“The role of art is to make a world which can be inherited.” —William Saroyan
As part of Fresno’s participation in the worldwide commemoration of the one hundred year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the Fresno Art Museum will present Tradition, Legacy, Culture, an exhibition that will showcase works by internationally and regionally renowned artists of Armenian descent. The artists to be exhibited include John Altoon, Varujan Boghosian, Ara Dolarian, Charles Garabedian, Arshile Gorky, Khachik Khachatouryan, Ed Marouk, Rueben Nakian, Varaz Samuelian, William Saroyan, and Arminee Shishmanian. The works will demonstrate the enduring traditions that have remained prevalent in Armenian art over the centuries and the pride these artists have in their culture.
Images: John Altoon, Seaview Series, ink and pastel on paper, 1964, courtesy of the Collection of Joan and Jack Quinn, Beverly Hills, CA; Varujan Boghosian, In the Lagoon, paper collage, 2005, courtesy of Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York, NY
The Fresno Art Museum is grateful to the community for their support of this Commemorative Exhibition.
Exhibition support for 1915-2015: Tradition, Legacy, Culture:
Additional Support has been provided by: Mary Abaci, Donald and Barbara Serimian, Mrs. Beverly Achki, Richard and Joan Ahronian, Howard and Rose Marie Atamian, Shirley A. Bruegman, Steven and Marilyn Fowler, Jack and Lucille Gahvejian, Mark Hagopian, Gladys K. Peters, Joyce Terzian, Tom Tusan, Anonymous Donor, Peter and Cathy Cholakian, Rosemary Cotton, Nat and Ann Dellavalle, Dale and Kandy Garabedian, Roberta Hagopian, Loretta Hutton, Robert and Jackie Manselian, Barbara and Ron Mortanian, In Honor of Arminee Shishmanian
The Fresno Art Museum is pleased to present Matt Black: From Clouds to Dust, an exhibition of 25 black and white photographs, by Valley-native photographer Matt Black. This exhibition is comprised of elements from two separate documentary projects, Kingdom of Dust and People of the Clouds, and chronicles the complex relationship between migrant workers, farming, and the environment in the Central Valley paralleled with the collapse of indigenous farming in the workers’ home region of Mixteca in southern Mexico. From Clouds to Dust examines contemporary rural life and the impact of an environment out of balance on those who rely upon it for their livelihood. The exhibition is presented in collaboration with Anastasia Photo, New York, New York.
Matt Black has been named TIME MAGAZINE'S INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHER OF 2014
Images: Matt Black, Plum Harvest, Kingsburg, CA, 1998, and Villagers Celebrate their Town's Saints Day, San Miguel, Cuevas, MX 2006, archival pigment prints on Museo silver rag paper, courtesy of the artist and Anastasia Photo, New York, NY
In partnership with the Friends of the Politi Branch Library, an affiliate of the Fresno County Public Library, the Museum presents the original paintings, artist studies, and sketches from Moy Moy, a classic children’s book written and illustrated by Leo Politi (b.1908 Fresno, d. 1996 Los Angeles). First published in 1960, Moy Moy tells the story of four young siblings preparing for a Chinese New Year celebration in the close-knit immigrant community in Los Angeles' Chinatown. Politi’s stories, with their colorful California settings and multi-cultural sensitivity, unique for their time are considered to be classic examples of the twentieth–century children's picture book. This exhibition celebrates the re-release of Moy Moy in an anthology of children’s stories, A Treasury of Wintertime Tales (Taschen Press, published November 2014).
This exhibition is a main focus for school tours conducted in partnership with the Fresno County Office of Education, the Fresno Unified School District, and the Kennedy Center Any Given Child initiative.
Images: Illustrations from the book, Moy Moy by Leo Politi
Exhibition Support: Bonner Family Foundation, Friends of the Politi Branch Library, Fresno County Federal Credit Union, Christy V. Hicks, Deborah and Greg Lapp, Dr. John Scholefield and Kristene Petrucci Scholefield
The Abstract Spirit: Etchings from the Permanent Collection showcases works on paper by two exceptional artists: Roberto Matta and Dennis Beall. Chilean-born Matta and American Beall had very different career paths—Matta was a prominent member of the Surrealist movement in New York during the 1940s while Beall was a museum professional and educator in California, as well as a noted Bay Area artist—but both were very experimental in their works, both technically and aesthetically. The pieces selected for this exhibition are wrought with spiritual and mystical significance. Both artists employed a dramatic use of color and organic forms to breathe life onto paper. Matta’s work has a primitive essence, with undulating shapes and sharp lines creating cosmic landscapes that boldly confront the viewer. Beall’s Genesis series is much smaller in scale, each day of creation as a self-contained entity, culminating in the final day with a completely formed world. His forms are jagged and fragmentary, yet full of light, creating richly textured primordial landscapes. Together these two artists present differing interpretations of the mythological elements that unify us as a people.
Images: Roberto Matta, Untitled from the series: Hom'mere III (L'Ergonaute), 1977, etching with aquatint, 27/100, a gift to FAM from Dr. and Mrs. J.L. Sheehy in memory of Mrs. Sheehy's mother (left) and Dennis Beall, 4th Day, from Genesis Series, 1962, color etching on paper, 18/25, a gift to FAM from Art Prospectors
General Exhibition Support:
Women's Auxiliary of the Fresno Art Museum