MSJC art exhibit: Don’t’ Touch the Art. Let the Art Touch You

T■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor

he Mt. San Jacinto College Fine Arts Gallery exhibition, “Don’t Touch the Art, Let the Art Touch You: Art on loan from the Knuth Collection and Art Book Study Library,” will be on display March 6 through April 13 at the San Jacinto campus art gallery.
John Knuth, curator of MSJC Fine Arts Gallery, has been collecting art and art books for the past 20 years. This show is a special opportunity to see diverse work by an international group of artists including Anders Brinch, Alexander Calder, Meg Courtney, Fritz Chesnut, Sarah Cromarty, Justin Hansch, Julian Hoeber, Cody Hudson, Daniel Johnston, James Krone, Rachel Mason, Ryan McIntosh, Jeffry Mitchell, Ry Rocklen and Michael Smoler.
Visitors to the gallery are invited to page through the large collection of Knuth’s art books. These range from an Andy Warhol monograph, to a catalogue raisonné on John James Audubon, to one-of-a-kind Xeroxed punk zines.
One of the paintings in the show depicts a comfortable arm chair placed within a verdant garden scene. Lush plants and buds look ready to flower and overgrow the sensible piece of furniture. This painting can be seen as a metaphor for the entire show, in which visitors are encouraged to make themselves comfortable at the art book study table and take in the paintings and sculptures surrounding them. Like the plants in Courtney’s painting, we hope that the artwork in the gallery space will bloom and grow around you.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 1499 N. State St., Building 1400, San Jacinto. For more information contact John Knuth at (951) 487-3585 or jknuth@msjc.edu.

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