EXHIBITION: Artist-in-Residence Losang Samten
The Venerable Losang Samten, a renowned Tibetan scholar and a former Buddhist monk, will create two mandalas, “The Four Harmonious Friends” at the Elementary School and “Wheel of Life” at the Sam Francis Gallery, for his residency at Crossroads. The Wheel of Life is 2,500 years old and was a gift from Buddha. When Losang Samten brought this gift to the United States, he was the first artist to create this mandala in sand in the United States.
There are many traditional designs of mandalas, each of which contains its own lessons. For any individual design, while the design is repeated, no two mandalas ever look the same. Yet each is the same in concept. The same symbols, characters and designs are used, yet not in a rigid duplication. The mandala reflects back to us information about the nature of the human mind, which has a strong tendency toward the illusion of permanence. The medium of sand, however, reminds the viewer of the ultimate impermanence of this existence as well as of all things.
Jan. 22-25, 2019
You Have Currency!
Middle School Visual Art students engage in how the art making process gives visual form to values. Is art more than the public byproduct of societal and individual valuation? You Have Currency expresses the various ways students engage in making processes that interrogate forms of currency, branding and consumption/production from different cultural perspectives.
Students will undertake the redesign of currency with 2D and 3D digital and analogue making processes. Objects and images that are permeated by notions of wealth and value will be examined, while alternative cultural intangibles will be rendered manifest as new markers of exchange. Middle School students from Ceramics, Sculpture, Art and Culture, Studio Art, Multimedia and Video Production will be involved in this exciting inquiry.
January 9-17, 2019
Freewaves’ Dis…Miss exhibition at Sam Francis Gallery will feature work by artists and artist collectives, together comprising a survey of the challenges facing intersectional feminism now. Featured artworks address persistent issues prioritized by the second-wave feminist movement, combined with a third-wave awareness of the intersection of sexism and other forms of oppression based on age, ethnicity, religion or class. Dis…Miss examines how, and to what extent, contemporary feminism will adapt in response to society’s evolving understanding of the complexities of gender identity. This exhibit will feature additional artwork by Santa Monica High School and Crossroads School visual arts students.
Nov. 26-Dec. 13, 2018
EXHIBITION: Frequency Response
Frequency Response is an investigation of artists’ works that explore beyond the surface of their materials—revealing, unveiling and questioning while inventing new facets of what is possible. This exhibit features artwork by Randi Hokett, Melissa Manfull, Christine Nguyen, Odeya Nini and Jeff Ono.
Oct. 15-Nov. 8, 2018
Twice Around the Sun
Twice Around the Sun features artworks made by the members of the Crossroads School K-12 Visual Art Department. Each teacher has their own art practice, and each brings a creative voice to the department. Every day, Crossroads’ teaching artists bring their extensive knowledge, experience and passion from their practice into the classroom.
Featuring artwork by Crossroads teaching artists: Susan Arena, Melissa Bouwman, Janice Gomez, Molly Hansen, Morgan McGlothan, Peter Melville, Rich Mudge, Vincent Ramos, Elyse Reardon-Jung, Jesse Robinson, Leslie Rosdol, Vernon Salyers, Carly Steward
EXHIBIT: Sept. 5-Oct. 6, 2018
Crossroads Advanced Studies Art Thesis Shows
The Crossroads School Visual Arts Department is proud to present the 2018 Crossroads Advanced Studies (CAS) Thesis Art Exhibit. The students in CAS Photography, Ceramics, Graphic Design and Studio Art created an independent body of work. This exhibition reflects each student’s creativity, personal vision and engagement in the process of being an artist.
CAS Exhibition #1 Participating Artists:
Mafalda von Alvensleben, Skylar Andrews, Sophie Baron, Nelli Briceno, Clare Brooks, Zoe Covington-Towner, Rosie Hudson, Glen Kahan, Kayla Kane, Holly Konner, Clare Larsen, Jalen Mathis, Simone Miller, Shannon Munn, Josh Neidorf, Lydia Pratt, Elijah Solow-Ohashi, Emily Sures, Vivvy Wick, Kwame Williams, Miles Wilson, Julianna YablansCAS Exhibition #2 Participating Artists:
Felice Badong, Joji Baratelli, Emma Blaney, Claire Brooks, Luke Davenport, Feury Mae Dylan, Thomas Faraut, Harrison Feinman, Nico Fuchs-Lynch, Lizzy Tommey, Linus Richter, Madison Quan, Clare Larsen, Quinlan Mulcahy, Koyan Sidibe, Ayden Georgi, Mia Gleiberman, Jalen Mathis, Kali McKillen, Simone Miller, Simon Mondry, Jack Tannenbaum, Desiree Webb, Dante Totino