Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Claremont and Pomona Art Notes

Art Ltd features an article rounding up the art scene in Claremont and Pomona, by Avital Binshtock. Some old, some new, many non-profit, most undiscovered. Her article should be read for its breadth if you are at all interested in the Inland Empire art scene, especially the new Claremont Museum of Art in the refurbished 1922 College Heights Packing House.
(these are before-and-after pictures of that structure)

Binshtock gives the art history of the area, from the downtown galleries and museums--including the recently relocated Latino Art Museum--of Pomona. Curators were interviewed and exhibits listed.

The Claremont Colleges are a world of art as well:

  • Claremont Graduate University has the Peggy Phelps Gallery

  • Scripps College has the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery

  • Pomona College Museum has the Gladys K. Montgomery Art Center--which houses not only modern pieces, but Renaissance Italian panel paintings and Pre-Colunbian American art.

  • Not mentioned in the article but worth a trip east all by itself, is the Jose Clemente Orozco Prometheus mural, and the Genesis mural by Rico Lebrun, in Pomona College's Frary Hall. The Lebrun mural, started in 1960, uses Biblical imagery in black and white, while the Orozco work--in 1930, the first mural by a Mexican artist in the US--uses vivid colors.


Betty C. said...

What a fascinating renovation.

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