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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

SOUTHERN CA | Art and Networking Lunch in Long Beach: Artist- and Curator-Led Tour of Judithe Hernández Exhibition at MOLAA and Studio Visit with Jennie Jieun Lee

Start Date: 10/10/2018 10:15 AM PDT
End Date: 10/10/2018 2:30 PM PDT

Venue Name: LAXART

7000 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA  United States  90038

Organization Name: ArtTable Southern California

Roni Feinstein
Email: programs@arttable.org
Phone: 212 343 1735 Ext.13


Members | $20
Guests | Free


Join ArtTable for a tour of Judithe Hernández: A Dream is the Shadow of Something Real led by the artist and Edward Hayes, MOLAA Curator of Exhibitions. Hernández, a pioneering figure in the Chicano Art and Los Angeles Mural Movements of the 1960's and 70's, was the only female member of the seminal artist collective "Los Four," the first Chicano artists to breakthrough the mainstream museum barrier. Together with Carlos Almaraz she painted murals at the Ramona Gardens Housing Projects in East Los Angeles, the first feminist empowerment murals of the period.

While Hernández went on to exhibit her work nationally and internationally, the present exhibition marks the first solo show of a Chicana artist at MOLAA. It includes work drawn from the Museum's collection and artist's studio and features over twenty new, lush, coloristically rich pastel paintings. These pastels, which offer evocative representations of women in invented landscapes, are enshrouded in symbols from a vast lexicon of Western and pre-Columbian art as well as from an encrypted personal iconography derived from ancient world cultures, current events, and dreams. In 2019, her newest mural project will mark the return of her artistic presence to downtown Los Angeles when her seven-story mural “La Nueva Reina de Los Angeles” is installed at Broadway and the Hollywood Freeway. 

Following lunch at Utopia Good Food and Fine Art Bistro, a 4-minute drive away from MOLAA, we will visit with celebrated ceramicist Jennie Jieun Lee in the Ceramics Building on the campus of California State University, Long Beach, a 15-minute drive away. Born in South Korea, Lee immigrated to New York at the age of 4. After a stint in the fashion industry, she began to devote herself to clay around 2010 and in 2015 had a breakthrough show at the Martos Gallery in New York, which featured melty, colorful, symbolism-rich masks and flat sculptures, as well as tabletop pieces, made under the name Glazemoods. She received an Artadia Award in 2016, a Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant from 2016-2017, and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2017. In 2017, she moved from Brooklyn to Long Beach for a residency at Cal State, Long Beach, where she is now a Graduate Research Fellow. In recent years, Lee's practice has expanded to include an array of sculptures, including wheel-thrown, hand-altered vessels, masks, and portrait busts with morphing and multipart features that convey emotional and psychological states. Her richly textured ceramics are covered with abstract painting with hints of representation imagery drawn from her experience. Lee is currently at work on a book on her art that will be published by Martos Gallery later this year. 

Our visits to these artist twenty-five years apart in age who work in different media and come from wholly different backgrounds should be fascinating and instructive. We hope you'll join us! 

Program Itinerary:

10:15 AM: Meet at MOLAA for tour of Judithe Hernández exhibition with Judithe Hernández and Edward Haye at MOLAA, 628 Alamitas Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90802

11:45 AM: Self-pay group lunch at Utopia Good Food and Fine Art Bistro, 445 E First Street, Long Beach, CA 90802, a 4-minute drive from MOLAA (parking $6 with validation from restaurant in Marriott lot across the street) 

1:15 PM: Studio visit with Jennie Jieun Lee in CSULB Ceramics Department Building FA2, California State University of Long Beach Campus, off E Campus Road, Long Beach, 90840, a 15-minute drive from the restaurant (park in lot G15)

Thank you SoCal ArtTable member Melanie Faure, Associate Director, Shulamit Nazarian and Susan Power, Co-Chair SoCal ArtTable


Image: Top: Judithe Hernández, The Birth of Eve / El nacimiento de Eva (The Adam & Eve Series), 2010. Pastel on paper, 30 x 44 inches. Bottom: Jennie Jieun Lee, "Sitting in LBC," (detail) 2018. Paper clay, glaze, and wood, 3 feet tall x 4 feet wide x 3.5 feet long. Photo courtesy of Martos Gallery.
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