Sunday, May 18, 2014

A Reunion

On  a very hot Wednesday May 14th my dear friend from college days at UCLA, Yael and I rendezvoused at the Reginald Ingraham Gallery. *    The purpose of this meeting was  to view the latest works on display by Maren Hassinger** who besides being a nationally, well received artist working in a variety of media including sculpture, installation, performance, and video also happens to be our college classmate and friend.  I was so happy Yael was in town to be able to make this trip with me to the gallery.  
This stretch of West Washington Blvd. in Culver City is an arts district with lots of interesting galleries.

What a treat for us to be able to attend this showing of Maren's latest works utilizing paper and plastic

We were greeted by the owner Reginald Ingraham and enjoyed a very thoughtful conversation about the history of his gallery and Maren's work in this latest exhibit.  

I have known Yael and Maren for at least forty years. Both of them continue to amaze me with their creativity and their undying passion to weave art and their life together.  

It was a great "Reunion" for Yael and myself. The only thing that would have made it better would have been  to celebrate this day with the artist herself, Maren Hassinger.

 Maren, great show! We are so very proud of you!

* 6021 W. Washington Blvd. Culver City, Ca. 90232 

** Biography (
Maren Hassinger received her BA from Bennington College (1969) and her MFA fro the University of California, Los Angeles (1973). She has been the director of the Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art since 1997. Her solo exhibitions include Maren Hassinger: Lives, Schmucker Gallery, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA (2010);Blanket of Branches and Dancing Branches, Contemporary Arts Forum and Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, CA (1986); Gallery Six: Maren Hassinger, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (1981); and Beach, Just Above Midtown/Downtown Gallery, New York (1980). Her group exhibitions include Cinema Remixed and Reloaded 2.0, Havana Biennial (2012);Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2011, traveling); Dance/Draw, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (2011); VideoStudio: Playback, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2011); Material Girls, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore (2011); Global Africa Project, Museum of Arts and Design, New York (2010); 30 Seconds off an Inch, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2009); Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Artists and the Moving Image since 1970, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta (2007–9); Riffs and Rhythms: Abstract Forms and Lived Realities, James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore (2006).

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