Mythopoetica: Symbols and Stories

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June 11, 2023 – January 15, 2024


Main Museum


June 11, 2023 – January 15, 2024

This exhibition highlights the work of artists in the Southern California inland region whose work incorporates mythologies, iconographies, and cultural codes. These artists rework historical and contemporary symbols and narratives to create new visual imaginings.

Featuring ten artists working in diverse mediums, including photography, painting, and sculpture, the artworks in this exhibition draw attention to the multiplicity of powerful stories that permeate the region. Taken together, these artists prompt viewers to ask: how do stories from the past actively shape the present? How might the creation of new mythologies impact the development of future events? Through a critical engagement with myths and customs, these works prompt new considerations of what's possible.

Artists included in the exhibition are Edie Fake, John Flores, Daniel Gibson, Sky Hopinka, Armando Lerma, Fay Ray, Carlos Ramirez, Cara Romero, Chris Sanchez, and Lily Stockman.

Mythopoetica: Symbols and Stories is co-curated by Luisa Heredia, Chief Education and Community Engagement Officer and Sharrissa Iqbal, Associate Curator, Modern & Contemporary Art.

Cara Romero, 3 Sisters, 2022, archival pigment print, 40 1/8 × 55 1/4 inches, gift of Nicole Panter Dailey, © Cara Romero. Courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved. 2022.14.

Exhibition Highlights

Lily Stockman, <em>Compass</em>, 2022
Lily Stockman, Compass, 2022
Cara Romero, <em>3 Sisters</em>, 2022
Cara Romero, 3 Sisters, 2022
Cara Romero, <em>Gikendaaso</em>, 2022
Cara Romero, Gikendaaso, 2022
Carlos Ramirez, <em>Shamanic Visitors</em>, 2023
Carlos Ramirez, Shamanic Visitors, 2023

Saturday, September 23, 2023

A Full Day of Programming

1:00 p.m. Artist lectures in Annenberg Theater
2:15 p.m. Lore film screening in Annenberg Theater
3:00 p.m. In-gallery artist meet-and-greet

Join us for a full day of programming for the Mythopoetica: Symbols and Stories exhibition. The event will include artist lectures and discussions with Daniel Gibson, Fay Ray, and Sky Hopinka, followed by in-gallery experiences led by artists John Flores and Chris Sanchez. We will also feature a special screening of Sky Hopinka’s short film Lore.

Free for members or with museum admission. Advance registration required.

This exhibition is included in the cost of general admission.


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