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Marking Time: What Athenaeum Artists Create In Quarantine

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until July 9, 2021[days & times]
  • WHERE Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, CA
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

Here's one for the time capsules. The Athenaeum Music and Art Library in La Jolla will install an exhibition of the work of 49 artists — all individuals who have previously had a solo show in the museum or had contributed cover art for a concert program (a weirdly sweet and specific qualification which made me want to look up their concert program archives).

I love the recent work San Diego artist Allison Wiese has been making, including her neon pieces. She'll have one in this show, called "Plot Devices: Weather Saves the Day," which was also recently acquired by the City of San Diego's civic art collection. Another standout to me is the work Perry Vasquez has been doing in the pandemic, including his series, "The Ideal Copy."

The only theme for these works is that they were made during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it's a really great chance for us not only to literally mark this time, but with a good chunk of the exhibiting artists being local, it's also a chance to see what artists in the region have been up to.

Details: Opens Saturday, May 15 through July 9, 2021. Athenaeum members can drop in during gallery hours, which are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., but nonmembers need to make a free appointment first, by calling or emailing the gallery. 1008 Wall Street, La Jolla. Free.
--Julia Dixon Evans, KPBS

From the gallery:
Artists who have presented a solo exhibition in the Athenaeum Main Gallery or who have been commissioned to design a concert series program cover will exhibit a selection of works created since the COVID-19 quarantine began in March 2020.

Featured artists include: David Adey, Wick Alexander, Barry Bell, Grace Bell, Adam Belt, Michael Bishop, Doris Bittar, James Brown, Lael Corbin, Lynn Criswell, Irene de Watteville, Amanda Farber, David Fobes, Ken Goldman, Mathieu Gregoire, Sally Hagy-Boyer, Matthew Hebert, Prudence Horne, Terri Hughes-Oelrich, Beliz Iristay, Anne Labovitz, Mark Licari, Viviana Lombrozo, Mary Ellen Long, Jean Lowe, Paula McColl, Kim MacConnel, Jim Machacek, Mariana Magdaleno, Kathleen Marshall, Roy McMakin, Michael Moore, Nikko Mueller, Christine Oatman, Antonio Adriano Puleo, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Matthew Rich, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Sibyl Rubottom, Roberto Salas, Ellen Salk, Aren Skalman, David Teeple, Perry Vasquez, Ruth Wallen, Sue Whitman, and Allison Wiese.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

Promotional graphic for "Marking Time" courtesy of the At...

Above: Promotional graphic for "Marking Time" courtesy of the Athenaeum.

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