November 10, 2017 – January 28, 2018
This exhibition is the second show of Young-Il Ahn’s work at the Long Beach Museum of Art. It honors the celebrated South Korean artist with a major thirty-five-year retrospective, presenting a selection of abstract paintings from 1983 to the present. Ahn, who lives and works in Los Angeles, has focused much of his career on the meticulous depiction of water and the ocean. In the summer of 1983 he suffered the traumatic experience of being lost at sea in a small fishing boat, engulfed by dense fog that lifted only after he had drifted alone in the water for many hours. Plagued by depression and professional disappointments, that forced him to destroy most of his earlier paintings, Ahn experienced the terrifying incident as profoundly transformative. In presenting a key selection of Ahn’s late Water and other paintings, this comprehensive exhibition explores both the sharp-edged existentialism and immersive spirituality inherent in Ahn’s large-scale abstractions.
Moon over San Pedro
November 10, 2017 – February 4, 2018
Ann Weber’s large biomorphic sculptures have been described as bizarre characters from a story, hanging on the wall or sitting in the middle of the gallery like strange and evocative outcroppings of nature or outer space. Woven together from strips of cardboard boxes she culls from her local grocery store, Weber’s soft, universal forms appear simultaneously human and plant-like, presenting the viewer with a visually and physically engrossing experience reminiscent of the art of Jean Arp, Louise Nevelson, and Louise Bourgeois. Named after a small wall-mounted sculpture, the small exhibition features Weber’s most recent works, created after moving to San Pedro from the Bay area in 2015.
The Port Show
September 28, 2017 – February 4, 2018, Toyota Children’s Gallery
The Museum Education Department collaborated with Burbank and Mann Elementary schools to create art projects to which school curriculum and national standards were applied. From these projects, a large scale mural was created in the Toyota Children’s Gallery. The art projects included:
- 2nd Grade – Palm Trees: Exploring plant diversity and by extension, human diversity
- 3rd Grade – Sea Monsters: Created after an examination and discussion of familiar animals
- 4th Grade – Exercise in Scale: Cut out barges were filled with shipping containers while thinking about realistic dimensions
- 5th Grade – Geometry and Angles: Practical math applied to recreate a photo of the bumblebeelovesyou installation at the Museum
- 5th Grade – Number Concepts: Drawing 6.8 million shipping containers, the annual number of inbound and outbound containers at the Port of Long Beach.
Image: “Sea Monsters” and “Exercise in Scale” projects by Burbank Elementary students