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Jan 2016 | Bourj Hammoud As a Palimpsest of Culture - Birds Nest, by Talar Chahinian (109 KB)
Having emerged out of the refugee camps near the eastern port of Beirut, the district of Bourj Hammoud holds a unique place in the history of post-genocide dispersion and in the making of a collective Armenian diasporic identity. Often referred to as the “Armenian quarter” or the “Armenian ghetto” of Beirut, the small plot of land served as a site where lost Armenian villages and towns were resurrected in the form of renamed neighborhoods in the aftermath of 1915.

Jul 2013 | A Monumental Purpose - Armenian Heritage Park, by Jean Murachanian (695 KB)
After 12 years of planning and hard work, Armenian Heritage Park (also referred to as the Park), located in downtown Boston, Massachusetts, on the recently created Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway (hereafter, the Greenway), was finally dedicated on May 22, 2012. Built on public land, the ambitious project was conceived and funded by the Armenian community as a gift to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Oct 2011 | Paradox and Perspective: The Art of Dr. Kevorkian, by Jean Murachanian (466 KB)
The man known as Dr. Death died a few months ago, on June 3, 2011. He was one of those people who, while sometimes courting controversy for the sake of notoriety, at the same time seemed to advocate for something he believed in very strongly – what he considered the very basic human right of the terminally ill to end their pain and suffering through doctor-assisted suicide. The right to assisted suicide is one that Dr. Kevorkian advocated for, with every inch of his being, including interestingly – and unexpectedly – with his artwork.

Apr 2011 | Genocide Memorials: Symbolism, Ritual Use, and Meaning, by Jean Murachanian (861 KB)
This year, April 24 falls on Easter Sunday, a coincidence that is symbolically significant, at once tragic and hopeful. Naturally, the confluence also presents scheduling difficulties for many members of the Armenian community. Such mundane conflicts, however, also offer opportunities for addressing their symbolic significance.

Jun 2010 | The Forging of an Artistic Identity: A Gorky Retrospective, by Jean Murachanian (461 KB)
Los Angeles is the proud recipient of the final installment of the traveling exhibition, Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective. The exhibition began at the Philadelphia Museum of Art before moving on to the Tate Modern in London and is now appearing at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).

May 2010 | Sara Anjargolian’s Photography: Re-imagining the Homeland in Diasporic Discourse, by Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian (971 KB)
Los Angeles-based photographer Sara Anjargolian recently exhibited her work in the engaging and interactive exhibition, How We Live. Along with another of Anjargolian’s recent projects, Not Here, How We Live focuses its lens on Armenia; while the earlier traces the realities of poverty, the latter documents the disruptive effects of labor migration on families.

Sep 2009 | Reflections in the Aftermath of an Exhibition, by Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian (263 KB)
Earlier this year, I was asked by the sub-committee of the City of Glendale’s officials and community artists to be the Guest Curator for the city’s Annual Commemorative Events exhibition. Three intensive months later, the exhibition, ultimately titled “Man’s Inhumanity to Man: Journey Out of Darkness . . .” opened at the Brand Library Art Galleries on April 4, 2009 and was on view until May 8, 2009.

Aug 2009 | A Gem in the Rough: The Appreciation of Armenian Art, by Jean Murachanian (99 KB)
For the last decade or so, the number of art galleries in Southern California has been steadily growing. A notable addition to the group is Stephanie’s Fine Art Gallery, a bold and innovative gallery specializing in Armenian art.

Dec 2008 | The House on Wheels: Alina Mnatsakanian’s Search for “Home”, by Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian (189 KB)
How do most Armenians, having crossed a number of borders and encountered many homes, construct a diasporic identity? Can the diasporic Armenian live in one place and still be part of another – a historic homeland, a site of origin, a prior home? . . . These are questions that burden many Armenian artists as well, including Alina Mnatsakanian.

Nov 2008 | And the Beat Goes on: Predator Cycling and the Abbot Kinney Cultural Scene, by Tamar Sinanian and Taleen Tertzakian (576 KB)
A red wooden picket fence greets passers-by on Venice Beach’s famous Abbot Kinney Boulevard, inviting them to enter the casual and friendly atmosphere of the Predator Cycling bicycle showroom. Just beyond the fence is a courtyard, speckled with red tables with white umbrellas, where Angelenos, including both culture and bike enthusiasts, gather throughout the week for seminars, film viewings, art exhibits, drinks, music, and just to hang out.

Aug 2008 | "It's the Village Life:" The Atwater Casitas Artists’ Community, by Jean Murachanian (397 KB)
"All Armenians are trying to get back to the Village life. It's inside them trying to come out" says artist Sevag Vrej of his experience working out of Casitas Studios, a newly renovated industrial building with a high concentration of Armenian artists in Atwater Village, or "the Village".

Jun 2008 | Sophia Gasparian - Activating the Art Scene, by Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian (298 KB)
A young emerging talent in the Los Angeles art scene is Sophia Gasparian (b. 1972), whose presence in the Armenian art scene, however, has been subdued.

Feb 2008 | Art in the Time of Change: Contemporary Art in Armenia, by Tamar Sinanian and Taleen Tertzakian (180 KB)
In order to understand where art in the now independent Armenian republic is going, we need to look back at where it has been, especially since the fateful days of independence in 1991.

Jul 2006 | In Search of the Father - The Photography of Bruce Haley, by Adriana Tchalian and Hovig Tchalian (73 KB)
Bruce Haley is an American photographer with interests that span a wide array of subjects. But he often returns to the one that, judging from his work, seems to have captivated his mind, spirit and conscience—the military and political conflicts around the world.

Jun 2006 | The Ararat-Eskijian Museum, By Ramela Grigorian Abbamontian (65 KB)
Like many of the artifacts contained within, the Ararat-Eskijian Museum (AEM) is a hidden treasure awaiting discovery.

Mar 2006 | Of Man and Nature, Layers and Fragments: The Art of Vasken Brudian, by Ara Oshagan (91 KB)
Vasken Brudian is an architect and artist. After a long hiatus, Brudian has returned to the art scene with brand new work and the publication of a monograph entitled, “Paintings and Collages: Towards a New Aesthetics.”

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