The campus community is invited to celebrate three art and design events, all happening on one night.
On Saturday, Jan. 17, the W. K. Kellogg Art Gallery will debut two new exhibits: “Abstract Mystique”, and “Joan Kahn: A Fifteen-Year Survey.” An opening reception will take place from 4 to 7 p.m., with artist talks happening at 4:45 and 5:15 p.m.
At a third event, the Huntley Gallery will be hosting a signing from 4 to 7 p.m. of the book inspired by its current display: “The Gilson Collection: Midcentury Industrial Design at Cal Poly Pomona”, with a talk by book authors and designer at 4 p.m.
The exhibition, “Abstract Mystique”, features work from seven of Southern California’s top female artists working in Abstraction, all exploring use of color, and Abstract Expressionist stylings and concepts as a way of expression. The show title pays homage to the 1963 book “The Feminine Mystique” by Betty Friedan, credited with beginning the second wave of feminism in America.
Abstract Expressionism put America on the map for the first time for developing an art movement, and while women participated in the style, most recognized artists were male artists. This new American style of painting grew in popularity in the 1950s and 60s, with artists such as Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko emerging.
In the 1990s, women began to revitalize the art style, enhancing it by merging their freedom of expression with their own personal vision.
“This exhibit really shows the full circle of Abstraction, where we see the previously predominantly male styles now with added levels of intentionality and nuances with a feminine objective and sensibility,” Michele Cairella Fillmore, director and curator of the Kellogg and Huntley University Art Galleries, says. “Coincidentally, this exhibit is opening right as Cal Poly Pomona has its first female president, which I find apropos.”
The exhibit features the work of Lorraine Cleary Dale, Virginia Katz, Trang Lê, Nancy Monk, Leslie Love Stone, Gretel Stephens and Maggie Tennesen.
Each artist has a distinct style, starting with Lorraine Cleary Dale, whose paintings welcome patrons to the exhibit. She utilizes random drip technique but also uses intentionality to draw the eye to a specific aspect of her art piece.
Nancy Monk’s series of work, titled “at the lake”, feature geometric shapes that represent snapshots of her childhood lake memories and enable people to create their own narrative as they interact with the piece.
The Kellogg gallery will display the “Abstract Mystique” and Kahn works through April 18.