Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful

Project Room 1 Sep 17–Nov 26, 2005

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Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful
Sep 17–Nov 26, 2005





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Exene Cervenka: America the Beautiful, 2005 (detail)

America the Beautiful was the first comprehensive museum exhibition of journals and mixed-media collages by Exene Cervenka, an icon of the Los Angeles music scene and one of the founding members of the seminal Los Angeles punk group, X. A musician, poet, and visual and spoken-word artist for more than thirty years, Cervenka created journals, dating from 1974 through 2005, that combine rough drafts of songs and personal reflections rendered in a baroque calligraphic script, with photographs, drawings, and scraps of ephemera that she found while traveling as a musician. Similarly, she created the collages from found materials to form an interpretative composite portrait of the country she came to know through her life experiences on the road. America the Beautiful was guest-curated by Michael Duncan and Kristine McKenna.