Abril Bookstore Hosts Event Promoting Armenian Art, Critical Discourse

Writer Marc Nichanian and Artist Hrayr Anmahouni
Writer Marc Nichanian and Artist Hrayr Anmahouni

Author/professor Marc Nichanian (right) and artist/filmmaker Hrayr Anmahouni

GLENDALE—Abril Bookstore and Roslin Art Gallery will present the first annual ‘The Art of Diaspora,’ featuring the works of author and professor of Armenian Studies, Dr. Marc Nichanian and of installation artist and filmmaker, Hrayr Anmahouhi, taking place from August 6-21, 2016 at 415 E. Broadway, Glendale, California. Gallery hours are from 10:00am to 7:00pm, Monday through Saturday. Admission is free.

‘The Art of Diaspora’ is an annually organized series of exhibitions, lectures and panels, mostly in Armenian, discussing the state of contemporary Diasporan and Armenian art, criticism, and intellectual thought. The goal is to facilitate the production of critical discourse in the Armenian language. The Armenian Diaspora relies less and less on using Armenian in social and artistic discourses, especially when it involves critical thinking. This situation has led to cultural stagnation and amnesia. The event’s propose is to not only to re-engage with Armenian Diaspora cultural production, but also hope to pave the way to engage more deeply and meaningfully with different cultures and institutions.

This year’s program consists of six days within a two-week period during which the films and installation art of Anmahouni and the written work of Nichanian will be presented and discussed. The opening of the program and of the art exhibit will be on Saturday, August 6, with a reception from 7:00 – 10:00pm presenting On Deep Background by Hrayr Anmahouni.

On Wednesday, August 10, at 7:30pm, the event will present Anmahouni’s films, followed by an “Artist Talk” and conversation with Dr. Myrna Douzjian about Solemnity, an art installation by Anmahouni and Anahid Kassabian.
On Friday, August 12, the event will revisit the review Gam, with a talk by Karen Jallatyan at 7:30pm, followed by a panel discussion between Nichanian and Anmahouni.

On Sunday, August 14th, will feature the work of author Marc Nichanian and his new book Պատկեր, Պատում, Պատմութիւն (Image, Storytelling, History) at 5pm followed by a panel discussion between the author, Dr. Talar Chahinian, Dr. Myrna Douzjian and Karen Jallatyan. There will be a recasting in English of the previous segments on Thursday, August 18th at 7:30pm, including a presentation of Marc Nichanian’s Mourning Philology.

The program will conclude on Sunday, August 21 at 5pm with an “Interactive Forum” during which the audience will be invited to provide artistic and critical responses to selected works from the previous days.

Marc Nichanian is a graduate of the University of Stasbourg and the École Nationale des Langues Orientales Vivantes. He was Professor of Armenian Studies at Columbia University from 1996 to 2007 and is currently Visiting Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul, in the Department of Cultural Studies. He has published six volumes of the review GAM, an Armenian language journal of literary analysis and translation; an extensive bibliography of and three volumes of criticism on Hagop Oshagan; a volume on the history of Armenian langauge, Ages et usages de la langue armenienne; and French translations from Armenian (Khrakhouni) and English (Vahakn Dadrian). His publications in English include Mourning Philology, The Historiographic Perversion and Writers of Disaster. Recently, his Armenian language works have been published in Yerevan, the latest being Պատկեր, պատում, պատմութիւն (Image, Storytelling, History)

Hrayr Anmahouni (Eulmessekian) is a graduate of Nichan Palandjian Djemaran in Beirut, Lebanon. He attended the Academie Libanaise des Beaux Arts for two years, and moved to San Francisco in 1984 where he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. His works have been exhibited, screened or broadcast in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, New York, Yerevan, Art Dubai, Sharjah Biennial March Meeting, and Pratt Manhattan Gallery. He is the guest editor of ArteEast Quarterly, 2014 spring issue. He was the subject of a featured interview by Marc Nichanian, and his work was reviewed by Anahid Kassabian, both published in Gam Review 6. A founding member of the San Francisco Armenian Film Festival, he serves on its curatorial team. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Presented by Abril Bookstore and Roslin Art Gallery with a grant by The Calouste Gulbenian Foundation.

For any questions, contact: Arno Yeretzian at (818) 241-0611 or at (818) 243-4112

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