Writer and art critic Peter Frank hosted a creative roundtable at Mash Gallery on Sunday and entertained a thoughtful audience who actively discussed, “Is the art “scene” in Los Angeles relevant in terms of the art scene, style, and likeness to other art markets?

Andi Campognone, jill-moniz-Megan Abrahams, Peter-Frank

Mash Gallery was proud to feature this stand out event while promoting a diverse panel of art curators including Megan Frances Abrahams, Andi Campognone, jill moniz, and moderated by Peter Frank.

Megan Frances Abrahams is a Los Angeles-based painter, writer, and editor. Born in Canada, she lived in the Bahamas during her formative years and attended art school in Canada and France. Megan also writes about art and the editor of Fabrik Magazine since 2016. As an artist, is a member of the Los Angeles Art Association and Gallery 825. Currently, she is working on a new series of landscape and botanical abstract paintings.

Andi Campognone

Andi Campognone is the curator of the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, working on both exhibitions and educational programming. Andi shares, “ Curating itself definitely appeals to my idea-centric philosophy, and ultimately chose to stop making images and express ideas through thematic collections of artists. As a curator, my life is looking and experiencing objects and images and their relationship to one another.”

Kipaipai Joshua Tree

This past June, Andi Campognone introduced the Kipaipai Professional Development Workshops for artists and leading a variety of workshops in Joshua Tree, California.

Dr. jill moniz’s interests focus on building understanding, creativity, and inclusivity through the arts. jill worked in community engagement at the Museum of Latin American Art before becoming head curator at the California African American Museum in 2006. Then, moniz served as curator to Dr. Leon O Banks, a founding trustee of MOCA, before returning in 2013 to large-scale exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world. In 2016, she founded Quotidian, a curatorial investigative space supporting local artists and building visual literacy.  Dr. moniz serves as an advisor for community engagement and programming for the Getty Center, and sits on advisory boards throughout the state. She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Indiana University and lives in Los Angeles, California. 

Peter Frank by Eric Minh Swenson
Peter Frank by Eric Minh Swenson

Moderator, Peter Frank is an art critic and curator based in Los Angeles, where he has served as art critic for the LA Weekly, editor of Visions Art Quarterly and THEmagLA, associate editor of Fabrik magazine, and senior curator at the Riverside Art Museum. In his native New York City Frank was the critic for the SoHo Weekly News and the Village Voice. He has curated for the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Madrid’s Museo Reina Sofia, documenta in Kassel, Germany, and the Venice Biennale, among other venues. 

LUMEN opens at Mash Gallery on August 17. RSVP here.

Thank you to everyone who traveled to the gallery and enjoyed this historical event.