TORRANCE ART MUSEUM PRESENTS
JUNE 15 – August 24, 2019
SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM:
WAR, ART and visual culture: los angeles
saturday, august 17, 10am-6pm / free
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jason Jenn, Outreach Specialist
TORRANCE, CA – Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles, a one-day symposium addressing today’s images of war, terror and political violence.
Shaun Gladwell, VR and video artist, and a former Australian Official War Artist, will be a keynote speaker at the War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles symposium on Saturday August 17, 2019. International expert on war and art, Dr Laura Brandon, now retired from the Canadian War Museum, will also give a keynote address. The symposium will bring together leading theorists, artists, researchers, and experts on conflict and contemporary art to Torrance Art Museum, to coincide with the current exhibition, GENERATION W(ar).
“We’re excited to bring together in Los Angeles some of the world’s leading experts on images of war in today’s art and media”, says Kit Messham-Muir, Associate Professor in Art at Curtin University Perth, Australia, who leads the research team that is convening the symposium.
A/Prof Messham-Muir says, “The images we see of war and violent conflict are quite unlike those of the past – images on the news are immediate and their presentation is emotive, military strikes and terror attacks spark across the internet in seconds. Artists play an important role on reflecting on those images, sometimes offering alternative perspectives on war and violence.”
War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles aims to generate new knowledge in this growing field and contribute to the current discourse around contemporary art and war. This Symposium is the third international War, Art and Visual Culture symposia — following Sydney in February 2019 and London in May 2019. The Los Angeles symposium consists of expert panels of high-profile practitioners, curators and theorists, addressing war, art and visual culture since 9/11. Project leaders during the day will include Uroš Čvoro, Sarah Gregg Minslow, and Max Presneill (TAM Director/Curator). The schedule will also feature a discussion with some of the artists involved in TAM’s current exhibition GENERATION W(ar).
Generation W(ar) will be on view from June 15, 2019 – August 24, 2019
at the Torrance Art Museum.
Curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill.
Featured artists: Shusuke Ao, Josh Azzarella, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan VanClapp, Melanie Friend, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Jackel, Jerome Lagarrigue, Dinh Q. Lê, Hillary Mushkin, Simon Norfolk, Kim Rugg, Joaquín Segura, Allison Stewart, and Yoram Wolberger.
These events form an important element in a major three-year research project, Art in Conflict, led by Curtin University in partnership with the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and National Trust (NSW) and in collaboration with an international academic team from University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales and University of Manchester.
The Art in Conflict project is led by Curtin University in Perth, Australia, in collaboration with University of Melbourne, UNSW Art & Design and University of Manchester, in partnership with the Australian War Memorial and the National Trust (NSW). This project is funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council. Art in Conflict (LP170100039) receives a Linkage Project grant of $293,380. War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles also received the support of Small Grant from Curtin University’s School of Media, Creative Arts and Social Inquiry. The project will include a book, a special issue of a scholarly journal and a curated exhibition at the SH Ervin Gallery in 2021.
VENUE: Torrance Art Museum
LOCATION: 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA
DATES: June 15 - August 24, 2019
TORRANCE ART MUSEUM Investigates the mechanisms behind the militarization of society
TORRANCE, CA – Torrance Art Museum (TAM) presents a bold summer exhibition exploring the intersection between art and warfare, enlisting 16 artists who reflect a world of increased military engagement across the globe. Utilizing a wide range of media in its artistic arsenal, GENERATION W(ar) deftly maneuvers through the defining trait of our conflicted times to investigate the invisibility of things in plain sight and the daily relationship to war that underlies the culture at large.
Internationally renowned contemporary artists Vanessa Beecroft and Shaun Gladwell are among the assembled artists who focus their art practice toward political expression and social critique of the institutionalization of war into the fabric of society.
21-year olds have never lived during a time when the US was NOT at war. How and where can we see this reflected in the art works of our time? Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin? How much militarism in a democracy is too much?
Curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill.
Featured artists: Shusuke Ao, Josh Azzarella, Vanessa Beecroft, Harun Farocki, Melanie Friend, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Jackel, Jerome Lagarrigue, Dinh Q. Lê, Hillary Mushkin, Simon Norfolk, Kim Rugg, Joaquín Segura, Allison Stewart, Dan Van Clapp, and Yoram Wolberger.
GENERATION W(ar) will be on view from June 15, 2019 – August 24, 2019 at the Torrance Art Museum.
The opening reception will be held on Saturday, June 15th from 6 pm – 9 pm
A special screening of internationally celebrated filmmaker Harun Farocki’s “War at a Distance” will take place on Thursday, July 18 at 7:30pm.
A special international one-day symposium War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles will take place on Saturday, August 17 from 9am-6pm
War, Art and Visual Culture: Los Angeles is the third of a series of three international symposia being held this year in Sydney, London and Los Angeles as part of the Art in Conflict project – the Los Angeles symposium consists of four expert panels of high-profile practitioners, curators and theorists, addressing displacement, temporality, photography and the postcolonial body. The day will also feature a discussion with some of the artists involved in the current exhibition GENERATION W(ar) on view at the Torrance Art Museum through August 24.
ALSO ON VIEW AT THE TORRANCE ART MUSEUM JUNE 15 - AUGUST 24, 2019
Gallery Two – Run Straight Through
Contemporary paintings by Tahnee Lonsdale, Kristy Luck, Michael Nauert, and Thom Trojanowski. Curated by Kate Mothes.
How can contemporary painting register the experience of those who travel, migrate, and pass through borders of the world? Run Straight Through is a curatorial project conceived around the notion of physical presence and movement through an exploration of figuration, landscape, and the abstract. The exhibition features four artists based between Los Angeles and London whose works draw connections between place and body; the landscapes that we inhabit, and that inhabit us.
The title Run Straight Through itself is a phrase with multiple meanings: someone may run from one place to another, or something can be run through like a blade in flesh—straight through—cleanly. Some of the paintings are purely abstract, and others represent specific actions, objects, or figures, yet all of these artists question what it means to be “here” and how to get there. Some works, such as those by Tahnee Lonsdale and Thom Trojanowski, present the figure as symbolically cartoonish, separating emotional experience or existence from the body. In the work of Michael Nauert and Kristy Luck, the abstract gestures and forms allude to movement and landscape as metaphor for the presence of the body.
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Torrance Art Museum:
Founded in 2005, the Torrance Art Museum is the premier visual art space to view contemporary art in the South Bay. The museum encourages all people to develop and increase their understanding and appreciation for modern programs, artist talks, lectures, and symposia. Through its emphasis on contemporary artistic expression in Southern California and globally, the Torrance Art Museum brings together visual artists and community members; fosters experiences in the arts to strengthen creative and critical thinking skills; and builds bridges between the visual arts and other disciplines in the humanities and sciences. Torrance Art Museum is a program of the City of Torrance Cultural Services Division of the Community Services Department.
For more information visit www.TorranceArtMuseum.com or call 310-618-6388.
Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission to the Torrance Art Museum is Free.
Torrance Art Museum
3320 Civic Center Drive
Torrance, CA 90503
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