SAN BERNARDINO — Art is usually a platform for discussion, and this fall it will be a launching pad.
RAFFMA, Cal State San Bernardino’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art, will present “Perspectives,” a new exhibition of contemporary art rich in Chicano and Latino dialogue, charged imagery, vivid color and captivating personal stories. “Perspectives” will be on display at RAFFMA Oct. 1-Dec. 15. An opening reception will be held on Sept. 29 from 5-7 p.m. at the museum, with a preview for Friends of the Museum at 4:30 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public; parking at CSUSB is $5. “Perspectives” features five artists – Luis G. Hernandez, David Rosales, Kathy Sosa, Gregg Stone and Linda Vallejo – each of them in a solo exhibition with its own title under the unifying theme of “perspectives.”
The artists vary considerably in their backgrounds, life and professional experiences, and even geographical locations. Working in a wide range of mediums, they represent different styles and genres – from modern realism through post-postmodern appropriation in a form of repurposed sculptures and collages focusing on comic social and political satire, to more conceptual, minimalistic and edgy, socially and politically engaged art. The exhibition’s open formula allows for a dynamic intersection of topics, themes stories or narratives concentrating on issues such as cultural and national identity, communication, cultural and racial politics, immigration and border tensions and beyond. It also includes the artists’ own personal stories leading to their professional choices and creative decisions, and, playfully, “Perspectives,” not only from the artists themselves but also from the visitors and participants in the exhibition’s accompanying programs. “The artists in the exhibition offer an array of perspectives on topics pertaining mostly, but not limited to, Mexico and Mesoamerica, in a variety of narratives, multiple layers of meanings and intimate reflections upon cultural, racial, social and political matters,” said Eva Kirsch, exhibition curator and RAFFMA director.
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