Empathy: Beneath the Surface

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
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Ami Vitale, Ye Ye in the Mist

We recognize the courage, strength and resilience of our community as we remember our collective loss during the tragedies of November 2018. As we reflect on this shared experience, it is vital to remain connected as a community.

Artists of international and national renown have accepted CMATO’s invitation to present a multi-disciplinary perspective on the idea of empathy and personal agency. Diverse and eclectic, these artists epitomize today's varied and changing contemporary art landscape while emphasizing the universal bonds that connect us all – loss, resilience and hope.

Empathy: Beneath the Surface is a call to connect with each other through the fundamental component of community – understanding and recognizing the thoughts or needs of another. Taking action, whether it’s working on prevention through social change, preserving our natural world, or consciously connecting with the people around you through a simple smile, eye contact or even a kind word, can make a difference.

As you will discover, the artists in this exhibition exemplify empathy for their subjects who have all lost something. Loss is an emotion that we can all relate to, however it’s an empathic understanding of others, that will continue to take us through the joy or the pain in the journey ahead.

-Lynn Farrand, Curator

“Empathy: Beneath the Surface” is generously sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation, Karen Dean Fritts, Ph.D., and John Shwope, Mark Sand Construction, Thor Electric, Valdez Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and Macerich.

Empathy: Beneath the Surface

Featuring: Hung Liu, John Nava, Simphiwe Ndzube, Ami Vitale, Marisa Caichiolo, Marjorie Salvaterra and Tom Everhart

Curated by: Lynn Farrand

California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks
October 18, 2019
February 16, 2020
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