KIM ABELES • Exhibitions in late summer/fall 2015 50TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Muckenthaler Cultural Center Sept 3 –Oct 25, 2015 Presented by the M

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KIM ABELES • Exhibitions in late summer/fall 2015

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"Norman Schwarzkopf in a Leisure Suit", 1991, Altered magazine clipping, Acrylic painting on photograph by Dennis Brack/Black Star taken from Newsweek

Muckenthaler Cultural Center

Sept 3 –Oct 25, 2015

Presented by the Muckenthaler Family

2015 marks 50 years since the Muckenthaler family deeded their extraordinary home and property to the City of Fullerton for use as a cultural center. For five decades the first floor of the Muckenthaler villa has served as an art gallery. The two part exhibit contains selections and catalogues from shows presented through the 50 years.

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You can link to the complete book by clicking on the image. This book about the "World News" exhibition was compiled by Abeles in 1991 as a xeroxed artist book in an edition of 100.

Shown here is one of the catalogues from "World News: Artists Respond to World Events", a show organized by Kim Abeles, Barbara Benish, and Deborah Lawrence in February 1991 in opposition to the Gulf War.

The exhibit was first presented at the Onyx Cafe Gallery in Los Angeles with about twenty artists and writers. The exhibit was installed in the patio during restaurant hours and deinstalled each night. A second iteration was created at Beyond Baroque; and, in 1992, more than sixty artists, poets, and writers participated in the exhibit at the Muckenthaler Cultural Center. "World News" is represented with several artworks and catalogues as part of the Muckenthaler's "50th Anniversary Exhibition".

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You can link to the complete book by clicking on the image. Images in this catalogue were updated in 2015 as part of the Muckenthaler Cultural Center’s "50th Anniversary Exhibition". The revised catalogue was compiled by Kim Abeles with assistance from Studio Assistant Juan Patiño, LACHSA intern Téa Blatt.

This summer, Abeles updated the catalogue that was made for the Muckenthaler show in the 1990s. (The original catalogue was created on a Syquest disk at the computer lab at Chaffey College. During one, non-stop production weekend, Abeles and Randy Gavazzo got access to the lab, taking turns at the vending machine and bathrooms, in order to keep the lab open.)

The new catalogue retains the flavor of the first, and updates as many images as possible. The catalogue includes essays by social justice activist Paul Von Blum, Kurdish artist Zuhdi Sardar, and co-curator Deborah Lawrence.

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Also on exhibit at the Muckenthaler's "Anniversary Exhibition" is the print, "Letters from 151 Canal Street, NYC and 240 S. Broadway, LA". The original drawings were made in 1984 and the horizonlines are views from pivot points on rooftops. This is part of a series that Abeles created in the 1980s for cities in the U.S. and Germany.


Free drop-in workshop for all ages at the Hammer!

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS at the Hammer Museum

"Picturing Nature: Our Environment, Our Actions"

SUNDAY OCT 11, 2015 11:00AM TO 1:00PM

Landscape paintings can remind us of why we need to preserve our mountains, oceans, and sky. Join the artist Kim Abeles in collectively creating a landscape inspired by our environment, our actions, and the paintings of Lawren Harris. This program is in conjunction with the exhibition, "The Idea of North: The Paintings of Lawren Harris".

Designed for adults and kids ages five and up, these lively drop-in programs encourage families to look closely at art, experiment, and create together.
Link here to read more about it.


Recent and ongoing exhibits

FOCA@40 Video Artists Exhibition
Curated by Karen Moss, Curator, Art Historian & Writer
Tuesday, August 18 – Friday, August 28, 2015

Videos, Painting, Sculpture and Photography by our FOCA Award winning Artists:

Eleanor Antin
Rachel Lachowicz
Bruce Yonemoto
Jennifer West
Martin Kersels
Kim Abeles

FOCA Exhibition Space - 970 N. Broadway, Suite 208 - Los Angeles, CA 90012

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On view at the FOCA exhibit are three selections from health videos by Kim Abeles and Ken Marchionno that were commissioned by LA Freewaves. You can link to the video by clicking on the image.

"Weave a Life", a video by Kim Abeles and Ken Marchionno with students from Dorsey High School: Miguel Arcique, Ilene Baltazar, Carla Butler, Fernando DeJesus, Jonathan A. Mercado, Samuel Padilla, Marsell Richardson
Special thanks to Dorsey HS teacher, Elizabeth Orue-Roses
Commissioned by Freewaves for Long Live LA
Funded by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation


"Legends for Shared Skies" is exhibited in "Art about the Environment" curated by Jay Belloli for the Los Angeles World Airports Arts Exhibition Program. April 4 - August 30, 2015 at Terminal 3 (location for Virgin Airlines and JetBlue).

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"Cabinet of Wondering", 2014, videos and specimen embedded within large-scale photograph

"Cabinet of Wondering" was on view in the exhibit,"Technology & the Natural World", at the Harn Museum of Art in Gainesville, Florida. Co-curated by Harn Curator Kerry Oliver-Smith and Professor Sean Miller the exhibition was on view from June 2014 to July 26, 2015. Special thanks to the Center for Cultural Innovation for their funding support.

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Detail of one of the artworks for "A Portrait of Trees in Pasadena"

"A Portrait of Trees in Pasadena" is an exhibition created for the City of Pasadena Rotating Public Art Exhibition Program. The artworks have been installed since October 2013 at the Pasadena Convention Center Lobby and will be shown through 2016. These are part of the ongoing 2007 series, "Signs of Life", that uses handcrafted model trees to pinpoint trees on aerial urban photographs. To see more about the artworks in the City's program you can link here.


Links related to summer projects

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Illuminated Fig Leaves

With the help of LACHSA intern Téa Blatt, and studio assistant Juan Patiño, we spent several weeks this summer to clean up "Illuminated Fig Leaves" and update the Duratrans disks that are lit up at night. The piece presents artwork of artists who have lived and worked in Pasadena, and art from the city's museums. The art and artists are identified with numbered "Legend Leaves".

Link here to read more about it.

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The website for "GALLERY-OF-SOLUTIONS: Artists Respond to Human Behavior and the Environment" is up and running. Special thanks to art student, Sarah Evans, for her wonderful work on the website. For more information on this project with Cal State LA juniors and seniors in the Art Department and Luckman Program artist Kim Abeles, you can check out the website here. Kudos for all the participants can be found on the website, and the catalogue for the exhibition at the Luckman Gallery is downloadable.


"The Sun Prints of Meg Madison - Schatzie" can be viewed at Vimeo. You can link to the video here. Los Angeles photographer Meg Madison is creating a very cool project with women over the age of sixty, involving them in a process-powered artwork with cyanotypes, aka "sun prints." When Meg sun-printed Abeles' 95-year-old mother, she had the memorable opportunity to film the process at the Los Angeles River. Meg Madison's solo exhibition, "thirst comes glistening out of the water," opens on Saturday, September 19, 6 to 9 pm at Groundspace Project! Link here to learn more.

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