Two exhibitions opening April 9 at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) will give visitors the opportunity to reflect on the concept of beauty in contemporary art and view the debut museum exhibition of the emerging visual artist and photographer, Jonathan Michael Castillo.
Defining Beauty, CMATO’s third annual international juried exhibition, features painting, mixed-media and video works by Zara Monet Feeney, Francene Levinson and Sungjae Lee. The artists were selected from nearly 1,000 submissions in all visual media as part of the museum’s open call.
Jonathan Michael Castillo: Car Culture, is the first solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work and features his arresting, candid photographs that capture Los Angeles’s driving culture.
The exhibitions present a variety of experiences for the museum’s visitors following an extended closure due to COVID-19.
“We are excited to welcome our community back to CMATO with this unique and timely set of exhibitions that give visitors the opportunity to discover artists who are expressing ideas relevant to our time in visually dynamic ways,” said Lynn Farrand, Senior Curator, CMATO. “Both Defining Beauty and Jonathan Michael Castillo: Car Culture underscore CMATO’s commitment to presenting a range of artistic voices and ideas to our community.”
CMATO will present artist talks and art-related programs for the community to engage with the works on view. Program information will be posted on www.cmato.org.
Defining Beauty and Jonathan Michael Castillo: Car Culture are curated by Farrand. The exhibitions will be on view through August 8, 2021. An audio tour featuring curator insight and commentary will accompany the exhibits.