Art Past Present

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In order to understand the world, or at least to put it in perspective, we need reflection. We interpret the world by reviewing how it has been, how it might have been, how it could be. Understanding is comparing. Art, among many other things, can open up new perspectives. By shaping its own alternative reality, it implicitly or explicitly challenges the status quo. In times of radical change, perceived certainties reveal themselves as mere assumptions. It turns out that our interpretation of the world is not reality itself. However, such radical changes also allow for a sharper vision of possibilities and alternatives. In this discussion series, we invite artists to share their ideas about confronting the past to give meaning to the present, open up perspectives, and restore agency in times of irreconcilable alternative truths.

Hosted by Farrah Karapetian, artist, and writer, and Joes Segal, Chief Curator and Director of Programming at the Wende Museum.

Art Past Present with Enrique Martínez Celaya 
Hosted by Farrah Karapetian and Joes Segal
Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12 p.m. PST

Zoom Webinar

Enrique Martínez Celaya, El muelle (The Dock), 2013. Oil and wax on canvas. 116 x 150 in. Private collection, London, UK.


Join us for the first virtual Art Past Present with Enrique Martínez Celaya, artist, author, and former scientist. Martínez Celaya is Provost Professor of Humanities and Art, University of Southern California (USC), and Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College. His artwork has been exhibited and collected by major institutions around the world. 

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Art Past Present with Aneesa Shami
Hosted by Farrah Karapetian and Joes Segal
Wednesday, September 16, 2020, 12 p.m. PST
Zoom Webinar


Aneesa Shami, Baba's Goldmine, 2019, Reclaimed fabric applique. Photo by Cecily Brown.

Join us for the second virtual Art Past Present with Aneesa Shami, Los Angeles-based textile artist and researcher whose work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums. Shami is also the co-owner and director of Studio 203, an artist-run space in Los Angeles that collaborates with artists to create exhibitions and host workshops and performances.

Free. RSVP Here.

Special thanks to Susan Horowitz and Rick Feldman for generously supporting discussions at the Wende Museum and our current virtual programs