SoCal: Lebanese American Artist Rabbia Sukkarieh to Exhibit Work at Cal State San Bernardino Museum of Art


DARKEVENTWHITEHORIZON, Curated by Jay Belloli, Features the Artwork of Sukkarieh

The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art at Cal State San Bernardino will present a new exhibition, DARKEVENTWHITEHORIZON, featuring artwork by Lebanese American artist Rabbia Sukkarieh.

The exhibition will be on display Feb. 9 through May 11 with an opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 7, 6-8 p.m. A special curator-led preview will be held at 5:30 p.m.

DARKEVENTWHITEHORIZON, curated by Jay Belloli, features the artwork of Sukkarieh, who explores difficult memories with the expression of energy and expansion. Her experience of the civil war and extended violence in her native country of Lebanon has been the most important influence on her art – especially in the expressionistic large-scale, aggressive forms, and frequent coloristic darkness of her paintings.

Sukkarieh was born in Baalbeck, Lebanon, the site of one of the most famous abandoned Roman cities and a touchstone for past cultural achievements as well as for the inevitable changes of history. Sukkarieh earned her bachelor in fine arts from Lebanese University in Beirut, where she found herself in the center of her country’s conflict. The outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975 destroyed any sense of normal life and safety, and Sukkarieh began to create performances to grapple with her deep sense of loss and fear.

In the mid-1980s, Sukkarieh moved to the United States and attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for a second undergraduate degree and then an MFA. In 1993, she was ultimately given American citizenship and was then able to bring her sons to the U.S. Although the civil war had ended in Sukkarieh’s native country, the constant threat of violence in Lebanon continues to be the most important influence on her paintings, sculptures and drawings.

Sukkarieh has exhibited her artwork across the United States and internationally. Her performances include “99 Drums and Banners,” Federal Building, Westwood, Los Angeles, Calif. (2007); “Us and Them,” Auditorium, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif.(1989); and “Them and Me,” Gallery, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, Calif. (1989), in addition to performances in her native Lebanon.

General admission to the museum is free. Suggested donation is $3. Parking at Cal State San Bernardino is $6 per vehicle and $3 on weekends.

The museum is open Monday – Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday, noon – 8 p.m. and closed Friday and Sunday. For more information, call (909) 537-7373 or visit the RAFFMA website at raffma.csusb.edu.

Press Release Provided By Cal State San Bernardino University

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