Genocide Art Exhibit to Open at Glendale Library on April 4

GLENDALE–An art exhibition, titled “Man’s Inhumanity to Man: Journey out of Darkness,” will open on Saturday, April 4th, from 5-8 pm, at the Brand Library Art Galleries, 1601 West Mountain Street in Glendale, CA.

The event, which will run through May 8, is part of the City of Glendale’s Annual Commemorative Events.

The exhibit at the Brand Library is organized by the City of Glendale and co-curated by Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian PhD in association with the Brand Library Art Galleries. “Art is a powerful agent in society with the ability to awaken our consciousness, transform our minds, and ignite a desire to bring about change,” says Abbamontian. “This exhibition aims to do all of these things.”

Organized into three sections, the exhibition includes over 40 artists and includes over 70 works in a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture, photography, and installation. Accompanying the exhibition will be a fully illustrated, color catalogue and essays by Dr. Abbamontian and UCLA Professor Paul Von Blum which describes the exhibitions themes and purpose.

The goal with Journey out of Darkness is to educate the viewer about the various inhumane events that have taken place yesterday and today, with the hope of avoiding and preventing them tomorrow. It is an exhibition of contemporary reflections of these events by artists originating from throughout the world and now residing in Southern California.

The exhibition will include an innovative educational wall wherein visitors are invited to post their responses to several question prompts, including:

What must it have felt like to have been a victim of the inhumanities portrayed?
What can you do to prevent similar acts in the future?
What is the power of art in the endeavor to prevent inhumanity?
Despite the inhumanity you have just witnessed, is there hope?
Where is there hope?

The intent of this interactive component is to provoke thought and initiate a dialogue amongst the visitors to the exhibition.

Exhibition themes:

The first section of the exhibition, Faces of Inhumanity, presents the different forms of inhumanity experienced in human history such as: Armenian Genocide of 1915; Jewish Holocaust; U.S. involvement in Central and South America; the Berlin Wall; Labor in Burma; ongoing atrocities in Darfur, Rwanda; and homelessness.

In the second section, Scars of Inhumanity, the works included address the repercussions of such atrocities, whether physical, mental or spiritual. This section of the exhibition also attempts to uncover the various coping mechanisms employed as the victims aim to live with the effects of inhumanity.

The final section of the exhibition Humanity’s Triumph offers an alternative to inhumanity and visually suggests hope, recovery, unity, and survival.

Man’s Inhumanity to Man Schedule of Events

On view: April 4 ‘s May 8
Press Preview: Friday, April 3, 3 pm – 4 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, 5 pm – 8 pm
Music & Poetry Event: Wednesday April 15, 7 pm -9 pm (details below)
Day of Art and Thought: Saturday, April 18, 11 am ‘s 5 pm (details below)

Additional Events:
Music & Poetry Event: Wednesday April 15, 7 pm — 9 pm

Day of Art and Thought: Saturday, April 18, 11 am ‘s 5 pm
11 am ‘s 12 pm: Gallery Walkthrough with Guest Curator Ramela Abbamontian

12 pm ‘s 1 pm: Artists’ Question & Answer Session with artists including Sophia Gasparian, Lark (Larisa Pilisky), Poli Marichal, Hessam Abrishami, Arpine Shakhbandaryan and Mark Vallen.

2 pm ‘s 3 pm: Gallery Walkthrough with Guest Curator Ramela Abbamontian

3 pm ‘s 4 pm: Multi-disciplinary Panel Discussion with Prof. Paul Von Blum (UCLA Senior Lecturer in African American Studies, Communications Studies, and Art History), Levon Marashlian (Professor of History, Glendale Community College), Angelo Allen (Lecturer in Art Department) Pierce College

4 pm ‘s 5 pm: Effects of Genocide on the Arts, lecture and piano performance by Vatche Mankerian, Institute of Armenian Studies, USC.

This exhibition and accompanying programs are organized by the City of Glendale Arts & Culture Commission, in collaboration with City of Glendale’s Cultural Affairs, a division of Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, Glendale Public Library/Brand Library, and by a generous contribution from Advanced Development & Investment, Inc.

Brand Library Art Galleries is located in northwest Glendale, easily accessed via the Golden State (5) or Ventura (134) freeways. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 12-8 pm; Wednesday, 12-6 pm; and Friday and Saturday, 10-5 pm. Admission to all events is free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. There is ample free parking. Call 818-548-2051 or visit www.brandlibrary.org for additional information.

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