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Monday, May 25, 2009

Sustainability at Benham Gallery

Exhibit runs May 27th - July 11th, 2009

ARTISTS’ RECEPTION
• JUNE 5TH 6-9PM

SPECIAL PUBLIC RECEPTION
• JUNE 19TH 5:30-9:30PM

PUBLIC RECEPTIONS
• FIRST THURSDAY JUNE 4TH AND JULY 2ND 6-8PM

La Sala, a new collective supporting Latino-Hispanic artists, and Benham Gallery, will present a two-month exhibition entitled ‘Sustainability / Sostenibilidad,’ featuring award-winning Spanish photographer Daniel Beltrá. The show is a collaboration and collision of ideas about the value of cultural sustainability and its importance in understanding and implementing sustainable practices. It will extend through June and July First Thursday openings with Mr. Beltrá in attendance on Friday, June 5.

To help audiences gain perspective on cultural sustainability, we have chosen two art forms: the photograph that speaks a thousand words and the written word that will allow us to imagine the picture. History has shown us that artists’ response to imbalances in the world are often the only voices willing to be witness and inform the people about negative actions of greed and injustice. Paintings like Picasso’s Guernica or Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and writings like Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano, Men of Corn of Miguel Angel Asturias, and Heights of Machu Picchu by Pablo Neruda have changed the way we live, think and react, and continue to guide us into the abstractness of the future.

In this show the stunning aerial photography of Mr. Beltrá combines with the lenses of Wanda Benvenutti, Hugo Ludeña, Jennifer Molina, Almendra Sandoval and Alejandro Tomás, and the pens of writers Catalina Cantú, Carmelo González, Felicia Gonzalez, Laura González, Gabriella Gutiérrez y Muhs, Maiah Merino, Donna Miscolta, Christina Montilla, Kisha Xiomara Palmer, Juan Carlos Reyes, María Victoria and Penn Wallace, to majestically capture a touch of humanity and nature. These thoughtful images are certain to provoke sympathy, rejection, and reflection.

Sustainability” is about all of us.


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