By Hugo Dominguez, Jr.
After years of waiting for a space worthy of its collection, the Vincent Price Art Museum held its opening reception on Saturday evening.
The galleries opened shortly after 6 p.m. and slowly began to fill.
Karen Rapp, the museum director, estimated that 1,000 people were in attendance at the event.
The museum had eight exhibitions: The Makings of Mexican Modernism, Modern Expressions of Figure and Form, Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists, 2011 Juried Student Art Exhibition, and Sonia Romero’s Inner Landscape.
All eight artists, Diane Gamboa, Gronk, Clement Hanami, Will Herrón III, Judithe Hernández, Kent Twitchell, John Valadez, and Patssi Valdez, featured in “Round Trip: Eight East Los Angeles College Alumni Artists,” were present.
Romero’s “Inner Landscape” installation was featured in a solo at the HOY SPACE gallery, a gallery dedicated for emerging artists.
Only six of the seven galleries were open on Saturday.
The seventh gallery will open on June 21 to exhibit the permanent collection from the Pre-Columbian period. The gallery will have 60 to 70 works from the collection, said Rapp.
The permanent collection show opening June 21 will mostly be from West Mexico, Central America and “some gorgeous pieces from Peru,” said Rapp.
The museum is open Thursday through Friday and on the second Saturday of every month.
More information is available on the museum’s website, www.vincentpriceartmuseum.org.