CAROL KAUFMAN | HENRY KLEIN | JAN MARTIN | MARY PETERSON | CHRISTINA SCHLESINGER LINDA SHELP| ANN SIEGEL
MAUD SIMMONS | STEVE VOLPIN | NANCY YOUDELMAN
ARENA 1 Gallery is pleased to present THE ART OF THE COOKS OF PEACE PRESS June 3 – July 1, 2017. An artist reception opens the exhibition June 3rd from 5 – 9 pm and includes a performance by the renowned Chambers Brothers at 7:00 pm.
The month-long exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of a unique collaboration in Los Angeles of artists and activists at Peace Press that from 1967 -1987 created a space for free expression for hundreds of activist organizations and artists when no commercial printers would publish their anti-establishment materials. The exhibition brings together the art, poetry and politics of those years and is supported by Peace Press and the Ashgrove Music Foundation.
The story of Peace Press begins with Jerry Palmer, then a graduate student in physics at UCLA, who bought a box of press parts, put together a small A B Dick printing press and started up the work. Soon, other young activists looking for “meaningful work” joined the staff. Within a year there were almost a dozen workers, earning subsistence or no wages, committed to offering low cost printing to the community. In the process they forged themselves into a collective that worked, studied and played together..
…and needed to eat lunch.
Everyone took turns cooking. When one press person nearly burned the place down cooking chicken in one room and running a press in another, Peace Press decided to advertise for a part time cook. (The press was totally destroyed by fire in 1972, and yet the community came together and put them back in business in a day.) The applicants were often artists who knew how to cook and for whom the part time job still gave them time to concentrate on their art. The cooks continued to create art and their paintings, installations and posters are installed in the main galleries.
ARENA 1 is an exhibition space founded by Santa Monica Art Studios directors Yossi Govrin and Sherry Frumkin. Based in an historic hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, ARENA 1 invites nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as established curators, to develop innovative and compelling exhibitions.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
EXHIBITION June 3 – July 1, 2017
RECEPTION: June 3 5 – 9 PM
Live performance by The Chamber Brothers 7 pm
The Chambers Brothers, American gospel, rock and soul band best known for their eleven-minute long
1968 hit “Time Has Come Today”. The Brothers grew up as sharecroppers in Mississippi and practiced singing in the fields, confirming their harmonies as they echoed back across the hills. They brought their gospel music out west and added folk, blues and rock to their repertoire. The title track of their first album “Time Has Come” became an instant classic. “I don’t care where you put me on the bill,” once said Janis Joplin. “Just don’t put me after the Chambers Brothers.”
Saturday, June 17 2 – 4 pm.
The Poets of Peace Press
Reading their own works, poets who worked at or were printed by Peace Press, including
Dinah Berland, Michael C. Ford, Deborah Lott, Bill Mohr, Julia Stein & LA Youth Poet
Laureate, Rhiannon McGavin
Curated by Peace Press Editor Dinah Berland
Saturday, July 1 1.30 – 4 pm
An afternoon with Gary Tyler and live performance by Claudia Lennear with Glenn Kishi
and the New Ash Grove Players
At age 17, Gary Tyler was once the youngest person on Death Row in the United States. He was tried as an adult, found guilty of murder by an all-white jury despite lack of evidence, convicted to death, later commuted to life in prison, and spent 41½ years in Angola Prison, maximum security penitentiary, Louisiana. Bob Zaugh, co-founder of Peace Press, was among those who worked tirelessly over decades to achieve Gary’s release. Gary was released in 2016, and now resides in Los Angeles. He will
speak about his 41½ years of incarceration.
Featured in 20 Feet from Stardom, the Oscar-winning documentary about backup singers, Claudia
Lennear was an Ikette for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, sang backup for Joe Cocker and inspired Mick
Jagger’s “Brown Sugar”, and David Bowie’s “Lady Grinning Soul”. Nowadays Claudia can be found singing
with the New Ash Grove Players.
Carrying on the legacy of the legendary Hollywood folk and blues club, the New Ash Grove Players
perform authentic American roots music. Featured are SS Jones (vocals, banjo and guitar), Claudia
Lennear (vocals), Steve Moos (vocals, mandolin and guitar), Eric Ahlberg (vocals and bass), David Fertig
(harmonica), Jeff Landau (guitar) and Stewart Niemi (dobro). The band is an on-going project of the Ash
Grove Music Foundation.
The Art of the Cooks of Peace Press: Organized by Henry Klein, Lindsay Smith, Bob Zaugh, Carol Wells
Fiscal Sponsor Ash Grove Music Foundation. Partially underwritten by the Irene B. Wolt Lifetime Trust.
The Ash Grove Music Foundation under the guidance of Ed Pearl and its Board continues the legacy of the Ash Grove with concerts, lectures, community performances, and support for young artists.