Greeks in the Boot stomped their way into an ice cream social and an introductory lecture on Oct. 10 unveiling a new gallery.
The newest pottery gallery at The Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RFFMA) on the CSUSB campus.
The majority of the clay pieces include vases, pots, water and oil jars, each depicts an important story that reveals a story. Whether its a god worshiped by the Greeks or an important battle that took place, there is a story that communicates through the art.
The gallery pays and ode to how pottery was used for basic necessities in life. They were commonly used in rituals such as marriage ceremonies and burials.
Several of the art pieces were black-figure paintings which required a three-stage firing process.
To help welcome the newest art pieces, an ice cream social was held while an introductory lecture was given by exhibition curator Eva Kirsch.
During the lecture, the audience was given an overview of Greek culture and pottery.
The new art added to the campus museum narrates the lives of Italians who invaded Greek settlers during 800-200 B.C. During this time, both cultures exchanged goods and interacted with each other, however not without conflict.
The story of their encounters with one another and the merging of ideas are expressed in their pottery.
All Ancient Greek vases were provided by the J. Paul Getty Museum.
J. Paul Getty, known for the success of his oil empire, was intrigued by art and had a collection of Roman and Greek pieces and when he died, he left a generous donation to the Getty Foundation to display his collection.
His collection can be seen at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Getty Villa in Malibu.
According to Diana Nieto, a former student and current employee of the school museum, the gallery is in contract with the Getty Museum until May. She also explained how each piece of pottery has been held in inventory for about 4-5 years and has yet to be seen by the public.
Although Nieto has yet to explore the newest exhibit for herself, she says that she looks forward to checking it out soon.
Erin Dargitz spoke highly of the latest addition to the museum saying “I really love Greek history and art.”
“It was an enjoyable experience for someone who appreciates that type of art and the historical importance of each piece,” said Dargitz.
Although there is much excitement surrounding the opening of the newest exhibit, we must not forget the Egyptian and Chicano art pieces that are also displayed.
As I am new to Cal State San Bernardino, I was fortunate enough to spend more time in the museum and explore all the different cultures.
If you have yet to visit the Chicano Murals in Southern California, I suggest checking it out soon. They are in the process of replacing the exhibit.
Beginning the first week of December, RFFMA will welcome their newest exhibition of classical eras in music.
If there is anyone who appreciates art or even enjoys learning a little about history, the campus museum is the place to visit.
There is no cost in visiting and you will not have to travel anywhere far. During a break between class periods or even after school one day, take the opportunity to check out the newest exhibit.