Providence Hosts Art Exhibits and Concerts in Tribute to Centennial


"My Grandmother," by John Avakian

“My Grandmother,” by John Avakian

PROVIDENCE — In commemoration of this year’s centennial commemoration of the Armenian Genocide, an extensive multimedia exhibit will be presented at Studio Z, consisting of original and historic art work, archival material and propaganda affiches, posters, prints, books and heirlooms from or pertaining to the era of the Armenian genocide. Historical materials will be supplied by The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute in Yerevan, Armenia, Armenian Historical Association of Rhode Island (AHARI) and from private collections.

In addition to the Opening Reception on Thursday, April 16, 5-9 p.m., there will be live performances each Thursday evening in April starting Thursdays, April 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 6 to 9 p.m., offering theatrical readings, poetry recitations, live music and theatre, historical documentary film screenings, lectures and various presentations. Video footage on a continuous loop will be projected during the course of the entire exhibit.

Specifically, materials on exhibit will be comprised of the following:

-Original Fine Art will be exhibited on one wall. Featured artists: Vladmir Aivazyan, b. 1915 d. 1999, graphic artist, painter; Kevork Mourad, b. 1970, artist/performance artist; Lazar Artazian, b. 1857 d. 1924, painter; John Avakian, NA , printmaker; Anoush Bargamian, b. 1963, mixed media artist; Nora Chavooshian, b. 1953, sculptor; Cynthia Motian McGuirl, b. 1963, printmaker/mixed media artist; Alexander Grigorian, b. 1927 d. 2007, painter; Harutune Hovhanesian, b. 1922, d. 1979, graphic artist; Varki Kaprielian, b. 1951, sculptur / mix media artist and Armenian Patriot; Lucine Kasbarian, b.1965, author, writer, illustrator, cartoonist; Liz Kelley, b.1987, illustrator; Stephen Koharian, b.1982, painter; Vava Khachadourian, b. 1895 d. 1984, painter; Marsha Nouritza Odabashian, b. 1954, painter/illustrator; Julian Penrose, b. 1961, assemblage/collage artist; Jason Roberts, b.1978, painter; Lidya Tchakerian, b. 1959, painter; Simon Samsonian, b. 1915 d. 2003, painter; Carol Scavotto, b. 1951, multi medium artist; Lawrence Sykes, b.1931, photographer; Apo Torosyan, b. 1942, mixed media artist; Sirarpi Heghinian-Walzer, b.1958 painter/printmaker and Berge Ara Zobian, b. 1957, photographer and Gallery Director.

-Thirty turn-of-the-century enlargements of Armenian Genocide: Front Page Coverage in the World Press. Provided by The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, Yerevan, Armenia, will be on display on a second wall.

-Fifty years of political posters, affiches and propaganda art will be exhibited on the third wall.

-Historical posters of the Near East Relief Fund (NERF) along with archival artifacts and heirlooms provided by AHARI will be shown on a fourth wall.

AHARI is the primary sponsor of this exhibit, in addition to a few private anonymous sponsors. All donations and 10 percent of art work sales will go to (SOAR) Society For Orphaned Armenian Relief ( http://www.soar-us.org/).

All performances begin around 7:30 p.m.

  • April 9: 7:30 Artist talk of their work and influence of Genocide in their work by printmaker John Avakian and painter illustrator Marsha Nouritza Odabashian; 8:30: NEMES, the touring Boston-based band will perform live, led by frontmen Dave Anthony (Guitar/Vocals) and Josh Knowles (Violin/Vocals) with band members Chris Anthony (Drums) and Alex Glover (Bass).
  • April 16 / Gallery night: Angelo Marinosci, Artist/Performer/Songwriter will be accompanying himself on guitar singing songs relating to the human condition; Diane Postoian, RI Storyteller,/Actor/Performer will read both a story she wrote for adults titled “Yalanchi”, and a chapter of The Human Comedy by William Saroyan; Greg Aslan Chopoorian, special Gallery Night (http://www.gallerynight.org/) Tour Guide and Actor/Voice-over Artist/Costume Historian/Martial Arts expert/Graphic Artist/Consultant and Health Care Administrator will present historic perspective on the Armenian Genocide.
  • April 23: Angelo Marinosci, Artist/Performer/Songwriter will be performing songs on guitar relating to the human condition. Bob Colonna, Actor, Artistic Director of the Rhode Island Shakespeare Theater, will offer readings from Hovhannes Tumanyan short stories and pieces from Eric Bogosian’s monologues.
  • April 30: Cynthia Motian McGuirl, printmaker, will present a slide show while discussing a series of works she has created inspired by her dreams and her family’s story of survival during and after the Armenian Genocide and as immigrants in Providence. 8:30 Kevork Mourad: For the grand finale of the live performance evenings, Studio Z is honored to present this world-famous international Visual Artist performing his live drawing to music. Accompaniment by Charlie Kalajian, percussionist, conductor, along with David Gevorkian, duduk performer. The performance will include music of Komitas, (Soghomon Soghomonian) 1869 – 22 October 1935) Armenian priest, musicologist, composer, arranger, singer and choirmaster.

For the latest information on this exhibit and its events, consult its website: www.armeniangenocide100years.com