A unique array of 80 works – digital paintings, textiles, masks, mixed media on canvas, multi-media art, design posters, 3D creations along with public lectures and workshops comprise Reading Identity: Indonesian Art Exhibition and Educational Mission. The Mission’s historic residency in Los Angeles, is brought to us in part by USA Coordinator, Judy Mitoma former Research Professor for UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Culture/Dance from will travel around Los Angeles from November 11th – 19th.
The exhibit is historic because it is the first of its kind in the United States. The exhibit will be at Historic Farmers and Merchant Bank on November 13th and 14th.
The exhibition is curated by Mr. Anusapati and made possible through the support of Gilmore Associates, Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs and the UCLA School of Art and Architecture.
A twenty-four member delegation of arts educators, artists, and government representatives from the Institute Seni Indonesia (ISI) Yogyakarta sent by the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education provides curation, presentations and dialogue with the Los Angeles public for this residency.
The exhibition gives insight into why Yogyakarta is considered a center for Indonesian creativity and experimentation.
In 2006, a major earthquake struck Bantul carrying a death toll of 5,700 persons, 36,000 injured and 1.5 million left homeless.
The ISI campus located in Bantul, Yogyakarta suffered enormous loss with the total collapse of multi-story buildings. The ISI campus was totally rebuilt within five years.
Today students have returned in full force and once again ISI is considered the flagship arts campus of Indonesia. Overcoming such devastation makes this journey to America even more meaningful. The historical Farmers and Merchants Bank provides an elegant space for the ISI exhibition.
Farmers & Merchants Bank is located at 400 S. Main Street.