The City of Glendale and the Library, Arts & Culture Department are pleased to present the exhibition “Armenia: An Open Wound” in partnership with the Armenian American Museum. The exhibition will be on view at the Brand Library Art Galleries April 16-June 11, 2016 during the library’s regular hours: Tuesday and Thursday 12-8pm, Wednesday 12-6pm, and Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm. A series of weekly programs will accompany the exhibition.
“Armenia: An Open Wound” debuted in Mexico City at the Museo Memoria Y Tolerancia [Museum of Tolerance] in April 2015 in honor of the Armenian Genocide centenary. The exhibition explores the intricate history of the Armenian people and creates an interactive experience by illustrating early Armenian culture; it shares the story of Armenian livelihoods on their ancestral lands, and prepares viewers to gain a deeper insight into the events which lead to the 1915 Armenian Genocide.
“[The exhibition] seeks to raise awareness about the Armenian Genocide by inspiring reflection, respect for ethnic and cultural diversity, and upholding human dignity” says Museo Memoria Y Tolerancia temporary exhibitions director Linda Atach Zaga. “The Armenian Cause is rooted in the universal theme of preserving memory as the first step in mobilizing toward global human rights and this exhibition is uniquely designed to encourage critical reasoning among diverse audiences as they relate the Armenian context to broader social justice themes.”
Library Director Cindy Cleary is enthusiastic about the opportunity to partner with the Armenian American Museum and notes that “this exhibition supports the Library’s mission to offer our community a diversity of ideas that will inspire curiosity and enrich our daily lives.” Further she “hopes all members of the public will share in this unique experience that celebrates the history and the resilience of the Armenian people and commemorates the horrific consequences of the Genocide.”
Armenian American Museum executive development committee chairman Berdj Karapetian “commend[s] the City of Glendale and the Library, Arts & Culture Department for their commitment to engaging diverse collaborative opportunities. ‘Armenia: An Open Wound’ tells the story of Armenians through a multicultural approach, and exemplifies the eclectic programs and exhibitions the Armenian American Museum aspires to bring to the City of Glendale and the broader Los Angeles community.”
A robust slate of programs that will complement “Armenia: An Open Wound” is being planned by the Brand Library & Art Center and the Armenian American Museum in collaboration with local and regional community partners. The educational experience of visitors will be enhanced by lectures, discussion panels, musical performances and more. All events at Brand Library & Art Center are free and open to the public.
Contact: Cathy Billings, Senior Library, Arts & Culture Supervisor, 818-548-2713, firstname.lastname@example.org.