Two amazing art shows are opening in the next two weeks in Southern California. Photographer Stephen Baumbach has taken images of over 100 Palm Springs Artists Council members hands in black and white, calling it the Show of Hands. He will be sharing the collection at his gallery in the Backstreet Art District* with the opening tomorrow, September 6, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. The images have so much vitality, speaking to the unique essence each artist brings to their creative endeavors. Fellow Artists Council member Bruce Kimerer is also organizing a brochure with some of the compelling images. These are my hands here by Stephen and some shots of him having coffee while he decides placement for the collection. Show of Hands will be up through October, 2017 at his new location across the breezeway from the old space. (*Stephen Baumbach Photography: 2680 S. Cherokee Way, Palm Springs, CA 92264).
Fly Girl Frida will be part of The Dream is the Truth, a Frida Kahlo honoring show at Buena Park’s City Hall. The opening is September 15th, from 6 to 8 p.m. I will paste the press release for that show below, and here is the write-up I did for my Fly Girl Frida piece in the show:
Frida’s bold, independent spirit transcended countless internal and external boundaries as she fiercely followed her creative impulses. Her gender-bending, culture questioning, indigenously adorned soul was the original Fly Girl—inspiring modern women to claim their own cocky fresh female swagger. Frida is materfamilias to Graciela Itrubide’s photograph, Mujer Àngel, of the ancient-looking Seri woman in the Sonoran desert carrying a modern boombox, whose otherworldly presence conjures our cellular memories of our wise woman powers. Frida also flew between the worlds, as her shape shifting, time traveling visions continue to inspire new generations of women liberating their instinctive freedom. You know Frida would be a graffiti bomber today, expressing herself with aerosol art, paste-ups, or even her own rebel transformer images on swiped US Postal Service priority labels.
I hope some of you can make it to these openings or go see the ongoing installations, I unfortunately will miss the inaugural parties because I am still up in Washington State on my eclipse tour.
The Dream Is The Truth: Group Art Show Inspired by Frida Kahlo
WHAT: EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION — ART, POETRY, AND LIVE MUSIC
WHERE: BUENA PARK CITY HALL, 6650 BEACH BLVD, BUENA PARK, CA 90622
WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 from 6-8pm
The City of Buena Park’s Fine Arts Division is proud to present The Dream is the Truth: Art Inspired by Frida Kahlo. The exhibition coincides with National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time for Americans to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Frida Kahlo’s life and work has served as inspiration to artists of many identities for decades. Chicanx, Latinx, Feminist, and LGBTQI communities see Kahlo’s work as a celebration of Indigenous heritage, a challenge to fixed identities, a contemplation of the feminine, an exploration of the bounded and unboundedness of the body, and so much more. The title for this show comes from Zora Neale Hurston’s seminal novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Although Kahlo’s work has often been described as Surrealist, she resisted the label, asserting, “I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality”. The exhibition showcases sixteen artists who have been inspired by Kahlo in many different ways.
The Dream Is The Truth will be on display at Buena Park City Hall Council Chamber, 6650 Beach Blvd., Buena Park, 90622, September 12 – November 2, 2017. Please contact the Fine Arts Division at (714) 562-3868 to confirm viewing availability.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, September 15, from 6-8 pm. The event will feature live music, poetry, and a chance to meet the artists. This event is free and open to the public.
About the Exhibiting Artist Program
The goal of the City of Buena Park’s Exhibiting Artist Program is to nurture working relationships and partnerships between artists, presenters, art organizations, and the greater Buena Park Community. For more information visit BuenaPark.com or contact the Fine Arts Division at (714) 562-3868.