Study for Three Peaks

February 20 - March 25, 2010
Opening Reception Saturday February 20, 2010 7 pm - 10 pm

March 13, 2010 Panel Discussion 4-6 pm: Art and Architecture: Merging the contemporary and the historical. Panelists: Gwynne Pugh (Pugh + Scarpa), Isotta Poggi (Getty Research Institute), John O'Brien, Cielo Pessione
FOLLOWED by NELAart Second Saturday Gallery Night 7-10 pm

Curated by John O'Brien and Cielo Pessione
Participating Artists: Wendy Adest, Nena Amsler, Daniel Brodo, Matty Byloos, Jamison Carter, April Durham, Samantha Fields, Margaret Griffith, Mary Addison Hackett, Erika Lizée, Mara Lonner, Meg Madison, Nancy Monk, John O'Brien, Cielo Pessione, Rebecca Ripple, Steve Roden, Joseph Santarromana, Jose Sarinana, Elizabeth Saveri, Telemachus Studios, Carolee Toon, Shirley Tse, Hoang Vu and Andre Yi.

This is an exhibition of 25 contemporary L.A. visual artists who participated in collaboration with Sistema Museo in the Umbria region of Italy. Artwork was selected or created by these artists to travel and be exhibited within the existing archeological fragments on view in the Archeological Museum of Amelia in summer 2009. Placing their artwork within these archeological remains provided artists with a unique opportunity to find a significant and unusual setting for their work and to interact with these important art historical sources. Rebus Reconstructuring documents the results of this process by displaying the selected artwork and photographic images of the artworks within the museum collections.

John O'Brien and Cielo Pessione's curatorial premise is intended to create bridges between the contemporary and the historical, between Los Angeles and Umbria. This exhibition cycle allowed the Archeological Museum of Amelia a chance to see how contemporary L.A. artists might interact with their historical collections. They were interested in the way this process puts their artifacts and historical holdings into a new and unexpected light. The curators and artists were interested in what happens when contemporary art is placed in proximity to objects and images from antiquity.

The March 13, 2010 panel discussion about "Art and Architecture: Merging the contemporary and the historical" is particularly relevant at CFAER, a historically listed 1914 Carnegie Library Building, that was itself transformed into a multicultural community center for arts and culture.

Special thanks to Jeff Carpenter of Westcott Press and Italian Living Umbria.

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 arts programming organization. The mission of the Center is to provide innovative and multicultural arts programming to the communities of North East Los Angeles. This program is funded by a generous grant from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission

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2225 Colorado Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90041