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California Center for the Arts features four new exhibitions

 

Last updated 2/19/2009 at Noon

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The California Center for the Arts in Escondido is currently featuring four new exhibitions for art lovers of all ages to enjoy.

From February 7 to June 21, “20th Century Photography,” “Divi/Nation,” “Between” and “Reel Mothers: Film Video Art and the Maternal” are available for public to enjoy.

“20th Century Photography,” part of the Wachovia Securities collection, contains vintage and contemporary photographs. Some of its most notable examples are photos by Dorthea Lange, Ervin Marton, Inge Morath and Max Yavno of street photography from the 1940s and ’50s, moments in the lives of ordinary people living in post-World War II Paris, New York and Los Angeles.

Museum visitors have three opportunities to participate in this particular exhibition.

Visitors are given free admission if they bring a photo of something they collect or an image of their entire collection to be displayed in the gallery; help create a timeline of historical events and let everyone know what they were doing while history was being made; or create a new title for famous photographs.

“Divi/Nation,” created by artists Debby and Larry Kline, is a body of conceptual work focusing on political, economic and current social issues.

Featuring installations and large-scale performances on religious tolerance, the electrical power industry and the nature of creative thinking, “Divi/Nation” has pieces that cause discussion about current events.

The most striking piece of the exhibition is “The Game at Hand,” a large-scale chessboard with 32 handmade chess pieces. It is not hard to be struck with the imagery of the piece, which addresses America’s global conflicts and involvement in the Middle East.

For art lovers looking for a more interactive exhibition, “Between” by Nina Waisman will literally have them running back and forth to get the full effect of the pieces.

A classical dancer, Waisman considers sonic and gestural forms of control and communication, provoked by technology’s disruption of sound and movements. The exhibition uses motion to trigger disruption of sound and movement.

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The final exhibition at the museum is “Reel Mothers: Film Video Art and the Material.” This exhibition focuses on contemporary motherhood, taking a look at the mother role through social, political and artistic views.

The museum presents each exhibition well and it could be quite easy to spend the majority of a weekend discovering new art as well as the familiar.

For more information on events at the California Center for the Arts, go to http://www.artcenter.org.

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