The Mission of the Durón Gallery is to present socially relevant and politically conscious art, weather visual or performing, especially for underserved audiences, by established and emerging artists, artists’ collectives and student projects. The Gallery will seek to engage its audiences to allow for an art experience beyond that of the passive viewer through its exhibitions and other programs.The gallery is named after Armando and Mary Durón, renowned art collectors and long time supporters of SPARC. Here’s what Armando has to say about the naming:
“Mary and I are deeply humbled by the naming of the art gallery at SPARC as The Durón Gallery. We cannot imagine a more cherished honor than having such a sacred space at SPARC named after our family. From a jail to an art gallery that has presented socially conscious art from all over the world, this space speaks to all who understand the true place of art in any society. Since first coming to SPARC in 1987, Judy and SPARC have held a special place in our restless hearts. We know that SPARC often stands alone among arts organizations, as it stays true to its original mission, without compromise or detours. Judy’s unique artistic vision founded on her social consciousness has been an inspiration to us and to our children, all of who deeply love SPARC and are equally proud to have their name forever associated with SPARC.”
Occasionally SPARC will exhibit from the Durón Family Collection, which consists of hundreds of works, together with an extensive library of books, catalogs and ephemera collected over 30 years. Armando Durón has spoken and written widely as a knowledgeable collector on Chicano art of Los Angeles. His unique perspective as a collector, long-time friend of Chicano(a) artists and avid student on the subject is widely sought from Los Angeles, to the Smithsonian, from high school students to professional appraisers. Durón writes an occasional column for Brooklyn & Boyle newspaper, “From the Living Room Couch” on Chicano art. Works from the collection are regularly shown throughout the country.
In this exhibition, Mercedes Gertez presents “three bodies of work that investigate this symbolic language [of images] through the lens of archetypes, dreams, and fairy tales. This exhibition has been shown in Paris in 2018, and has now come to SPARC. Down the Rabbit Hole continues to grow as new participants step forward to tell their story. I invite you to participate in this language of images and insert yourself into the world of our untold narratives.”
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The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) opened its gallery with “Jailhouse Break” a celebration dating back to 1977 in the Old Venice Jail. Our first show was of a local unknown Venice Artist named Anthony Fiorelli a senior citizen from our neighborhood. His delicate plaster relief works were intricate narratives criticizing what he believed was capitalism out of balance creating a disregard for the poor and aging.
Since that time SPARC has hosted over a thousand exhibitions. We have often been the first to draw attention through an exhibition to an issue of national or international importance such as California’s growing anti-immigrant sentiments in our Borders Barriers and Beaners Show, or to Apartheid in South Africa, in our “End Apartheid Now” exhibition or to the beginning of the epidemic of AIDS, the arms race in the 80’s in our “Thanks but No Thanks Show” and many others. We have hosted regularly youth art shows and the works of local Venice artists. We like shows initiated by groups of artists on important issues. We are not a commercial gallery and since funding cuts we particularly support artists who can help with hanging, gallery sitting and managing the exhibition in which they participate.
Typically we host three theme related shows on socially relevant issues and three community generated shows per year. One exhibition is reserved for youth or younger artists. Any artist or curator can propose an exhibition for a sponsored show in our gallery on a timely issue or for any other type of show if they can provide for the expenses of professionally mounting and advertising the show themselves. SPARC’s Artistic Director and Artists Advisory Board review all proposed shows periodically throughout the year. If you are interested in proposing and exhibition please contact us with a proposal.
If you are an artist who would like to be considered for inclusion in our exhibitions please send us digital images of your work with a statement. In the description field please indicate your medium size and title of the artwork. Also please indicate if you are local Venice Artist based in Los Angeles or another city.
If you would like to propose a show in our gallery please send a proposal with images to firstname.lastname@example.org.
By submitting your artwork you agree to have your art reviewed for future exhibitions.