WATER, EARTH & FIRE
Curator Jo Lauria Talk and Gallery Tour
March 30, 10:30 am – noon
Palos Verdes Art Center/Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education
5504 Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
pvartcenter.org | 310.541.2479
Please join us at Palos Verdes Art Center on Wednesday, March 30, for a talk and gallery tour of “Water, Earth & Fire” by Curator Jo Lauria presented in partnership with Peninsula Seniors’ Bohannon Lecture Series. The talk will be held on the Atrium at PVAC from 10:30am to 11:30am immediately followed by a gallery tour of the exhibition.
The event is free to the public. For those unable to attend in person, the curator talk portion of the event will be simultaneously held on Zoom, followed by Q & A.
Register for Zoom at Eventbrite HERE.
Water, Earth & Fire installation view, Norris Gallery
The theme of the exhibition “Water, Earth & Fire” is how ceramic artists combine the elements of water, earth and fire to create beautiful, impactful, and often provocative ceramics that prompt engagement and contemplation.
Water symbolism can be found in almost all cultures, spanning time and geographies. Curator Jo Lauria will discuss works on view in the exhibition that relate to the mythical and spiritual qualities of water, and spotlight the works that provoke discussion about the global climate crisis, ocean pollution, and destruction of marine ecosystems. Looking closely at the ceramics in the galleries, she will review the myriad pathways artist embrace to communicate their stories and connect with viewers of their work.
Also included in the exhibition are works by current and past ceramics instructors and workshop artists. PVAC has maintained a well-equipped, functioning ceramics studio since the late 1960s and many affiliated with the studio have achieved international acclaim, including Philip Cornelius, Rosaline Delisle, Vivika and Otto Heino, Yoshiro Ikeda, Harrison McIntosh, Adrian Saxe, Peter Shire, and Anna Silver. In this survey of over seventy pieces, a wide range of forming methods, surface designs, and ideations are highlighted. The curator will identify the different techniques of wheel throwing and hand sculpting, and approaches to glazing and firing that can be observed in the works on display.
Jo Lauria is a Los Angeles-based curator, author, and educator who received her curatorial training at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She is a specialist in the fields of craft, design, and decorative arts. She has organized many museum-based surveys and national touring exhibitions and has authored several major publications in her field.
PLEASE NOTE: All visitors must show proof of vaccination. Wearing masks is strongly encouraged.