Echoes of Perception: Peter Alexander and California Impressionism
Curated by Kevin Appel, Julianne Gavino, Kim Kanatani, Curt Klebaum, Claudia Parducci, and Bruce Richards
September 24, 2022 – January 14, 2023
Langson IMCA, 18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100, Irvine, CA
Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
In 2019, Langson IMCA Museum Director Kim Kanatani invited artist Peter Alexander to curate an exhibition of California Impressionism from the museum’s collection. Prior to his death in 2020, Alexander had begun identifying collection works with which he felt a kinship and that exemplified the California Impressionists’ profound connection to the light, space, and natural phenomena of California. In honor of Alexander’s commitment to the project, a team of curators comprising Kevin Appel, Julianne Gavino, Kim Kanatani, Curt Klebaum, Claudia Parducci, and Bruce Richards expanded the exhibition into a dialogue between the early modernist painters and Alexander’s own work, forming a fluid exchange among generations equally influenced by the atmospheric light of the Golden State.
With works spanning from 1896 to 2020, Echoes of Perception: Peter Alexander and California Impressionism includes 14 Impressionist works from Langson IMCA’s collection along with 11 of Alexander’s resin sculptures, canvases, works on paper, and a painting on velvet that offer an alternative way to engage with California Impressionism through the eyes of this pioneering contemporary artist.