The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is has announced its newest exhibition, “The Robot Show,” which will open with a public reception tomorrow from 2 to 6 p.m. The exhibition will run through Sept. 26.
“The Robot Show” is comprised of eight exhibitions exploring the place robots, and other forms of artificial intelligence, hold in a contemporary social landscape – from popular culture to nature, and even spirituality. Featured in MOAH’s Main Gallery is a retrospective of Emmy-nominated artist and animator, Dave Pressler.
“The Robot Show” also showcases the solo exhibitions of Jeff Soto, Patrick McGilligan, Robert Nelson, and Karen Hochman Brown, with site-specific installations by artists Cristopher Cichocki, Alexander Kritselis, and Chenhung Chen.
Dave Pressler’s 20-year retrospective, “Idea to Object,” is a narrative of his career which focuses on how he turned his ideas into reality. Pressler’s robots are fixtures in popular culture, as he is best known for his Emmy-nominated Nickelodeon series, “Robot and Monster.”
“Pressler’s work appeals to audiences of all ages,” said Andi Campognone, curator at MOAH. “His work is a great example of the combination of strong contemporary concepts and expert craft, and we are so excited to exhibit his work for both the Lancaster and greater Los Angeles communities.”
On display in the East Gallery, Jeff Soto, a pop-surrealist, features robots prominently in his bold paintings and murals which are meant to evoke nostalgia and a connection to the natural environment. Cristopher Cichocki’s works, located in the South Gallery, further the connection between the artificial and the natural with his newest body of work, “Divisions of Land and Sea,” combining audiovisual performance and black light painting to create an immersive environment.
Karen Hochman Brown’s digital photographic compositions will be highlighted in the North Gallery, Robert Nelson’s robot paintings in the Wells Fargo Gallery, and Patrick McGilligan’s work in the Museum’s lobby and atrium. Alexander Kritselis will feature one of his multimedia installations in the windows of the Museum’s Hernando and Fran Marroquin Family Classroom.
MOAH is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday. For more details, call (661) 723-6250 or visit www.lancastermoah.org.