Jai Tanju, Untitled, 2012, digital print, 8 x 10 inches, courtesy of the artist
I’ll Show You Mine examines the unique ways that artists portray family through drawings, paintings, textiles, digital art, and photographs. Presenting traditional and surprising approaches to family portraiture, this exhibition features works by twelve artists exploring the often deeply personal nature of their own sibling, partner, parent-child, multigenerational, and chosen family relationships. These honest portraits invite all of us to reflect on our own familial ties, dynamics, and structures.
However you characterize and define family, and for the joy, pain, and laughter it may bring, we welcome you to view the exhibition with your own family!
I'll Show You Mine: Contemporary Artists Explore Family Portraiture September 27 - December 14, 2014
OPENING CELEBRATION Friday, September 26, 7 - 10 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center Celebrate with the exhibiting artists! See and make art. Treat yourself to food truck fare and a curated cocktail!
THEN AND NOW: A BRIEF HISTORY OF FAMILY PORTRAITURE IN ART with Makeda Best, Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Visual Studies, California College of the Arts Thursday, November 6, 6 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center Why do contemporary artists continue to explore family portraiture? Join Makeda Best as she sheds light on portraits of family from throughout history.
FREE! FAMILY EXHIBITION TOUR WITH THE CURATOR Sunday, October 19, 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
FAMILY PORTRAIT WORKSHOPS Saturdays, October 18 and 25, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sign up with your family for either workshop to create artwork inpired by the exhibition.
For Repurposed Black—Endless, artist Cristina Velázquez employs VHS tapes as material for large-scale, densely knit sculptures, transforming trash into art. VHS tapes, unsuitable for disposal and unwanted by many, form a major part of the growing landscape of e-waste. But these tapes hold vast amounts of visual information, including images, stories and narratives—those created from Hollywood as well as the ones we’ve recorded ourselves. The record of these narratives, now discarded and abandoned, resonates with a sense of fragility, impermanence, and loss.
In this project, Velázquez will work with the public to collect unwanted VHS tapes, unravel them, and knit them together with community members in “knitting circles” to create unique sculptures.
About the Artist: Cristina Velázquez is an installation artist who reuses everyday objects and transforms them into works of art. She was born in Lazaro Cardenas, Michoacan, Mexico and immigrated to the United States in 1987. Her work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at venues including Gallery nine5, Art Ark Gallery, Meridian Gallery, Euphrat Museum at De Anza College, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and MACLA.
September 11-October 4, 2014 Thursdays and Saturdays, 1 - 5 p.m.; Fridays, noon - 3 p.m.
Drop by the Art Center to see Artist-in-Residence Cristina Velázquez knit her installation Repurposed Black—Endless. Do you knit? Try your hand at knitting with VHS tapes!
Friday Night at the Art Center Friday, September 26, 7 - 10 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center Get your knitting on at the Art Center. Meet the artist, see the tapes, unravel and knit!
Preserving Your Life: Saving a Record of the Past for the Future Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m. Palo Alto Art Center Learn about digital preservation in this free lecture. Longtime Palo Alto resident and board member of the Palo Alto Historical Association Brian George will showcase the importance of media in preserving family and community history.