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MOAH Celebrates Southern California’s Latino Heritage with Imagen Angeleno

MOAH to Hold Free Public Reception Saturday November 11

Post Date:11/09/2017 9:00 AM

In celebration of the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, a far-reaching and ambitious exploration of Latin American and Latino art in dialogue with Los Angeles, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) presents its winter exhibition, Imagen Angeleno, running from November 11 through January 14.

To celebrate the opening of this exhibition, a free public reception will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, November 11; featuring special entertainment, as well as handcrafted tacos and refreshments provided by 1800 Simply the Best Burritos & Tacos. In addition, there will be two complimentary screenings of the film Dark Progressivism at The BLVD Cinemas, at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., for museum attendees.

The Imagen Angeleno exhibition will include solo exhibits of work by Abel Alejandre, Ana Rodriguez, Ken Gonzales-Day, and Linda Vallejo, as well as a special group exhibition, Dark Progressivism: The Built Environment, guest-curated by Rodrigo d’Ebre and Lisa Derrick. In a variety of works -- ranging from drawing and painting, to sculpture, and graphic data aggregation -- Imagen Angeleno embodies some of the diverse narratives of the Latino experience in Southern California.

Artists Abel Alejandre and Ana Rodriguez approach this narrative from a personal perspective, reflecting on memories from childhood and family life in immigrant and marginalized communities, and how these histories have informed their identities as individuals and artists. Conversely, Ken Gonzales-Day and Linda Vallejo address Imagen Angeleno through a sociological lens, tracking the history and present conditions of Latino life as a cultural community.

Dark Progressivism: The Built Environment, which will be featured in the museum’s Main Gallery, will answer the question of which movements are currently shaping 21st century art with a multi-faceted approach that looks to the streets of Los Angeles, where innovation in design and the concept of “vandalism as artistic resistance” are embedded in the city’s identity. Dark Progressivism: The Built Environment will feature fine art on canvas, cement carvings in stylized typography, black and white photo essays, sculpture, and even a street scene installation. In addition, an off-site mural by Fishe and Drye will commemorate the post-recession modern era, emphasizing aspects of Lancaster and the Antelope Valley, including contributions to science, aviation, and environmental concerns. Special programming will include a book signing by several authors and a film screening of the award-winning documentary Dark Progressivism, with a panel discussion to be held in December.

“The exhibition reflects the economic/socio-political recovery of Southern California, a metaphor for the 20th century social ills that we are overcoming, and the nuances and history of development that inform such practices,” said guest curator Rodrigo d’Ebre.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting the appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. MOAH is open Tuesday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. For more information, visit:
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