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April Bey: The Opulent Blerd! Book Launch and Signing

October 14, 2023 | 3 - 5 pm


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April Bey: The Opulent Blerd! Book Launch and Signing

Vielmetter Los Angeles proudly invites guests to attend the book launch for April Bey’s catalog The Opulent Blerd!

In conjunction with the book launch, there is a new installation by Bey currently on view in the Greenhouse Gallery, We Learned to Love Ourselves Until We Were Full, Until We Did Not Need Yours. Until We Realized Our Own Was Enough, (2023).

Bey’s installation features images of The Growers who tend to the flora and fauna of Atlantica, her imagined alternate universe, alongside fiddle leaf fig plants which represent portals that traverse into Atlantica.

Guests are invited to purchase the catalog and have it signed by the artist. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is FREE to attend with the support of The Lancaster Museum of Art and History.

April Bey grew up in The Bahamas (New Providence) and now resides and works in Los Angeles, CA as a visual artist and art educator. Bey’s interdisciplinary artwork is an introspective and social critique of American and Bahamian culture, feminism, generational theory, social media, AfroFuturism, AfroSurrealism, post-colonialism Speculative futurism and Blerd culture.

Bey’s two-dimensional mixed media works and installations are from her ongoing Atlantica series. Bey incorporates fur, glitter, vinyl and woven textiles—materials rich in queerness—to craft icons around the images of real-life figures from her community.

Bey’s work has been exhibited by and is in the collection of The California African American Museum, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Escalette Collection, The 21C Museum, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA, and more.

Bey is currently a tenured professor at Glendale College.

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