Sign Language Exhibit Gallery Talk

Monday Oct 26 2015   10:00 AM
CSUN Art Galleries  1811 Nordhoff St., Northridge, CA  map

The CSUN Art Galleries are pleased to present “Sign Language,” a mixed media exhibition that brings together four artists from Southern California‘s Inland Empire. The exhibition will consist of collaborative and independent works, as well as recent and new work by the four artists. Photographer Thomas McGovern and poet Juan Delgado are professors at California State University, San Bernardino; they work together collaboratively, merging photographs, objects, poetry, and prose that reflect shared sensibilities about the landscape of their hometown and the immigrant experience. Armando Lerma and Carlos Ramirez, aka “The Date Farmers,” are multimedia artists who work both collaboratively and independently, making varied work influenced by Mexican street murals, hand-painted signs, graffiti, and the social and political climates that affect blue-collar communities. In addition to the installation, a small publication will accompany the exhibition. It will include a variety of images and poetry that expand on and highlight some of the works on display. Gallery hours are Mon-Sat 12-4pm, Thurs 12-8pm.

Free and open to the public; for more information visit http://www.csun.edu/mike-curb-arts-media-communication/art-galleries.

Thomas McGovern is a photographer, writer, and educator, and the author of Bearing Witness (to AIDS), Amazing Grace, and Hard Boys + Bad Girls. His photographs are in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Museum of the City of New York; and the New York Historical Society, among others. His art reviews and features have appeared in Afterimage, Artweek, Art Issues, and Art Papers and in 2011 he founded the photography publication Dotphotozine. He is a professor of art at California State University, San Bernardino.
Juan Delgado has published several books of poetry, El Campo, A Rush of Hands, and Green Web, which received the Contemporary Poetry Series Award and was published by the University of Georgia Press. He holds an M.F.A. from the University of California at Irvine, where he was also a Regents Fellow. He is a professor of English and director of the M.F.A. program in creative writing at California State University, San Bernardino.