Athenaeum celebrates the fresh and formidable at reception Friday


From Local Reports

Artists of all ages are expected to attend a reception for two new exhibitions at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17.

In the Rotunda Gallery, The Bishop’s School student exhibition, “Exploring Expression,” runs through March 1. The second show features works acquired by the Athenaeum after September 2009, which will be on display through March 24 at “Recent Acquisitions.”

Every two years the Athenaeum showcases acquisitions in its wall art and artists’ books permanent collections. Works from California fine presses and artists with San Diego connections were recently added, including those from Scripps College Press and local Bay Park Press.

The library acquired books by Joyce Cutler-Shaw, Sara Rosenbluth, Viviana Lombrozo, Alberto Blanco (poet-in-residence at UCSD), Sally Hagy-Boyer, Sheryl Oring, Mary Ellen Long, Ruth Wallen, and James Hubbell.

With support from members, it also collected books by international artists, Hanne Darboven, Dieter Roth, and Candida Höfer. Of note was the completion of its collection of Salon Verlag’s Édition séparée; the Athenaeum now boasts all available numbers.

Also important were additions of books by Mikhail Karasik, an aficionado of artists’ books produced by the Russian avant-garde movement in the early 20th century, and books by Ed Ruscha, Ida Applebroog, Allen Ruppersberg, Stephen Curry, Dave Adey, Althea Brimm, Omar Martinez, Gail Roberts, Zandra Rhodes, Shawnee Barton, Teddy Cruz, Manny Farber, Patricia Patterson, Alberto Blanco, Nina Katchadourian and Einar and Jamex de la Torre.

In “Exploring Expression,” Bishop’s students share the importance art has in their lives, both on and off campus. The visual arts department at Bishop’s provides students in grades 6 to 12 with four studios: Photographic Arts, Ceramics, Stained Glass, and Drawing & Painting. A variety of techniques are taught, including printmaking, sculpture and video.

If you go

What: Two new exhibitions, ‘Exploring Expression’ and ‘Recent Acquisitions’

Public Reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17

Where: Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday

Phone: (858) 454-5872