The Museum of Art and History (MOAH) and the Lancaster Museum and Public Art Foundation (LMPAF) invite Antelope Valley residents and visitors to the free POW!WOW! Block Party and The New Vanguard II opening reception taking place Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. The POW!WOW! AV Block Party and The New Vanguard II exhibition celebrate the culmination of POW!WOW! Antelope Valley 2018 and the addition of 19 new murals to the BLVD Cultural District and immediate surrounding areas.
The POW!WOW! Block Party festivities will include workshops such as the POW!WOW! Print Lab hosted by this year’s artist-in-residence, Amy Kaps, at MOAH:CEDAR; an additional workshop which will take place at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center (LPAC); special tours held at the Western Hotel Museum; a car show along Lancaster Boulevard, and musical performances on MOAH’s outdoor stage, by Vultures of Vinyl, Lazy Beam, Thanks, Weird Puppy, Jimini Picasso, New Character, and Witchin Alleys; as well as delicious tacos from 1800. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to meet the artists of POW!WOW! AV and The New Vanguard II, and purchase special edition merchandise created by the POW!WOW! AV artists at the Vault Store.
Perhaps the best way to describe POW!WOW! is: POW! The impact that art has on a person. WOW! The reaction that art elicits from a viewer. Together, they form POW WOW, a Native American term which describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music, and art. Originally centered around a week-long event in Hawaii, POW! WOW! has grown into a global network of artists and organized gallery shows; lecture series; schools for art and music; mural projects; Lana Lane Studios, a large artist collective and creative space; concerts; and live art installations around the globe. The festival has expanded to a number of cities and countries, such as: Taiwan; Long Beach; Israel; Singapore; Jamaica; Washington D.C.; Guam; New Zealand; and Germany; and will now celebrate its second year in Lancaster, California.
The 2018 artist line up for POW!WOW! AV includes artists Hueman (California); Super A (Netherlands); Lauren YS (California); Ekundayo (California); Jeff Soto (California); Christopher Konecki (California); Emily Ding (Texas); Amir Fallah (California); Mikey Kelly (California); Scott Listfield (Massachusetts); Carly Ealey (California); Nuri Amanatullah (California); Andrew Hem (California); Tina Dille (California); Aaron de la Cruz (California); Amy Sol (Nevada); Tran Nguyen (Vietnam); Julius Eastman (California); Dan Witz (New York); Jaune (Belgium); Slinkachu (Great Britain); Spenser Little (California); Darcy Yates (California); Craig “Skibs” Barker (California); and MOUF (Texas).
The exhibition, The New Vanguard II, is curated by Andrew Hosner of Thinkspace Projects in Los Angeles. The exhibit will include four solo shows by artists Sandra Chevrier, Brooks Salzwedel, Seth Armstrong, and Craig “Skibs” Barker. Additionally, the exhibition will feature site specific installations by HOTXTEA, Laurence Vallieres, Andrew Hem, Dan Witz, Jaune, Isaac Cordal and Spenser Little, along with a group exhibit in the main gallery of more than 40 international, new contemporary artists.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting the appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region.
MOAH is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.lancastermoah.org or call (661) 723-6250.