RAFFMA's exhibition of ancient Egyptian artifacts will make its long awaited return in a new exhibition: "Journey to the Beyond: Ancient Egyptians in the Pursuit of Eternity".
Ancient Egyptians built the longest lasting civilization, still admired today for its endurance, mystery and the sheen of its gold. For millennia, people have been fascinated by ancient Egypt, particularly by its people’s relationship to death.
Often seen as obsessed with death, ancient Egyptians loved life and believed in getting it back in the Beyond (afterlife). Their pursuit of the eternal existence and provisioning for the journey to the Beyond is the story of this exhibition, which presents, in a new context, objects from RAFFMA’s permanent collection and on loan from the Harer Family Trust.
Also opening is "Volcanoes, Riots, Wrecks, & Nudes: The Artwork of Edward Hagedorn", an exhibition that reveals the hand of a master draftsman and the mind of an astute political observer who rejected the general trend in early 20th century California of local landscapes and coastal views, becoming virtually the single voice of Expressionism on the West Coast. The artist worked on paper in a dizzying number of media, including ink, charcoal, watercolor, pastel, etchings, linoleum cuts, lithographs, oil monotypes and more.
The title of the exhibition is taken from the artist's own statement for a 1944 gallery exhibition: "Hagedorn hates newspapers, magazines, radios, and movies. His favorite subjects are: volcanoes, riots, wrecks, nudes, and mythology."
Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Art World & Beyond
Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 9, 6-8p.m.
Not Ready to Make Nice, a major presentation of the Guerrilla Girls, illuminates and contextualizes the important historical and ongoing work of these highly original, provocative and influential artists who champion feminism and social change. Focusing primarily on recent work from the past decade, the exhibition features rarely shown international projects that trace the collective’s artistic and activist influence around the globe. In addition, a selection of iconic work from the 80’s and 90’s illustrates the formative development of the group’s philosophy and conceptual approach to arts activism. The exhibition is further punctuated by documentary material including ephemera from famous actions, behind-the-scenes photos and secret anecdotes that reveal the Guerrilla Girls’ process and the events that drive their incisive institutional interventions. Visitors can peruse the artists’ favorite “love letters and hate mail,” and are invited to contribute their own voices to multiple interactive installations. This multimedia, expansive exhibition illustrates that the work of the anonymous, feminist-activist Guerrilla Girls is as vital and revolutionary as ever.
Not Ready to Make Nice is curated by Neysa Page-Lieberman.