Kim Abeles: Art and Activism

September 11 - November 21, 2010

LA artist Kim Abeles mines the urban environment with a great sense of curiosity. She incorporates both conventional and unorthodox media—from using smog particles to quilting with trash—to explore broad social topics. She uses metaphors and humor to bring our attention to crucial issues such as pollution, gender roles, civil rights and even traffic. The exhibition features Abeles’ broad range of media and innovative techniques and focuses on three broad themes that have served as threads throughout her career: women’s lives and women’s issues, civil rights, and environmental issues. Some of her most recent work as well as a selection of pieces made over the past three decades will be on view. The exhibition reveals Kim Abeles’ keen perspectives on tough social issues and her distinctive style compels us to examine these problems afresh.

26th Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 15 – May 10, 2010

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 Claudia Bohn Spector and Sam Mellon 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.

Escapes: Polish Art in the Communist Era

January 30 - March 21, 2010

Escapes spans four decades of Polish art created under communist rule. As the country was being redefined socially and politically, artists were seeking new visions. At times their creativity was greatly restricted by the state while at other times, they found ways to express their opposition. Drawn primarily from the Bohdan “Bo” W. Oppenheim and Sylwestrowicz Collection as well as the holdings of the Center of the Study of Political Graphics and the Warszawa Restaurant, the exhibition includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and posters.