Curator Nadiah Fellah, scholars and artists will be joining in discussion of Judy’s Work, including La Memoria de Nuestra Tierra: California, in the Muralism in California: Past and Present conversation as part of the Left Coast: California Political Art exhibition at The James Gallery in New York on April 16th.
Although modern murals are often associated with post-revolutionary Mexico, muralism experienced a grassroots renaissance in 1970s California. With an added component of community involvement, a new generation of American artists adopted the medium’s messages of social emancipation and political radicalism. Join scholars and artists as they discuss muralism as public art and politically-engaged medium, with artists from Precita Eyes, a mural collective based in San Francisco who were commissioned exclusively to create a mural for Left Coast: California Political Art in the James Gallery. This conversation is cosponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; PhD Program in Art History, The Graduate Center, CUNY.
Apr 15, 2015 to May 29, 2015
Left Coast: California Political Art includes artworks from the 1980s to the present that focus on the spirit of protest and resistance, which has come to be synonymous with the West Coast in recent years. The title of the exhibition takes its name from a playful moniker for the left-wing politics associated with California, a place that curator and art historian Peter Selz has referred to as “America’s edge.” By exploring how the roles of these artists cross into the realm of activism, the show brings to the fore timely political tensions and social movements that are unfolding across the country. The exhibition will feature sculptures, drawings, paintings, video and prints by several contemporary artists currently working in California, as well as newly commissioned works by Los Angeles-based artist Andrew Schoultz, the Bay Area-based mural collective Precita Eyes Mural Collective, and the international artist collective Futurefarmers, founded by San Francisco artist Amy Franceschini. Also included in the presentation are works by artists Judith F. Baca, Evan Bissell, Libby Black, Enrique Chagoya, Bruce Conner, Estudio Teddy Cruz with Fonna Forman, Jennifer Moon, PERSIA and DADDIE$ PLA$TIK, Lari Pittman, Rigo 23, Favianna Rodriguez, Martin Wong, and Imin Yeh. This exhibition is curated by Nadiah Fellah, the Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow.
The James Gallery
The Graduate Center, City University of New York
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New York, NY 10016
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