April 16 Set for ‘Armenia: An Open Wound’ Exhibit Opening Ceremony

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"Armenia an Open Wound" exhibit to open on April 16 at Brand Library

“Armenia: An Open Wound” exhibit to open on April 16 at Brand Library

GLENDALE–The City of Glendale Library, Arts, & Culture department recently announced its partnership with the Armenian American Museum to present “Armenia: An Open Wound,” an exhibition curated by the Museo Memoria y Tolerancia [Museum of Memory and Tolerance] in Mexico City.

The community is invited to the inaugural Opening Ceremony on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Brand Library & Art Center. The Opening Ceremony will be the public’s first opportunity to experience this eclectic exhibition which shares the intricate history, rich culture, and moving stories of the Armenian people.

A diverse slate of complimentary programs will be held at the Brand Library on a weekly basis following the exhibition’s debut. All events are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 | 7 PM
“Global Realities, Local Perspectives: Examining the International Refugee Crisis through Community-Based Action”
Leading refugee rights professionals discuss themes highlighting international humanitarian assistance and local community-based action while shedding light on our collective capacity to increase tolerance, cultural diversity, and community empowerment.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 | 1 PM
“Commemoration as Public Art”
A discussion panel hosted by City of Glendale Arts & Culture commissioner Ara Oshagan, featuring local artists and examining the role of permanent public art as a form of commemoration.

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 7 PM
“Latino Americans: Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)”
An exclusive screening of the PBS documentary series followed by a discussion on Latin American immigration to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries lead by guest lecturer, Jorge N. Leal, M.A.

Friday, May 13, 2016 | 7 PM
“Journey to the Homeland”
Director Nora Hovsepian shares the story of her pilgrimage back to the land her grandparents forcefully fled in 1915. The screening will proceed with a panel discussion highlighting the creation of the film.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 | 1 PM
“Armenia: An Open Wound, Conversation with the Curator”
Director of Academic Inquiry and Curator, Dr. Carlos Antaramian, discusses the creation of “Armenia: An Open Wound”, its impact on raising awareness about the Armenian story in Mexico, and his current research on Armenians in Latin America.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 7 PM
“Armenian Heritage: A Virtual Pilgrimage”
A presentation by internationally renowned TUMO Center for Creative Technologies and leading preservation non-profit CyArk about their collaborative project to digitally preserve Armenia’s cultural heritage using state-of-the-art 3D scanning technology.

Thursday, May 26, 2016 | 7 PM
“Curator in the Spotlight: Illuminating the Armenian Middle Ages”
Senior Curator of Manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Dr. Elizabeth Morrison, invites viewers to discover the fascinating world of Medieval Armenian manuscript illumination and the career of the most celebrated Armenian artist of the Middle Ages, T’oros Roslin.

Thursday, June 2, 2016 | 7 PM
“Preserving the Past, Building the Future: the Role of Museums in a Changing World”
Representatives from Los Angeles area museums examine the unique challenges they face in their cultural, social, and political roles as venues for historical preservation and modern-day innovated practices.

The exhibit will be on view at the Brand Library Art Galleries between April 16 and June 11, 2016 during the library’s regular hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12-8pm, Wednesday 12-6pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm. Brand Library & Art Center is located at 1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, California, 91201. All events at Brand Library & Art Center are free and open to the public.

For more information about the “Armenia: An Open Wound” exhibition and featured programs, please visit www.ArmenianAmericanMuseum.org/events or contact the Brand Library: (818) 548-2051

The mission of the Armenian American Museum is to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian American experience.

The Armenian American Museum is a developing project in Glendale, CA, with a mission to promote understanding and appreciation of America’s ethnic and cultural diversity by sharing the Armenian American experience. When completed, it will serve as a cultural campus that enriches the community, educates the public on the Armenian American story, and empowers individuals to embrace cultural diversity and speak out against prejudice.

The governing board of the Armenian American Museum consists of representatives from the following nine regional Armenian American institutions and organizations: Armenian Catholic Eparchy, Armenian Cultural Foundation, Armenian Evangelical Union of North America, Armenian General Benevolent Union – Western District, Armenian Relief Society – Western USA, Nor Or Charitable Foundation, Nor Serount Cultural Association, Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, and Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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