The Lancaster Museum of Art and History (MOAH) is proud to announce its newest exhibition Forest for the Trees, which will open with a public reception on Saturday, May 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Forest for the Trees will be on display at MOAH through Sunday, July 15.
Forest for the Trees is comprised of five exhibitions addressing the complex relationship between people and the living and built environments they inhabit, specifically focusing on humans’ symbiotic connection to trees. Featured in MOAH’s Main Gallery is a survey of work documented over the course of eight years by artist Greg Rose. Forest for the Trees also showcases the solo exhibitions of Sant Khalsa and Constance Mallinson, with site specific installations by artists Timothy R. Smith and High & Dry, a collaboration between Osceola Refetoff and Christopher Langley. Each of the exhibition’s artists explore the environment and the impacts -- positive as well as negative -- that people have upon it.
Greg Rose’s work documents his nearly decade-long excursions into the San Gabriel Mountains as he catalogs, analyzes, and paints various trees throughout the forest. Sant Khalsa’s Prana brings together work from her more than forty years as an artist, while examining humanity’s existence within nature, specifically their connection to trees. Constance Mallinson’s work takes a closer look at the massive amounts of material waste generated by humans, magnifying the remains of landfills and garbage “patches” by painting them on oversized canvases.
Timothy R. Smith is in the process of constructing a site-specific installation regarding the built environment, which will span two stories and multiple exhibition spaces. High & Dry’s exhibition takes a look at the environmental impact of humans, specifically in the Mojave Desert region, and what we leave behind as a culture.
In coordination with MOAH’s Forest for the Trees exhibition, MOAH:CEDAR will host an installation by artist Miya Ando beginning Saturday, June 23 with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ando’s work, inspired by her upbringing, will transport visitors to the redwood forests of northern California. The installation will be on display at MOAH:CEDAR through September 2.
In addition to the regularly scheduled community engagement programs offered by MOAH, MOAH:CEDAR, and the Western Hotel Museum, this exhibition will include a book signing and artist panel discussion with Sant Khalsa on Sunday, July 15 beginning at 1 p.m.
The Lancaster Museum of Art and History is dedicated to strengthening awareness, enhancing accessibility, and igniting the appreciation of art, history, and culture in the Antelope Valley through dynamic exhibitions, innovative educational programs, creative community engagement, and a vibrant collection that celebrates the richness of the region. MOAH is open Tuesday – Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with extended hours on Thursday until 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.lancastermoah.org or call (661) 723-6250.