How a $ 185,000 grant fund will support arts programming in Orange County
Part of the funds from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has again reached Orange County.
Among 50 museums and artistic organizations, Grand Central Art Center, Orange County Museum of Art and Lagoon Art Museum are recipients of Spring 2021 grants. The funds will support administrative expenses, programs, exhibitions and curatorial research.
“We are delighted to support three exceptional institutions in Orange County,” said Rachel Bers, program director of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in a statement. “Their programs and exhibitions provide artists with an important platform to engage with local communities, while maintaining the foundation’s belief that artists have a meaningful contribution to make to the social, political and cultural conversations taking place in nationwide. “
TimesOC checked with the three OC recipients to see what they might have expected in the near future.
Orange County Museum of Art
The museum received $ 60,000 to support the exhibition “Fred Eversley: Reflecting Back (the World)”, which is expected to open in October 2022 as one of the inaugural exhibitions of the new 53,000 square foot museum in Costa Mesa.
Eversley’s first retrospective will examine five decades of his career, his role in California art history, and technical innovation in his sculptures. Some of his sculptures are made of molded resin pieces that act like lenses or mirrors playing with color and light.
One of his first solo exhibitions was in 1978 at the OCMA, then called Newport Harbor Art Museum. The artist is known as a key figure in the California Light and Space movement who used his first-hand understanding as an engineer in his works.
“Today, at age 80, his work is collected by major museums and regularly included in notable group exhibitions,” reads a statement from OCMA describing the exhibition. “Yet unlike many of his peers, he has not received the recognition his contribution deserves.”
“A historical retrospective in California, where the work was rooted, will provide OCMA audiences with the opportunity to examine Eversley’s role in California art history and better understand the influence of his past as an African-American man and scientist, “the statement read. “Eversley’s artistic career serves as a unique case study to examine the influence of technology on Californian sculptures from the 1960s onwards and how these works inspired a deep awareness of perceptual experiences and questioned them. ideas of what art might be. “
Grand Central Art Center
Over two years, the center will receive $ 100,000 to support its artist-in-residence program. This is the third time that the foundation has awarded the center, which is in partnership with Santa Ana and Cal State Fullerton.
According to Director and Chief Curator John Spiak, the grant will go towards research and project development by future artists in residence Alicia Rojas, Carlee Fernandez, Kelley-Ann Lindo, Shaun Leonardo and Jasmin Mara López. The center has suspended part of its programming due to the coronavirus pandemic but plans to continue projects with artists such as Yumi Janairo Roth, Lexa Walsh, Susy Bielak and Fred Schmalz, Glenda Leon, Pablo Helguera to name a few only a few.
Some of the artists have Cal State Fullerton associations. Fernandez is a 1997 fine arts alumnus. López will be working on a film about current Cal State Fullerton student Gilbert Anthony Romero, and Roth’s project stars former student Erik Argote as a sign spinner. .
“CCGA residences grow in the belief that an actual creative process should be fluid and porous, not confined or constrained by limitations and preconceived notions imposed upon it from the start,” Spiak wrote via email. “The process should be allowed to move freely, providing opportunities for exchange, discovery and influence to occur organically. “
Former artist-in-residence, such as Sarah Rafael Garcia of LibroMobile and Sara Guerrero of Breath of Fire, continued to participate in the CO-based artistic programming.
The center is expected to reopen with new exhibits in early September.
Lagoon Art Museum
The museum, which reopened in March, received $ 25,000 for its curatorial research grant featuring Sharrissa Iqbal, Cécile Whiting and Michael Duncan.
Former executive director Malcolm Warner and Professor Whiting of UC Irvine chose Iqbal and Duncan to organize “Particles and Waves: Southern California Abstraction and Modern Physics, 1945 to 1980”, which will examine the impact of modern physics on abstract art in post-war Southern California.
The exhibit is a collaboration with the Getty Foundation’s Pacific Standard Time initiative “Art x Science x LA”Is expected to open in 2024 with numerous exhibitions, performances, publications and other simultaneous programming.
Iqbal and Duncan will conduct extensive research, which includes interviews and visits to artist studios, to write essays and catalog entries for the exhibition’s publication. Iqbal will travel to Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Taos and Berlin. Duncan will travel to Washington, DC, New York, San Francisco and Oakland.
“This exhibit provides an exciting opportunity to explore the interrelated stories of scientific research and artistic experimentation in Southern California,” said Sharrissa Iqbal, chief curator of the Laguna Art Museum exhibit, in January.
“After World War II, a wide range of artists in and around Los Angeles produced visually abstract works of art related to scientific theories, mathematical models and engineering technologies,” Iqbal said. “By bringing together a dynamic intersection of non-figurative works of art influenced by modern physics, ‘Particles and Waves’ will shed new light on the history of artistic abstraction in the region.”
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