On Sunday, September 24, please join Inlandia Institute and Riverside Art Museum as we celebrate the launch of local author Evan Turk’s latest book for children, To See Clearly:  A Portrait of David Hockney. The author-illustrator of a dozen books for kids, Evan Turk will inspire you with his visual and storytelling talents. Enjoy an illustration demo and reading – and stay for the book signing and conversation. Books will be available for purchase.

This free, family-friendly event starts at 2:00 PM at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Avenue in Riverside. Refreshments will be served.

More About the Book:

From award-winning creator Evan Turk, a stirring biography of world-famous artist David Hockney that celebrates seeing beauty everywhere “It’s the very process of looking at something that makes it beautiful.” —David Hockney

Growing up under the gray skies of England during World War II, David Hockney used art to brighten his world. He discovered that the more he looked and drew, the more he could see beyond the surface to find beauty, possibility, and new perspectives. In the most ordinary things, whether a splash of water, a changing landscape, or the face of a friend, David always found something to love, uniquely capturing the vibrancy and life of his subjects.

Lyrically written and breathtakingly illustrated by award-winning creator Evan Turk, To See Clearly tells the inspiring story of a groundbreaking artist who has shown the world a new way to see.

Evan Turk is an award-winning illustrator, author, and animator living in Riverside, California with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Pica and Bert. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and NPR. He has exhibited work at the Society of Illustrators, ArtsWestchester, Mystic Seaport Museumin Connecticut,  and Petit Palais Museum of Fine Artin Paris. A graduate of Parsons: The New School for Design, his illustration and animation have been shown all over the world. He grew up in Colorado and loves nature and being outdoors. He continues his studies with Dalvero Academy, a private illustration school in New York City. Evan loves to travel all over the world and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it.

No registration needed for this event.

Friday, February 3, 2023, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Co-presented by the UCR Department of Creative Writing / the Tomás Rivera Lecture Series and The Cheech Marin Center for Chicano Art & Culture, please join us for a joint reading and conversation with Dr. Ricky Rodríguez, author of A Kiss Across the Ocean, and Kid Congo Powers, author of Some New Kind of Kick. Audience Q&A, reception, and book signing to follow.

Hosted by Professor Alex Espinoza and moderated by author and professor Michael Jaime-Becerra, this event will showcase these memoirs and the affinity shared by both Rodríguez and Powers as pioneering Chicanx figures.

Rodríguez’s book is a genre-melding work that is a part academic text, part memoir about growing up immersed in the 1980s British New Wave music. The book transcends the usual conversations about Latinx punk and post-punk fandom by showing how, across space and time, Latinx culture actually helped shape the work of artists such as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Soft Cell, and Bauhaus, among many other influential groups.

For the last four decades, Kid Congo Powers has been widely known in underground music circles as a musician in bands such as The Gun Club, The Cramps, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, as well as for leading his own group, The Pink Monkey Birds. His long-awaited memoir tells a story of acceptance and community through his experiences as a young, queer Chicano in Los Angeles’s nascent glam and punk rock scenes.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

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January 21 | 1:00 P.M.–3:00 P.M.

Meet the author and artist of The Vermillion Speedateer, Sebraé Harris! Follow some of the staff of the Riverside Art Museum on an incredible journey as you flip through the pages of this amazing manga.

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January 15, 2023 | 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for an artist talk and book signing with Sant Khalsa, whose work is featured in the exhibition Western Waters. Free event. To reserve your copy of the book email visitorservices@riversideartmuseum.org

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About the book, CRYSTAL CLEAR || WESTERN WATERS Photographs by Sant Khalsa: Before Flint, before ever-expansive wildfires annually ravaged her home state of California and much of the west coast, yet after the popular introduction of bottled water to the American consciousness in the 1990s, Sant Khalsa discovered a store called Water Shed, and photographed it.

That was the first of what would become her series “Western Waters.” The sixty gelatin-silver photographs, made between 2000 and 2002, depict water stores in Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, and southern Nevada. At that time, Khalsa said: “the photographs will serve in the future as a historical document of either a fleeting fad, or the foundation of what will become commonplace in our society.”

Twenty years have passed since Khalsa completed this photographic project. Bottled water is an over $11 billion dollar industry, yet millions of Americans are daily affected by the lack of access to clean drinking water. The existence of these stores in the early part of the millennium played on human fears and desires—never-ending thirsts—that have become need in a very short period of time.

Khalsa’s framing of these small businesses is an homage to Walker Evans, the seminal influences of Bernd and Hilla Becher, and the typologies of fellow Californian Ed Ruscha—whose words preface the series in the book—while demonstrating a sensitivity to a prescient subject matter that is unique.

SANT KHALSA (b. Sheila Roth, January 3, 1953, New York, New York; currently resides in Joshua Tree, California) is an artist and activist who has lived in Southern California since 1975. Her mindful inquiry into the nature of place is at the root of her life and visual work.

Her photographs, sculptures and installations have been exhibited internationally; her work is in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, Nevada Museum of Art, National Galleries of Scotland, and UCR/California Museum of Photography, and others, in addition to private collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Over her esteemed career Khalsa has received fellowships, awards and grants from many significant institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, California Humanities, California Arts Council and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In March 2012, she was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Society for Photographic Education’s Insight Award for her significant contributions to the field, and in 2015 received the Society for Photographic Education (west region) Honored Educator award.

Khalsa is Professor of Art, Emerita at California State University, where she served on the art faculty from 1988 to 2018; she is one of the founding faculty of the CSUSB Water Resources Institute research center and archive. She hosts the ecoartspace.org monthly program Tree Talk: Artists Speak for Trees and is the founding director of the Joshua Tree Center for Photographic Arts. Her first book, Prana—Life With Trees (Griffith Moon), was published in 2019. 

www.santkhalsa.com

ED RUSCHA (b. 1937, Omaha, Nebraska; lives in Los Angeles) graduated from the Chouinard Art Institute (now CalArts), Los Angeles, in 1960. Although his images are undeniably rooted in the vernacular of a closely observed American reality, his elegantly laconic art speaks to more complex and widespread issues regarding the appearance, feel, and function of the world and our tenuous and transient place within it. In 2012, Ruscha curated “The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas,” at Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Ruscha represented the United States in the 51st Biennale di Venezia in 2005, and was featured in the 2015 Biennale de Lyon’s exhibition, “La Vie Moderne.” Select recent exhibitions include “Ed Ruscha and the Great American West,” De Young Museum, San Francisco (2016); “Music From the Balconies: Ed Ruscha and Los Angeles,” Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2017); “Ed Ruscha: Course of Empire,” The National Gallery of Art, London (2017); and “Word/Play: Prints, Photographs, and Paintings by Ed Ruscha,” Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha (2018). He is represented by Gagosian.