Torrance Art Museum to reopen after pandemic closes taking art to the streets – Daily Breeze
The Torrance Art Museum will use the city’s parks, malls and other public spaces as new exhibition spaces when it reopens this weekend with an ambitious city-wide installation.
Beyond filling the streets with art, the show could also signal a new direction for the museum.
“We never went outside the walls of the museum and we were really interested in rethinking what the role of the museum will be in the future. And one of the things that came out of that conversation was the possibility that the museum is not just the site, but that it is more about the community, ”said Max Presneill, chief curator of the museum, who reopens on July 17th with the new “Ultra!” exposure.
The museum, which has only offered online exhibits for more than a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be the hub for the free exhibit. “Ultra!” runs through August 28 and is comprised of more than 20 works of art spread across the city in venues such as the Del Amo Fashion Center, Torrance Cultural Arts Center, and Madrona Marsh Reserve Nature Center.
It will kick off at noon on Saturday with a reopening ceremony at the museum that will include a new mural dedication, an outdoor sculpture exhibition and artistic performances by various artists.
People can get a taste of what they will see in town in the museum’s main gallery, which will display works by some of the “Ultra! »Artists.
From there, they can take a brochure with a map of the artwork – or view it online – and get on a car, bike, bus or walk around town to see sculptures, video installations, neon art, photography, and even crochet art from contemporary Southern California artists and art collectives.
“Good art is there to promote thought and to realize different ways of thinking about the world and most of the artwork we will be exhibiting will have multiple sheets of meaning that you can engage with,” Presneill said.
The idea of a large-scale outdoor exhibit had been around for years, but it was the pandemic that helped move the project forward, Presneill said.
“We never really had a situation that was a way to get support for that. There used to be a lot of “Why wouldn’t you just do it in the museum?” ” “, did he declare.
And now that the museum has taken its first outdoor steps, Presneill said they hope to make the exhibit a recurring event in the city.
“It was a great opportunity to expand that and the idea of what a museum could do,” he said.
If you are going to:
What: Ultra! Launch of the public art project
When: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday July 17. The exhibition runs until August 28.
Where: Torrance Art Museum, 3320 Civic Center Drive, Torrance
Editor-in-chief Hunter Lee contributed to this report.