Where There’s Rubble, There’s Treasure: Changing Compton’s Single Story Through Community Art
306 W Compton Blvd #104, Compton, CA 90220, USA
Friday, May 24 at 10:00 AM 3:00 PM
Ends Aug 31, 2024
The Compton Art & History Museum is proud to announce the opening of its latest exhibition, “Where There’s Rubble, There’s Treasure: Changing Compton’s Single Story Through Community Art,” by Guest Curators and artists Ángel Hernández and Yaileen Zamora with support from Museum Curator Meredith Lancaster and Co-Founder Abigail Lopez-Byrd. Running from May 24, 2024, to August 31, 2024, this groundbreaking exhibition promises to challenge perceptions, ignite conversations, and celebrate the vibrant spirit of Compton. At the heart of the exhibition is the powerful theme inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story.” Through a curated collection of artworks, the exhibition aims to dismantle the pervasive narrative that has overshadowed Compton for decades. Rather than perpetuating stereotypes of poverty, gang violence, and police brutality, the twenty featured local artists invite viewers to explore the multifaceted identity of Compton and its residents. “This exhibition is about reclaiming the community’s narrative,” says Meredith Lancaster, Curator of the Museum. “For too long, Compton has been defined by a single story that fails to capture the richness and resilience of this vibrant community. Through the art and storytelling of twenty local artists, our aim is to shift the narrative and showcase the beauty that exists amidst the so-called rubble.” From vibrant paintings to thought-provoking photography, “Where There’s Rubble, There’s Treasure” showcases the talent and creativity of twenty local artists who call Compton or South Los Angeles home. Each piece offers a unique perspective, challenging visitors to reconsider preconceived notions and embrace the complexity of the human experience. “We are thrilled to be able to present this innovative exhibition,” says Abigail Lopez-Byrd, Co-Founder of the Museum and its parent nonprofit Color Compton. “Art has the power to transform perceptions and build bridges across communities. By amplifying the voices of local artists, ‘Where There’s Rubble, There’s Treasure’ reminds us of the beauty and resilience that thrives in the face of adversity.” The exhibition is made possible thanks to generous funding from the California Arts Council (CAC), demonstrating a commitment to empowering communities through the arts. “I’m incredibly proud to be a part of curating this exhibition,” says Guest Curator and artist Ángel Hernández. “[We are] creating a space to showcase the complex and beautiful minds of our communities, because art and stories matter.” Funding from CAC Guest Curator and artist Yaileen Zamora Visitors are encouraged to immerse themselves in the experience, participate in interactive activities, and join the conversation about the future of storytelling through art in Compton. “Where There’s Rubble, There’s Treasure: Changing Compton’s Single Story Through Community Art” opens to the public on May 24, 2024, at the Compton Art & History Museum. Visitors are invited to attend the exhibition opening on May 24, 2024, from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Join us in celebrating the diversity, creativity, and strength of Compton’s residents. Nia Simone, “Sisterly Love,” 2023
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