"Since Before the Moon Appeared: The Painted Legacy of Latin America" Photographs by Jeffrey Becom
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Museum of Monterey
5 Custom House Plaza
2-5 p.m.; free
The Museum of Monterey is excited to announce the opening of "Since Before the Moon Appeared: The Painted Legacy of Latin America," by Pacific Grove-based artist Jeffrey Becom.
Featuring 22 large color photographs chronicling the artist's two decades of travels through Latin America documenting painted color and revealing its cultural significance, each image is accompanied by a story written by the artist, illuminating the symbolism and history behind the locations and the forms and colors on houses, churches and tombs.
Becom comes to his art as a photographer and painter with formal training as an architect. For him these three pursuits ignite one passion: painted walls. Traditional façades of vernacular architecture around the globe offer him subject and palette from which to derive his own artwork while he, in turn, documents the innate brilliance of the cultures he studies. "Paint then-and specifically color," explains Becom, "has become my life's calling, whether I photograph, paint or write books about painted color customs, myths and meanings."
Becom has also published several books of his work,including Mediterranean Color and Maya Color: The Painted Villages of Mesoamerica. His work was also featured in a PBS/BBC documentary entitled "For the Colors, A Journey Through Italy," and the artist is currently investigating traditional architectural color across India and throughout the Andean villages of South America.
A special Thank You for your generous donations
Exhibit runs from:
February 1st, 2013 - January 3rd, 2014
Bryant Austin Lecture : Sat, January 26, 2013, 2pm – 3pm
Bryant Austin is an experimental multi-media artist whose life-long passion has been exploring the depths of possibility in connecting with the greatest minds in the waters. The impetus behind his work is the thought of losing over five million years of evolving culture and communication in the largest brain ever to exist on Earth
to not only lose it, but to never understand what we've lost.
His journey and challenge to recreate the transcendent sensation one experiences floating an arm’s length away from the eye of an inquisitive whale, has compelled him to create breath-taking photo mosaics at “whale scale”- both in terms of size and in the level of detail witnessed in ‘real life’.
This inspiration was brought to light in 2004 when, floating motionless, he felt a gentle tap on his shoulder, one that felt too solid to originate from a dive companion. As he slowly turned to investigate the tap’s source, he became eye-to-eye with a 45 ton female humpback whale. She had reached out with her two ton, 15 foot long pectoral fin to gently touch him, letting him know that she was behind him.
Her eye was fully illuminated from the late afternoon sun scintillating over his shoulder. Looking into her eye, he saw for the first time the calm mindful expression of a whale peering into his own eyes. In that instant he saw clearly what had been missing in the four decade effort to visually communicate the reality of whales - moments like these documented on their terms, at their scale.
To read more please visit Bryant's website by clicking here .
Mark Baer, MHAA Executive Director, interviews Bryant Austin on: Your Town Television
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The Monterey History and Art Association is proud to announce our "Year of the Missions" exhibition series featuring four rotating exhibits at the Museum of Monterey.Guest-curated by Dr. Julianne Burton-Carvajal as part of the tri-national commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of Franciscan missionary Junípero Serra on November 24, 1713.Opening reception: for the first exhibit in the Year of the Missions series, "Junipero Serra Before California", photography by Jeffrey Becom.At the Museum of Monterey:5 Custom House Plaza, across from Fisherman's Wharf. November 24th from 3-5 pm. Free and open to the public of all ages
Associated programs to include: • Premiere screening of Junípero Serra: His Life, Legacy & Missions, 2012 by Cultural Global Media of Santa Barbara • More About the Missions – a free rotating film series Sundays 1-4pm in the MoM Auditorium, November 25-January 20 • A series of guest lectures beginning in January with Dr. Ruben Mendoza of CSU-MB on solar illuminations in the California missions • Gallery talks by artists, curators, historians, and collaborators
A special Thank You to the following patrons for their generous donations to MHAA/MOM for this very special exhibit:
California premiere of: Junipero Serra: His Life, His Legacy