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Multitude of interesting exhibitions slated to open at PMCA in January

9 Jan 2014 4:54 PM
Multitude of interesting exhibitions slated to open at PMCA in January

Across the country, the start of the new year has individuals and organizations making improvements and effective updates. In Pasadena - one of the most revered Golden State cities that boasts a sizable community of artists - 2014 marks the beginning of a new season for art exhibits and thought-provoking displays. 

Appropriately, many galleries and showrooms are busy gearing up for the coming months. Chief among them is the Pasadena Museum of California Art, which has plans to debut three different exhibitions on the same day. On Sunday, Jan. 19, visitors to the cultural institution will be given the opportunity to view "Picturing Mexico: Alfredo Ramos Martínez in California," "Serigrafía" and "Flora Kao: Homestead." Each of these shows offer a different take on occurrences within the West Coast state during the last several decades.

Reception to be held prior to opening
On the day preceding the opening of the three different exhibitions, the PMCA will host a reception to mark the special occasion. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, local members of the museum and area visitors will have the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the artists and their various works before the exhibit is opened to the masses. Guests will be treated to delicious hors d'oeuvres and savory refreshments, and be encouraged to freely discuss the featured pieces as they explore the sprawling gallery space on East Union Street.

Those interested in attending the opening reception can ensure their admission for just $5 at the door. Members will be granted access to the event free of charge. 

Exhibitions focus on different aspects of American history
Visitors to the PMCA who view each of the exhibits can enjoy examining three individual view points of historic events in California. Spanning multiple decades, each piece serves to represent the artist's thoughts and feelings on specific happenings, promising to provide a unique experience for all.

  • Picturing Mexico - This exhibition focuses on the body of work produced by respected modernist painter, Alfredo Ramos Martínez, between 1929 and 1946. Many of the selected pieces reflect the precocious state of the country leading up to - and during - the Great Depression. Divided into four sections, "L.A. Stories," "Many Women," "Religious Piety" and "Forever Mexico," the exhibit spotlights Martínez's unique narrative and masterful style, highlighting him as a remarkable contributor to contemporary 20th century art. Carefully curated by Amy Galpin, Ph.D., curator for Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College in Florida, the display is sponsored by American Fine Art Magazine and supported by a number of local organizations, including the  the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and The Hilbert Collection.
  • Serigrafía - Featuring 30 silkscreens dating from the 1970s to present day, this collection of works of graphic art serves to survey the influential and powerful tradition of information design in California's Latino culture. Created and distributed by centros - artist-led collectives - these images significantly contributed to the public discourse at the time. Along with the civil rights movement, these prints' messages demand political and social justice for marginalized groups, as well as confront social, economic, political and cultural issues on both personal and global levels. Curated by a panel of seven design experts, the exhibition focuses on aesthetics and portability combine to transform an image into a communicative and educational object. Organized by Exhibit Envoy, the collection is funded by the James Irvine Foundation and supported by the Board of Directors of the PMCA.
  • Homestead - In an attempt to evaluate human relationships with respect to landscape and mapping, as well as notions of home and placelessness, artist Flora Kao puts her spotlight on the poignant histories of the vacant, dilapidated shacks that pepper the Mojave Desert in this exhibit. The images of abandoned homes and life-size rubbings of decrepit walls populate the museums Project Room, and help viewers to directly connect with each structure, which has been suspended in a specific moment of its decay. Those seeking a visceral encounter with erasure and accumulation, hoping for the chance to meditate on the ease and inevitability of loss in a region that beckons new beginnings. Kao is a recipient of an ARC grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation, and her display was organized by PMCA.

Exhibitions to enjoy long stand at PMCA
?Individuals interested in viewing the artwork featured in each of these three new exhibitions will be able to do so until April 20, when the displays will conclude. Until then, though, art-enthusiasts can gain entry to the collections during normal musuem hours for an admission price of $7. As usual, PMCA members can enjoy having access for free.

Those looking for additional information regarding the exhibits or museum itself can call 626-568-3665 or visit to learn more.