January 29 - May 7, 2017
Chapters explores the significance of Southern California artists in establishing the field of book arts between the 1960s and present day. Book art is a conceptual and craft-based art form that investigates relationships between content, imagery, and structure. The exhibition traces the evolution of the art form by looking at historic and contemporary artists and institutions, such as Susan E. King, Ed Ruscha, the Woman’s Building, and Otis College of Art and Design, who established the field in Southern California through artists’ books, sculptural forms, small editions, and zines. A broad range of demonstrations and workshops by exhibition artists, area book arts instructors, and local students augments the exhibition.
January 29 - May 7, 2017
Focus Iran 2: Contemporary Photography and Video is the second biennial juried exhibition of photography and video works that relate to Iranian culture or heritage. The call for entries is international in scope and invites artists 18 years of age or older to submit for a chance to exhibit at the Craft & Folk Art Museum. The exhibition provides an opportunity to feature and expose mid-career and emerging artists from around the world. For more information, visit www.farhang.org/focusiran
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May 28 - August 20, 2017
Solo exhibition of seminal contemporary artist Betye Saar, featuring a collection of the artist's washboard assemblage sculptures. Born in 1926, Saar is a significant figure in the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s who has addressed racism, memory, and Black consciousness through complex assemblages that are at once confrontational, spiritual, and familial.
September 10, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Since the 1990s, the US-Mexico border has become an important site for creative exploration of issues related to emigration, immigration, labor conditions, hybrid identities, and transformation. The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility presents the work of contemporary artists who explore the border as a physical reality (place), as a subject (imagination), and as a site for production and solution (possibility). The inclusion of artists from various disciplines, including design, architecture, sculpture, painting, and photography, reflects the ways in which contemporary artists and designers themselves cross disciplinary borders. Many of the artists featured in the exhibition pursue a creative problem-solving process sometimes described as “design thinking,” which involves invention, social engagement, and the task of making. The exhibition will include work by artists and designers such as Teddy Cruz, Adrian Esparza, Consuelo Jimenez Underwood, and Ana Serrano.