Three new exhibits recently opened at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum to honor the facility’s 50 years as a teaching and collecting museum at Cal State Long Beach.
Exhibits include “Hurry Slowly” in the Main Gallery, “Miyoshi Barosh: The End” in the Mini Gallery, and “Juan Gomez: Sangre Hermosa” in the Community Gallery. The museum is free for all visitors.
With over 70 works of art, ‘Hurry Slowly’ encourages visitors to ask why and how museums collect works of art and find out why they continue to acquire pieces today, according to museum policy. . website.
“‘Hurry Slowly’ is a historic showcase for our permanent collection, which has been growing for nearly 50 years,” museum director Paul Baker Prindle said in a statement. “He studies where we went, how we got to where we are, and he previews where we’re going.”
Visitors will see the works of participants in the 1965 International Sculpture Symposium, including Kengiro Azuma and Piotr Kowalski. There will also be a selection of works by pop artists like Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist and Andy Warhol, whose critiques of post-war society laid the foundations for contemporary art practices, according to a press release.
Underpinning the museum’s investment in abstraction, multidisciplinary practices and innovative uses of materials by artists are the more than 2,000 objects that have recently been added to the permanent collection held in stewardship for the community, according to a Press release.
Works by female artists such as Kim Abeles, Rhona Bitner, Dorr Bothwell will also be on display, along with new acquisitions by Clifford Prince King, Star Montana and Robin Mitchell.
Other exhibits in the museum feature works by artists Juan Gomez and Miyoshi Barosh.
Gomez’s exhibit is titled “Sangre Hermosa,” which translates to beautiful blood. The flexible, bound, matted, and stitched sculptures that make up the exhibit pay homage to Gomez’s ancestry and the immigration experiences of his immediate family.
“My art practice allows me to stay engaged with my culture and visualize my ancestors’ journey through life,” the Long Beach artist said in a statement, “by building a reference plane as I walk through my own. “.
In “Sangre Hermosa,” Gomez selected materials like rope and fabric to incorporate into her work to connect her childhood and her parents’ experiences, and used her art to intertwine their stories and continue her family’s tradition of share oral histories in tangible ways, according to a press release.
The museum is also featuring five works by the late artist Miyoshi Barosh in the exhibition titled “The End,” which focuses on the 2017 mixed media sculptural work and study sketches that make up “The End.”
“The End,” created shortly after Barosh was diagnosed with uterine cancer in 2016, started out as quick doodles that later evolved into a three-dimensional artwork. Despite their physical complexity, this work still retained a “fresh, unassuming, drawing-like quality”, according to the artist’s surviving spouse, fellow artist Jeff Colson.
Barosh’s signature “conceptual pop” art style combines with the various textiles and materials used in the sculpture to convey the artist’s expression, contributing to the educational aspect of the museum’s understanding of art. .
“It’s a rare opportunity to see ourselves with new eyes, to discover our strengths and weaknesses,” Prindle said, “and to deepen the public’s understanding of the complex realities of our role as a collecting and disseminating museum. teaching at the service of our communities”.
The exhibitions are available until December 22. For more information, visit csulb.edu.