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Torrance Art Museum presents

Art and Hidden Labor, a conversation:

October 29 • 3 pm

 The Gildless A

September 3 - October 29, 2016



Torrance Art Museum presents "Art and Hidden Labor", a discussion about the relations of labor and art: labor as a subject of art, labor as art, and the labor of art practice. This conversation will be held in conjunction with the closing of The GiIdless Age, an exhibition that explores the Los Angeles and California socio-political and eco-geographic landscapes as the epitome of political and industrial tendencies emerging from the Gilded Age of American history. This discussion features artists Claudia Cano, Ramiro Gomez and Marc Trujillo exploring the labor as it relates to their practices and as a condition of contemporary life.

For more about The Gildless Age, read its review from the Los Angeles Times, here: www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-gildless-age-review-20160919-snap-htmlstory.html

About the participants:

Claudia Cano is originally from Mexico. After obtaining a degree in Communication Sciences at the Technological Institute of Monterrey (1988) Cano studied photography at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. In 1997 she studied Advertising at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico where she taught photography for several years. Cano later opened her photography studio. In 2000, she was invited by the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico to develop an extension program dedicated to photography. Cano left Mexico in 2002 to reside in San Diego, California. Currently she is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts at San Diego State University.

Ramiro Gomez was born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents who have since become US citizens. He briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to take work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family, an experience that did much to inform his subsequent artistic practice.

Marc Trujillo depicts in his paintings places that are omnipresent in American urban and suburban landscapes such as gas stations, shopping malls, big chain stores, and restaurants. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1966, he currently resides in Los Angeles. He received his B.A. in 1991 from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.F.A. in 1994 from the Yale University School of Art, where he received the Ely Harwood Schless Memorial Fund Prize as well as the Ellen Battell Stoeckel Trust Fellowship. In 2001, Mr. Trujillo received the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, and in 2008 he received the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.