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For Immediate Release:
February 20, 2012

Saturday, March 24 – Sunday, May 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA — Beacon Arts is pleased to announce the group exhibition Prince at the
Forum. Initially inspired by the geographic juxtaposition between Beacon Arts Building and
stadium venue The Forum in Inglewood, Prince at the Forum utilizes the potential for slippage of
meaning in the exhibition’s title to allow for a pluralistic voice from an array of artists working in
different media, modes and concepts. In developing the exhibition, the organizers considered the
ancient Roman forum, the complex social histories of The Great Western Forum, and the
definition of “beacon” as something that has potential to both summon and warn off. Taken from
the headlines of a religion-filtered concert series performed by Prince in 2011, the exhibition’s title
gives way to the exploration of a broad range of dualistic themes such as site/nonsite, past/present,
power/weakness, chastity/desire, and vulgarity/taste. The works being produced for the show are
totally interdisciplinary and will include drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, video,
performance, and collaborative works.
A catalogue featuring new texts will be produced and released in conjunction with a second event
organized by Steven Bankhead toward the close of the exhibition.
Prince at the Forum runs from Saturday, March 24 to Sunday, May 6, 2012. Exhibition special
events include an opening reception on Saturday March 24, 6:00 – 9:00pm with musical
performance by Big Girls [Hannah Greely and Elana Scherr] and a “Day at the Races” on Sunday
April 29 starting with a Champagne Brunch/ Catalog Release at Beacon Arts 11:00am – 1:00pm
followed by a day at Hollywood Park. The exhibition closes Sunday, May 6, 1:00 – 4:00pm with
organizers Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson in attendance. Beacon Arts is located at 808 N. La
Brea Ave., Inglewood, CA 90302. Regular gallery hours are from 1:00pm to 6:00pm Thursday
through Saturday, Sundays 1:00pm – 4:00pm. All Prince at the Forum events are free with the
exception of $10.00 per person admission to Hollywood Park. For additional information or
photos, please call director Renée Fox at 310-621-5416 or visit

Participating artists (Los Angeles-based unless otherwise noted):
Steven Bankhead, Jesse Benson, Big Girls (Hannah Greely and Elana Scherr), Aline Bouvy and
John Gillis (Brussels/Luxembourg), Joshua Callaghan, David Catherall (Brussels), Tami Demaree,
Scott Grieger, Dennis Hoekstra and Noah Olmsted, Marie Jager, Matt MacFarland, Brian Mann,
Pentti Monkkonen, Joshua Nathanson+ [Fiona Connor, Bella Foster , Meghan Petras, Jessica
Williams, Alivia Zivich], Chris Oatey, Alison O’Daniel, Clunie Reid (London), Amanda Ross-Ho,
Joe Sola , Torbjorn Vejvi, Pernille Kapper Williams (Brussels/Copenhagen), Liat Yossifor

-Organized by Steven Bankhead and Jesse Benson

Pernille Kapper Williams, Untitled (Knob # 1), 2009
Polished Solid Brass, depth, 8cm   Photo: © Eva Herzog


Aline Bouvy and John Gillis, I Feel For You, 2012
Oil on canvas, 250cm x 170cm

For more information, images, and interviews please contact Caroline Meer @
Beacon Arts Building (photo credit: Dave Teel Photography)