Vincent Price Art Museum, theatre entertain in summer

By Jesus Figueroa

Summer has fewer students around the East Los Angeles College campus, but the Art Department kept on going with artist Carmen Argote’s exhibit “720 Sq. Ft.: Shape Seeps Through,” a Shakespeare workshop and the world premiere of the music video for “Luna Lovers” by Las Cafeteras.

The Large Gallery, located on the second floor of the Vincent Price Art Museum, housed the large carpet installation from the childhood residence of Argote.

The center of the carpet is painted 10 inches from the perimeter having all the stains seep through the paint.

“It’s like the history of the house,” Argote said.

Accompanying the exhibit, Argote held an artist talk that took place on the installation, the painted carpet.

Once the Argote’s exhibit closed, the events at the VPAM kept going through out the summer with the large gallery of the VPAM filling with fans of Las Cafeteras to celebrate the first professional music video for the Latin group.

“Luna Lovers” stands out as one of the softer songs on Las Cafeteras’ album and now also becomes their first music video.

The premiere had Latin artist Maria Del Pilar, former Los Abandoned front woman.

“Before, I think they were just friends hanging, playing, which is beautiful, but now they are really committed to be a band and get better at their instruments and at their stage performance,” Del Pilar said.

The night had a large turn out with a line outside the door in anticipation for the event.

The Theatre Department opened the Proscenium Theater doors this summer to showcase the Shakespeare summer students talents.

For the first time, admission to this two-day show was $5 to raise money for the Theatre Department. The nights showcased the new Shakespearian acting students.

Some of the scenes were a huge hit with the audience as they were emerged into the experience and cheered and some scenes did not quite get to that level.

Many different instructors, one of which is Kelley Hogan, taught the students.

“Our goal is to create Shakespeare actors, or at least actors, even if they never want to do Shakespeare again. But they understand the process of working as an actor, the process you have to go through,

“So, we give them all these different teachers with all these points of view, and then they have to make the choices. That’s how they become actors, cause that’s all acting is, making choices,” Hogan said.

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