Brand Library and Art Center to host exhibit featuring Armenian artists

An art collection of more than 80 works from prominent Armenian artists that encompasses a century since the Armenian Genocide will open to the public on Sunday at the Brand Library and Art Center.

The exhibit, called “Life100,” features works by Armenians who were raised in different parts of the world with some works coming from artists known as masters, while others are by more contemporary artists.

Masters — such as Arshile Gorky and Garo Antreasian, whose works will be a part of the display — earned their title because of the significant contributions they made to the world of art where they lived, including France, Germany or the United States, said curator Carolyne Tufenkian.

“Edgar Chahine contributed quite a lot to the French art movement, while Gorky was a major influence in abstract expressionism,” she said.

Though the idea of putting the exhibit together was motivated by the centennial anniversary of the Armenian Genocide that started in 1915, the many oil paintings, charcoal drawings and sculptures won’t be pieces about death or tragedy.

“What we’re trying to do here is celebrate survival,” Tufenkian said. “We’re celebrating 100 years of resilience and giving back to the community, to the world in a very creative way.”

The artworks were donated by private galleries and collections, she said.

They will be on display through May 1.

The Brand Library and Art Center is located at 1601 W. Mountain St.

A grand opening for the public will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

After that, operating hours will be from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

A commemorative book about the exhibit will also be sold at the Brand Library for $60.

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