Athenaeum Art Center Gallery

 

2020 So Far: Prints & Drawings

ART EXHIBITION at the Athenaeum Art Center in Logan Heights (Main Gallery)

Present–December 31, 2020

 

A provocative exhibition focusing on two timely topics is now on view in the main gallery of the Athenaeum Art Center (AAC) in Logan Heights. Entitled 2020 So Far: Prints and Drawings and curated by Sibyl Rubottom and Desirée Aspiras, the exhibition features artists involved in the Printmakers Against Racism initiative and drawings by Print Studio affiliate and teacher Morgan Miller III. The work will be on view by appointment at the AAC through December 31, 2020.

 

Sibyl Rubottom is Artist in Residence at the Athenaeum, Manager of the Print Studio at AAC, and a teacher at the Athenaeum's School of the Art. Desirée Aspiras, a therapist, educator and printmaker, was inspired by the Bakers Against Racism initiative and decided to launch a similar effort selling artwork online instead of baked goods to raise funds for this cause. “With Printmakers Against Racism we can use our artmaking as a tool for change,” she remarked. That sale has ended for now. Aspiras and Rubottom curated some works from the sale and then organized this current exhibition to showcase artwork by our local artists.

 

Added to the mix are Morgan Miller III's drawings in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. When the AAC Print Studio closed in March, Miller observed:

 

The extra time at home gave me the opportunity to draw. The subject matter for my drawings became increasingly clear to me as I illustrated aspects of the pandemic. COVID-19 exposed and exacerbated all the underlying social inequities in the systems that we as a society live with. As well as social commentary, these illustrations document the historic time we are living in.

 

His drawings are included in the first of a series of books of sketches on the pandemic that Miller has produced. Entitled 2020 COVID-19 Self-isolation, the book includes a handsewn binding and letterpressed cover.

 

COVID-19 is omnipresent throughout the book as it is in contemporary life. Printed in an edition of 50, Miller's book is sold out but can be viewed in the Athenaeum Artists' Books Collection. This edition is "Book Number One, March–May," so we expect more volumes soon; Book Number Two will be released shortly.

 

For further information or to book an appointment, please call the AAC at (619) 269-1981 or email olopex@ljathenaeum.org.

 

I began keeping a sketchbook right before the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and the stay at home order was issued. At the time I had not given much thought to the virus or had even considered what a pandemic would be like. Soon, it became apparent that COVID-19 was rapidly changing everything. The print studio at the Athenaeum Art Center Print Studio where I work was closed. The extra time at home gave me the opportunity to draw. The subject matter for my drawings became increasingly clear to me as I illustrated aspects of the pandemic. COVID has exposed and exasperated all the underlying social inequities in the systems that we as a society live with. As well as social commentary, these are illustrations documenting a historic time that we are living in. In order for people to see my work, I started to post the drawings on my social media accounts. The drawings hung in this exhibit are a collection of the first five months of the COVID-19 pandemic: March - August 2020. All the drawings are done in black ink with fine line markers in an 8”x10” sketchbook.

—Morgan Miller III

 


Barrio Art Crawl

Every second Saturday of the month, 6–8 PM

March 14, April 11, May 9, June 13, 2020

Athenaeum Art Center (AAC)

 

Join us for the Barrio Art Crawl, a self-guided art tour throughout the Athenaeum Art Center and participating art venues. View our exhibitions, check out a printmaking demo in our Print Studio, meet artists, participate in an art-making activity, and get to know the neighborhood as you also visit other galleries and local businesses throughout Barrio Logan.