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For the People: American Folk Art from the Collection of Thomas H. Oxford and Victor Gail
September 10, 2004 - January 16, 2005

Port Visions Long Beach: Photographs by Tom Paiva
Lane Oceanview Gallery
September 10 through October 10, 2004



Long Beach Museum of Art
2300 E. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90803
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(562) 439-2119 ext. 229
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(l.) “Covered Bowl”, ca. 1875, Shenandoah Valley, glazed earthenware, featured in “For the People”.
(r.) Tom Paiva, “Conveyer System”, 2004, 40 x 30 inches, featured in “Port Visions Long Beach”.

Long Beach, CA – The Long Beach Museum of Art presents For the People: American Folk Art from the Collection of Thomas H. Oxford and Victor Gail, featuring over 50 examples of American folk art intended for use in middleclass homes in this country in the late 18th and 19th centuries, September 10, 2004 through January 16, 2005. To honor America’s heritage with this special exhibition, admission to the Museum is free on
Patriot Day, Saturday, September 11, 2004.

The exhibition includes a diverse selection of objects in a wide array of materials from weathervanes, quilts, decoys, paintings and samplers, to ceramics, carved wood vessels, furniture and toys. For the People is the fourth major exhibition organized by the Long Beach Museum of Art highlighting the extraordinary holdings of American decorative arts collectors Thomas H. Oxford and Victor Gail.

In an effort to demonstrate the roles objects played in the daily life of Americans in the 18th and 19th centuries, For the People is organized according to subject, theme, or function. “Men’s Activities” explores male vocations and avocations through such objects as a powder horn of 1766, a Kentucky rifle, duck decoys, and scrimshaw; “Women’s Activities” includes vessels used for cooking and serving food, sewing implements, needlework and quilts; “Man and Wife” includes marriage documents (fraktur) produced by German speaking émigrés to this country, chests celebrating marriage, and marriage portraits; “Life’s Passing” includes mourning pictures and other commemorative tributes; and “Our Nation” includes objects from hat boxes to carved eagles that were created to celebrate the Nation’s birth and its later centennial celebration.

Curated for the Long Beach Museum of Art by Director Harold B. Nelson, For the People is accompanied by an illustrated publication. The presentation and educational programming of this exhibition are made possible with the support of the Evelyn M. Bauer Foundation, Jean and Charles Lane, Farmers & Merchants Bank, Vice Mayor Jackie Kell, Mitchell Land and Improvement Co., Tim Wilson and Carol Tieffer and other generous sponsors.

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The Long Beach Museum of Art presents Port Visions Long Beach: Photographs by Tom Paiva, September 10 through October 10, 2004. Port Visions features thirteen large-scale, brilliantly colored and poetically evocative photographs of Los Angeles-based artist Tom Paiva. Paiva’s images document the unexpected beauty in the urban and industrial landscape of the Port of Long Beach.

Observed from a distant perspective, the Port of Long Beach appears to be a random massing of gigantic containers, colossal ships and unfamiliar equipment. However, seen at a closer vantage point – as Paiva does in his stunning photographs – the beauty, grandeur and poetry of the Port emerge.

Most of the photographs featured in Port Visions Long Beach were taken at night using time-lapse techniques. By exposing his film for lengthy periods of time, ranging from a few seconds to longer than two hours, Tom Paiva creates powerfully evocative images – hazy, mood-evoking studies of place. In these depictions of the buildings, transportation systems and equipment in and around the Port of Long Beach, the artist reveals an unanticipated beauty in his subject. Port Visions Long Beach was made possible with the support of the Port of Long Beach, Hanjin Shipping Co., Sully-Miller, SSA Marine and other generous sponsors.

About the Long Beach Museum of Art

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