Opening Receptions : Generation W(ar) & Run Straight Through

June 15, 2019

Torrance Art Museum presents the Opening Receptions of Generation W(ar) and Run Straight Through on Saturday June 15 from 6 to 9 p.m.

This bold summer exhibition explores the intersection between art and warfare, enlisting 16 artists who reflect a world of increased military engagement across the globe. Utilizing a wide range of media in its artistic arsenal, Generation W(ar) deftly maneuvers through the defining trait of our conflicted times to investigate the invisibility of things in plain sight and the daily relationship to war that underlies the culture at large. 21-year olds have never lived during a time when the US was NOT at war. How and where can we see this reflected in the art works of our time?

Where does patriotism end and nationalism begin? How much militarism in a democracy is too much? Curated by Ichiro Irie and Max Presneill. Featured artists include Shusuke Ao, Josh Azzarella, Vanessa Beecroft, Dan VanClapp, Melanie Friend, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Jackel, Jerome Lagarrigue, Dinh Q. Lê, Hillary Mushkin, Simon Norfolk, Isabel Rocamora, Kim Rugg, Joaquín Segura, Allison Stewart, and Yoram Wolberger.

How can contemporary painting register the experience of those who travel, migrate, and pass through borders of the world? Run Straight Through is a curatorial project conceived around the notion of physical presence and movement through an exploration of figuration, landscape, and the abstract. The exhibition features four artists based between Los Angeles and London whose works draw connections between place and body; the landscapes that we inhabit, and that inhabit us. The title Run Straight Through itself is a phrase with multiple meanings: someone may run from one place to another, or something can be run through like a blade in flesh—straight through—cleanly. Some of the paintings are purely abstract, and others represent specific actions, objects, or figures, yet all of these artists question what it means to be “here” and how to get there.Artists include Tahnee Lonsdale, Kristy Luck, Michael Nauert, and Thom Trojanowski. Curated by Kate Mothes.

The exhibitions will run from June 15 through August 24, 2019.

This event is FREE to attend.

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The Torrance Art Museum is located at 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA.