LBMA After Dark opens two exhibitions
2009-06-25 · By Editor
The Long Beach Museum of Art presents LBMA After Dark approximately three times a year. Each a unique, lively nighttime art happening, complete with world-class artwork, music, live entertainment, and an appetizer and cocktail menu specially crafted to complement the featured exhibition.
Tonight, the Long Beach Museum of Art celebrates the return of summer with another installment of the always–popular LBMA After Dark – an evening filled with food, drinks, music, entertainment, and world-class artwork. In addition to featuring a full bar and gourmet appetizers at happy hour prices, guests will receive free admission to the galleries to view the Museum’s two newest exhibitions – Novel Constructions: Artists Create Monumental Books; and Meeting New Works: Recent Acquisitions at LBMA. DJ Scotty Coats will spin records throughout the night, and all guests are invited to enjoy complimentary wine tasting.
The evening will also feature live screen printing by the group HIT + RUN, who will design one of a kind t-shirts that guests can purchase to commemorate the evening. For an added treat, the LBMA After Dark will feature live performances by exhibition artist Sean Cheetham’s band Del Toro.
Meeting New Works features more than 20 artworks in a variety of media that have been recently added to the Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibition features a variety of paintings, ceramic works, sculpture, and wood art, including selections from the promised gift of the over 70 pieces of wood art from the Irving Lipton Collection. Select featured artists include: Peter Zokosky, Tim Lowly, Tony Marsh, Terry Braunstein, William Hunter, Marc Trujillo, and Sean Cheetham.
Many of the pieces in Meeting New Works reflect the Museum’s ongoing effort to collect and exhibit artwork that is of particular interest to the local and regional community. Special emphasis is placed on artworks from local artists, women artists, work that reflects a diversity of cultural perspectives, and works by emerging artists. The artworks in Meeting New Works are especially significant to the Museum, as the majority of works were purchased with funds donated by the LBMA Collector’s Circle, a high-level membership group that supports the continued expansion of the Museum’s permanent collection.
Novel Constructions: Artists Create Monumental Books presents mixed media installations and sculptures inspired by the idea of “the book” – which range from six feet square to over 30 feet long. Each powerful artwork has its own sense of monumentality: some fill the space of an entire room, others tower above the viewer, and in one case the visitor is invited to literally step inside the work, extending the act of “reading” into the realm of a total body experience. Organized by guest curator Jean Clad, Novel Constructions presents the work of six contemporary women artists who challenge the traditional concept of a book through the creation of large-scale artworks presented in new and unexplored formats. Books, and the ideas that they communicate, serve not only as the inspiration and foundation for the exhibition, but are also utilized by a number of the artists as the primary medium for their work. Pages from well-known novels are disassembled, as artists cut out text line by line or use the binding of hundreds of books to create a massive sculptural installation.
Join the museum tonight, June 25:
- Two new exhibitions – Novel Constructions and Meeting New Works.
- Live Music with Del Toro (Featuring Meeting New Works exhibition Artist Sean Cheetham)
- Scotty Coats as DJ
- Live screenprinting by HIT+RUN. Make a one-of-a-kind t-shirt to commemorate the night!
- Tantalizing appetizer menu
- Happy Hour prices on food, beer, wine and mixed drinks
- Launch of the new Long Beach Arts & Culture Registry website.
Located on a magnificent bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, entrance to LBMA After Dark is $10 general admission or free with membership for you and a guest. Long Beach Museum After Dark takes place from 7 p.m. ot 10 p.m. at 2300 East Ocean Boulevard in Long Beach. For more information, call (562) 439-2119 or visit www.lbma.org.