June 17 - August 12, 2017
WHY ART MATTERS!
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 17, 2017, 6-9 pm
Why Art Matters! is Torrance Art Museum's response to the potential defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts. The Museum has invited leading curators from across Southern California to nominate artists that reflect upon the project.
Participating curators include: Dan Cameron, Emily Gonzalez-Jarrett, Kio Griffith, Nancy Meyer, Kristina Newhouse, Max Presneill, Paul Schimmel, Tyler Stallings, and Catherine Taft.
Artists include: Chaz Bojorquez, Beatriz Cortez & Rafa Esparza, Finishing School, Arshia Haq, Kenyatta A C Hinkle, Linda Pollack, Henry Taylor, Glen Wilson, and Liat Yossifor.
Bill Dambrova: A Vein is a River
A solo exhibition of work by painter, Bill Dambrova
“… I began to think of the human body as a barely explored island of life, home to creatures unlike anything in the outside world. But when I remembered that we are just one species out of millions on this planet, the island swelled up to a continent, a planet.” —Carl Zimmer Parasite Rex
After reading Parasite Rex, a vivid and sometimes revolting book about how parasites have been steering the course of evolution behind the scenes for eons, I was changed forever. Now when I go to the beach I can’t look at a seagull or a snail without imagining them riddled with microscopic monsters controlling their minds; or worse, to the grocery store, where I visualize vampiric tape worms filling up the intestines of passers by.
I’ve always been mystified by our physical selves, not so much about why we are here but how we are here. How do our cells know how to grow in the configurations that they do? How does our soul/spirit inhabit our body; is it like a parasite host condition similar to what is going on in Parasite Rex? How can all life be connected when I usually feel so detached? Not necessarily detached from other people but from the multitudes of creatures that make up the colony that is my body!
I enjoy pondering our existence as spiritual beings as well, but I don’t want to get so caught up in mystical thinking that I forget to live in the present moment and enjoy our beautifully absurd physical reality.
sEPTEMBER 9 - nOVEMBER 4, 2017
The Cuban Matrix
Opening Reception: September 16, 2017, 6 - 9pm
Marking Torrance Art Museum’s (TAM) third time participating in SUR:biennial and first exhibition affiliated with the Getty-led Pacific Standard Time initiatives, TAM is pleased to announce The Cuban Matrix, opening at Torrance Art Museum on September 16, 2017.
This exhibition is organized by Maurizzio Hector Pineda, Benjamin W. Tippin, and Melissa Tran under the direction of Max Presneill, the museum’s director, and along with the assistance and support of the team of Torrance Art Museum and the Torrance Art Museum Advocates (TAMA). Participating artists include: Ariamna Contino, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Jorge Otero Escobar, Diana Fonseca, Luis Gomez, Alexander Hernandez, Tony Labat with Juan Carlos Alom & Jose Figueroa, Francisco Maso, and Esterio Segura.
This exhibition is an ambitious project featuring an in-depth look at contemporary Cuban artwork, with emphasis on digital media exchange culture. The focus of the exhibition is the offline digital “mercado” (marketplace) sharing culture that has arisen around the phenomenon of “El Paquete Semanal”: a weekly terabyte packet of entertainment, downloaded webpages and information that is carried into Cuba, shared and consumed throughout Cuban society.
Yoshua Okón: ORACLE
Torrance Art Museum is also pleased to host the Los Angeles premiere of Yoshua Okon’s Oracle, a three-channel video installation performing the social and political contradictions surrounding the ongoing Central American children refugee crisis, immigration, borders and nationalism.