Torrance Art MuseuM
CLOSED FOR INSTALLATION
OPENING RECEPTION FOR FALL EXHIBITIONS: Saturday, September 21, 6-9pm
Participating in The 5th SUR:biennial (2019)
Material Matters features works by Cruz Castillo, Elisa Ortega Montilla, Ruben Ochoa, and Tessie Salcido Whitmore. These four artists gather together the materials of urban life, here in Southern California – plastics, steel, concrete, fabrics, detritus – and manipulate them in order to address themes of identity, memory, political positions, and the poetics of the urban environment. The artists make discoveries with these gathered materials and reassemble them in new ways to bring a fresh insight into what it might mean to be urban within our massive contemporary metropolis.
SUR: biennial features independently-curated exhibitions that showcase recent and newly-commissioned works by local and international artists who have been influenced by the cultures and artistic traditions of Mexico, Central & South America, and the Caribbean. Joining Torrance Art Museum as participants in the 5th SUR:biennial (2019) are: Cerritos College Art Gallery, Cypress College Art Gallery, Eastside International (ESXLA), Long Beach City College Art Gallery, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, [and] SPARC: The Social & Public Art Resource Center.
September 21 - November 16
TO SAVE THE DAY!
Since their inception, the presence of super powered human beings in comic books has served as mighty metaphors for societal conditions, both the dreams and the ills. Fictional heroes have progressively led the way in addressing culture’s contemporary problems, from Otherness to citizen’s rights. Even today, with the explosion of Marvel and DC characters onto the silver screen, we see how this dynamic explores human frailties and strengths, our moral and ethical positions, as well as the trials and tribulations of our world. Contemporary artists have shown the same engagement with our times, often utilizing these comic book denizens as a way to critique the same issues.
To Save the Day! features work by Enrique Chagoya, Chaz Guest, Craig Knight, Aaron Noble, Fernando Rascon, U.S. Department of Illegal Superheroes (ICE DISH)
September 21 - November 16
December 7th, 6-9pm
December 7 - December 21, 2019
The Torrance Art Museum invites aspiring Artists, Curators, Critics, Theorists, and Gallerists to apply for the opportunity to participate in FORUM, a free ten-month mentoring program for career development in the visual arts. Launched in 2018, FORUM is an innovative annual program initiated by TAM to provide arts and culture tools, networks, and education to Los Angeles-based young professionals.
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Inspired by childhood innocence, the meditative energy of Japanese Zen gardens, and the impermanence of Tibetan sand mandalas, artist Kayla Tange invites visitors to play, draw, and write intentions in an illuminated sand box.