ArtCenter unveils ‘Red-Hot Summer of Art and Design’ | Arts and events


As one of the world’s leaders in art and design education, the ArtCenter College of Design has been a cornerstone of Pasadena’s arts and culture landscape since 1930.

Led by its new Director of Galleries and Vice President of Exhibitions Julie Joyce, ArtCenter has unveiled a new slate of summer exhibitions as part of this year’s “Red-Hot Summer of Art and Design.” The shows will run from Thursday, July 7 through Sunday, October 2 and will take visitors on a journey across campus.

“It’s exciting because I think it really represents the past few years making a real effort to activate all spaces with projects and art that Julie has led,” said Teri Bond, Director of Marketing and communications at ArtCenter.

Joyce was born and raised in Pasadena and spent more than a decade as a curator of contemporary art at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art before joining ArtCenter in 2019. Alongside her colleague Christina Valentine, assistant director of galleries and curator of exhibitions, Joyce felt determined to bring an eclectic collection of artists and storytellers to the Williamson Gallery, Hutto-Patterson Exhibition Hall, Mullin Gallery and the lobby of their building 1111 this summer.

Featuring 22 artists and collectives, ArtCenter’s gallery spaces will feature a wide range of works that address some of the most pressing issues facing the world today.

“We really strive to be relevant and explore thought-provoking things and things that don’t just relate to art or subject matter,” Joyce explained. “It’s the nature of being on a college campus, but also of wanting to stay relevant with contemporary culture. We want to establish these links between art and design, the social, the humanitarian, the poetic and the scientific.

Roulet Williamson’s Alyce Gallery summer exhibition, “Cantos of the Sibylline Sisterhood,” for example, showcases a collection of works that address the identity of marginalized groups and their power to impact future cultural conditions. .

The exhibition is based on the premise of sibyls, women throughout history known to predict the future, and the artists featured are considered cultural sibyls.

Artists include April Bey, Chitra Ganesh, Mariko Mori, Mai-Thu Perret, The Revolution School, Lezley Saar, Erica Ryan Stallones, Molly Surazhsky, Marnie Weber and Saya Woolfalk.

“We love this show so much,” Joyce said. “It is essentially a group of artists who use science fiction, fantasy, spirituality and mythology as grounds for the investigation of identity and agency.”

In collaboration with the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography, the “Redact, Rewrite, Reframe” exhibition will take over the Hutto-Patterson showroom and showcase a variety of images and materials from the news media putting focus on global socio-political events of the past two years. decades. The exhibition raises discussions around the subjectivity of current events as well as its ideological nature.

Featured artists are York Chang, Steve Hurd, Simon Johnston, Gloria Kondrup, Paula Scher, Rich Silverstein, Samira Yamin and Jemima Wyman.

“I was speaking with the director (of HMCT), Gloria Kondrup, who is an incredible leader,” Joyce described. “She has designer residencies, and we were talking about a few designers and artists who were dealing with the news in an interesting way. And so I agreed to organize this show in collaboration with them.

In the lobby of 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway, ArtCenter will also feature the launch of “1111 Projects,” an installation initiative that will feature the school’s alumni in a rotating program.

“It’s such a dynamic space where students really interact with staff and faculty on a pretty close level, and we have so many amazing alumni who have graduated from ArtCenter,” Joyce said.

The first installation features the work of Diana Thater, whom Joyce has known since Thater was a graduate student. Her installation, “Natural History One,” uses Super 8 film footage she shot of butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion at the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History. Images will be displayed on five screens arranged in a loose flower shape with two LED lights sandwiched between them.

“She is very concerned about the environment and the animals,” Joyce said. “She’s preoccupied with extinction…and it’s also an incredibly beautiful piece at the same time.”

In addition to three new summer exhibitions, ArtCenter’s Peter and Merle Mullin Gallery will continue to host its “Everyday or Not at All” exhibition through Thursday, August 28. The exhibition features work from three design studios in Mexico (APRDELESP, Fabien Cappello and Andrés Souto) that explore design methods derived from the observation of everyday life, whether from the perspective of traditional craftsmen or the urban working class.

“They really embraced this idea of ​​everyday life in a very multi-dimensional way,” Joyce explained. “They’re very committed to using everyday materials and techniques that they’ve drawn from all over Mexico…And they’ve each produced videos that really help people learn who can’t afford to. ‘buy their designs or have them work.. They’ve made these hands-on designs where they let anyone who wants to watch their videos on how to do their job.

Admission to all shows and exhibitions will be free, a demonstration of ArtCenter’s commitment to providing its community with access to art.

“It’s just nice to be able to reopen this way,” Joyce said. “Being on a college campus, we are part of that vast array of college and university galleries and museums in Southern California…These exhibit spaces are often where surrounding communities and campus communities can connect .”

A hot summer of art and design

WHERE: Various locations within the ArtCenter campus gallery spaces

WHEN: From Thursday 7 July to Sunday 2 October

COST: FREE ENTRANCE

INFORMATION: artcenter.edu

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