Initiated in the wake of Los Angeles’ civil unrest in 1992, the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Internship Program seeks to increase diversity within the staffs of museums and visual arts organizations by offering paid internships to students of diverse backgrounds who either live or attend college in Los Angeles County. At Scripps, that mission is carried out in a variety of ways, including extensive hands-on work with the Scripps College art collection, interviews with professionals in the field, and a wide array of trips to the art meccas of Los Angeles.
Run Up and About a hundred yards from the road are both photographs from Ken Gonzales-Day’s Searching for California’s Hang Trees series, part of the artist’s extensive work on the history of lynching in California, which also includes his photographic series, Erased Lynchings, and his book, Lynching in the West: 1850–1935. These projects share a common goal: complicating the viewer’s understanding of the history of racial violence in America.
Macko came to a new understanding of the life cycle as a continuous process, rather than a series of discrete stages. Macko’s work encourages the viewer to join in this realization—to stop looking at childhood, youth, adulthood, and old age as separate phases, and to instead see the beautiful and surprising ways life’s phases overlap.
This juxtaposition of man-made objects to the natural world displaces the viewer’s focus away from the natural elements to the manmade, ultimately creating a sense of balance. Kenna continues to baffle the viewer through his interesting use of perspective.
Featured in this exhibition will be a rich array of woodblock prints by many of Japan’s leading artists on The Tale of Genji, which was written over 1,000 years ago by the Japanese court lady Murasaki Shikibu, and which has proven to be a great influence on Japanese culture.
Accompanying the African American Visions exhibition is a catalog, which highlights works from the exhibition that are paired with short essays on the works, in large part written by the faculty of Scripps. An excerpt from the catalog on a recent gift to Scripps College follows.
In honor of Dr. Samella Lewis, Professor Emerita of Scripps College, this exhibition featured works from the Samella Lewis Contemporary Art Collection at Scripps College and the personal collection of Samella Lewis. It focused on images by African American artists and other artists who address the African American experience.
The Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery is closed for Summer 2012. We will reopen with the African-American Visions exhibition on September 1st, 2012.
Take a break from studying for finals and delve into the LA art scene of the fifties with “A Preview of Clay’s Tectonic Shift: John Mason, Ken Price, and Peter Voulkos, 1956-1968.” Mary MacNaughton, director of the Williamson Gallery and Associate Professor, Art History, Scripps, will give a preview of the upcoming exhibition at the […]
Gordon Abbott was a twentieth century American photographer born in 1882. He spent much of his professional life working in Mexico and Guatemala and died in Mexico City in 1951. More than mere travel photography, his work captures the spirit of the places and scenes he witnessed. Instead of the flashy images suited for tourists’ guidebooks, Abbott created photos of a more contemplative nature.