Curated by Isabelle Lutterodt, the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery's upcoming exhibition SKIN examines the work of 36 contemporary artists who are inspiring dialogue about race and identity, while challenging the very definitions. Through its thought-provoking content, SKIN utilizes art as a vehicle to bring this important conversation to the fore.
Included in the show are current Fine Arts junior Megan Reed, alumni Kaitlyn Redell and Michael Massenberg, Otis staff member Zeal Harris, and Fine Arts faculty Holly Tempo. Tempo will also be participating in two panel discussions, one exploring race and another on sustainability.
According to the gallery's website, "... SKIN, addresses issues that have been increasingly prominent since the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama. It was the first time that an African American had run for President and won. The election symbolized strides thought to have been made in race relations, yet it also revealed ruptures in the “skin” that binds us as Americans, and ultimately, as people. During the last year, events in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland, Chicago, New York City, Prairie View, Charleston, Oakland, and Southern California have revealed chasms in the issues of race and identity.
Conversations about race have always taken place within diasporic communities, but in the wake of racially charged events over the last year, it has become a growing part of the national dialogue. Artists in Los Angeles and throughout the country have been galvanized by these events. The objective of SKIN is to bring the conversation into a centralized discursive space."
The opening reception for SKIN is Sunday, February 7, from 2 to 5pm. The exhibition will remain on view through April 17th, 2016. For more information on the exhibition and panel discussions, visit www.lamag.org