Pop Culture at the Fine Arts Gallery

The Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery Opens its Doors for a New Exhibit

Joshua Letona, Contributing Writer

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Scrooge McDuck, Supergirl and a giant eyeball are on display at Cal State LA.

Formerly known as the Fine Arts Gallery, the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery opened its doors again this summer for an all new exhibit: “Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation.”

The exhibit features artists like Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Jenny Holzer, Keith Haring and much more, all curated by Billie Milam Weisman; president and director of the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation. Each piece of art on display offers a critique of idolization and commercialization of pop culture through recognizable characters and brands.

“Toy Soldier No. 3” (Crawling Soldier) by Yoram Wolberger, an Israeli born and San Francisco based sculptor, was able to enlarge a green toy army man equipped with their rifle to life size, questioning the meaning of the toys given to children.  

“Super Girl 2” by New Orleans artist Blake Boyd, depicts the DC comics character by removing her detailed features. Instead, accentuating her lipstick and eyelashes to glamourize her exploring the idea of what an empowered woman looks like today.

The Fine Arts Gallery is known for hosting a diverse portfolio of exhibits featuring different genres of fine art. In an email invitation for the opening reception, director of the Ronald H. Silverman Fine Arts Gallery, Dr. Mika Cho, spoke about building the reputation and offerings of the gallery.

“We installed twenty-one exhibitions that involved a wide spectrum of professionals, community-based people, alumni and students,” said Dr. Cho.

“These events have transformed the Gallery’s profile from a departmental exhibition space into a university gallery, which is now a significant feature of the Los Angeles art scene.”

‘Pop Culture: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,’ is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and will be available from June 1- Aug. 2 in the Fine Arts building on the Cal State LA campus.

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