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Ed Templeton: Wires Crossed:
The Culture of Skateboarding, 1995-2012
February 2, 2024 - May 5, 2024
In his first solo museum exhibition in the United States, the Long Beach Museum of Art presents Ed Templeton’s 17-year photographic project, Wires Crossed: The Culture of Skateboarding, 1995-2012, which explores youth culture through Templeton’s lens and peers into the lives of amateur and professional skateboarders, whom he traveled the globe with while skateboarding for video productions, competitions, and demonstrations.
Wires Crossed is part memoir, part documentation of the DIY, punk-infused subculture of skateboarding as it came of age in the 1990s and early 2000s, and pulses with the raw, combustive energy of Templeton’s image-making from the last twenty-plus years. Through photography, collage, text, maps, and eclectic ephemera from Templeton’s archives, Wires Crossed offers an inside look at a significant facet of youth culture as it was being born.
Templeton occupies the rare position of having been a professional skateboarder, two-time World Skateboarding champion, and artist working within the skateboard community as it gained increasing cultural currency in the 1990s and beyond. This work, much of it previously unpublished and unseen, explores Templeton’s journey as an image maker, as well as the lives of professional skateboarders as they spent long hours crisscrossing the world on tour, reveling in their newfound status as a rock star–like figures and the eternal search for new terrain to skate. It is a showcase of the distinctive aesthetic that sprang from the influential skate culture Templeton helped create.
This exhibition and companion book demonstrate Templeton’s ability to capture what this life is like on film from the inside out, shooting the triumphs and disasters equally, the blood and the pain, boredom, self-medication, lust, toxic masculinity, and all the transitory moments behind the scenes. He paints an honest and gritty portrait of what it was like to be a skateboarder in a time before cell phones, scabs and all.
October 26, 2023 - February 25, 2024
Artists are often the first to see the creative potential of the new technologies that fill our lives. In the mid-20th century, cameras and video cameras became increasingly portable and accessible, resulting in the democratization of artmaking. Technology enables us to create, edit, and manipulate photographs and videos with immediacy and flexibility, expanding our realms of expression.
We invited LBUSD middle school students to turn their lens on their realities: inward to examine ideas of self and identity, and outward to investigate their surroundings and relationship with them. We asked them to explore and experiment with the tools at their fingertips to reflect, reveal, and reframe their reality.
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Tidawhitney Lek: Living Spaces
November 10, 2023 – March 3, 2024 (Extended)
In a captivating extension of her critically acclaimed Household series, Long Beach resident and distinguished artist Tidawhitney Lek is honored to introduce her inaugural solo museum exhibition Living Spaces. This striking artistic journey boldly defies the boundaries of domesticity and leads us onto the vibrant sidewalks of life.
Lek’s latest creation transcends not only the physical confines of walls but also the constraints of time, weaving together a vivid tapestry of family, culture, generational and personal history, drawing inspiration from her deep Long Beach roots. Living Spaces serves as a powerful testament to our shared experiences during life’s transitional moments, where our individual narratives seamlessly connect with the broader human journey. Drawing inspiration from diverse landscapes and cultural contexts, Tidawhitney Lek masterfully craftsvisual “quilts” that seamlessly blend the intimate stories of ‘the family’ with the personal narrative of ‘I,’ bridging the gap between the spaces we inhabit and those we inherit.
Lek’s work takes us on an emotive journey to salvage the fragile traces of memory, breathing life into forgotten histories while preserving the allure of bygone times. With unwavering dedication, she captures the very essence of Cambodia Town in Long Beach and the vibrant atmosphere of Anaheim Street, immortalizing the vivid sights, scents, and traditions that define this culturally rich neighborhood. With every brushstroke, Lek invites us into bustling local markets and serene moments of women congregating for picnics on lush, green grass, scenes that reflect the enduring spirit of togetherness and celebration.
Tidawhitney Lek, Local Market (detail), 2023, Acrylic, glitter, and oil on canvas, 72 x 144 inches, Courtesy of the artist and Sow & Tailor, Los Angeles