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The Presence of Absence: The Photographs of Richard Ehrlich

September 19 - November 22, 2009

Richard Ehrlich does not photograph people; yet, their existence is keenly felt in the ordinary objects and structures he depicts. His haunting, color-saturated images evoke lives lived and remind us of the vulnerability we all share. The Presence of Absence includes selected images of abandoned diamond mines in Namibia; graffiti from the now-demolished Belmont Park, Los Angeles; a deserted, decaying Cook County Hospital in Chicago; a defunct sugar mill in Maui; and German archival documents that echo the individual lives consumed by the Holocaust.

25th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 24 – May 9, 2009

Artists’ Reception and Award’s Ceremony, Thursday, April 30, 5-7 p.m.

This popular exhibition is comprised of the work of LMU Studio Arts majors and students enrolled in studio arts courses which has been selected by two jurors prominent in the Southern California arts community. The exhibit will showcase the broad range of media and techniques being explored in the studio art classes at LMU. The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition with its cash awards is sponsored by Andrea Kingaard Friedman, ’66.

Gallery 32 & Its Circle: Los Angeles' African American Art Community in the 1960s & '70s

January 24 - March 22, 2009

This exhibition will survey the rich, but much forgotten, history of Los Angeles’s Gallery 32. Dating from 1968 until 1970, Gallery 32 was one of the few art spaces that exhibited emerging African American artists and is significant for its exhibitions of such artists as David Hammons, Betye Saar, Alison Saar, Timothy Washington, and Emory Douglas. The history of Gallery 32 offers a unique view of the vibrant Los Angeles art scene of the period, exposing the diversity of the region’s contemporary art practices. The exhibition is being funded in part by a grant from the Norton Family Foundation on behalf of Eileen Harris Norton.