April 17, 2014

Vital Signs at RAFFMA - Opening Reception

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Vital Signs at RAFFMA - Opening Reception Tom McGovern

Vital Signs

On Display: Apr. 19 - Jul. 31, 2014

Opening Reception: Thursday, Apr. 17, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Members-Only Preview: Thursday, Apr. 17, 4:30 p.m.

Tom McGovern’s rich photographs of city murals and the vibrant reflections of poet Juan Delgado celebrate the cultural landscape of San Bernardino in an exhibition that runs April 19–July 31 at Cal State San Bernardino’s Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, April 17, at 5 p.m. with a special members-only preview at 4:30 p.m.

“Vital Signs” is an exhibition that focuses on the collaboration between McGovern and Delgado, both CSUSB professors. An acclaimed poet, Juan Delgado teaches in CSUSB’s English department, while accomplished photographer Thomas McGovern teaches in the art department. The photographs and poems displayed in the exhibition can also be viewed in their recently published book of the same name released in fall of 2013.

The exhibition highlights San Bernardino life, art and culture with McGovern’s photographs of hand-painted murals interspersed with Delgado’s writings of a city often stereotyped and overlooked. Together, they serve as a testament to their fondness for San Bernardino and its people.

Delgado, who was named the 2013 CSUSB Outstanding Professor, is a graduate of CSUSB and holds an M.F.A from the University of California, Irvine, where he was a Regents Fellow. With the publication of “Vital Signs,” he has written four books of poetry. McGovern holds an M.F.A. from Cal State Fullerton and also has authored several books, including “Bearing Witness (to AIDS)” and “Hard Boys + Bad Girls.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, an artist talk and book signing will be held at the museum on Thursday, April 24, from 3–5 p.m.

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