Brand Library & Art Center is pleased to present a landmark exhibition and programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.
Exhibition and selected programs conceived and curated by the life100 Organizing Committee in coordination with the City of Glendale, Library, Arts & Culture Department and the United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide/LA. Additional programs planned by the Library with the support of the Brand Associates, including the REEL ART film screening of The Color of Pomegranates, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble’s performance as part of the Brand Associates Music Series (co-sponsored by the Armenian General Benevolent Union), and a symposium organized by Carl Wilkens Fellow Tigranna Zakaryan.
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The exhibition life100, on view at Brand Library Art Galleries from March 14 –May 1, 2015, will showcase over 30 of Armenia’s master artists and 20 contemporary Armenian artists from Los Angeles, whose combined stories represent the impact of the Armenian Genocide from over 15 countries.
This landmark exhibition celebrates the contribution of artists of Armenian descent toward re-establishing cultural identity and building creative spirit for the future and highlighting resilience, strength, and creativity in the face of adversity.
The works in the exhibition come from Southern California private collections and commercial galleries and represent master artists such as Arshile Gorky, John Altoon, and Minas Avetisyan, as well as some of the best local Armenian artists including Joanne Julian, Aram Saroyan and Vahe Berberian.
Armenians and Turkey: A Day of Documentary and Short Films
Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 - 700 p.m.
In conjunction with the Brand Library Art Galleries exhibition life100, the Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California presents a slate of short documentaries produced by filmmakers from Armenia and Turkey, sometimes in collaboration. Many of the films are award-winning, and all focus on the complex relations between Armenians and Turks in the century after the genocide. All films are subtitled in English. Refreshments at intermission.
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the Brand Library Art Galleries exhibition life100, the Fresno State New Music Ensemble presents works dedicated to the 100 year anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by living Armenian composers. Coordinated by Joey Bohigian and sponsored by Brand Associates and the Armenian General Benevolent Union.
Music by Tigran Mansurian, Charles Amirkhanian, Anna Aidinian, Artur Avanesov, Steven Aprahamian, Eve Beglarian, Joseph Bohigian
Featuring some of the top performers in the Fresno State Music Department, including percussionist Joseph Bohigian, cellist Aimee Dockum, violinist Lianna Stuart, clarinetist Katie Winter, saxophonist Josh Locher, flutist Cassandra Barnes, guitarist Morgan Phillips, and pianist Nathaniel Musso.
- 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Stay for a free Metro LA Through the Eyes of Artists poster featuring Brand Library, signed by artists Edith Waddell. Read More>
Saturday April 4, 2015, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Moderated by Ardy Kassakhian, panelists Peter Frank, Jack Rutberg, Joanne Julian, Mike Harutunian and Neery Melkonian will discuss the impact the Armenian Genocide had on culture, creativity and the emergence of new art and artists, as well as examine the significant role artists of the Armenian diaspora have played in the history of modern art.
Sharing Our Stories: Voices of Survivors
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
In commemoration of the Armenian Genocide Centennial, Brand Library presents an afternoon of reflection on the past century of genocide crimes with personal narratives, live music, art, and refreshments.
Carl Wilkens Fellow Tigranna Zakaryan hosts speakers from the Armenian, Jewish, Cambodian, Bosnian, and Rwandan communities as they share their stories of survival, and their personal paths towards healing, forgiveness, and reestablishing livelihoods in Los Angeles.
life100: Classics by Komitas
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Michael Avetisyan will host performances of the music of the renowned Armenian composer. Komitas is often considered the founder of the Armenian national school of music.
REEL ART Film Series: Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates & life100 Closing Reception
Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:00 - 10:00.p.m.
The Brand Associates present The Color of Pomegranates (1968), a film written and directed by celebrated filmmaker Sergei Parajanov. The film is a biography of the Armenian balladeer Sayat-Nova that attempts to reveal the poet's life visually and poetically rather than literally. Master of Italian cinema Michelangelo Antonioni said that "Parajanov’s Color of Pomegranates is of a stunningly perfect beauty. Parajanov…is one of best film directors in the world.” The film will be followed by a reception to mark the closing of the landmark life100 exhibition.