The Fresno Art Museum opens its new round of winter exhibitions today with an opening reception and a series of conversations with participating artists and curators from several of the new exhibitions. If you’ve never attended one of these events before, I highly recommend it. You get a chance to interact with the artists, plus there’s a nice ambiance at the reception — lots of good food, drink and art lovers. Here’s the schedule:
3 p.m. – Discussion with Sameh El Kharbawy about “The Art of Dissent.” El Kharbawy was inadvertently caught up in last year’s revolution in Egypt’s Tahrir Square, and he photographed the turmoil and subsequent celebration.
4:15 p.m. — Discussion with Kathryn Funk, curator of “Edges.” This group show from the California Contemporary Art Collective includes the art of Donnalee Dunne, Juliana Harris, Linda Koch, Anne Scheid, Trude McDermott, Joan K. Sharma and Robert Weibel. In this exhibit, California Contemporary Art collective artists focus on the concept of how edges define or play into their work. (Below: Dunne’s “Homage: The First.”)
5 p.m. — Discussion with Raphael X. Reichert on his exhibition “Ad Infinitum.” Reichert is an art historian and professor emeritus at CSU Fresno. He is widely known and recognized for his assemblage and sculptural work which has been exhibited nationally and internationally. (Below: Reichert’s “Young Wilbur and Orville’s Early Interest in Botany.”)
6 p.m. — Discussion in the Bonner Auditorium on “Photography: A Way of Life” with Geir Jordahl, Steve Dzerigian and David Ashcraft followed by a book signing with Richard Garrod for his book “Visual Prayers and Visual Metaphors.” Garrod is a California photographer who transforms everyday things by looking at them as shapes and light. He has shown in more than 60 solo and group shows, and his prints are in many private and institutional collections, including the Smithsonian Institution, George Eastman House, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of Art, and also many international collections. Spectrum Art Gallery’s Ashcraft is curating. (Below: Garrod’s “Leaf Cluster.”)
The opening reception will run 5:30-8 p.m. Members are free; non-members are $10.
There’s another major lecture to come:
10 a.m. Monday — Talk by Paul Michael Taylor of the Smithsonian Institution and curator of the big exhibition “Sikhs: Legacy of the Punjab.”
Look for tomorrow’s 7 cover story on the Sikh exhibition, the first Smithsonian show to travel to the Fresno Art Museum: