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Renée Petropoulos and Arturo Hernández | We Will Congregate: Platforms & Wool  | Exhibition Reception

October 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Renée Petropoulos and Arturo Hernández | We Will Congregate: Platforms & Wool 
Exhibition | October 30 – December 13, 2019
Reception | Wednesday October 30, 2019 | 6- 8 PM
Atrium Gallery | 1639 18th Street



Artist Renée Petropoulos and Oaxacan artisan Arturo Hernández’s We Will Congregate: Platforms & Wool is based on handwoven rebozo blankets created by Hernández with artisans from LA’s Oaxacan community. Focused on forgotten forms of knowledge, such as the craft of weaving, that immigrants carry in their bodies, the work speaks to the challenges of translation and transliteration as well as literary traditions from the Global South and the North, and includes a sculptural and sonic installation in 18th Street’s Atrium Gallery as well as a  live backstrap weaving demonstration and workshop in Virginia Avenue Park and a directed reading in Tongva Park.

The reception will feature local vendors selling Oaxacan artisanal goods, ice cream, tejate, pastries, food and more!  Arturo Hernández will also be selling rebozos on site!




Arturo Hernández is a master weaver of Zapotec descent. Since the age of 7, he began learning the ancestral techniques of the backstrap and pedal weaving, and natural dyes. He moved to the US at age 21, but 20 years later, he returned to Mexico and established his textile workshop where he creates unique weaving designs along with other people from the local Mitla community. Together, they expand the interest and production of the textile and natural weaving techniques through eco-friendly and organic products such as wool and cotton.

Hernández has been collaborating with LA artist Renée Petropoulos for several years. Both participated in the exhibition Bajo la Bóveda Azul Cobalto, 2019 (Oaxaca, Mexico) organized by Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (MACO). Arturo Hernández lives and works in Mitla, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Renée Petropoulos has created projects and exhibited internationally, most recently embarking on the project Among Nations (Mostly), with a performance Analogue (2012) at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture; Los Angeles, Venice to Venice (2012) as part of the Hammer Museum’s Made in L.A., and Women in Surrealism for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Black Star, begun in 2006, is a performance in continuum in Berlin.  Her most recent installation of Prototype for the History of Painting: Eingrouping Social Historical was presented at MARTE San Salvador, El Salvador.  Her recent film, “Two or Three Things I Know About Gas Station Mini Marts” screened at Screening, in Philadelphia. The outdoor public sculpture project Bouquet (Flower Tower) Between Egypt, India, Iraq, the United States, Brazil, Ethiopia, and Mexico, situated in Santa Monica, California at a street and pedestrian intersection, was completed in spring, 2014.   An exhibit of related subject, Bouquet(Flower Girl) Between Libya, the United States and Scotland, was installed at LAMOA in Eagle Rock in May, 2014. Petropoulos’ monument drawings were also included in Forms of the Formless at Beijing Moca, curated by Marlena Donahue. From the United States to Mexico/ From Mexico to the United States, was presented at Commonwealth and Council, which included a choreographed performance. She has exhibited Monument 1 – conjugation, with the Proxy Gallery in Paris in 2016.  In 2018, she produced a project in conjunction with the MACO in Oaxaca, Mexico as well as being a guest artist at the Palm Springs Museum.


Our gallery and event spaces are fully accessible, with ground level entrances with no steps. Upon requests for assistance, we will make programmatic aspects of our projects available in accessible alternative formats. You can email requests or questions at communications@18thstreet.org.


October 30, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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