Newsletter. May. 2004
& Social Change
A R T F O R
A C H A N G E
1) - PEACE SIGNS... Mark Vallen's work included in "The Anti-War Movement Illustrated"
2) - REACHING TO EMBRACE ARTS/GALLERY ROW CELEBRATION... L.A.
Art scene expands
3) - GEORGE CATLIN AND HIS INDIAN GALLERY... Exhibition at the Museum of the American West
4) - BLACK PANTHERS... The Historic Photographs of Baruch and
5) - ARTISTS IN ACTION... Children - Their Lives, Their Safety,
6) - MORE THAN A WITNESS... Vallen's upcoming solo exhibition and retrospective
PEACE SIGNS: THE
ANTIWAR MOVEMENT ILLUSTRATED is the ultimate collection
of posters and graphics from the war in Iraq, uncensored, political
The book contains
200 full color posters from artists and designers from over 22
countries worldwide, featuring artwork by artists Mark
Smith, and many others.
|The majority of the
artworks in the book were used in public demonstrations all across
the world. For example, Vallen's drawing Not
our Children, Not their Children was distributed in
the thousands as a street flyer. It was also made available for
free on the web as a .pdf document that people could print out.
PEACE SIGNS, with a foreword by famed historian Howard
is now available at: Amazon.com
GALLERY ROW in historic downtown Los Angeles has been officially
recognized by the L.A. City Council as a vital center for the
city's artistic community. On May 15th,
2004, the City of Los Angeles will hold a public Gallery
Row Unveiling Ceremony! www.galleryrow.org
the Gallery Row celebrations will be Reaching
to Embrace Arts (RTEA), the non-profit
organization that raises and donates money to help fund children's
arts programs in the Los Angeles
public school system.
and auctioning works at the RTEA exhibition and fund raising event
include Mark Vallen, Chaz
Bojorquez, Mear One,
and many others. The beautifully restored cultural landmark, the
Old Farmers and Merchants Bank at 401 South Main Street (built
in 1871), will serve as the venue for this worthwhile event.
plans an all day exhibition of art, kids workshops, auctions,
and live painting. The exhibition opens
at 10 a.m. on May 15th. and runs until late in the
evening. Art workshops for children will be held from 11 a.m.
until 4 p.m., and the auction will be
conducted starting at 9 p.m. Monies raised during the
auction will be donated to programs that enhance youth art programs
and events in the L.A. school system. Come and participate in
L.A.'s historic Gallery Row Unveiling Ceremony, and don't miss
RTEA's fundraising event!
For more information: www.rtea.org
across the United States from 1830 to 1836 in order to paint portraits
of the Native American peoples and their vanishing lifestyles.
For many red nations, Catlin was the first white man they had
ever encountered. The artist painted hundreds of magnificent portraits
that respectfully, and with great accuracy, portrayed tribes as
diverse as the Sioux, Mandan, Pawnee, Seminolees, Osage, and dozens
of others. The artist also made numerous sketches, collected artifacts,
and kept a written journal of his daily experiences and adventures.
The body of work this artist left to the world is priceless beyond
9th, 2004, the
Museum of the American West
(formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage) will present George
Catlin and His Indian Gallery, a spectacular exhibition
of over 100 original paintings by Catlin. The show not only includes
the artist's portraits, landscapes, and scenes of indigenous life...
but also the artifacts collected during the artist's travels (items
not shown for more than a century). The show, organized by the
Smithsonian American Art Museum,
will run until August 4th,
2004, and includes a full
program of documentary video, audio tours, and selections from
Catlin's journals. The Museum of the American West is located
at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles,
CA. For more information visit the museum's website,
an exhibit of historical photographs from the late 1960's Black
Liberation movement taken by Ruth Marion
Baruch and Pirkle Jones.
Presented by the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica California,
the photographs are stunning portraits of Panther leaders, cadre
of the revolutionary organization, and their radical sympathizers
and Jones first published their original photos of the Oakland
Black Panther Party as a book in 1970, titled The
Vanguard. As part of the exhibition there will be a
lecture and slide show by the legendary Black Panther leader,
Kathleen Cleaver. A book signing
by photographer Pirkle Jones will follow the presentation. The
opening reception is Saturday,
May 15th, 6
- 8 pm, with the slide lecture by Cleaver held on Sunday,
May 16th at 3
pm. The exhibition takes place at the 18th
Street Arts Center, 1639
18th Street, Santa Monica.
The show runs until July 23, 2004. For more info, please contact
310-453-3711... or visit the
center's website, www.18thstreet.org/happenings.html
group exhibit and activist art project produced by the Lankershim
Art Gallery and the Human
Arts Project of Los Angeles. The show will focus on
the theme of "Children - Their Lives, Their Safety, Their
exhibition presents artworks created by the children and teens
of L.A., along with artworks created by professional artists like
John Paul Thornton,
Daniel Wooster, Dover Abrams, Mark
Vallen, and photographer Charley
The exhibit also has
an activist component with an Art March
that takes place on Saturday May 22nd.
The March begins at 11 am
in front of the Lankershim Art Gallery. It will proceed to the
North Hollywood Metro station and then travel to the famed Universal
City walk. Participants of all ages will form a living, moving
art exhibition as they carry their own artworks. The purpose of
the Art March is to take art beyond the boundaries of the gallery.
The action will be viewed by thousands of L.A. citizens and visiting
The Artists in Action
exhibit is scheduled to open May 4th,
and will run until May 29th.
An Artist's Reception will
be held on May 13th, from
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The Art March takes place on May
22nd. To participate in the March, contact John Paul
Thornton at (818) 378-8381. The Lankershim Art Gallery is located
at 5108 Lankershim
Blvd. in the NOHO Arts district. Visit their website,
COMING JULY/AUGUST 2004 "MARK VALLEN - MORE
THAN A WITNESS"
Than A Witness is an upcoming retrospective exhibit
at the A Shenere Velt Gallery featuring the
artworks of Mark Vallen. The
solo show will encompass some thirty years of work by the artist.
The exhibition of Vallen's paintings, drawings, and prints could
just as easily be called "A brief history of the 20th Century."
as the advocate of a new social realism, Vallen's thought-provoking
artworks confront the public with a
myriad of political and social issues.
The A Shenere Velt Gallery of the Workmen's
Circle/Arbeter Ring in Los Angeles will be presenting
the Vallen retrospective starting July
12th and running until August
26th., 2004. On
August 6th (Hiroshima Day), the artist will give a special lecture
and slide presentation at the Gallery on the subject of art activism.
More details will be provided as the exhibit draws closer! Visit
the Workmen's Circle
website, at: www.circlesocal.org
|Mark Vallen's ART FOR
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"I am Goya! I am the
voice of war, the charred wood of town... I am the throat of the
woman whose hanged body, like a bell, clanged over the empty square...
I am Goya!" ~ Andrei Voznesensky (Russian