Art circulates at VPAM

BAD KOREAN— One of the 50 illustrations by Kyung Me in her book “Bad Korean,” one of many books and zines available at the Vincent Price Art Museum store or online at http://vpam.storenvy.com.

By Steven Adamo

Art from all over the world, using a variety of media, are on display and for sale at the Vincent Price Art Museum store.

The VPAM store is split into two sections with one curated by an art space in Inglewood called Mandujano/Cell and the other in Los Angeles called Seite Books.

Mandujano/Cell is headed by artists Hazel Mandujano and Juan Capistran. “They make some of the art objects here, or they put together different readers from artists and curators,” said Pilar Tompkins Rivas, director of the VPAM. Rivas invited both stores to set up shop at the museum.

One compiled binder available at the store is filled with “suggested readings” about Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Daniel Joseph Martinez.

Though most of the items at the museum store are books, Mandujano/Cell also has ceramics, patches, tote bags and a video art compilation on S-VHS called Civic TV Volume 2 for sale.

The video compilation was created by Colpa Press and contains video art from Chris Lux, Sofia Cordova, Martine Syms and other artists.

The yellow shelf in the store is curated by Seite Books, located on Rowan Avenue and Cesar Chavez in Los Angeles. “They source books, so they’re bringing in wholesale books, used books and zines,” Rivas said.

A lot of the books displayed at the VPAM are self-published magazines and fanzines, known as  ‘zines.’ There’s a variety of zines available from all over the world. Most of them, like ‘Windowpane’ by London-based artist Joe Kessler, are filled with multi-colored comics that are beautifully printed using a Risograph, a digital duplicator.

Seite Books, along with Kaya Press, just opened Other Books on Cesar E. Chavez Avenue in Los Angeles. One of Seite Books’ choices is “Cholo Style: Homies, Homegirls and La Raza” by Reynaldo Berrios, a book that includes interviews and photographs of gang members of California.

“I wanted vatos to get started on a peace treaty. I wanted for cholos to stop the drive-bys. I wanted for the mainstream to stop acting as if La Raza didn’t exist. I wanted my people to have a voice and to be proud of our beliefs, our heroes, and our culture,” Berrios said.

“We’re on the same page in terms of what kind of stuff we want to show here – we’re very much focused on people of color and we want to talk about diverse backgrounds,” Rivas said.

The items at the VPAM store are also available online.  The VPAM is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., Thursday it is open from noon to 7 p.m..

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