With over 30 art galleries as well as the Santa Monica Museum of Art on the premises displaying their wares, it’s pretty much safe to say that at any given time Bergamot Station has something for everyone when it comes to artistic offerings. And summer 2014 is certainly no exception, as a multitude of exhibitions are being showcased at the facility during this period, providing visitors with an opportunity to survey a diverse range of works and find their favorites while enjoying a welcome respite from the seasonal heat outside.
One notable summer exhibition is “In-Situ” at the Shoshana Wayne Gallery. It features five emerging Los Angeles artists who have never before been shown at the gallery, working in a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, conceptual art and found objects. The pieces on display in the exhibition invite viewers to ponder the relationship between place and identity, and with each one the artist takes a given material, repurposes or reimagines it, and in the end imbues it with new life and new meaning. The exhibition runs until Aug. 30.
Another notable exhibition is entitled “My Little Boat of Sorrow,” and it’s showing at the Rosamund Felsen Gallery. It includes pieces by seven artists, working in mediums such as sculpture, painting, drawing, video and sound, and it explores that particular sentiment which seems to lie halfway between sadness and distress — sorrow. This exhibition runs until Aug. 9.
And for something completely different, there is the solo photography exhibition entitled “Murray Garrett: Hollywood Redux” running at the Robert Berman Gallery until Aug. 23. Featuring a selection of vintage black-and-white photos of major entertainment figures during the golden age of Hollywood — including some pictures that have never been seen before by the public — the exhibition offers revealing images of such iconic individuals as Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra and serves as a testament to the sophistication and style of a specific period in American cinematic history.
In addition to the aforementioned exhibitions, there are scores of others taking place this summer at Bergamot Station. Except possibly for occasional special events, admission to all the exhibitions featured at the arts complex is free. For more information on what’s showing, visit http://www.bergamotstation.com/.