Let Me Talk

Glendale Library, Arts & Culture presents Let Me Talk, a provocative exhibition featuring paintings, sculptures, installation, and photography by a diverse group of 24 artists. This exhibit, curated by Ada Pullini Brown and Jill Sykes, will be at the Brand Library & Art Center from January 22, 2022 - March 19, 2022. Let Me Talk includes a special edition portfolio of 52 new prints called Utopia/Dystopia, which were produced at the famed East Los Angeles printmaking workshop, Self Help Graphics.

This exhibit curators Ada Pullini Brown and Jill Sykes will hold a guided tour with exhibit artists followed by the closing reception on Saturday, March 19th at 2PM.
In times of dread, artists must never remain silent. This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That’s how civilizations heal. 
- Toni Morrison

Morrison's statement was written for an article in The Nation after the re-election of George W. Bush in 2004. Curators Ada Pullini Brown and Jill Sykes found Morrison's call for the need of art "in times of dread" was the impetus for this exhibition. It is artists who serve as a barometer of our time. Their work can act as a catalyst for discourse — leading to action and change. The works in Let Me Talk point to the many issues that are a part of the current, deeply dark, and coarsened public discourse. The common thread explored in the works by these artists is the desire not to despair or remain silent. 
A catalogue with an essay by Betty Ann Brown will be published for the exhibition and available for free to the public.

Exhibition Artists

Margaret Alarcon, Dawn Arrowsmith, Ada Pullini Brown, Lavialle Campbell, Eileen Cowin, Bibi Davidson,
Bianca Dorso, Mark Steven Greenfield, Margaret Griffith, Dean & Laura Larson, Laura Larson, Cynthia Minet,
Sierra Pecheur, Serena Potter, Catherine Ruane, Shizu Saldamando, Leigh Salgado, Barbara T. Smith,
Miyo Stevens-Gandara, Theodore Svenningsen, Jill Sykes, J Michael Walker, Cathy Weiss, Nancy Youdelman.

Utopia/Dystopia Portfolio Artists

Pavel Acevedo, Kay Brown, Ada Pullini Brown, Leslie Dolin, Usen Gandara, Miyo Stevens-Gandara (Portfolio Curator),
Luis Genaro Garcia, J. Leigh Garcia, Margaret Griffith, Rogelio Gutierrez, Phung Huynh, Dongeun Lee, Kelvin Lopez, Rosalie Lopez, Sandra Low, Poli Marichal, Álvaro D. Márquez, Dalila Mendez, Wayne Perry, Sandy Rodriguez,
Victor Rosas, Marianne Sandowski, Dewey Tafoya, Alex Fridrich-Ward, Christian Salcedo Ward, Andi Xoch.