”The MOAH opening has been anticipated with great excitement,” said Mayor R. Rex Parris. “It marks a new era for the City of Lancaster, providing the public with another spectacular venue where they can enjoy the arts. It also offers area artists a much-needed space in which to display their works.”
The May 5th opening day festivities will include a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., docent led tours of the museum, musical performances, and hands-on art making activities designed for all ages.
All opening day festivities will be free to the public.
Three main exhibitions will celebrate Lancaster and the entire Antelope Valley:
- Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art;
- Indians, Gold Miners and Gunslingers: A Look Back at Lancaster in the Old West; and,
- The Painted Desert.
A side exhibit will showcase the work of local artist, Stevie Love, the first solo exhibition in the new location. Love’s work will be shown in the ground floor Vault Gallery
Founded in 1986 as the Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, the current Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is dedicated to advancing an appreciation of art and history in the Antelope Valley. Operating two sites, the Museum of Art and History and the Western Hotel Museum, Lancaster MOAH is not only a repository for historical artifacts important to preserving the unique character of the Antelope Valley, but also a place where audiences—residents and visitors alike—may experience exhibitions of fine art and participate in a variety of art and history-based programs.
Learning is at the core of Lancaster MOAH’s mission. Collecting, exhibitions and programs are all undertaken in an effort to provide the residents of the Antelope Valley with a way of integrating art and history into their lives and taking away the lessons that these disciplines offer.
By presenting quality exhibitions and programs, as well as providing proper care and preservation of works of art and artifacts relating to Antelope Valley history and culture, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History is the region’s center for art and historical engagement.
For more information about the museum’s grand opening activities, contact MOAH staff at (661) 723-6250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More on MOAH’s three main exhibitions…
* Co-curated by Andi Campognone and Peter Frank, Smooth Operations: Substance and Surface in Southern California Art, looks at the use of new and untraditional materials in the fabrication of art objects, many of which came directly from the aerospace industry. Smooth Operations will concentrate on the postwar years in and around Los Angeles, when experimentation with unorthodox—even radical—materials and qualities led to the emergence of movements such as “finish/fetish” and “light-and-space.” Among the artists whose work will comprise Smooth Operations are Larry Bell, DeWain Valentine, Ronald Davis, Craig Kauffman, Judy Chicago, Roland Reiss, Norman Zammitt, Fred Eversley, and Jerome Mahoney. The work of several younger artists who investigate the qualities of synthetic materials, including Eric Johnson, Lisa Bartleson, Andy Moses, and Eric Zammitt, will augment the main portion of the exhibition, gifted to the Museum by collectors Steve Eglash and Gisela Colon.
* Indians, Gold Miners and Gunslingers: A Look Back at Lancaster in the Old West, curated by MOAH staff member Dr. Laurie Solis, is a visual timeline of the history of Lancaster utilizing artifacts and historic photographs from MOAH’s permanent collection. This exhibition marks the first in a series of historical exhibitions which will highlight the Antelope Valley.
* The Painted Desert, an exhibition focusing on the desert as subject, will include paintings from MOAH’s permanent collection and works by artists from southern California celebrating our local landscape both in traditional and non-traditional painting styles.
(Information via press release from the City of Lancaster.)