Monday, February 27, 2012
Putting together the book for Asco: Elite of the Obscure was one of the most challenging and gratifying experiences…
Thursday, February 16, 2012
By Dalila Scruggs, Mellon Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts
The official opening reception for my exhibition African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945 is today!
After several months of research, writing, and planning, my co-curator Sandra Burton and I finally installed our exhibition African Americans and the American Scene, 1929-1945 over the course of one hectic week. On Monday the galleries were empty—“fresh, with no mistakes in them” (as Anne of Green Gables might say). And by Friday night, all…
Monday, February 13, 2012
As Valentine’s Day approaches, we can look to the museum’s collection for portrayals of love and romance. Some of my personal favorites include: “La Declaration d’amour” by Jean François de Troy (circa 1724), Robert Indiana’s “Love” series (1982), and a Peruvian ceramic blackware entitled “Two Lovers” (19th century). I also find the photograph “Le Muguet du metro” (1953) by Robert Doisneau interesting because while it seems romantic that the woman is holding a bouquet of flowers, the couple’s relationship looks very…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
Call Out to High School Students: We Want to Hear from You!
As an educator at WCMA, I can’t wait to talk with students about our new exhibition, Asco: Elite of the Obscure, A Retrospective, 1972–1987. Asco began as a tight-knit core group of four artists who all attended the same high school in East Los Angeles. They began working collaboratively in the late 1960s and early 1970s to create artwork to protest how they, as Chicanos, felt invisible, without representation…
Thursday, February 2, 2012
This week WCMA staff installed a large mural in the atrium of the museum in preparation for the opening of the exhibition Asco: Elite of the Obscure A Retrospective, 1972–1987 which will be on view this Saturday, February 4–July 29, 2012.
The mural Bound by Patssi Valdez was first laid out and condition checked in the Rose Study Gallery.
Then it was brought into the atrium and raised into position.
Next the mural was carefully tacked to the wall.
Patssi Valdez, Bound, 2011, acrylic…