On Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 3pm-5pm, at 685 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA (Old Venice Police Station), SPARC’s historic headquarters since 1977, The Durón Gallery at SPARC will present a ‘Collectors Talk’. Using the current exhibition, “A Short Essay of Chicano Photography” as a backdrop, Mary, Armando and Isabel (their daughter) discuss the process of collecting and their individual perspectives. Armando has been the voice of the collection thus far, but now Mary and Isabel (a UCLA doctoral student in Chicano Studies) speak publicly for the first time on their own perspectives in a casual conversation “Collectors Talk”. The conversation will be followed by a closing reception until 5pm.
The Durón Family Collection consists of hundreds of works, together with an extensive library of books, catalogs and ephemera collected over 30 years. Armando Durón has spoken and written widely as a knowledgeable collector on Chicano art of Los Angeles. His unique perspective as a collector, long-time friend of Chicano(a) artists and avid student on the subject is widely sought from Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian, from high school students to professional appraisers. Durón writes an occasional column for Brooklyn & Boyle newspaper, “From the Living Room Couch” on Chicano art. Works from the collection are regularly shown throughout the country.
About SPARC: SPARC is a community-based non-profit arts organization founded in 1976 by Distinguished UCLA professor and artist Judy Baca, filmmaker Donna Deitch, and artist Christina Schlesinger. SPARC is rooted in Art, Education, Community and Social Justice. The Mission of the Durón Gallery at SPARC is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, weather visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists’ collectives and student projects. For more info visit: http://www.SPARCinLA.org