About the Book
CITIES: visionary places
Curated by Camilla Boemio
Brian Cooper, Shaun Gladwell, Dmitry Gutov, Kiel Johnson, Jeremy Kidd, Aitor Lajarin Susan Logoreci , Johanna Laitanen, Damir Ocko, Isidro Ramirez, Spencer Tunick, Klaus Thymann, Michael Wolf
Overexposed images of different cities are summed up in the Imagination, becoming parts of our memory, mixing with everyday visions. The city is a daily challenge in which ideas become feedback, visible energy: shared thought, Art, Creativity, Openness. Roads, construction sites, factories, non-places, buildings, bridges, piers, pillars, bridges, museums entrances and secret sights, surprising or reinterpreted, in which emotions converge. The colors of the architecture merge, the day and the night, the neon light that illuminates the facades, the patchwork of contaminations, parasites, layers from top to bottom, build geometric shapes in which to play and invent memories. The urban landscape is not only formally captured but also perceptually, its dynamics and features: into excess, in the immobile, in the archi-stars exaltation or in the unfinished. Migrations and transformations are self generated in these cities. We can see them as voracious bodies which reconstruct utopias. Seductive idiosyncrasies in which the imitation, the repetition, the symbol and the sublime are reconnected to the estrangement of modern alienation. Imagine yourself in these streets, between the blocks and the buildings, portrayed as an unexpected passer-by of the filmic flow of an unstable and polymorphic scenery.
- Camilla Boemio, Curator of Cities, 2011
The Torrance Art Museum is located at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in the City of Torrance. It is a program of the Cultural Services Division of the City of Torrance Community Services Department. The Cultural Services Division is responsible for City-sponsored arts and cultural initiatives held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center and throughout the City. The Museum encourages all people to develop and increase their understanding and appreciation for modern and contemporary artwork via a variety of exhibitions offered in its two gallery spaces, as well as educational programs, artist talks, lectures, and symposia.