Downtown Pomona 2nd Saturday Art Walk September 2017
Fall is on the way, and it can’t come too soon for sweltering Inland artists, who’ve no doubt seen their oil dry-times extended by days, if not weeks, during the recent heatwave (don’t even start us on the ice sculptures).
The American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) has the right attitude about it all in “Plunder Me, Baby,” the first West Coast exhibition by Peruvian artist Kukuli Velarde, who moved to the US in 1988. Velarde’s works can be confrontational, challenging the racism she experienced at home as a child, as well as illuminative when she explores the struggle to preserve the pre-Columbian indigenous ancestry that was almost entirely rendered extinct.
Also opening at AMOCA is a duo exhibit from Mexican artists Diego Valles and Carla Martinez, and the museum’s continuing shows include “We the People: Serving Notice,” which examines themes of political divide, immigration, equality, gender and sexuality, racial injustice, money and power, the current administration, the environment, and war; and “Mettlach: Folklore & Fairy Tales,” which continues through summer 2018.
57 Underground presents “Life Elements,” curated by Jeanne Andersen and featuring work from Andersen and her family that includes Robb, Tadd, Lonny, Kelly and Tiffany. These six photographers set out to illustrate the five Art Elements – one photo each that explores space, line, value, color, and texture – using images they searched for across the globe.
The School for Arts and Enterprise (SAE) showcases the work of former students in “Prodigal Artist and Lessons Learned,” an alumni exhibition that not only examines each artist’s work, but where their art careers have taken them.
The Latino Art Museum presents two shows, “International Yearbook 2017,” curated by Graciela H. Nardi that explores themes of heritage through the work of artists from Argentina, El Salvador, Peru, Mexico and the US, and in the South Salon, an additional ancestral exhibition featuring the work of Jose Angel Hernandez, Alberto Leon, Rosita Gottlieb, Ondria Rees, Susana Diaz-Rivera, Claudia Cogo, Juan Carlos Boxler, and Derek Farias.
LOFTon2nd spotlights the digital art and fashion/lifestyle photography of Glamorous Living Kids, a project helmed by Christian Thompson that seeks to encourage self motivation and building communities through art, and Metro Gallery holds an encore forthe LeGaspes in “Family Ties,” an amalgamation of pieces from artists Manny LeGaspe', Cecilia LeGaspe', and Leonardo LeGaspe'. The dA Center for the Arts, along with the Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators, continues its“Imagine II: The Art of Children’s Book Illustrations” showcase, celebrating the contributions of Leo Politti and featuring an illustrators reception and puppet show that evening.