are designed for students to experiment with a variety of media including sculpture, photography, collage/mixed media, oils, watercolors and acrylics.
Refrains is Ross Simonini’s first solo exhibition in the United States. The show features five of his Refrains painting series, which are created by repeatedly writing a single phase to construct an image. Each painting is a phrase. Every mark forms a letter. In this way, the show is a marriage of Simonini’s work as a writer and painter.
Our identity is dictated to us from the moment we are born, but as we grow up, identity is what we actually choose to be. I do believe that our circle of friends is what makes us who we are. We are all outsiders, Asian artists living abroad, and their deep friendship has offered me a ground on where I can stand and embrace my own identity.
At a time when it feels like the light is finally breaking through the darkness, Community Garden — a group exhibition of seven artists — cultivates an abundance of connections. Using a variety of methods, the artists achieve a naturalism that aesthetically binds their work together into a single gesture, allowing us glimpses and sensations of the open spaces where we once walked freely, and will soon return.
Through the use of autonomous aerial cameras, air-monitoring sensors, and sound detectors, Rowell gathers and contextualizes media and data from the field. His presentation of this nonhuman documentation of animal behavior, plant cycles, waste, displacement, erosion, and other elements of the human-altered landscape investigates how we understand, perceive, and experience the environment through technology.
Shown for the first time on the West Coast, this exhibition features new hybrids in Mariah Robertson's ongoing practice of using unique hand-cut masks, color filters and controlled light exposure. Working in complete darkness, Robertson precisely exposes her photo paper at two-second intervals, experimenting with the color balance of the enlarger's filters and the movement of her exposure masks. While this technique is built into the very tools of traditional photography, Robertson pushes the potential of image-making into a visual codex compressing time and action onto a single object.
Congress Yard Projects’ first exhibition of 2021, hard & SOFT will submit the artworks to continuous display outside, throughout the wet dragging days of late winter. This turns our previous format on its head from the summer series of weekend long exhibitions where artworks susceptible to the elements are moved inside nightly. Rather, hard & SOFT will run for 1344 hours, from late January til Spring Equinox, showcasing works that stand resolute under the weight of the grey dripping sky, alongside works that embrace weathering transformation and decay.
Anastacia-Reneé’s poetry and performances are an assertion of presence that counteract the erasure of those who have been marginalized by American society. With an unflinching focus on collective liberation, her work is rooted in the Black feminist and womanist traditions, and their intersectional approach to addressing racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism, and class.
Glass Rice is proud to present She and I, Them and Us, Taylor Smalls’ debut solo exhibition with the gallery and co-curated with Sydney Pfaff of Legion Projects. Smalls is a female designer and painter based in Oakland, by way of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Through palette knife painting and her use of highly saturated pigments, Smalls manipulates and exaggerates the visual and figurative complexities of colored skin through large-scale female portraiture. In her latest body of work, Smalls continues this exploration with an intent focus on a feature that has always intimidated the artist in the past; hair.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is pleased to host Nkame, a solo exhibition dedicated to the work of the late Cuban printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999). During her short but fertile career, she produced an extraordinary body of work central to the history of contemporary printmaking in Cuba and abroad.
Their newest series of video, print and large-scale textile banners focus on the social, racial and environmental upheaval during the summer of 2020. Led by the ideals of Black Lives Matter, Antifa and their own background as a radical educator, Vo’s solo show investigates the multitudes of activism and is a call for social justice and global solidarity.
Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle questions the stories we’ve been told by amplifying narratives that have been systematically overlooked from America’s history. This exhibition reunites Lawrence’s revolutionary 30-panel series Struggle: From the History of the American People (1954–56) for the first time since 1958.