What better way to celebrate the spooky month of October than with an exhibition focused on urban myths and legends? “Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends” guest curated by Wendy Sherman, holds its artist reception and urban legend discussion October 11 at the Museum of Art and History in Lancaster. (Take the train, it’s $10 roundtrip on Metrolink!). This is a super cool exhibition that will expand your mind and turn you on to the underground river of secret fears, hidden histories and mysterious myths that have become pop culture touchstones, from hitch hiking ghosts to purple squirrels and beyond.
“Hearsay” takes a close look at artist’s interpretations of legends that serve as modern mythology, like alligators in the sewer, Sasquatch, and the devil phantom of Lake Elizabeth. Each of the 38 artists–including Joel Biel, Sarina Brewer, Llyn Foulkes, Jeff Gillette, Laurie Lipton, Ransom and Mitchell, Victoria Reynolds, Christopher Ulrich, Jeffrey Vallance, Robert Williams and others–have each chosen an urban legend with which they have a personal connection, creating an environment that engages the public and allows them to consider the myths in the context of each artist’s interpretation.
Living legends will be on hand in person for the artists’ reception and panel discussion featuring art critic/TV personality/gallerist Mat Gleason; Doug Harvey, the Los Angeles based artist, writer, curator, and experimental musician; “Hearsay” curator Wendy Sherman; Tyler Stallings, curator, author, and Interim ARTSblock Executive Director at University of California, Riverside; and contemporary artist Jeffrey Vallance, a visiting assistant professor at UCLA and an editorial board member of the Fortean Times, the magazine of strange of phenomena.
“Hearsay: Artists Reveal Urban Legends”
Artist reception and panel discussion: Saturday October11, 2015
665 W Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
Open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the second and fourth Friday and Saturday of every month
“Hearsay” runs through November 15