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Opening Reception of Call and Response

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1250 N Bellflower Blvd

Long Beach, CA 90840

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Join us for the launch of Call and Response, When We Say... You Say, an evolving project curated by Mario Ybarra Jr. and Karla Diaz, co-founders of the renowned Wilmington art collective Slanguage. With the UAM collection as their inspiration, Ybarra and Diaz examine how “high art" and pop culture intersect, as they address social inequities and different inter-generational aesthetic perceptions over the course of this group exhibition. The title reflects the playfulness at the heart of the Slanguage practice, taking cues from the volleying collaborative interaction between artist, art, and audience.

UAM Collection Artists: Kim Abeles, Richard Bosman, Patricio Cabrera, Albert Contreras, Adolph Gottlieb, Graciela Iturbide, Lee Krasner, Piotr Kowalski, Ken Light, Ken Price, Lorna Simpson, Andy Warhol

Guest Artists: Abel Alejandre, Valerie J. Bowers, Karla Diaz, Gabriel "Gobs" Fernandez, Alonso Garzon, Rosalie López, Antonio De Jesus Lopez, Aydinaneth Ortiz, Marlene Tafoya, Arnoldo Vargas, Mario Ybarra, Jr.


Critique and cooperation are key to this multi-phase project. Collaborations with visiting artists question the histories, assumptions, and biases of the museum acquisition processes. New themes, artwork, and participation arise out of this mediation, a negotiation that centers on shared values, common ground, creative agency, and artistic empowerment.
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