A Transformative Memory of the LA Riots

A Museum of Tolerance mixed media exhibit weighs and considers.

By Alysia Gray Painter
|  Monday, Apr 30, 2012  |  Updated 11:29 AM PDT
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A Transformative Memory of the LA Riots

Museum of Tolerance

"Civil Space -- LA Riots 20th Anniversary" will run at the Museum of Tolerance through Sunday, May 13.

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When a major anniversary of a major event approaches, an event that was brimming with drama and emotion and pain, a question arises: Will we passively watch the images again, as many of us did two decades ago, or can look back with fresh understanding and a commitment to move forward on a better path?

Full Coverage: LA Riots 20-Years Later

The Museum of Tolerance is asking us to choose the latter via its new exhibit "Civil Space: LA Riots 20th Anniversary." A mixed-media installation from artist Maggie Hazen, "Civil Space" doesn't so much revisit the stories and pictures we know as ask broader and bolder questions. The artist is known for sculptures "utilizing multiples and her vision in art that connect utopian vistas with harsh realities of life."

"Civil Space" is on at the museum through Sunday, May 13; note that the Museum of Tolerance is closed on Saturdays. 

The show is billed as a "Transformative Memory," which is a categorization that should inspire all memories, perhaps; do our experiences and opinions stay static or were the riots a springboard for a new way of thinking?

Admission to the museum is $15.50 for adults.

For more on the artist, check out Maggie Hazen's official site. Here's an interesting look at her Fetial Landscape, a conceptual art piece about the riots.

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